Spilt Whisky

Early start, 6.30 am reveille!! Heading to Portree, flat calm and thinking there would be Dolphins, there was nothing, a few Gannets and the usual suspects but it was not a wildlife watching trip it was a shopping and pick up trip. Alan and Mike were coming to do their jobs and we needed stores, so with rubbish building up it was good to get over to sort all that out and it was good to be out on the sea. Portree was quiet but Dan was pulling them in three boats to-day Skyeboat-trips is always worth a trip, an unforgettable experience.

Alan and Mike enjoying the trip to Rona

We got back to Rona about 11.30am and Alan took off to the forest, he was recording our regeneration, Mike went to the ruin to assess the fallen down wall. I sorted the shopping, sorted the yachties and headed over to Dry Harbour with Alan’s gear. It was a cracking day and so hot. The rest of the day was spent with visitors, a RIB from Staffin, yacht from Ardfern, Moira and Malcolm Yacht Feshie had returned from Portree. I went down to see Mike but he seemed to be in control of the situation.

Mike In The Muddle

By this time it was 6 pm and the boys were heading to Rona Lodge for tea. A few prawns, mayo and oatmeal bread (recipe from Linnmhor B&B Strathpeffer best B&B there) fish pie and a strawberry fumble, that will be a mix between a Fruit Fool and a Crumble L says, or at least HFW in the Gaurdian says.

Alan and Mike Looking for the Restaurant

It was a lazy dinner but I promised Mike a trip out on the boat, our few creels had been out for a week or two trapped below a fleet of one of the fishermen’s creels but I saw on my trip that he had moved a little to-day so I thought I’d lift them. We went out through the five yachts that were moored in the harbour and spent a couple of hours fishing. Good fun, first time for Mike lifting creels, I think he appreciates how much it takes to catch his favourite food after tonight.

Rona Sunsets are always worth waiting for

Anyway it is now past 12, but I did start this yesterday and as for the ‘Spilt Whisky’, that was the first thing I did just as I was wondering what to head up to-days blog with!!!!!!

About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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