First thing this morning the lintel was put in place with the JCB. We discussed how many people it must have taken to place it there the first time, over 100 years ago, who knows. It was a very warm start and as the day went on it really got warm at Big Harbour as it is well sheltered from the North wind. Mike wanted small stones so a trip up to the quarry was required but it was interrupted by the need to anti foul the boat. A quick steam clean and scrape was all that was needed but it also had to dry off. So off to the quarry!
Half an hour later the boat was ready for painting, lying on the shore painting a very toxic paint on is probably the worst job on a boat on a hot day and the fumes certainly gave me a headache. However that was quickly forgotten as the steady stream of yachts started to arrive. Disappointingly Yacht Gannet the first to arrive and was not happy to see the development on Rona, the crew told me it was really great 30 years ago to come and see derelict houses and be able to go inside and look around without anyone here, a real shame!!!! The next yacht was more realistic, here they are enjoying their arrival and visit (more tomorrow).
Yacht Courante crew were having their wedding anniversary to-day, they have been on Rona last year and many years ago. Great supporters and very enthusiastic about repopulating remote places and sustainable living, it is great to have the realistic view that Scotland and its remote places are not only for the wealthy few to enjoy for a few nights a year as a playground. Back to business and it was nearly the end of the day, MV Rona was painted.
Then Mike decided he was going to melt and went in for a dip. he said it was very nice even balmy, but then again he’s used to swimming in Wick/Thurso where he stays!!
Trade was brisk with some shellfish. moorings and venison going. Just as I was finishing for the day Lorna came over from the holiday cottages looking for something for tea. I was intrigued by her hat or should I say her ‘Toorie’ long time since I saw a proper ‘Toorie’ and in the middle of summer but she assures me it beats the midgies and is good for keeping the sun off!!!!!