Lorna’s Toorie

The Wall Progresses

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.

Aunty Foul

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!!

Unidentified Object

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!!!!!

Lorna’s Toorie

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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