Free Range

Late start to-day, last night was a late one. We had a walk in the rain looking for deer and saw plenty. Above Dry Harbour 14 in one group we spotted several hinds, calves and followers. Pretty special to see the young ones not too old running about, the only negative was the midgies and the much needed rain. But back to normal first thing this morning, Mike is just about finished, we’ll miss his ‘Maryhill’ humour. the corner we tried to push back yesterday didn’t present too many problems but it took a full day to rectify it.

Site Inspection

Lorna and Ken came over to walk in the forest and they had a chat with Mike in the passing. Mike was  intrigued byLorna’s ‘Toorie bobble’, best sun and midgie hat he had ever seen. I’d been on the phone and emailing all morning, which for me is more tiring than a day on the shovel or strimmer. It cleared after lunch, the midgie went away and it was a stunning afternoon. 2 yachts + 2 Motor sailors arrived bringing the total of boat visitors to one hundred and fifteen so far this year. There was a little trade but maybe more tomorrow. No change over this week, we’ve a blank which is great because we can give the cottages a real deep clean and get them up to spec for the rest of the season. So over to Dry Harbour to see our soon to be departing guests. Both cottages were very happy with their week on Rona and are promising to come back.

Better Afternoon

With a view from the top like this who would blame them.

Back to Base for tea but more phone calls only interrupted by our Raasay born cat George stalking our very free range hens.

Spot the ‘George’

Don’t think he could eat one in a oner but you never know. He enjoys practising his stalking techniques on our 4 hens. After dinner we had more free range visitors, a black face ewe and her lamb, regular visitors to our garden and more escapees rather than free range, but I guess it helps to keep the grass down.

Now This Is Free Range

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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