Oh What a Perfect Day

I would not like to be camping in this to-day, we haven’t had much rain, what there has been has missed us so to-day was a bit of a shock I guess. Very heavy showers, very wet rain?! It did not stop us concreting though.

Home made damp course

Unfortunately I forgot the roll of polythene from Jewsons on Monday, so old plastic feed bags had to do. It is only a garden/greenhouse/sheepshed so no real building standard required. Two hours later and hey presto.

The finished article

The best concrete finish I ever had on Rona was after it had rained so I hope tomorrow will present me with the same. After the mornings work we decided to go out on the boat and lift our creels. It was an interesting couple of hours out in the Sound, plenty birdlife, good to see the terns back again, that is a good sign. Plenty of porpoises but no dolphins, in the distance we saw a minke. The haul was mixed with the three lobsters getting a reprieve, they were too small. George caught three pollock, the first this year. The rain kept coming and the mist was quite ‘atmospheric’.


Leaden Skye

Back to Base and the crew from an American yacht came ashore, made their number, paid the pound and had a chat. We got stuck into squatties, crabs and filleting pollock. Shortly after that it was over to Dry Harbour to try and find the missing sheep, success at last, now to get them home. We caught two and had them back in the trailer. Just as we finished another yacht arrived, French this time. They quickly went on to the mooring and came ashore, paid their dues and asked for a wifie, we obliged of course not with a wifie but with the Wi Fi. seems it was a sons 21st birthday so emails had to be sent. They told me they had been three weeks at sea and hadn’t had a shower, there’s a surprise but they threatened to use our shower facilities tomorrow.

Three French sailors


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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