In Sickness and in Health

Bad enough going to bed with a knackered shoulder and not sleeping but waking up with a full blown cold, in the ‘summer’, pretty depressing. And it was raining!! With George here there is no time to hang about so out and at it. It was grey and wet but looked promising so we decided to extend the water treatment shed, I’d made a start so it was ready to go.


The clouds cleared the sun came out, so did the midgie and we got stuck in. It started life as a temporary shed but now it is permanent, we have three tanks two with sand filters and in line cartridge filters and for the first time in ten years the water test has had a pass. But the larder has not enough head so this extension is to house the larder tanks. They are coming with Kevin tomorrow. We finished late after noon and very pleased we were with it. Just a few adjustments to make but all in all it will be very good to have it all under cover.

The Finished article

After all that I had to take L to dry Harbour and was not surprised to see rain clouds all around, on my return George was waiting to tell me he could not find the lamb I’d asked him to go and look for. we’ll have a try tomorrow and hopefully the Sea eagle hasn’t pinched it.

Driving The Sheep Out

Just to finish off we had a bit of butchering to do so we headed up to the larder where we found the alarms going off on the fridge unit. It may have been auto defrost but worrying in this heat.

Finishing Up in The Larder

I left Geo’ to it and headed down to Rona Lodge to prepare the pollock and crab we’d caught yesterday. 4 yachts had joined the American yacht in the bay but it looks like a wet night for them. Not such a busy day tomorrow as we have no guests going away but I’m sure something will turn up.

As for the cold it is still here but the shoulder is slightly better, roll on tomorrow

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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