Flying Doctors

After a good nights sleep it was up and at them this morning, the shoulder although not 100% is a good bit better. Still tired from weeks of socialising but that is a hazard of the job.

To-day it was very cool but shaping up to be a sunny day,and  it was warm enough to sit outside for two meals. Lots of organising to-day with our visitors for a changeover trial run tomorrow then it was up to the summer house to get the ‘Garden Shed’ sorted out.

Ian made a start and we carted up more timber together, the weather was improving all the time and it was occasionally very warm. Yachts left first thing but not soon after several appeared and started to fill the anchorage. A canoe hulled boat was leaving,  it had just come from the Faroes and we spotted the skipper hauling up a large anchor manually, I thought he would have had a heart attack but it was me who had the pain, left hand side top of the ribs. What a pain, so on the phone to Dr Angus who quickly diagnosed the problem, no need for flying Doctors, just telephone doctors here!! Dr Angus from Portree surgery suggested a visit next week so that is the plan. He also told me the canoe hulled boat was a psychiatrist friend who was visiting.

Shortly after that we had a lovely potted crab lunch and an unexpected visitor.

Watch Your Back Celine

Cheeky Celine

After lunch we set to but kept getting interrupted by Yachtsmen with various issues and requests. ” Can I download a book to my Kindle, where can I get my sail repaired, etc, etc”, but we are only too happy to help.

Later in the early evening we were just tidying up when a small RIB appeared in the Bay. When it came to the pontoon we went down to find out that it was Andrew who used to pilot the Qinetic helicopter up North. He is in the North sea now ferrying oil workers to and fro. He had been in Stien from Gairloch, then back to Rona, the sea had been pretty scary he said and nothing like the forecast. I think they had quite an exciting trip. At the latest count (10 o’clock) 1 RIB, 1 Motor sailor and 7 yachts are anchored up tonight in Acarseid Mhor.

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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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