Mid Week Dash

The weather has been a bit iffy just now and the appointment at the Broadford hospital was quite important so I booked MV Spindrift to make sure I’d get there. Plus the delivery of the water tank and creel hauler bits were all Portree to-day. So 6.30am up and waiting for Kevin, I’d decided last night to put our boat on the mooring to make it easier to unload the tank and maybe some timber, much was my disappointment this morning when I went down to find Yacht Gem of Oban a few feet away from our mooring and his anchor all across the mooring gear.  I called Kevin on the VHF and he being an ex yachtsman said just put your boat out there, ‘it’s your mooring his boat is plastic and yours is aluminium’. So I did, just. If  a yacht over 30 ft had come in late it would  not have been able to pick it up. Needless to say this seems to be to common this year. Other yachts in the bay reported much swearing and noise from this yacht late on last night and we’re still waiting for our £1 for their visit onshore to peep through our windows at Rona Lodge. Obviously the crew thought I was away but L had a nice view of peeping tom yachties and a laugh when she opened the door to the peering Tom,  much hilarity.

Gem of Oban

On a more positive note, the visit to the X Ray department reported that I still had a liver and it was working. Back to Portree and Kevin had loaded the wood and tank, the creel hauler bits had arrived and all that was left was a trip to the Post Office and high street of stuff and  for mail. The weather was foul and I bumped into my Sis’ Liz good to see her and get the news, it seems she doest phone me now, she just reads the blog!!! We left shortly after that and it  brightened as we headed for Rona.

Anyware Anywhere

On our way back the pod of Dolphins that have taken up residence at the mouth of Portree harbour followed us again back up the Sound. It is always good to see them having such fun and off the front of the boat twisting to have a look at us.

Shadowing the Boat

Once we got back to Rona we unloaded into the aluminium boat, the Yacht Gem had departed, so nothing now to hinder us. A couple of hours later the tide had risen and I was able to lift everything off with the digger.

Ready for Lifting

First Lift

It was a good end to the day, the water in the well had risen a bit but the new tank will at last enable us to have some storage for future problems.

I hear someone nicked Paul Camilli’s camera off the ferry he works on so I’m off to read his blog for an update.

Have a look he’s my neighbour life at the end of the road.

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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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