Weekend Blur

Last time I looked it was Thursday, how the time flies.

Friday was a fishing day, the creel hauler was repaired but untried and the guests from the cottages were looking to fish and to see whales.

Waiting for high Tide

I waited until the tide was full then dragged the hauler to the boat, unfortunately the oil was pouring out of the tank but a quick call to Simon at Raasay Engineering solved the problem, a clean up with thinners on the surfaces and a smear of silicone did the job. The guests arrived and off we went, 1 pollock was all we got but the creels supplied lots of squatties and a couple of lobsters, so not a wasted trip. I took the crew back to base and then went out again to lift the rest of my creels, not such a good lift as one fleet is stuck. I’ll have to get one of the local fishing boats to lift it with their more powerful hauler. On the way in Ian Gordon, Yacht November Lady shouted me over. I tied up and was handed a whisky. I then spent an enjoyable twenty minutes having a dram and tailing the squats.

After clearing up Harry and his wife Trish arrived, I hadn’t recognised their yacht in the Bay. Our preparations for Saturday were halted  pretty quickly and we had a good crack with them and of course a couple of glasses of wine.

Saturday morning was a complete change with thick fog and a big drop in temperature. It was a pretty full on changeover although  we managed to get sorted out around 2pm. The water supply had air locked again so that had to be sorted, but I’d promised to take Harry stalking so I did a quick job and off we went to the South end looking for stags. We had a lovely three hour walk and returned to the Lodge having seen quite a few hinds but no stags. It was a liquid Saturday night meal but enjoyable in good company.

Sunday Morning First Thing

Apart from no water the stick shed at the cottages had run dry too. The North wind has brought dry weather but often cold so the fires have been busy this summer. So before I set too with the water supply I had to replenish the fuel.

The New Water Bowser

The plan for the Dry Harbour water supply is to fill their tanks from our tank. It is filtered water but rain not spring water. I got the water running (again) to-day but the well is pretty low and it cannot cope, I can’t believe we’re hoping for rain here, the dry weather is great but we’re losing the benefit of it dealing with the water supply. However, this system should work for the moment  and get us out of jail.

Speckled Wood

One advantage of all this work in the forest at the water supply is that it is giving me the opportunity to see the abundance of insect life, to-day no exception with a huge hatch of Speckled Wood butterflies, I got a surprise when I came across  an Aspen tree

which had turned to its Autumn colours already, very strange.

Early Autumn!!

The weathers a bit nuts for sure, who knows what tomorrow will bring

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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