Winter’s Here.

Well it just went straight into winter, or so it seems. If the temperature was a few degrees less it could be November, it has been strong winds to severe gales since Friday.

Leaving Rona on the Spindrift into the high seas

Everyone looks happy leaving Rona and Pam reported that it was not as bad as it looked but that was friday and the visitors were supposed to go away Saturday. The reason that they were a day early was because the forecast was very poor and so it was. Up in the 7’s most of Saturday but 8to 9 sometimes. Not a good day to have changeover. Just as well they went off Friday because it is still blowing a gale at 9pm Sunday evening.

Fire Signs

In with the mail and stores we got our new fire signs,  a bit ironic with rain falling since they arrived, they are based on the old Forestry Commission signs, supplied by Vital Signs Portree. Hopefully it will deter the fire raisers next season.

The new arrivals were happy to get over a day early and when we went over to check the water supply we found Douglas sitting outside, he’d been quick to collect mussels for T, even in the rain!!

Preparing Dinner, Al Fresco in the Rain

Douglas and Catherine come every year since 2007 on their wedding anniversary, they love it rain and all. Especially the mussels.

Believe it or not but the Dry Harbour well is still pretty empty even with the rain. On the way up to the well I saw the swallows flying about the barn up in the settlement, so I said to L that we should have a look at their ‘old’ nest. We were astonished to see three wee chicks poking their beaks out of the nest, very strange to be so late on the 1st of September, sadly I would imagine they are too late to survive but we are on the case.

The Swallow Chicks

To-day it was same old, apart from a couple of hours of broken cloud, dry and sunny. The yachts that had been stormbound left and early in the afternoon the wind picked up again with grey heavy clouds approaching. A quick check at the Dry Harbour well showed no change, L cleaned up the empty cottage and I used up the last pile of boards at the chalet, I’m almost finished outside just 20 more should do it.

We’ll not be short of firewood!!

A yacht arrived late afternoon, ‘Ocean Lord’,  he tried to anchor but it was safer and easier I guess to go on the mooring and as I write the wind is fairly rocking the house, goodness knows where they are going tomorrow the forecast just said 60mph for this area, it should be interesting!!


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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