We’re Off, Well Nearly!!

Phone message this morning from MV Spindrift, Problems!! Only one engine will start. Kevin was rushing about getting the spare (thankfully he had one) and back to the boat to fit it, in the hope that it had packed in and not something else. There was talk of relays but thankfully it wasn’t the electronics and the spare starter did the job.

That’s how I have time to blog. Seems to be the season for breakdowns but I’m happy to report the inverter problem is solved but we do need to upgrade our power supply as we are ‘maxed out’ to quote our adviser on these matters, Calum.

We are off to Edinburgh to pick up Arne, our Danish bosses husband and his pals who are coming for a holiday. We’ll pick them up with M2 Motors (Mickies) mini bus tomorrow morning.

In the meantime not much to report from Rona, weather brilliant Wednesday, a perfect Autumn day but yesterday, heavy rain and it continues this morning.

Simon Shoots his Creels

Wednesday mid day, Simon MV Enchanted was in the bay, dropping creels and prospecting. A fortnight maybe three weeks since Yogi left the bay. Yogi may think he is leaving Rona fallow for the winter but we know different!! I lifted our prawn creels on Sunday but hadn’t sorted them out so that was the first job. The storms of the previous few weeks had left a tangle so a couple of hours were required to sort it out. I left them on the pontoon where they will get a wash and clean.

Winter Layup

It was a good day Wednesday and I think most of the West if not the country had good weather. The stags were still running about roaring. The same old culprits running about Big Harbour. This is probably good because it tells us there are plenty about if the stags are throwing out warnings/challenges.

Yesterday it was tidy up, not quite a spring clean more an Auitumn tidy for our guests coming. It was good to get it done on a raining day, if it had been sunny we would have been very unhappy. As it was the kitchen needed the most work especially the cooker. Even the hens got a clean.


We had to go to Dry Hasrbour as our guests are staying in the cottages, there will be a full house. we put it off till late afternoon hoping for a dry spell but no chance, so off we set knowing fine that we would get soaked even with the best of waterproofs, Rona rain is very penetrating. On arrival at the Escape house i saw the grass had been very neatly cut by the deer, saves on the petrol mower I guess. But they hadn’t left by the gate. The fence had a huge hole in it just to the left of the bike. tell tale hair was left. I think a stag must have been in a hurry.

Gloomy Outlook

Must go here’s the ferry coming, not bad only an hour or so late


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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