Grey Days

Sunday, 11th November, after checking the emails on Saturday evening, I discovered we were getting the rest of our winter fuel Sunday, midday. Up early and searching for all the bits and pieces but first it was breakfast with the Red Deer in the front garden. Amazing how after the rut the deer treat the house and us nonchalantly.

Breakfast Guests

I got all the pipes ready and then discovered I was short of a 32mm olive for the copper pipe I burst last delivery. Panic!!! but after much searching I found a ‘bent’ one and unbent it, thankfully that did the trick. Kenny wasn’t expected till 12.30pm so I was able to putty up the chalet windows. I can report that after to-days rain the putty worked.

It was so quiet up at the chalet I heard the ‘Fram’ coming miles away so I cleaned up and headed down to meet the boat.


It’s a bit of a palaver but the fuel delivery does work. It is the first time in ten years on Rona that every tank is full to the top. Having nearly run out 5 years ago and waiting for the weather to calm down so that we could get fuel, I really don’t want to go through that again.

I filled our tank and tidied up at Big Harbour on Sunday, but was too late to get to Dry Harbour, so first thing to-day (Monday 12th) in the grey, very wet rain I headed off to deliver the holiday cottage fuel. All went well until the very last bit of fuel and the pump seized. Not a good start. Oh and the tank does say ‘Water Only’ but that was two years ago when the summer droughts started, I had to replace a fuel tank last year and pressed the water tank into service. Must get that paint off.

Full Tanks

A quick oil change for the Lister genny and then back to empty the tractor, put away the pipes and find out if I used straight petrol rather than the 33 to 1 two stroke!!

When I went down to get the proper petrol which I’d left on the pontoon, I realised the wind was right for floating the IBC onto the shore that Kenny had left yesterday. So I got that away and headed back to the garage to strip the pump.

Floating Home

I was in the garage, the best place to be as the afternoon was black grey and very wet. I stripped the pump as it would not even turn over and there it was a small piece of Rona Rock jamming the impeller and stopping the engine, relief.

All in all a successful day but I should have been indoors, same tomorrow so we will see.

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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