Top Tip!!

Autumn Clean Up

Tuesday dawned as grey as the previous days, plenty rain all day and it got greyer. A good day to clear out a summers collection of stuff from the top garage, the fire was going all day. At lunch time a check of the emails revealed another reminder from the car hire company, Hertz. We hired one of their cars in Denmark.

TOP TIP!! Don’t ever hire a car from these people ‘unless’ you are prepared to take lots of photo’s. We got a ‘big’ bill on our return for a damaged bumper, there were suitcase scratches on the boot when we had it delivered, thought nothing of it. After demanding photos of the alleged damage, hey ho, of course it was the suitcase scratches. So of course we have to pay. So take some time if you are hiring, better still try M2 Motors in Portree, of course Micky doesn’t operate internationally (yet).

Wednesday more of the same, I took L over to Dry Harbour to work on the ‘Escape House’, the visitors were out walking enjoying the wild day. They were looking for some stores, especially wine which I was happy to supply.

Looking For Wine

After delivering the stores back to Dry Harbour, I got on with the chill cover and finished off, one more job out of the way. The clouds broke but oh what a watery sun.

Sunburst

Lorraine grew pumpkins in the polytunnel this year, I was told the biggest one was for the chooks, maybe their eggs will be very yellow? We have Crown Prince (blue) for ourselves. So last thing in the afternoon  I took the cleaver to the pumpkin and called our hens, they loved it and will continue to peck away for the rest of the week.

Happy Hens

At last to-day Thursday the rain stopped on wakening up, in fact there was some blue sky. But once I stepped outside the door the heavens opened, but I’d made up my mind to strip the hauler from the boat and get it up to the newly cleaned garage. Once I got to the garage of course the rain stopped but it didn’t take long to strip the hauler down and tick another job off.

Down at The Boatyard

The rest of the day was sunny, just the occasional spit of rain so off to the chalet to putty the windows and consider why I didn’t take a picture of that hired cars bumper, I should have known.

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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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