‘The Killing’

Saturday night and it is the last two episodes of the Danish Thriller on BBC 4, very apt!! I’m sitting here doing the blog waiting for it to start thinking of a header for the blog, well as I say very apt.

It has been a good week, good to get a hand from Mark, I’m sure he is exhausted with his weeks ‘holiday’. But for me it has been good to get help, we achieved lots, the weather has been in the main pretty good. We have seen many deer,  66 at the last count and some really good stags.

It was a dreich day on Thursday though, the hens were even sheltering under the table.

The Hens Last Stand

The Hens Last Stand

Even in the rain we got on with the cladding of the genny shed and of course we ran out of material but it was good to get ahead, the ground was not so muddy because it had been frozen solid, but it was messy.

Mark Tidying Up The Edges

Mark Tidying Up The Edges

We had culled a couple of hinds on the Wednesday so we wanted to get the work done on the shed before Friday so that we could butcher up the hinds. A few hours on Friday morning got it all cleared up and measurements made for the next timber order via MV Spindrift, then Friday afternoon was spent cutting up the deer.

Mark The Butcher

Mark The Butcher

Everything was going so well until this morning. I sent Mark down to check on the hens and what did he find but four very dead chooks. They had had a visit from the Mink, even maybe an owl but the bottom line is they had had their day. Lorraine, of course was devastated, she had nurtured them but we do live in nature and of course are open to the whims of the passing predators. Now I have left the predators alone because I hoped they would leave us alone but if we want eggs we will have to start trapping.

We spent a bit of time trying to determine what killed them but it has been a long time since my pheasant days, when this type of morning scenario is unfortunately all to common, so I could not make up my mind. Common sense says Mink but the evidence says owl. We will see. We certainly have both here.

The Chooks, RIP

The Chooks, RIP

It was back to the drawing board after the clear up and burial,  we could beg some hens from Paul (Raasay Eggs) and I hope he has taken precautions because it is quite traumatic finding them like that. Or we could call the Skye Hen Man, it is winter so we may leave it until March.

Mark was despatched to the garage to make up some trap tunnels and Fenn traps are on their way.Making Tunnel Traps

So it is back to being a gamekeeper.

After it all settled down, we took an hour or so to cut some firewood for the cottages.

Back Breaking

Back Breaking

In the afternoon it was preparing for a visit to Portree tomorrow, Dentist on Monday to sort out the very temporary filling I got a week last Monday. it was supposed to last for a month at least!!

Once all the preparation were made for going away it was time to settle down for ‘The Killing’!!!!

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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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