Firefighting – Yet Again

Stornoway Coastgaurd

Stornoway Coastgaurd

Our first visitor of the 1st was the helicopter, they passed in the morning, no rest for them. Fortunately they did not come to Rona at 12.01am at the bells to check out our parachute fireworks, they passed unnoticed like all the rest of the fireworks we saw from Gairloch down to Broadford.

Well that is the festivities over now, not the best of weather but no hurricanes either. Everyone got here and got away and we were left with the Island to ourselves on Saturday 11.00am.

We had been busy but the satellite internet had yet again been dropping out so it was difficult to keep up to date on the blog with what exactly we were up to, but I’ll try.

We continued to get the wee jobs out of the way and got the traps sorted for the unfortunate mink.



You have to leave them out to weather them as the mink are very smart and any smell of anything out of the ordinary will make them pretty useless. They will be going out tomorrow, I put six of them in a line down the burn.

Winter Clearup

Winter Clear up

One of the jobs was to clean up the hen’s run and shift the henhouse (now empty)!! I suppose it is a good chance to leave the ground fallow for a while, let the insects/bugs do their work and hopefully get a few heavy frosts. New hens are coming in March so we’ll be more aware this time, we do miss the eggs.

Out of Doors

Out of Doors

The BBC Scotland ‘Out of Doors’ Team were here with Val MacIlreavy before Xmas doing an article on her lovely story about’ My Favourite Place’, there are books with the stories of peoples favourite places all around, well worth a read. Anyway when they were here they were in the house having a blether and little did I realise they were recording, then they said they would come over in the afternoon for a chat. The finished result was a half hour on this weekends programme, it is still on iplayer I believe. I don’t think I put my foot in it!!

As you can see from the picture above the weeks weather has been ‘difficult’ very wet and 50 shades of grey for sure.

That leads me on to my failure to capture the Sea Eagles bombing the herons this morning. (Far too dark) Usually the herons (and there are lots of them) fly about en masse. But we are so used to them we don’t pay much attention. But this morning, very early there was a commotion in the park in front of the house, here was a Sea Eagle attacking a heron, really giving it a hard time, it was only when it dropped something I realised it had had quite a big fish and the two sea eagles were wanting it. I don’t know if the sea eagles got it as I was watching the attacker, the other one had disappeared. They are here every morning at the moment so fingers crossed for a nest this year. They are pretty impressive 50 yards from our front window!

That was this morning and after a slow start the fire fighting got going. First the genny stopped, power outage. Sorted that but then the internet dropped out and remained out until 5pm. After that I found a leak in the new cabin, bigger than the last one. All going well when we found damp in one of the upstairs cupboard. It seems the gutters are not draining and the downpipe was overflowing when there was too much water right onto the cables (maybe that’s the internet problem). So much for to-day’s list of ‘things to do’.

The highlight of the day was last thing I fed the sheep, well half of them, the others have disappeared. Julie the hind came down and was pushing in for a feed with the sheep.

Julie Queueing Up

Julie Queueing Up

I see the weather’s just as bad tomorrow, but after that some promise of sun.

Just been watching a very brief article on the ‘One Show’ where the presenter was at the top of Skye looking at Killer Whales, it is on tomorrow so we’ll be keeping an eye on that.

I’ve seen them a few times even at the mouth of the harbour but they can travel far and very fast. Last time I was in the boat and followed them they soon left me standing, or should that be floating!!


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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