Sperm Whales

Monday evening, Rona lodge, phone call. Torridon Sea Tours (Gemma) reported a pod of Sperm Whales spotted on the East side of Rona to-day.

No photos (yet) but the weather is fabulous and flat calm so first thing tomorrow, I’m off to the top of the hill with the bins’.

Donna Goodall's Party

Donna Goodall’s Party

We had the first visitors of the year arrive on Saturday, three couples taking all three cottages, they were at the Lodge to-day, they were heading South so I hope they were scanning the sea and spotted the Sperm Whales. No doubt they will be on look out tomorrow.

The weather improved after a windy week end, Sunday I spotted a tug pulling fish farm cages, lots of them, past the harbour.

On Tow

On Tow

It cleared up and the wind dropped in the afternoon. I headed down to the walled garden and surprisingly there was a good bit of growth and of course plenty weeds.

Spring Work

Spring Work

That would do until tomorrow because I had a date at Dry Harbour for my Sunday dinner. It was a lovely trip over the hill with the promise of a better day Monday!

Late Cloud

Late Cloud

It was a better day for sure but I should not have had so much food (and whisky!!) First thing this morning I had to dig out springs for Paul ‘Life at the end of the road’ Camilli’s Proven windmill. He was down to his last spares and had broken a couple in the last gale. Then the visitors arrived for a guided tour of Big Harbour, some gardening advice (there are gardeners in the party) and some coffee. They left for the South and I headed up to Hugh’s old JCB to change the filters. A messy job but it had to be done.

Still Running

Still Running

I then spent the next hour after getting it going by winning some rock in the quarry, it was good to give the digger a run.  Everything was ok and we did manage to crush some of the very hard Rona rock!!

Nothing much left to do except take advantage of the warm dry weather (yes it is February) and paint some doors and windows.

The sunset was very nice.

Very Nice

Very Nice

Just had another text from Torridon Sea Tours. Have a look at ‘Hebridean Whale Cruises Facebook page’ for to-day’s pictures of the Sperm Whales, the fishing boat is the MV Iona and they must have had a fantastic view, we will certainly be looking out tomorrow.

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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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2 Responses to Sperm Whales

  1. nick davies says:

    Hi Bill, it’s Nick from Gairloch! Here’s a link to my photos of the Sperm Whales. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.571792556166010.131941.119387434739860&type=1

    • Bill Cowie says:

      Hi Nick
      Great advertising for the area. A pity the BBC One Show wasn’t around Rona Monday. Will be keeping a keen eye this year on the sea, fingers crossed for more.

      All the best

      Bill

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