Two Posts in One Day!! Penguins too!!

After an absence of two weeks we are back to normal. Awaiting the MV Seaflower to-day I had a chance to measure the steering cable from the Rona boat, 8.5metres!! A quick phone call to Malky in Portree proved negative but Caley Marina in Inverness had one, hopefully I’ll get it picked up tomorrow.

The Measure

The Measure

I headed up to the top of the hill to have a look for the Seaflower and quickly dropped down to Dry Harbour to check the mink traps. As there was no sign of the boat. Only one of Kenny’s fishing boats bouncing about checking creels.

The MV Iona, Inner Sound

The MV Iona, Inner Sound

I might have guessed that as soon as I ventured away from Big Harbour they would arrive.

On the dot 1.00pm the MV Seaflower arrived with Hugh. They had a bumpy trip but not too exciting. Hugh enjoyed the Cat’ and found it very stable.



The sun came out for a while in the afternoon and it was quite pleasant, we had a lunch, the usual for Kenny, Cullen Skink then it was cheerio and down to work. A run down of the plan for the power upgrade and a bit of juggling to see what is best for all the houses. We settled on  the two new Outbacks in Big Harbour with the old Trace inverter going to Dry Harbour to handle the windmill power with the Outback there carrying on as normal.

A couple of months ago there was a guest who thought she saw some penguins. We have seen some strange things on Rona but penguins?

However two weeks back the visitors to the cottages reported the same. So I asked them for photographic proof. To-day I found their email with the attached image and as you can see there was at least one penguin on Rona!!It takes all sorts.


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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