More of The Same

The only negative is the cold Northerly wind but apart from that the West and Rona continue to enjoy one of the best ever Springs. Here’s the view from the washing green midday! Shooting Into The Sun is never easy to shoot photos into the sun but this will give you the idea. Of course it is perfect for lambes but on the downside the grass needs a little moisture as the sheep are cropping everything, waiting for it to appear by the looks of it.The Noisy TwinsHere’s the last lambs born, twins to a first time Ewe, she’s doing them well but wont eat any sheep nuts or the kale from the polytunnel, so I let her out of the park tonight to forage about. Hopefully she will stay around.

Last blog I was putting the MV Rona into the water and waiting for fuel from Shieldaig. Saturday was the chosen date and with a changeover it was a bit mad but we got it done, the weather is everything and sunshine did help.Picking up The Bags From EscapeOver to Escape to pick up the luggage then over to get the new guests, Nick and Barbara, who have been here before. Kenny and his daughter Iona arrived mid morning as I was cleaning cottages and delivering the new baggage, so they just turned too and did it themselves.

Squeezing the last Drop

Squeezing the last Drop

We had the usual lunch of Cullen Skink then they were off, it was Kenny’s 36th wedding anniversary so he was under orders not to be late. One job before he left and that was to stand too so that I could try the Rona boat. I had a run round the small Island at the harbour mouth and headed in at full pelt. 20 knots was pretty good but one of the engines was a bit rough on tick over so a trip to Portree is looming. I also saw a big stag on the Island and kenny reported 5 which had appeared after I passed, obviously hunting out the little bits of new grass.

Sea Trials

Sea Trials

It would have been easy to forget the fuel delivery and play on the boat but I headed back to get the kerosene into its various places.

Full Pelt

Full Pelt

It was a pretty long day and 2000 litres of fuel filled up the tanks nicely. I was in bed early ready for another sunny day on Sunday according to the forecast.

The day did not disappoint and I headed up to the poly tunnel after the laundry and tidy up. I pulled the fuel hose (4o metres) up to the poly tunnel and stopped there for a while before putting it away in the stack yard. On heading down to the house i found that there was fuel left in the pipe and of course it had to empty right at the back door and if there is one smell I detest it is kerosene, really need rain now to wash it away. But maybe i’ll suffer the smell if it stays sunny like this.

The rest of the day was spent in the poly tunnel. Interesting gardening with L being away someone has to do it. It is not my thing but I’m learning very quickly.

Before

Before

Nothing much to loose I guess, but I’ve probably killed a lot of L’s plants!!!

After

After

I’ll need to swot up the books we have here, we will see. The chard was growing, the beets were there and strawberry plant were everywhere. So I sorted some out, replanted others and removed loads of ‘weeds’. By the end of the week I should have it in order.

By 6 o’clock on Sunday night I was dead beat but the offer of dinner with the visitors at Escape was in the back of my mind and after a quick wash I headed over for a G&T. On the way the heather fire was raging at Red point, I forgot to look at it on the way home.

The Fire Rages At Red point

The Fire Rages At Red point

I wasn’t disappointed and had a lovely night with the whole family. The sunset was quite something and it was nice to see it from Dry Harbour, we are not often there at that time.

Nearly Finished

Nearly Finished

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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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