Another Scorcher

Just finished writing up the last few days on the Rona blog and now catching up on events from yesterday on another scorcher of a day.

The Crew of Dromedaris

The Crew of Dromedaris

Jim, Eddie and Michael arrived mid afternoon yesterday. Great pals from Belfast. I’ve known them since the very start of my time on Rona. Some of the best ambassadors of the yachting fraternity, gentlemen, unassuming and very considerate a pleasure to be in their company. 11 years ago I ended up on their yacht ‘Dromedaris’ a 50 year old Falmouth Pilot, a real yacht!!! We had a drink then went to another famous yacht ‘Morag mhor, Pat and Jill Barron. We had a lovely evening and were later joined by Malcolm and Moira from Yacht Feshie, yes a memorable evening.

So when Jim and Ed arrive we always try to have a good night and we spent most of yesterday preparing which was fun to do, even in the heat.

Prep'

Prep’

Nothing to hard, langoustines and steak (surf’n’turf). It was a busy place yesterday with 9+ yachts in, some regulars and the couple from the Black isle who helped at the initial stages of the cabin build last year. Yacht Runrig arrived with our Edinburgh pal Laurie and his skipper Alastair. They had sailed their Westerly from Plockton and had had a good sunny trip unlike Jim, Ed and Michael who had traveled to Kyle in fog which was quite scary. We all decamped to the cabin for the debrief and enjoyed a glass or two of fizz and some potted crab. A lively discussion around various topics ensued and we didn’t fall out.

Debrief

Debrief

Time passed quick and we headed down around 7ish to our dinner. A late night was inevitable but very enjoyable ending up with a nightcap on ‘Dromedaris’

Well Fed.

Well Fed.

Our pals came up in the morning for some ice for the evening’s gin and to say cheerio. It was a grey start but soon cleared.

Cheerio'

Cheerio’

Hopefully we will get to Belfast (at Last) this year to see them. MV Seaflower has just arrived so I had better head down to see what is doing in Shieldaig.

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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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