At Last – Sun

Dropped Off

Dropped Off

Been grey when everywhere else there had been reports of sunshine, but grey was maybe better than 32 degrees of heat!!! I dropped of our walkers (Celia and her Pal)to Raasay and picked up Fraser. Half way over we were chatting and on being asked was he a Yes or No vote it turned out he was an SNP councilor from Musselburgh, so big debates for the duration of his stay, good crack!!

Drookit

Drookit

A very wet Fraser had been waiting two hours for us but it was too windy in the early morning, however he was enjoying the peace but not the rain.

It has turned out to be a fascinating discussion over his two day visit with the Yes/No vote the topic and to have the manifesto from the horses mouth so to speak.

Apart from that life carries on and John and his family had booked a boat trip and we had promised to cook what we caught, so I made a batch of oatcakes

Prep'

Prep’

If you make as many oatcakes as I do then a decent bag is best, although we have just binned a very small piece of fresh yeast I got From Rona and Andre, Famous bakers from Dunfermline, which had given us countless loaves. So much for the carb free diet. Ta Rona!!!

In the middle of the morning the group of Drascombes left. 4 to 6 guys who come every three or so years for a bit of fun, this time they had showers, venison and fish. Good support for us but then at the end of the sale it turned out that they had no milk to cook the smoked haddock and one of the group had forgotten his towel!! Just as well there is a TESCO on Rona!!

Drascombes

Drascombes

As I write Friday night they have returned from a sojourn in Torridon. Seems they have been doing this for 14/15 years.

Expert Lobster Fisherman

Expert Lobster Fisherman

Back to John, Gaynor and the family. An enjoyable afternoon was put in lifting creels and catching quite a few lobsters and prawns. Ending up with an impromptu meal at Rona Lodge where the merits of Scotch whisky and 80’s music were discussed (till late). But not before I cooked a lobster for Fraser, who hurried off to the bunkhouse to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

Very strange trip with John and Co’, very few birds about, zilch mammals in the water, no movement of fish and the cliffs and rocks bare of young seabirds, just an observation but with low temperatures for so long we wonder if there are changes afoot or have the Makerel all been caught up in Iceland/Faroes or Greenland, very strange.

Red Fraser

Red Fraser

A perfect meal for a socialist, a Red Lobster. Sorry Fraser.

Next day all change, this morning we woke to thick fog, amazing as it had only been half a day of sun and even then it was not very sunny but it was hot. The forecast was for it to burn off, Kenny Shieldaig had decided to sail over so we were looking forward to getting Fraser back to Raasay on a sunny sea.

Fog!!

Fog!!

Hard to believe that by mid morning this was the scene as the thick fog retreated, a little later on Skye I heard.

Clearing

Clearing

So nothing for it but get Fraser organised and onto the boat. But one more task for him. he wanted to give me a couple of devolution questions for his weekly You Tube page, interesting getting videoed on a boat floating past Raasay.

You Tube

You Tube

 

That’s all for now, tomorrow we are off to the South, Joy. We will battle with traffic I guess but hope to be back Thursday, Calum and Irene have taken over.

 

 

 

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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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One Response to At Last – Sun

  1. Eva + Choppy says:

    Hi Billy and Lorraine – just to say another BIG thank you for all the time you spent with us today showing us the BEAUTIFUL island which you call home!!! We all had a fantastic time today on board with Kenny and Gemma from Torridon Sea Tours( they just have everything sooooo right!!!) and visiting Rona was just the icing on the delicious cake!!!!Willie is sleeping it all off ( a prolonged stop at the Ben Damph!!!!). Take care and would definitely love another visit soon!!!! 🙂
    Willie ( he can write in his sleep you know!!!) and Eva x

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