Back On Line, but briefly!!

Been a while but here is a quick one. We did not stay in Barcelona longer than we had there, although 23 degrees of heat and blue skies was very tempting. More later.

Barcelona Sunset.

Barcelona Sunset.

It is not only Rona that has stunning sunsets, every night there it was a good one.

After being pushed to the limit just before we left, what with weather and work at Dry Harbour, the long train journey was just the tonic, sitting in the carriages enjoying a glass of wine looking at the countryside was very relaxing. The destination was everything and more. Even with the yachts!!

Can't get away from them.

Can’t get away from them.

Of course we did the tourist thing but not a lot, just one bus tour and lots of restaurants.

Well Worth the visit.

Well Worth the visit.

And we had already had a weekend break at Kingairloch with Kenny and Linda our traveling companions and that had set us up, celebrating their 60th birthdays.

Before you knew it, it was time for home and to meet up with Arne, Erik and George who were coming for a week to help with the new kitchen at Skyescape. But, the weather had other ideas and we had an extra few nights kicking about Inverness and Portree trying to get back to Rona. On the Saturday it was one of the grimmest days I’ve seen on Skye. Erik insisted on visiting the waterfall at the Moll.

Wet Through.

Wet Through.

Two minutes out of the car and he was wet through. We declined and headed down to Kinloch Lodge to Lady Claire’s Michelin starred restaurant, one of the best meals this year for sure. Next day back to Rona and the winter really started. Snow, wind, rain, hail and gales for most of the week saw us dodging about. We were having difficulty with machinery and material but we sort of achieved what we had intended. Calum had set it up when he was looking after the Island.

The first real snow.

The first real snow.

That’s the briefest of updates and a full report to follow, we are off to Edinburgh to-day, it is flat calm, then back Tuesday. Xmas shopping for sure and staying in the Howard so that will be fun. We did not find out until last night that the rugby international is on in Edinburgh so I guess it will be silly busy. But we are looking forward to it.

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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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