George is Back.

After a long absence my old friend George is back. Not George the cat but my stalking partner in crime Geo’. And that means a full days ‘manual’ work every day he is here. At 73 years young, he shows no sign of slowing down, and expects me to do the same, great!! So far we arrived from Portree Thursday, unloaded packed stuff away, shot a hind, cut timber for all the cottages and dug ditches, burnt the rubbish etc etc and it is only Saturday!

We had our day in sunny Portree Wednesday/Thursday and enjoyed two lovely calm sails to and fro’, taking George back with us.

Looking North

Looking North

The highlight for L as usual is the trip to the dump with the empties, this time we completely filled the car with empty bottles (and cans) (not all ours I hasten to add). We were intrigued by the recycling at the bottle banks! The best use ever for an ironing board.

Recycling at it's Best

Recycling at it’s Best

It was good to get to Portree for a shop, first time coming from Rona to Portree since the 25th of November (we were off by Shieldaig after Xmas and back by Portree but, yes, first time to Portree since Nov’) Just the weather to blame but it has been nice and peaceful

Archie' s Guided Tour.

Archie’ s Guided Tour.

Kevin has hurt his back, so MV Spindrift is laid up, first Mate Pam is away so there is no back up crew. Dan on MV Stardust stepped up and Ian/Norman did the trips, on the way back Dan’s chief engineer Archie, accompanied us which was re-assuring. It was a wonderful sail, calm and sunny, many birds about and I saw Puffins, very early for them!

The Grey Cloud

The Grey Cloud

Just outside Big Harbour a single grey cloud came over and turned us into the depth of winter for 20 minutes. One minute warm and sunny next blinking freezing.

Manual Labour

Manual Labour

Once settled in we got going and quickly filled the tractor for Escape’s firewood boxes Friday was a good morning and it was pleasant working in the forest.

locked Out

locked Out

Later on in the day the weather turned and Winter returned, on the way home we spied the hens they have taken to sheltering  below the jeep which seems to be their favourite haunt just now.

Tomorrow depends on the weather but it could be butchering I guess.

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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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3 Responses to George is Back.

  1. Iain says:

    Good piccies and glad to hear Portree is so ‘with it’ these days. Back when we lived on Skye (70s) it was pretty backward!

  2. Sarah Champier (Turner) says:

    Hi Bill,
    Wonderful reading yor post , I dreamt of Rona all night long. The excitement of our imminent arrival is drawing near. Puffins!! Will we be so lucky ? We were too late for them on Lundy so the possibility of catching a glimpse in a couple of weeks time is awesome. We are making lists and ticking the boxes of all that we need to bring . Should you be wanting anything in particular from the south of England? We can bring it along so just let us know . Have a great week !
    Turner and Mootham

  3. Huw jones- (plas menai) says:

    Still enjoy your updates. We are trying for Mull again this year on our Plas Menai expedition. If the wind picks up like last year, we may see you again! Regards. Huw Jones

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