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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.