It started snowing here last night and tonight it is very, very cold, just as well we have the central heating boilers working fine.
At last all four central heating boilers have had their annual service. The new regime is to carry out the servicing every year in February. This is better than the previous regime which was ‘ when they broke down, I tried to fix them’. That was not the best plan but it sort of worked. As it happens Calum and Irene arrived on the boat George went away on (Friday) and next day the central heating at the Lodge broke down. We were going to start servicing that very day so it sort of helped to spur us on.
Just before the service engineer arrived we were cutting up the venison and mutton George had organised for himself, trying to get it done before the ferry arrived but we managed. We had had an hour earlier in the day finishing off the bank behind Skyescape then making our way over to Rona Lodge.
George departed and Calum got down to work.
I finished the cabin at the rear of Skyescape as Calum serviced the boilers. The last job was making the sink units doors and end panel. Howdens bamboo flooring was just the job.
The Sunday matinee was ‘ The war Horse’ kindly supplied by the MacAskills. we had our tea al fresco and a couple of drams! The burgers were good, the popcorn too and the film was excellent.
Next day back to business servicing the generator at Big Harbour. Long overdue was the ‘leak’ pipe on the genny rocker cover, unfortunately we did not have the gaskets so I ordered them and quietly put the covers back on.
Although the weather has not been so good the light is without a doubt amazing just now. No red sunset but impressive clouds none the less.
And at least we do have some clear spells showing us the snow on the Torridon hills.
Lorraine was over at Dry Harbour painting, the sun was out that morning so she took her wee camera and was taking photos for the website. The tide was and the harbour was very calm.
I took advantage of the calm day and headed into the forest to ‘blaze’ trees (with paint). Calum had expressed an interest in doing some thinnings so I obliged by picking out the poor trees.
The deer came onto the tops late on and looked on!!
Finally we got onto repairing the jeep, the tie bar had sprung a bolt, the exhaust was leaking and we were keen to see if the running gear was in good order, yes it was. So we will not buy another MOT failure, we will stick with the Diahatsu.
We put in a new wooden window (where I put a plastic pipe through it) in the JCB, then fed the sheep. As we were doing that L came out of Rona Lodge and shouted to us, pointing up the way. Just like yesterday the cloud formation was amazing and the camera was in Dry Harbour. This time I ran to the house and grabbed the Nikon. Unfortunately the best bits had passed, clouds full of snow. But these ones close after were every bit as impressive.