Annual Service

It started snowing here last night and tonight it is very, very cold, just as well we have the central heating boilers working fine.

Tuesday 11th The Old Man

Tuesday 11th The Old Man

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.

Engineering arrives

Engineering arrives

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.

Just About There

Just About There

George departed and Calum got down to work.

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

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.

Plumbing In

Plumbing In

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.

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

The Evening Matinee

The Evening Matinee

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.

Looking Into Genny Servicing

Looking Into Genny Servicing

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.

Lovely Evening

Lovely Evening

And at least we do have some clear spells showing us the snow on the Torridon hills.

And of Course The Torridon Mountains

And of Course The Torridon Mountains

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.

Sun over Escape

Sun over Escape

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.

Blazed

Blazed

The deer came onto the tops late on and looked on!!

Unconcerned

Unconcerned

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.

Safe as a House

Safe as a House

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.

After The Snow

After The Snow

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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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