Days Off……

We’ve just had two days off, on Rona. It does not happen a lot but because the weather spoiled our visit to Kinloch Lodge last week we decided to have two lazy days here instead.  Before that, we had a busy week, despite the weather.

Snow Shower Over Torridon

Snow Shower Over Torridon

The light on our weekend walks was great but there were showers about. Back to the 13th of February and we were not off, Calum was still here. The list of jobs is of course endless so we set too, with an extra pair of hands all the two man ‘wee’ jobs were the most important. First it was finishing the new chimney.

At last finished!

At last finished!

Then it was down to the bunkhouse to look at taking out the old Jotul fire and installing the old ‘Severn’ from the dining room at the Lodge.

Dead Jotul

Dead Jotul

We lifted the old (20 year old) stove and it just fell to bits, it was cracked and rotten, all it is fit for is scrap, anybody wanting some bits?

The Ghillie

The Ghillie

Calum was looking to shoot the big rifle so we had a go at the targets, we both had good shots, I had two bulls which was a surprise, a first for years. Stalking is over for this year and the deer are not enjoying the weather for sure but they are still doing well with plenty about. A busy season is expected next season. The only thing we trapped this week was a poor mouse which had drowned in the bucket of rain water at Escape, it was completely full and the mouse had obviously fallen in, usually they get out if it is full but maybe it wasn’t so full when it fell in. I remember using this bucket only a few weeks ago. It has made an enormous amount of rain but it runs away pretty quick here.

Unlucky

Unlucky

Calum and Irene got on with the firewood until they departed Friday midday, I got an hour or so on the floor sanding at Dry Harbour. Not a good job and to-day (Tuesday) the sander gave up the ghost.

A long way to go.

A long way to go.

The snow is still on the hills, it can be cold in the wind but we only seem to get rain just now.

Looking Back To Portree

Looking Back To Portree

Friday was not too bad but the rain did come and the leaks in the gutter at Skyescape where I fell off the roof reminded me of another job.

Dripping.

Dripping.

It is not all gloom though and Saturday/Sunday were good days and good days for walks looking for deer or treasure on the shore. We went to the forest first and are always intrigued by the old beech tree.

Well Bent

Well Bent

It looks like the campers were here, you never see these carvings being done nowadays but I guess carrying a sheath knife or pen knife is very unlikely and you cannot carve with an iPhone!!!

1987

1987

L says this one below is a Masonic carving? Who knows!!

Masonic or What?

Masonic or What?

Round the corner we reached the beach and one of Davie Grants bhouys with a mile of rope on it was the first bit of treasure but we did not have our knife, just the camera. So we will go back and get it for him before the yachties arrive, they are partial to bhouys.

The Green Isle

The Green Isle

Just along by the sandy beach (all 20 square metres of it) we found this, L is planning shelves, headboards, etc etc with it.

Proper Treasure

Proper Treasure

There was a lot of plastic and debris from boats which is disappointing and the usual foreign stuff but given the storms, no surprise. On Sunday we headed South after a lazy morning around the Lodge and had a cool walk with odd showers. We almost stood on a sleeping stag, I don’t know who got the bigger surprise. We came over a rock and he shot out of the bottom of it, less than 10 feet away. We must have walked past him on the way down but he had stayed put as we would have been 100yards away from him then. At the very South corner as far away as possible a big grey cloud appeared and sure enough more rain.

Looks Nasty

Looks Nasty

It did not make much and looked worse than it was, in fact the sun shone through it and there were rainbows galore.

L enjoying the rain

L enjoying the rain

Our guests who arrived on Calum’s ferry were South and although we saw them at a distance we did not bump into them, the deer were watching them though, we saw some hinds lying on a high ridge keeping an eye on the walkers. To-day Tuesday it was normal constant rain, not as wet as Monday but still wet. A good day for sanding until the sander broke so I loaded up the jeep and carted all the building debris back to the garage. This time last year our visitors had a week of blue skies and temperatures in the teens’. Not quite the same this year and no Sperm Whales (Yet)!!!

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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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