Cats ‘n’ Dogs

Yesterday it was grey but dry, there was a blink of sun but only a blink. We took the chance and painted, ‘outside’, boards we made to fill the inspection holes upstairs. The forecast was for rain later so we were keen to get this job out of the way.

Stencils

Stencils

Well, this morning was a different story, it had rained all night but the drumming on the roof first thing became a roll and there was no point in hurrying up downstairs for breakfast. When we did look out we could not believe our eyes, everything was flooded.

The Rona Levels

The Rona Levels

The water was lying on the slope out the front and going nowhere. I had the breakfast and headed out for a look, there was water lying at the ruin so I suspected a rock in the drain, BUT as I made my way down I saw this stream coming from under the front of the house so I had a look, could not understand it and had a look out the back.

Our new stream 1

Our new stream 1

I thought it was coming out of the drain but no, the top was clear.

Our new stream 2

Our new stream 2

Around the back it was a different story though.

Our new swimming pool

Our new swimming pool

And that is how we do not know from one day until the other what jobs we have in the grand plan. The rest of the morning was in the pool!!

Up to my ....

Up to my ….

By chance I had cleared the ditches the day before and the drain was working but the sheer volume of water had taken more stones down and blocked the drain. Thankfully I had the digger there and after much cursing and wet swearing I got it going and dug out some of the bigger stones, with a woosh it started to disappear.

Just in time

Just in time

It looks like I’ll have to build a culvert there now, it has been blocked before but not as bad as this. The night before as we walked up from the bunkhouse I noticed a pipe leaking at the sheep trough, one of the sheep had obviously caught it in its horn. I switched it off and noted it as a job for first thing. As it turned out I did not get round to doing it, I think the sheep have plenty water to-day.

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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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