More of the same since the last post. Rain every day, occasional blinks of blue sky but everything is so wet it is difficult to get the enthusiasm to start (or even finish) anything outside.
It was around the 14th of October last year that Ian started the extension and kitchen at Skyescape, it was torrential for a lot of that week and it still keeps going. Walking into the garden over there is just one squelch.
I had lots to do there but pouring rain put me off so I put together a shelf unit in the garage to try and keep all the tools and stock for maintenance together.
Our guests (the first this year) were stuck, the wind was up to gale force from Friday through to Monday but they were not complaining getting a few free extra days!! We had them over to Rona Lodge on Saturday evening for dinner and it was blowing a ‘hooley’ when they left but at least it was dry(ish) for their walk over to Dry Harbour.
It was a promising start Sunday even with a sore head!! So I cleared the mess beside the house, the ground was very muddy with the emergency drainage, but I managed to get it a bit level, the hens were having a ball with the worms and the sheep were wondering what they were eating!!
I got half way through the sanding of the oak floor in Skyescape last week but the sander disintegrated and I had to stop, I did not need much encouragement. I got on the phone and found I could hire a professional model, a Makita from MacGregors in Portree and with a visit to the Doctors on the cards for Monday I got Kevin to pick it up.
Looking to Monday it looked as if the weather would be relatively calm but Sunday afternoon and evening the gusts of wind were quite frightening, I imagine it was up to 40 plus MPH at its peak, even in the middle of the night it was still blowing but at first light it disappeared which was a big surprise.
Pam and Kevin were sharp, the MacBeth TV crew were up early and they had some staying with them for BnB so we had a bit of a rush as they left straight after they served breakfast. But with the forecast looking poor it was not a bad thing to be away quick.
The wind was promising to come back so instead of us both heading off L stayed I went and had the usual trolley dash in between a visit to Dr Murray at Broadford hospital. It was a good day and I did get lots of mail (Ebay again) and was quite happy to be back on Rona at night. I got the sander and it made short work of the floor, not perfect but it is as much as I can cope with so it is varnishing tomorrow.
When we were sailing over to Portree Monday Alan (our cottage guest) gave me a list of ‘issues’ in the Escape house, we knew about the stove that has water coming through the gable wall!! But I did not know about the window in the living room although L says I did (my memory). But like the rain the jobs seem to never end just now. It is a big bit like the Forth Road Bridge here, I guess it is all starting to catch up. Roll on some dry weather so that we can get really going.