Spring? At Last!!

Here we are waiting for Saturday’s guests and Spring is here. Where has the week gone, Saturday the 29th not 22nd. It seems like yesterday it was grey, cold and very wet. Now it is blue skies and calm weather, what a contrast and what a week we have just had. We left it last blog waiting for Saturday’s guests and that was the 22nd. Here’s why there has been no blog for over a week!!

Mark and Family Arrive

Mark and Family Arrive

Mark, Nicola, Lesley and Clive plus the family (4 spaniels ) arrived a week ago. They won our annual cottage competition and were having their ‘free’ week. Even with 4 spaniels they managed to be the winners!!!!

Under Control

Under Control

About two hours after this photo one of the spaniels disappeared! Mark and Clive were in the forest, they turned around and ‘Alfie’ was off.

As Good a Place for a Puncture.

As Good a Place for a Puncture.

Mark came over with the bike ( I’d left it over at the cottages) but the trailer  tyre came off the rim half way over. His news was that one of the dogs was AWOL. Lesley was very happy with the cottage but concerned that her dog ‘Alf’ had gone.

The Finished Article

The Finished Article

We were pretty relaxed thinking the dog would return so Mark took the bike back and once I’d finished feeding the sheep (and Julie) I took him back to DH and had a look for Alfie. No luck.

Julie Spooked

Julie Spooked

Next day, Sunday the weather at last had settled and outdoor activities resumed.

Piggy Back

Piggy Back

I dug a ditch out the back of the sheds to release the water and discovered loads of toads enjoying the mud. I had loads of wee jobs, it was good to get them done.

Birch Syrup

Birch Syrup

I had bought some birch sap taps and wanted to start them off so I grabbed a minute and set one off. 15 to go. I spotted the visitors at the top of the high hill, Acarseid Mhor. Guessing they were looking for the dog I decided to head up their to see what was what. No sign of Alf but what a view to-day.P1030572There was not a lot I could do apart from phoning the Base up at the lighthouse asking them to keep a look out and heading South to have a look there myself, but the only thing I found was an old antler from our big stag. So back to the shed to finish the fishing boxes.

The Latest Batch

The Latest Batch

The timber from Cromartie Sawmill was all cut to size so it was just an assembly job.

I had a deer count planned for the coming week so it was a bit of a worry that the dog was missing but there was not a lot I could do about it.

More tomorrow.

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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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3 Responses to Spring? At Last!!

  1. Alistair says:

    That family of springers look as mad as a bag of squirels, I have one springer pup and that is bad enough.I like the sap taps were did you find those? always wanted to make birch sap wine though the syrup idea sounds great.

  2. Alistair says:

    I will have to have a look. Thanks.

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