Unbelievable Days.

The Spring sunshine continues, it feels almost summer, this was the view to-day from the Island at the mouth of the harbour!! And it was so hot.

Regular Traffic

Regular Traffic

Yes it was that bright and all day to-day (Wednesday), I’d gone out to the Island on a sea trial because I knew Kenny was coming, just in case I broke down and needed a tow. But all of that was forgotten in the excitement (more tomorrow, it’s late!!).

Back to last week and the list is getting just a wee bit shorter, it has been good to get so many sunny dry days, with so much achieved.

Their New Home

Their New Home

The new hens had outstayed their welcome in the poly tunnel and with the weather so good it was a quick shift down to the old hen run, now secure.

A wee bit unsure.

A wee bit unsure.

The hens are a bit jumpy but they will settle and they are now shut in every night, the mink are very much still about. Last week Mark spotted one over on the shore at Dry Harbour. Meanwhile back at the Lodge the timber sitting in the shed for 6 months finally made it onto the wall. It almost didn’t though as the health and safety executive were less than impressed at my scaffolding skills!!

Rona H&S.E

Rona H&S.E

I was put off the job. Just as well the camera case was hiding the offending scaffold.

L not impressed.

L not impressed.

Half an hour later I was back in business and got the job done, L was a wee bit happier.

Suns Shining, I need to be on the water.

Suns Shining, I need to be on the water.

Monday it was up to the garage to put the new carb onto one of the outboards and get them ready for down to the boat. By the afternoon I had them on and running.

The Drag

The Drag

Next day it was hot again, perfect weather for finishing off the engine refit and pulling the boat down to below the high water mark. Always a mission it was still no easier this time, I must get a trailer. That night the boat floated and I headed out to the Island at the mouth of the harbour, it was good to be back on the water under my own steam.

Oh What Fun

Oh What Fun

Even better to see Eric and his mate watching me from the highest point on the Island. I had a few things to do to the boat and would then have a good run out and since Kenny was coming over from Shieldaig with a group I made up my mind to be out before he came just in case of any problems, plus the fact that I was now seaborne I could have a look on the Islands for Eric’s antlers which we like to collect every year.

And here is the view this morning from Garbh Eilean, just as Kenny spotted Eric and his pal running to the East side of the Island for a swim.

It is getting late so more tomorrow.

Swimming stags, antlers and more sun!!

To be continued…………………

About turn.

About turn.

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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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2 Responses to Unbelievable Days.

  1. Lesley says:

    Hi Bill and L
    Glad the weather is still good. Enjoy the sunshine. Loved the new look cottage and the view from the settee. Well worth all your hard work.
    Alfie is still very quite and I’m still finding ticks, don’t know where the little things have been hiding.

    I’d just like to thank everyone who was involved in looking for Alfie, I’m so grateful for all that you did to help find him. It was such a relief on Tuesday when he was found, very thin but luckily alive.
    Hope the hens have settled, any eggs yet???
    I agree with L that scaffolding sure doesn’t look very safe Bill. Take care
    Les x

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