It’s All Go Here!!

Thursday we got back and straight into the work again. Calum had done well at the pointing despite the weather and had two thirds of the front wall done. Everything is in place for a quick finish if the weather is kind, the house is empty and Calum’s available. We went over to inspect and the three missing Canna sheep were in the garden. We had asked our visitors Fee’ and Richard to trap them but they had escaped from their garden, lucky for us they had gone into Escapes garden just as we arrived. We quickly shut the gate and hey presto. Two hours later they were back in the field.

Trapped

Trapped

I had to be careful with them because they are ready to lamb and we lost a lamb last year due to similar circumstances. So it was a slow trip back over the hill in the trailer. Next day it was full on but I had time to fit the new wheels to the abandoned ornament in the garden.

The New Rowing Boat

The New Rowing Boat

After the gale in October when the mast got bent I did not know what to do with the Wayfarer, so decided it will make a tender for getting out to the mooring. Not the best but better than nothing. I had put MV Rona into the water but was not keen to leave it on the pontoon when I was away because of the gale forecast. The fenders had been washed away. But I had an idea and a quick discussion with Kevin and Calum resulted in the new bollard/fender. One down two to go.

The New Bollard

The New Bollard

I was working on the pier and thinking that our fish boxes we make would make ideal shelters for the ‘many’ notices we have to have here, so the afternoon was spent putting them up. Hopefully the home made notices will last a bit longer this year.

Notice Board

Notice Board

One day good, one day bad and the 13th although not a Friday was a poor day, I got a bit bored so decided on a bit of sculpture with Lorraine’s knitting!!

Unhappy Face

Unhappy Face

The Canna sheep were not liking it much either, I’m sure they would have been happier out in the hill getting a shelter instead of standing in a very wet field getting battered by the rain. Always quite a worry at this time.

Miserable Day

Miserable Day

Next day it was off South to look at the amount of pipes we need for the digger which is coming next week. I took the opportunity to have a look around for stags and of course antlers. Luckily I found yet another of Eric’s huge antlers and another half of a twelve pointer. The weather that day was fantastic and 6 stags popped up in front of me, nice to see, some still with full sets of antlers.

Looking to The Skye bridge From South of Rona

Looking to The Skye bridge From South of Rona

Looking North was much the same, no yachts just the range boats and a trawler heading North.

Looking North along the East of Rona

Looking North along the East of Rona

I was admiring the view and looked down at my feet and here was a beautiful pool of water with a huge drip falling in it every few seconds, quite a picture I thought. Such a lovely day just to enjoy the Spring weather.

Patterns

Patterns

Back to the Lodge in time to see the new lamb born that morning staggering about, the first Canna ewe to lamb had just had her lamb first thing so I left it since it was such a good day, peace and sunshine is worth much more than all the ‘stuff’ the lambing shepherd has!!

The First of 2014

The First of 2014

The lamb threw me and I got ready for the rest of the lambing, I also got the boat in the water, the creels aboard and I was just thinking about getting fuel for the Lodge central heating when L said, no hot water. Of course I knew right away that the kerosene had run out, it had been low. I went to the shed to switch on the electric water heaters but they refused to work so nothing for it but a late evening spent topping up the heating oil, bleeding it and getting some hot water for a welcome shower. No matter how hard I try I ‘always’ end up getting a liberal dose of kerosene on my clothes and that night was no exception. First thing in the morning it was over to Escape to beg some fuel. A common occurrence at this time of year when we wait for the Spring delivery by landing craft.

Top Up

Top Up

Once that was done and everything running smoothly it was back to the boat. The outboard on the port side was not throwing out water as it should from the tell tale, never has. So a few phone calls and nothing for it but a new impellor. The second one I’ve fitted. It looked ok so I re-assembled and still no tell tale. I left it until Tuesday (yesterday) and was advised it may be salt crystals but I was suspicious. Another hour later and here was the culprit. A small piece of silicone, possibly gasket sealer, very Yamaha in colour lurking right in the hole where the tell tale throws the water out. Not good because the engine depends on a through flow of clean cold water. So I’m suspicious this has been in the water way since new and only now blocked the hole. I cannot see where else it could have come from. It just shows you how a small thing can ruin a very expensive piece of equipment!!!

The Cooler Cover and Blocked Pipe

The Cooler Cover and Blocked Pipe

 

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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 It’s All Go Here!!

  1. Alistair says:

    have you not tried straightening your mast on the wayfarer. I always remember as a kid my dad straightening out masts of boats at the sailing club.

  2. Bill Cowie says:

    Hi Alistair When the warmer weather comes I may try, it is not too bent but bent it is. Kevin (our ferryman & sailor) says they are never right but I’m not going across the Atlantic with it!!!!!!

    Cheers Bill

  3. Alistair says:

    Fence posts I think is what he used as well as getting us kids to sit on it.

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