Scanning the Horizon for the Landing Craft.

Lunch time Tuesday and I’m up to date with preparations for the annual landing craft. Hugh is coming to continue the new paths and maintenance of the old. Also the summer fuel is aboard plus more building materials, so all h*ll will let loose very shortly.

Been a busy week and weekend  with wonderful weather to date, it was very warm yesterday, so hot out of the North East breeze.

Evening Cloud

Evening Cloud

It is incredible just how dry it has become in such a short time, the groud is crispy in places but very good for the lambs. We had a bit of a spurt this last week but it has now gone quiet. We had good lambs then a very poor deformed lamb. I thought it was just the way it had been lying or a hard birth but as it got older it looked like there was a problem. We hand fed it and fed it onto the mother and so far it seems to be stretching out the wrinkles, who knows. It was in the sick bay for a few days but we will put it in with the others later this week.

The Weak Lamb (Quasi)

The Weak Lamb (Quasi)

The other lambs are having great fun leaping about in the sunshine, another issue is very little grass.

Limpy's Twins

Limpy’s Twins

This sheep has always had a bad limp and we have been treating it off and on, last year it lost its lamb in bitterly cold weather, this year she has twins and although her leg is not 100% she is a very good Mother. After getting up at 6am every day it seems we are getting much more done and the new fence is taking shape.

The New Fence in the Forest

The New Fence in the Forest

The prep’ continues for the onslaught of visitors and what that will bring this year. Posters are going up (as usual) in fact the laminator packed in to-day, probably overworked.

Re-paint required.

Re-paint required.

The creels are slowly moving from the shore to the boat and the last fleet are just about to go on the boat, if I have time.

Early Morning Shoot

Early Morning Shoot

I picked up the crab pots and had a couple of dozen Brown Crab, I kept some and happily filled a few tubs with crab meat, it tasted lovely the first of the year.

A lot of Picky Work.

A lot of Picky Work.

A lot of work cleaning them but good to sit of an evening with a glass of wine and the cat for company cleaning crab meat out of shells.

Saturday we had the changeover and the annual visit from the archaeology group. They will be very happy with the weather for sure and a lot of new faces to enjoy it after very mixed weather previously.

The Archaeologists Arrive.

The Archaeologists Arrive.

We got them over to dry Harbour and sorted out the main plus the lunch and we started to get a steady stream of people arriving by various means in the bay.

Swollen

Swollen

I couldn’t get out the front door, it had swollen yet again with the rain but Calum was here at the same time as our neighbours from up North on Saturday and after I broke the key in the door Calum managed to get a pliers on the key and force the door open, but then it would not close so late Saturday I finally got the door planed and back on. All the time I was doing it I was invaded by yachties from the three yachts with loads of questions.

Good Drying

Good Drying

The weather conitinued into Sunday and Monday and it is soooooo good to get outside work done, a walk round the sheep and out on the boat, all without jackets and wellies.

Now where is that landinmg craft.

 

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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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