9 to 5

Another sunny day (Tuesday 29th April) trying to break through the fog. It has been an incredible couple of weeks of weather. Very hot and not a lot of wind. But on Rona, as usual, not a lot of time to sit around enjoying it, unfortunately!  It has been too busy with long days and short nights. Lambs, landing craft, diggers, broadband installation and the usual visitors.

The Spanish John

The Spanish John

The landing craft duly arrived with young Jamie Milligan at the helm, his Father Greg was away for a few days so his son (25 YO) took charge and did a good job. Hugh came with everything including the kitchen sink (I think). When I left the blog last week it was the calm before the storm and as soon as the lc arrived it got even busier. Dealing with 6000 litres of fuel and various bits and pieces took all of that day and most of the next. The sheep were left a bit to themselves, the Tup was for jumping out because I was tardy with their feed.

The Jump

The Jump

I need to shift that stone!

When we got ‘most’ of the delivery moving off the pier we took stock and were admiring the old pier for a while, marveling at the work the past generations had achieved without 7 tonne diggers.

A Work of Art

A Work of Art

As usual no L/c would be complete without issues and a puncture was the first, but a quick lift with the digger and away we went.

Punctured

Punctured

I got the wheel changed and headed down South with the buckets and pecker for Hugh when I found a soft verge! Another disaster, too much haste I guess.

Less Haste.....

Less Haste…..

I got a lift out from Hugh and he headed further South making a great job of the very worn path.

Nice and Level

Nice and Level

Next day (Thursday) we headed to Portree with Spindrift for the Doctor and shopping, the Danes are coming 13 in total so the shopping list is pretty impressive, 120 beers for a start.

Loaded

Loaded

After a lovely day in Portree it was Pier Hotel, pint of lager and off back to Rona with Kevin and Pam, Loaded!!

Super Sail

Super Sail

Friday Kenny and Gemma arrived with guests, we had lunch together, Cullen Skink of course and then went to MV Seaflower to deliver a fish box. The passengers seemed very relaxed.

Chilling Out

Chilling Out

After lunch I had planned taking the burst exhaust off the jeep, which was straight forward.

Who needs a jack?

Who needs a jack?

In the middle of it all our first foreign yacht arrived, Harrald and his wife all the way from Friesland, arrived, very interesting couple and very nice people.

Harrald and His wife 80 Years Old and still sailing

Harrald and His wife 80 Years Old and still sailing

they stayed in the bay for a couple of nights then left for South Skye and then the Faroes. Saturday morning the Archaeologists left and they seemed to have more stuff going than coming.

Pickfords hasn't a lookin

Pickfords hasn’t a lookin

Another busy Saturday but ending with a showing of ‘Django’ up in the Rona Cinema, Hugh was intrigued by the popcorn maker, he had delivered it (unbeknown to him) in November for our Xmas from my son.

The Wonder of popcorn

The Wonder of popcorn

Next day work as usual, a bit of a break by going out with creels and the catch, the first lobster of the year.

Hugh at The Helm

Hugh at The Helm

looking back it was a fantastic day and view of the Cuillins.

The view from the mouth of Big Harbour

The view from the mouth of Big Harbour

It was deemed too hot to sort lambs out Sunday so Monday was the time and with thick fog it could not have been better. Very cool and good for the sheep.

Foggy Fank

Foggy Fank

in the middle of it Ali from Applecross arrived with Simon from Eigg, here to fit the new broadband mast for the Applecross community.

Ali and Dog ready to chase the sheep!!!!!!

Ali and Dog ready to chase the sheep!!!!!!

I had completely forgotten them so down tools and all hands to getting the mast and equipment up to the chosen spot.

Heading into the fog

Heading into the fog

Once the fog had cleared we finally saw sight of our targets and the guys got to work.

Great Spot

Great Spot

It is now 10pm Tuesday (I think) and lately we have been talking about our working day here and there was a thought that 8 hours was a good day here but 9 to 5 doesn’t really come into it here and it just seems to roll on, one day to another, well it’s not work is it…?

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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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4 Responses to 9 to 5

  1. yractual says:

    Great post with great pix. Have a great Spring/Summer.

  2. Sarah Champier (Turner) says:

    Keeping up to speed with all of your posts Bill. Seems like we stayed with you well in the calm before the almighty storm! Sounds totally hectic!!
    Hope you enjoyed Django……..:-)
    We are always reminiscing about Rona……..she was blissful .
    Take care and have a great time with the Danes.
    Sarah and Alan

  3. Ali says:

    120 beers? Hope it’s a short visit? Brilliant photo’s what a special place. Keep wishing you good weather, but when ever you get the good stuff we get the crap! x

  4. Lorraine says:

    Are you still there ? !! Xx L + M Perth

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