Calm Days

The weather is still calm, tomorrow I’m off to the Doc’ in Portree nothing to worry about though just a visit before half an hour with the chiropractor, the shoulder is hurting!! The Danes are coming this weekend so a mega shop is the plan. Thankfully the forecast is good and the boat ‘seems’ to be ok. We will see. But it has been a busy time getting things up to date and with the help of Calum and Hugh we are ahead at last.

Back to last week, plenty visitors, yachts galore and averaging 8 a night for a while and all the fun that brings with it!!

Don

Don

Don went missing, or at least his skipper thought he did and was quite worried but when I went off to look for him he turned up safe and well, just a ‘wee’ misunderstanding but it can happen and has done, that was over a week ago.

Chilling out

Chilling out

After the excitement we retired to the cabin for some strawberries (from the poly tunnel) and cream, it was the afternoon so no film. Just a read of the previous weekends papers. The start of the week and yet more posters, this time to try and stop the nosey parkers peering in the windows, I was tired of cleaning the greasy smudges off so we have closed the curtains and put up another ‘information notice’!!

Peeping Toms

Peeping Toms

BUT one yachtsman told me on Tuesday last after finding him mooching around in my shed at Rona Lodge that it was his hobby whilst out yachting to poke into other peoples stuff, quite sad really!! Yes he was serious.

Kenny and the gang

Kenny and the gang

Kenny from Shieldaig arrived Tuesday evening, fresh back from St Kilda on Yacht Sapphire. They had showers and joined us for dinner, we had a good night ending with a special tasting of Edradour. Next day Calum arrived with his Oban pals and they went for a walk whilst Calum helped with the JCB tyre and fitting the new steering cable. He took out various spares and the new tube so it was good to get these jobs done.

At last, Mobile

At last, Mobile

Next day was a blur but we did discover that the drain was not working at Skyescape so Friday morning, major plumbing.

Drained

Drained

As usual I ran out of stuff but Calum and Hugh were coming at the weekend again for a bit of a back up as I was falling behind with the years plan. They brought the first stores for the Danish invasion, the beer.

Essentials

Essentials

Straight into work Friday afternoon and by night we had time for a drink then bed, late. Next day I got the new sign up now the new path is open.

Keep Left

Keep Left

Calum disappeared to the forest to strim all day and Hugh did some repairs and  maintenance.

Wont Charge, slack fan belt

Wont Charge, slack fan belt

The poly Tunnel has gone bananas so plenty strawberries for Calum’s Birthday cake.

Birthday Boy.

Birthday Boy.

Needless to say we had a good birthday celebrating with Calum, Ronan, Francis and Seamus off of yacht Aiysling (Breakish) who had turned up so they joined us for a good ‘long’ night. Next day, more strimming but Sunday was wet which is good for strimming but good for midgies too.

Grass Topping

Grass Topping

Been lots happening this week but no time for pictures. Or at least I keep forgetting, 12 kayaks arrived the other day and a few odds, the calm weather certainly brings them out, Seaflower has been in with a full load, one guest left her very expensive gold bangle, lucky I found it. That will soon be on its way home. And the feeling is that there is something wrong with the sea, no birds, no gannets, puffins, whales, dolphins, anything. Calm weather ideal for spotting but nothing to spot. When you hear tour operators at the sea eagle talking about cricket on the VHF you know there is something seriously wrong.

Thursday tomorrow, where has the week gone, had good weather and lots more yachts in, but no time to hang around with our visitors arriving Saturday.

Bring it on.

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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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One Response to Calm Days

  1. Karen Cree says:

    Hi Bill. Thanks for the update on the aquatic life and the bird life. I told you we didn’t have long with nature! I shared the specific paragraph with a group of people who keep a close watch on what is happening with ecosystems across the globe. They were very depressed. But not surprised. Let me know how things develop. You can be my voice from the North!

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