Thunder, Lightening, fog, sun, 25 degrees and of course rain. All in the last hour (4 pm Sunday 3rd August). What a day. Last week was probably the worst of the summer and to-day (we hope) is the unsettled period coming to an end. It looks better for the week ahead.
Last Friday we had an early morning call from Yogi, he was picking up a buoy that we had found that belonged to the Green Isle. He was not here long and took off to lift his creels. The yachts that had been in overnight were leaving at the same time and it looked like we were having a mass exodus, the forecast was a bit iffy, perhaps that was the reason.
It was a pretty grey day and our Dutch (Swedish) friends who had been on the mooring ‘looked’ like they had had an encounter with the reef on the West side of the harbour entrance, if they did not hit it they were certainly close. One minute they were heading for it, the next there was a burst of reverse and they were at right angles to it. No one has been stuck on our rocks this year, which is always a good thing.
The day improved and with the Seaflower alongside we decided to go for a fishing expedition. I had not lifted the creels for a few days so expectations were high. With Kenny’s help we were pretty quick and got a couple of nice lobsters for tea.
We came back in from our hour on the sea and I spotted my mooring sign. The Dutch yacht had called on the Thursday but somewhere along the call I heard that they were Swedish and spent a lot of time trying to stop these Dutch people from lifting the mooring. BUT it sorted itself out and we had a good laugh about it.
By Tea time I had the boxes and bills together for our visitors going off and it was nice to see them all outside having a drink enjoying the last of the sun, not that they had had much during the week. Eric (another Dutchman!) is off to Skye this week and it looks more favourable weather wise, so I’m sure he will see some Skye summer weather.
Early evening Friday, Andrew and his pals, arrived by RIB from Gairloch. Andrew was our PDG pilot going to and from the Base, now in Aberdeen he is flying to the North sea. On Wednesday he had had an incident when his front wheel locked up and he had to hover for 45 minutes until the engineers fixed it, exciting stuff!!!!!! They were here for the weekend, in the bunkhouse. We had prepared the supper club and very soon we were tucking in.
The menu was Tempura herring, dips, hummus, oatcakes, bread, lobster, burger, black pudding, posh chips!, chocolate cake Ice cream, affago and………… Not all on one plate but you can work it out. Needless to say it was a late night, enjoyable and not too liquid.
With rain forecast Saturday morning, we had the jeep loaded and just managed to squeeze everything in. As it happened the rain did not come until very late and then it really poured down. Graeme Kelly and his family were expecting rain and had their wellies all lined up for the off.
It was nice to see Spindrift back although Pam n Kevin were less than impressed with their trip to Orkney to collect their new boat. It was not as they were told and sadly (quite rightly) they left it alone. Roll on the next project.
The new visitors to our cottages were friends of Andrews and in a flash they were out on the RIB going round the bay towing an inflatable with the kids in it . Much to the yachts delight!! The day was good and we had a film night organised (with a take away Tesco curry) with Mike and Lorraine our friends from Perth who are here for two weeks in Skyescape. But before that we had the first official Edradour whisky tasting.
After much consultation and a trial run with Andrew earlier in the day (had to be done) we sat down with our comments forms and a tasting glass each. We sampled 6 whiskies, four of them Edradour and we had a hilarious couple of hours and ended before it got too serious.
Andrew and the gang headed to the bunkhouse for an indoor barbecue, we headed up to the cinema. Fortunately no more alcohol was taken and we ended up having an early night which was long overdue.
Now it is Sunday night, we are getting ready for Supper club number two with only four as Andrew has run Craig up to Badachro as he has work tomorrow . Aut after a bumpy ride they are back and I guess sleeping off the barbecue!
Hi Bill! Back in sunny Aberdeen(!). Sorry I didn’t get the chance to say cheerio. Thanks so much for your epic hospitality, I’ve come home relaxed and fatter….again! Hope the rest behaved themselves tonight! See you again soon!! C