Phew!!! Nearly 30 degrees!!

Topping Up.

Topping Up.

Here we are back on the pontoon waiting for our lift back to Rona last Wednesday, thirsty work holidays!!!!!

Summer Sail

Summer Sail

We got back to Rona with Iain and Margo Bennet our pals from Conon Bridge. Iain was goong to help with a bit of stalking. The weather was, as you can see beautiful.

Rona 2

Rona 2

Coming into Rona we passed Rona 2 one of the Sleat boats, the total yacht visits to Rona so far is 459, a huge leap on past years.

Looking Over To The Severn

Looking Over To The Severn

The weather for our week away was stunning 25 + degrees every day and it was a bonus returning to it on Rona. The view here from the common above Stroud  was right out to the River Severn, clear as a bell.

New Friends

New Friends

Iain and Margo quickly settled into visit mode, but we had a bit of work to catch up on before the weekend visitors arrived.

The 'Clampits' Arrive

The ‘Clampits’ Arrive

Saturday was more relaxed with our ‘Darlington pals’ arriving for their Autumn week. As usual a load of stuff was carted off.

Scraping The Bottom

Scraping The Bottom

Clive and Dave offered their services and a couple of hours later they were scraping the bottom of the boat, it had become terribly slow and no wonder it was pretty thick with barnacles.

Looking For Eric

Looking For Eric

Come Sunday we were off up North looking for stags but no result, too warm. But we did see about 50 Dolphins feeding off of the east of Rona. We then headed to Garbh Eilean, the Island between Rona and Raasay for a look for deer but again no Eric!! He is now leading a charmed life. The temperature was nearly 28 degrees so I guess he was in the shade. His time is up so it is with a great deal of remorse that I am going to cull him.

Dolphin Fun

Dolphin Fun

There were no deer just a cast antler but as we were coming down from the top of the island we saw the dolphins coming nearer. I had little petrol left but it was a fantastic chance to see them close up so we went out and sure enough the came and played with us for 15 minutes then we left them in peace, What an experience.

Mark and Friends

Mark and Friends

And Another

And Another

What a day!! And to finish it all my son phoned to tell me that the new baby arrived a boy!!

So it is now Monday morning and we are hoping to get away, fingers crossed it is still flat calm, 25/6/7? degrees and blue skies.

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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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