The End of the Week and Stalking update.

Friday night, it has been a superb week but tomorrow is, according to the BBC another story. The weather which has been so good is about to break. I am going off, Calum, Irene and two visitors are ‘supposed’ to be coming on. Fingers crossed.

Today it started a bit damp after rain overnight but sun shone and it was incredibly warm.

Incredibly warm.

Incredibly warm.

All this week it has been like mid summer, very strange, if it was not for the trees changing colour,  I’d think it was still July.

Aspen Autumn

Aspen Autumn

Calum and Irene called in en route to Portree on Wednesday, yet another blue sky day. We went through winter projects then later in the afternoon they took off for an overnight at Fladda then Thursday Portree.

Blue Sky Day

Blue Sky Day

I’d been getting on with tidying up and found out my trailer hitch had reached the end of its days.

Rattled

Rattled

With the constant bumping on the road it is only a surprise it lasted so long. But with the weight on the rear of the trailer it was found out. So a quick look on ebay and another is on its way. The ground was drying nicely so Thursday I got on with some roadworks putting the refurb’ trailer into action. As long as it is a dry period you have to act.

Road Works

Road Works

In fact it was so warm to-day I decided to give the hens a clean out and prepare them for the coming winter/wet weather. New bed, clean hut and fresh food, we should get some happy eggs tomorrow!!

Happy Hens

Happy Hens

Back To The Stalking Week:

Eric's Last Stand

Eric’s Last Stand

Wallace and John came over a week last Saturday, Wallace Head Stalker and Ghillie John. The plan was to cull Eric and two possibly three others. Sadly Eric had to go, he had been here for 13 years and to stop interbreeding it was felt that his time had come. It was a pretty remorseful stalk and shot but that is deer management and we were only doing a bit of good for the herd. In fact last year he had been pretty much beat off by the new master stag. As the week progressed and the weather improved from sleet and rain the stags got more vocal and plentiful. We culled two more mature stags and one for the freezer.

Sighting the rifles

Sighting the rifles

We had a trip up North in the boat and were not disappointed when we saw several stags rutting with hinds up there but the wind was poor so we decided to do a circumnavigation of Rona, the first this year. The East side of Rona was light on deer but we did see Derick, Eric’s son for sure and the confusion confirmed that there was in fact another stag that looked like Eric. He was sitting right at the South end and I guess he is on Raasay now. I could have had a picture earlier in the week but we stalked him and got into a position where we could not move and when we did he took off. Not to worry, he’ll be back!!

Heading North, Sea Spying

Heading North, Sea Spying

It is not all play though, Wallace was working in the larder on Eric’s head,  so I pressed John into cleaning the shed, no rest here.

Hard At Work

Hard At Work

After that we did a bit of butchering.

The Butchery Dept'

The Butchery Dept’

It was a busy week and as soon as my back was turned three yachts came in and promptly anchored on top of the mooring buoy. I did not get a chance to shout at them to move as it is always a problem when their stern is right on top of the mooring. Next day, sure enough, the mooring had disappeared. The gale that got up overnight maybe contributed to it but the buoy on the mooring had been cut, probably by a propeller knife!! I know who they are though and will be having a word. On cue the kayakers arrived, now if I was heading off to a remote wild place I would be looking for a remote wild camping experience but no. Not once but twice last week I found kayakers camped in the holiday cottages garden. Quite unbelievable, especially as the sign is there but unfortunately the kayaker had put his life jacket over the sign and did not see it. But hey, the outdoor access code says ‘do not camp around properties, be unobtrusive’. the bit I don’t like is when they crap around the holiday cottages in the morning!!!!!! And these guys had been kayaking for 50 years, some hope for peace and privacy for those that live here. Anyway that is my rant for the week.

Being Unobtrusive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Being Unobtrusive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back to the stalking: The week went very well and all too soon it was time to go, Wallace and John left with the three stags and Hannahlore and Norbert my German friends arrived.

Stags Away

Stags Away

Norbert has been shooting with me now for 25 years but now prefers to mess around and doesn’t stalk in Scotland anymore, but, he does not mind working on a head or two and I pressed him into service cleaning the antlers from the week.

Making a Good Job

Making a Good Job

The weather was kind and they enjoyed two days of clear skies, warm and positively summer weather.

Enjoying the view.

Enjoying the view.

Saturday came and all too soon they went away back to their holiday chalet in Contin. Dode, Bruce, Lorna and Dougie arrived and another couple of days entertaining got underway. I was sitting with Bruce Sunday morning and all of a sudden a racket came from the lounge. We could not figure out what it was and half an hour later with more noise we spotted this Snipe in amongst the stuffed birds. I’m happy to report that it flew away apparently unharmed. Maybe too much of a mouthful for ‘George’.

George The Cats latest Catch

George The Cats latest Catch

All in all the best stalking week I’ve ever had and good company throughout. Although social media is taking over the world!!!!!

Social Media, what would we do without it ..........TALK!!!!

Social Media, what would we do without it ……….TALK!!!!

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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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3 Responses to The End of the Week and Stalking update.

  1. Alicowie says:

    Hi Billy. Having read about the kayaker scrapping around the houses I had the same feeling as you when we visited Uluru ( Ayers Rock) and kata tjuta ( the Olgas). People crapping in the middle if this amazing wilderness is bad enough but leaving their loo paper on top makes it even worse. All around the 10km walk around the rock! It leaves you speechless and there are toilets at the car parks. Grrrrrrrrrrr

  2. Alistair says:

    Sad to see Eric go, though that is deer management for you I suppose, and you obviously have to think of the bigger picture and the health of the herd, and not be sentimental to an individual.

  3. Ali says:

    Understandable rant! Fabulous photo’s! Good luck with the “weather” Monday/Tuesday! How gorgeous was Eric? Long may his line continue! x

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