Normal Service Has Resumed

Last week’s weather continued to get better with sunny days and warm temperatures. Most nights there was a bit of a sunset and every forecast was looking good.

Promising

Promising

With dry days it was good to get on with the pre-winter jobs. The JCB started for a change so it was straight into removing the boat engines. Calum had stripped them but I had to take them off and up to the shed for some major servicing.

Strip Down

Strip Down

The problem was that there was not enough light in the day and at 4/5ish the nightly sunset appeared, we nearly missed this one with yet another lamb stuck in the brambles.

And It Continues

And It Continues

Next day it was further North fixing the walkways across the bogs on the path to Church Cave. The old scaffold boards we use had  had their day and I managed to source some from Hugh our digger driver.

Path Work

Path Work

Back down to the boat to finish up the winterising and to my surprise a yacht appeared. Very late for this time but not really a surprise in such good days, in fact I did see a few pleasure boats heading up and down the sound. Probably heading to their winter berths

P1040859It was ‘Rub a Dub Dub, from Stein. A bit late to be leaving the boat out and having to come round the top of Skye. At this time of year I hear it is always a bit rough.

Hind stalking started this week and just in time Julie arrived looking for food, she is getting old and a bit thin but her calf is in tip top condition. Maybe if the hens stopped stealing her food she would get a bit fatter!

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

Must Be The Last One

Must Be The Last One

Mid week (Wednesday) The yacht left and I guess had a good leisurely sail down to Strollamus, no doubt next time I will see it it will be by the side of the road in the boat yard, right beside Calum’s boat, Kestrel.

Winter!!!!

Winter!!!!

It was good to get out with the rifle and assess the deer numbers, the weather was fine with good views out to the Outer Isles and back to the mainland. After years of monitoring the herd and holding back on the hind cull, I’m afraid numbers are at the higher end now and it is time to start. The rut and stag shooting in October is pretty exciting especially with all the action. But, the real stalking starts in the winter when the hind cull takes place. The hinds are very watchful and one false step and their off. I did see plenty and also quite a few stags which is encouraging. So a quick call to our stalker friend Wallace and he is organised to come over to-day (Monday 24th) to help.

At Last

At Last

Friday the weather did change and it got greyer and colder. I was out early with the rifle and had seen some hinds around the Applecross BB mast. But one mistake and they were off. But I did have the meters in my pocket so the walk was not wasted. I opened the cabinet but did not need to check anything as all the lights were on. The North coast had its broadband back, Sean and Ali will be relieved!!

A Grim Day From The Window Seat

A Grim Day From The Window Seat(2pm)

So much for our weather, on Saturday it was a grey damp start. Nothing for it but inside work. Sunday I had planned butchering the two hinds I shot during the week so with no encouragement to go out in the miserable weather it was easy to spend the day catching up on housework.

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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 Normal Service Has Resumed

  1. andy says:

    Hi Bill, that picture of Julie and the hens is priceless! Her face says it all. Great stuff as ever, been following for a while, but couldn’t resist dropping by after laughing my belly off at Julie’s face!

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