123knts!

We are up early to-day, Wednesday. Hoping Dan will make it over in the MV Stardust to pick us up. MV Aspire crew are off abroad skiing, given the forecast they could be skiing to the airport!!

Spoke to the guys up at the Base the other day, I was intrigued to hear what they had recorded on their anemometer, 123 knts late at night, but Mike said ‘It felt worse during the night’ but no one was up to check it. It was surprising just how little damage there was but we are still finding stuff.

Just Starting To Rip.

Just Starting To Rip.

I found the bit of the bunkhouse roof up behind the Lodge here on the edge of the forest the other day. The sheets from the hen shelter are rolling about in the field, all to windy to pick up. I spotted the polytunnel had started to rip so yesterday’s job was to make some sort of repair.

Temporary Repair

Temporary Repair

We were talking about a new one to increase the veg’ production but in the middle of winter it seems so far away. We did think about going off yesterday morning but the Vodafone signal is still off so communications are pretty erratic and we missed our chance on Tuesday. However it was pretty breezy at times during the day and it would not have been good crossing to Portree.

I had to go up to the top of the hill to speak to anyone, we can get the Gairloch transmitter from there. It was calm the first time I went up but very quickly it came in. Snow showers, hail then rail.

When I was on the ‘phone a very colourful Stonechat arrived and started feeding around the jeep, nice to see such a colourful bird in the winter. The Sea Eagles have been around a lot lately, I think they are hanging about the midden a bit, but they have also been spending a lot of time in the Pines across the bay. Both white tails so mature birds, I wonder will they nest this year.

A Pretty Grey Picture.

A Pretty Grey Picture.

The last job almost in the dark was the new tool shed roof, so for the third time I strapped on some plastic to see if that would save it for a while, there are two new sheets of sheeting for the Bothy roof and we may get a bit of that to cover it.

Another Roof Repair.

Another Roof Repair.

All that was left yesterday was to check all the services, put the genny in place and cut enough firewood for Mike and Lorraine from Perth, that were supposed to come over on Saturday. Who are now coming this morning to have a break but also look after the Lodge and stock. Good Luck to them.

We have a new computer and am still trying to get used to it, I was wondering where the snow photos had gone, just found them . So, they are not in order but here’s a taste of the wee bit of snow and other weather about Rona.

The Lambs

The Lambs

The lambs had taken to sleeping round the house for shelter, it is a hard time for all the stock. The broadband saga continues but the decision to run a cable for power up is the right one, so this week we walked the route, the view from the top is always worth it.

Snow heading to Shieldaig

Snow heading to Shieldaig

And of course the Bay in front of our house.

Snow and Hail Arriving

Snow and Hail Arriving

Must go and get ready for off, the wind is still howling out there in the dark.

 

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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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