Moving On………

Well, I phoned SNH about Wildcats but four days on I’m still waiting for the return call, in the meantime life goes on at the end of the Sound: Moving On………..

I Bet It's Warm In There

I Bet It’s Warm In There

In between showers, it has been very nice but when the showers come it is so cold and so dark.

I Never Liked It, Too Dark

I Never Liked It, Too Dark

Just as well we have this ‘inside’ job, we never did like the fireplace and it was too smoky in the past when it was an open fire, so, we decided to try another way.

Out The Window

Out The Window

Rather than go through the house I turfed the old stone fireplace bit by bit and a few shovelfuls too out of the window, the stone is always handy down the pier.

Getting There

Getting There

Once it was cleaned out we took back the stove and tried it a different way, the tin foil join is not a permanent feature, Neal at Skye Finishing Touches was highly amused at my improvisation  but  needs must on Rona sometimes.

Taking Stock or Stakes

Taking Stock or Stakes

I had to go over to Dry Harbour last thing to put the heating on as we were getting our first visitors last weekend. I spotted the escapee sheep so I checked out the gardens and both were in need of staves. So I started to dismantle the old Schoolhouse fence for spares. It was supposed to be a Spring job but I had to rob it sooner. The fences around the cottages were getting old and are porous. I though that if the escapee sheep end up inside the gardens we could trap them but they would not take long to escape again if the fences had holes. Got that done, the fences repaired then headed back to base.

What Now

What Now

The dust had settled after the sweep up but I needed plasterboard plus a  fireboard and that was in Portree so the  job ground to a halt.

As it was a dry afternoon we headed down to the bunkhouse and got the sheet of onduline sheeting Kevin took over a couple of weeks ago and put that on the roof, replacing the half sheet torn off in the hurricane. We found the bit of roof behind our house about 250 metres as the onduline flies!

Bottoming Out

Bottoming Out

Kevin had been telling me that there were going to be a few extreme tides this year, this was one of them, but not the lowest I’ve seen.

Spot the IBC

Spot the IBC

Next day I just happened to be passing after high tide, again in the past I have seen it lapping the door of the bunkhouse. By the way check out the IBC (Industrial Bulk Container) on the pontoon, waiting for fuel!!!!

First of the Season

First of the Season

Saturday last came and it was a beautiful morning, sun shining almost spring, MV Aspire arrived around 10am, reporting a good sail and with boards, food , mail and visitors. So our first guests of the season who are here for three weeks made their way over to ‘Escape’ and I ran them through the bits and pieces. Most important was to look out for the escapee sheep……………..

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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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