Weary……….of it all.

Monday 9th March was without a doubt one of the worst days if not the worst stormy days of the winter. The wind picked up mid morning and from there on it was downhill all the way. The gusts were very strong and we thought it was the most powerful of the winter (or decade). We hear the over 80 mph was recorded on Skye and over 100mph on the hill above Applecross,  so who knows what it was out here.

White Out

White Out

It is always difficult to capture the storm but this was what it was like most of the day. Tuesday morning was a complete opposite. MV Aspire was coming with much needed kerosene and the forecast was for a lovely day, so it should not have been a surprise to waken to glorious sunshine, but it was.

Assessing the Damage

Assessing the Damage

I think my camera suffered in the gale the previous day!! We had been out to put the hens to bed (early) and the dinghy which has been pretty mobile every storm this winter was upsides down.

Upside Down, The Day of The Storm

Upside Down, The Day of The Storm

By the morning it had taken up a new position 30 metres away!! But that was not all, chimney covers off, fences down, corrugated sheets lying about and the Poly tunnel!

Oh!1 Oh!

Oh!1 Oh!

It was no surprise to see this,  the hole we repaired had been peeled back during the previous weeks storm. With no weather to try another repair it left it open to further damage. But it is still a shock to see it like this and one end was pretty mangled with the plastic wrapped round and round the fencing.

Shot Blasted Sheep

Shot Blasted Sheep

The sheep were pretty much spring cleaned and the door of the larder had come open despite the latch being on and the gale had twisted it on the hinges.

More Grief

More Grief

Down at the house, the usual bits and pieces had had a roughen up, any weakness is tested for sure.

On the Move

On the Move

After a storm like that things just keep popping up, the pontoon had been pushed so far forward that the gangway had come off its plate and was jammed between the joins. If the tide had dropped with it like that I guess it would have bent something.

All in all not a bad nights work, it could have been a lot worse, I hear my nearest neighbour Paul has lost his cabin on Sunday night, but due to fire and in the middle of a gale. Life at the End of The Road

First job for Calum on his arrival was repairs and then removing the poly tunnel cover. The Applenet broadband was down so we dealt with that and found the Nano’s (senders) had all been moved. But there is something else wrong and it is still off line.

To-day Wednesday it is back to another storm, this one so far is not so strong but still grey wet and windy, roll on the spring. I am thinking inside work to-day.

Now, where’s my spare camera……………………….

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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 Weary……….of it all.

  1. Ali says:

    Hell! I thought it was gong to be bad, no mention of it down here though……typical. At least you won’t get bored with nothing to do? I’m sure a spell of good weather is due? p.s forgot to mention Clive’s already packing!?

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