Spring is definitely here……A new start.

Easter Sunday, the sunniest and warmest day of the year so far. A foggy start but promising.

Foggy Start

Foggy Start

Back to last Tuesday and we were gearing up for the weekend, trying to get things going for the season, although sun at this time gives us a false sense of the season being upon us. The weather has a habit of taking us back to the winter pretty abruptly.

Creels Out

Creels Out

The boat is in the water, so a chance of some crabs would be good as we have had very little in the way of shellfish for a while.

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

MV Aspire came out Thursday to pick up Calum and Irene but also with a return of wedding guests to visit and to see us cutting the cake.

Happy Days

Happy Days

We entertained our visitors and then cut the cake ( no pictures, we were cutting the cake)!! A couple of hours later the ferry had to return as appointments were booked for 3pm.

MV Seaflower First Trip

MV Seaflower First Trip

MV Seaflower had just arrived with their first day trippers of 2015, so quite a crowd were gathered on the pontoon for MV Aspires departure. With the tide low I had to take them out to the boat which had been left on the mooring.

Ready for off.

Ready for off.

Casting Off.

Casting Off.

Friday was tidy up day and sorting out the sheep because the first spring lamb arrived during the night, it was very wet so we took the lamb in to get properly dry and to give it a boost.

The First Lamb of 2015

The First Lamb of 2015

At 4pm we finished and headed out to lift the creels hopefully get some crab and to shift them ‘to a better place’!

Lifting Creels

Lifting Creels

The creels were in a pile and the bait was old so we were not hopeful. But we did get enough for a ‘wee’ feed.

Not A Great Catch.

Not A Great Catch.

Shooting the fleet.

Shooting the fleet.

We shot the fleet and headed home, smiles all round after a calm hour at sea.

Happy Days.

Happy Days.

Saturday our weeks guests departed on a misty morning.

Mist Morning.

Misty Morning.

Our new guests were the Salmen family who had taken all three cottages, they were a bit damp with the rain but I promised them sun later in the day (I had seen X C Weather).

Invasion

Invasion

Just when the ferry was arriving we spotted another lamb, number 2 this year.

Our Second Lamb

Our Second Lamb

Back to Easter Sunday and very soon the sky cleared, deep blue skies appeared only to be streaked with many vapour trails, a busy day for the airlines.

A Scottish Moment

A Scottish Moment

Mid morning a call came from the cottages the escapee sheep were in the garden at Skyescape. The view from the top of the hill was as ever, stunning.

Clear View

Clear View

The escapees were looking apprehensive when I arrived.

Apprehension.

Apprehension.

I caught the ewe quickly but the wild lamb just went straight through the fence and disappeared, as usual. I delivered the ewe to the lambing field and hopefully she will stay there for a while.

There was a lot of chat on the radio from yachts, the first of the season and sure enough they arrived, en masse. 3 for lunch and 1 overnight. Nice to see the Skye Charter Yachts out and about again.

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

We enjoyed a seat outside after 6 and just took in the calm  evening, very warm and quiet. The birds were busy and there were quite a few fishing and commercial boats out in The Sound.

A Promise of things to Come.

A Promise of things to Come.

Last thing, we were checking the lambs and putting the hens in for the night and two of our ‘yachties’ arrived looking for showers, we were officially closed but…………………….

7.30pm, (we are closed at 7pm) sorry!!!!!!

7.30pm, (we are closed at 7pm) sorry!!!!!!

Roll on the summer..

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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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