Easter Sunday, the sunniest and warmest day of the year so far. A foggy start but promising.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
At 4pm we finished and headed out to lift the creels hopefully get some crab and to shift them ‘to a better place’!
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.
We shot the fleet and headed home, smiles all round after a calm hour at sea.
Saturday our weeks guests departed on a 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).
Just when the ferry was arriving we spotted another lamb, number 2 this year.
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.
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.
The escapees were looking apprehensive when I arrived.
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.
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.
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…………………….
Roll on the summer..