The Summer Struggles on.

Everyone is talking about it, the weather of course. Everyday the forecasts promise sunshine and every day it is grey, cold and invariably wet. When it is not wet and windy the slight rise in temperature gets the midgies going, they are not so bad this year which is a plus , but, when they do come they are making up for lost time.

Despite the weather the visitors still come, to-day it was the Brigadoon from Portree with a group of 10 walkers and the local ranger John Philips. They were here for a visit to Church Cave.

Unloading 11 Walkers, Lunchtime.

Unloading 11 Walkers, Lunchtime.

The Yachts are arriving in dribs and drabs, this Swedish yacht was here last night and was telling us that the weather was very much the same in Sweden. We were intrigued to see him put his chimney up to heat things up!! It is mid summer after all.

Summer Central Heating

Summer Central Heating

We were on our way out to Yacht Etoile, Jeremy, Cath and their dog Meg had invited us to dinner. Meg was our old spaniel, well we only had her for a short while and tried to get her to work but she had been too badly treated in a previous life. Cath’ offered her a home so as a pet you could not get better.

Jeremy (Bailey!!)

Jeremy (Bailey!!)

We were up at the cabin watching ‘Moby Dick’ late afternoon, it was  the 1956 release, before going out to dinner on their yacht, well worth a re-visit. We all enjoyed it and remark as to how well made it was for a 60 year old film. I hope they see whales on route to Stornoway to-day?

Closed.

Closed.

Jeremy and Cath’ had kept us company for a few days, as the weather was grim, better to have a few days on Rona rather than sail in the dreich weather.

Wifi/Phone signals Galore.

Wifi/Phone signals Galore.

This is the spot where the phone signal is at its best, many grind to a halt here.

Last Sunday we had the Stardust with the Highland Biological group for a look around Rona too. Kenny was in on Tuesday with twelve from Shieldaig on the Seaflower, so the visitors are still coming. After this year possibly the knock on will be less people coming next year, who knows. As I write I see we have 5 yachts in the bay now, all just arrived, the last one the Hebridean Wildlife Trust is coming right into the anchorage. It has been sailing about all week I guess looking for whales.

The Biologists, looking Happy despite the Midge!!

The Biologists, looking Happy despite the Midge!!

The Biological Group had a long day,  Sunday on Rona, it was flat calm all day with plenty midgies to keep them company. Dan appeared on Stardust late in the day and quickly took them back to Portree.

Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Dan delivered the Sunday papers which was great to get on the correct day for a change, they are usually a week late with the post, we had a quick chat, they turned around and went quickly home, no word of any wildlife out in the Sound of Raasay. Just a few Puffins.

Back To Base.

Back To Base.

There was not much more to do but clear up in the larder where I had been butchering all day, a good job with the door shut keeping the pests away, the radio on, perfect peace.

Now the Tidy Up.

Now the Tidy Up.

We are going off to meet friends in FortWilliam then returning mid week so the head is down trying to get everything up to date before our guests visit. Roll on the summer (when it comes).

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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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