After our jaunt to Fort William and then overnight in Kinloch it was great to wake up to another blue sky day. Hard to believe after all the terrible weather, but great to at last have summer. We headed back to Rona after a busy day on Skye, visiting forests, shopping and not losing anyone.
We got home to find a busy harbour, I’d had a call from Marshall on Motor Boat ‘Westlin’, booking the mooring. He had reported that there were quite a few yachts heading into Acarseid Mhor and I told him the ‘Mooring Booked’ sign was out so they would be fine. As it happened Yacht Tornalune picked up the mooring earlier and was none too pleased ‘with our mooring policy’ when he was asked to go to anchor!!
I’d sent a text to Calum with the boats name ‘Westlin’ but the iPhone had other ideas!!!
Next day Thursday it was a late breakfast then out fishing for the day, we picked up our creels and had quite a catch so that was dinner sorted but we had to have a shot with the rods, no Makerel or Pollock but quite a surprise for Mike to catch a fish and even bigger surprise to see it was a Cod. Not the most plentiful about here but a good sign.
Back to Base and the cooking began, with lots of crabs to cook and prawns it was very hot for a while in the kitchen, Yang, Mathias’ partner got stuck into the body of the crabs but we were very quickly swamped by the Midge. Once peeled open and cracked Yang got stuck in to the feast.
Next day was a cracker and after another late start and everyone heading off for a walk we caught up with a few chores, as it was so hot I thought I would sort out the fleet of creels that Simon had picked up for us, down on the pontoon. I thought it would be a straight forward build up of the fleet again but the rope was in such a mess it took forever. After a while everyone was wondering where we were so they came looking and joined in. We were very happy to let them.
Isobel on Yacht ‘Glance’ was in, it is a lovely yacht, built over 100 years ago and still going strong. From the Ringhaddy Yacht Club Northern Ireland where we have quite a few friends. It is a lot of work to maintain but good to see that some are prepared to do it. Even after breaking her leg on it last year, Isobel managed (with a little help from her friends), to get it into the water this year.
I commented on the very corroded leg (not her leg) of her outboard on the dinghy after sneaking out for a GnT at 5 o’clock, I was quickly told you don’t want anything new and shiny lying about where we live!!!!!!!
We were out of the kitchen (again) on Thursday and were presented with another lovely meal that evening, the highlight was the sweet, a Pavlova which Johanne made. Delicious.
All too soon our Danish visitors were sorting out their cases and laundry, getting ready for departure, I went over to the cottages and it was threatening rain but we got them all away dry.
Fay and her two kids had arrived on the ferry for their annual escape to the ‘Escape ‘ cottage from Edinburgh (no TV’s, iPad’s, MacDonalds and people!!!). Unfortunately the heavens opened and for a few hours it poured.
But by mid day it was drying again and we could see the Torridon mountains once more.
After a deep breath it was back to normal on Sunday, no visitors, loads of yachts, lots of interesting conversations!!!! Best place was up at the larder cutting up the stag for sale to next weeks visitors. The freezer is almost empty so once again it is catch up.
At the end of the day it was done and dusted, minced up for burgers which we did to-day. Now we have a full freezer for a week at least. Better get another one.
Castaway Claire arrived to-day, her blog page is next thing to do but we better head out to see if she is set up and we will then leave her to it. I’ll update her page later.