Full On.

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.

Late Home

Late Home

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!!

Mis-spelt, hey ho!

Mis-spelt, hey ho!

I’d sent a text to Calum with the boats name ‘Westlin’ but the iPhone had other ideas!!!

A Cod For Cod's Sake

A Cod For Cod’s Sake

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.

Cleaning Crabs With Help From Yang and the Midgies.

Cleaning Crabs With Help From Yang and the Midgies.

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.

Crabs Chinese style

Crabs Chinese style

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.

Sorting Creels

Sorting Creels

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.

Glance

Glance

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!!!!!!!

No Expense Spared

No Expense Spared

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.

Grand finale

Grand finale

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.

Back To Normal

Back To Normal

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.

Getting Better

Getting Better

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.

Really Back To Normal

Really Back To Normal

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.

Eilean Garbh Looking Good.

Eilean Garbh Looking Good.

 

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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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