Claire’s Last Day

Yesterday it  was Castaway Claire’s last night on her Island and it looked like this.

August has certainly started badly and the last three days have been interesting. This  was the story last night as we were heading up to the cabin to watch a movie with our cottage guests, here we are in summer time having movies with the stove on!!!!!!

Claire's Last Day, Vile!!!!!

Claire’s Last Night Under Canvas, Vile!!!!!

Yes there were yachts in, there should be it is the height of summer after all. But at 7.30pm last night it could have been a winters night, apart from the swarms of midgies.

(We have had 100 yachts less visit the harbour since this time last year, we have not seen a kayak for weeks and the small motor boat visitors are non existent. We would not be needing to rely on Yacht trade for sure to keep us going.)

I spoke to Claire on the VHF radio but did not hang about as it was wet, midgie and the movie was under way.

Packing up

Packing up

By the time we got away this morning and out to Eilean Garbh, Claire had her tent down, the site all ready for a final tidy then loading. It was a better day for sure. With the help of Wallace and Mike we quickly loaded, the tide was just at the top so there was a bit of a rush.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

I could not remember all of the stuff going onto the Island but it must have, it looked like everything but the kitchen sink.

And the Loo!!!!

And the Loo!!!!

As usual we provided plenty entertainment for the departing yachties who crept past watching us intently through their binoculars.

Binocular Man

Binocular Man

There were a few bags of plastic empty drums, bits and pieces Claire had found on her walks.

Loaded and Away

Loaded and Away

We got away and put Claire ashore on the pontoon ten minutes later, we left half her things on the pontoon under a cover waiting for Ali from Applecross who is coming tomorrow to pick her up. The rest we put up to the bunkhouse where she is going to spend her first night ashore. She had not slept a wink the previous night and was going to have a sleep, it is now 6.30pm and we have not seen her since!!!

Yes, it is raining again.

 

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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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