Autumn Equinox – 2015

The Autumn is fully underway now that the Equinox has passed. As usual we were watching the weather and it was a bit unsettled but nothing that we could not handle. We had a good trip to Portree with Ali and Clive on board. Despite the NW swell and wind.

Leaving Rona

Leaving Rona

Ali was reading the blog on her return home and I had said when they were here that we could never put the full story down when we write a blog post. After a pretty full week, now they know!!! The simple reason is that there is so much going on it would take forever to put it all down, some of it we would not want too. But here we go, this past week on Rona as full as possible with pictures and as little story as possible!!

Topographical Surveyor Robbie

Topographical Surveyor Robbie

We are building a new house so Robbie came to do the Topographical survey. That was Tuesday, he had Big Harbour all to himself whilst we were in Portree.

Water Problems.

Water Problems.

We woke up Wednesday morning, I went to the toilet, flushed the loo…. no water. So that started the day.

Checking The Genny

Checking The Genny

Got that fixed but had to check the filters in the genny shed, so I checked the genny too. Oil changed due as it is getting near its time.

Checking Stock

Checking Stock

Then thought…..”what about paint for Calum and Irene when they are here in November, that will be the job then”. So I took stock of the paint, must get some white.

I did not think kit was that windy.....

I did not think kit was that windy…..

Down the pier then to get the jeep but thought, Andrew and Lyndsey saw a mink, better set the traps. Spotted another job, the stand for the sheering lines was blown off.

Mink Trap Days

Mink Trap Days

Got some mackerel off the boat and set the mink traps up. It is colder now and with Mr Mink being so close to our hen run, needs must.

Paperwork/Housework

Paperwork/Housework

We had paperwork to prepare for the architect that had to be done plus some housework. Then the photo album that I have been sorting out 60,000 images in a mess so it is taking quite some time. 2 hours at that.

Tidying Sheds

Tidying Sheds

With our visitors being here for a week it was a bit hectic so everything gets thrown into the various sheds, then when I get a space I tidy up ready for the next stage. After a half morning in the ‘office’ I needed to get out, in between the showers it was sunny and cold which was good for a few hours of outside work.

New Fuel Lines

New Fuel Lines

I saw the new fuel connections when I was clearing the bench which made me remember the new fuel tank at Dry Harbour, unfinished.

Bigger Storage.

Bigger Storage.

I was not comfortable that there was no tap on the pipe but I had bought one on Tuesday in Portree so over I went to Dry Harbour to fit that, of course I forgot half the things I needed so I must go back.

A Wee Spy

A Wee Spy

On the way back and at this time of the year, we are always on the look out for wandering stags. The rut kicks off around now, it is the best time for sure. I try to carry a pair of bino’s at this time so on top of the brow it is good to have a spy North and South.

Mudgaurd Repairs

Mudgaurd Repairs

Back to the garage and I had noticed the mudgaurd flapping, a quick job with the self tappers and yet another job ticked off.

Back to Rona Lodge, more new house discussions, calls to Denmark and before you know it, it is 8.30pm and I must phone Kenny in Shieldaig. 9.30pm, half an hour of ‘Lewis’ and then bed, phew, just another day.

Well and Truly Stuck

Well and Truly Stuck

Got up this morning there is a stag by the shore with about 8 hinds and calves, very fine fellow and in tip top condition. It is 6.30am so I thought, I’ll go out for a look/spy. I saw a few deer up the track then headed North. Twenty yards into the forest in an effort to avoid the cottages so early in the morning and I went right into the axles on the old track, completely stuck, damn. I went for a walk then an even longer walk home, got the winch, the other ATV, got the bike out and then had breakfast at 10.00am.

I thought I would upload the photos for the blog as I was having tea, but Apple in their wisdom has changed iPhoto to Photos, be aware it is not very good. So here I am another hour wasted fighting with the computer.

 

More later.

 

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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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