Happy New year To You All.

Bringing in the Bells With The Northern Lights.

Bringing in the Bells With The Northern Lights.

We had our usual trip up to the brow of the hill last night to take in the New year, it was a cold windy night with a shower of rain of course. But the best bit was when we drove up behind the house (we were too tired to walk and the new Scandinavian kilt was a bit light for the wind!!!!!!) we saw a glow to the North and Lorraine asked would that be Northern Lights?

We got to the top of the hill, out of the car and there they were a fantastic display for most of the time we were there. Shafts of green light pulsing above our heads, the moon got up in the East, on its back and with a faint orange glow, it was all quite surreal. Lorraine grinned from ear to ear. It was a great way to say cheerio to the old Year and Hello to the New.

The ‘Black’ Kilt stood up to the wind, more later!

Nearly 12.

Nearly 12.

We ‘invited’ Chris and Lucy our visitors in the cottages but they probably thought we were mad, although Lucy is full of the cold. So we were on our own, just the radio and a bottle for company. We hope they saw the green glow from their cottage but like ours they are up against a backdrop from the North, we will hear to-day.

We have Northern Lights here like everywhere else but I have been reluctant to go for a walk at mid night after a day’s work. Also in a previous life during the late 70’s and early 80’s I drove a truck during the night to Skye, so I have been thoroughly spoiled with Northern Lights, from Achnasheen to Lochcarron I seem to remember was best. But Lorraine has had a Northern Lights drought and has been pestering me  to get out when we have seen signs but I’ve always managed to get out of it. I’m afraid not any more and I’m sure we will be making the trek up there often over the next few weeks. The grin on her face once the display got going was well worth the trip.

Using up the old hand held flares

Using up the old hand held flares

Sadly we are not allowed to let off our old flares even after asking Stornoway Coastgaurd but we don’t want the helicopter to come out at 12 on Hogmany, fair do’s!! But a few handhelds are ok. In the old days we used to shoot the old year out with the shotgun but with drink involved it is probably best to leave it in the cupboard………………..

So we had a few flares and then set off home very happy with our start to the year.

We have tried to get ‘Dark Sky Status’. Lorraine contacted the organisers but we were rejected. They said that we did not fit into any of their criteria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lorraine was dealing with it and I think she said it was an American organisation.

We hope all our readers and followers have a Happy New Year,

From Bill and Lorraine

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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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One Response to Happy New year To You All.

  1. artimaginguk says:

    Happy new year Bill. It’s be a pleasure to read you blog this year , I look forward to reading about another year on Rona. Envious of the northern lights in all my three years in Kishorn I never saw them once, but then I was in the shadow of Beinn Bhan.a

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