It was all about Hugh yesterday, now the rest of it!!
We had a kayak invasion, I’ve just checked the date, it was the 30th of May, how time flies. Loz and Sarah, kayaking visitors from way back to Rona called in for a stock of Rona venison sausages and the crack. They were bothying down at Raasay. Our bothy was occupied by Hugh but too expensive for these guys, they can’t have both, bothy or venison? No contest!!
Stocked up they left en mass for the Raasay bothy then home.
They were not the only small craft on Rona that day, this wee Drascombe snuck in and had a calm night on anchor, coming ashore for a shower first thing. Well the skipper did.
The weather has been phenomenal, clear days, very hot, just the tonic after the last few ‘summers’.
In between labouring to our happy digger driver, I got on with the roof of the ruin. We are making a sheep shed and store. But the more it takes shape it feels like an MBA project, any thoughts?
Kevin mentioned the chain was needing attention on the mooring, he had picked it up earlier in the year. So lowish tides and calm weather was the ideal time to lift it without a diver and check the top end. I found that the chain (main) had a wee bit more wear in it but the back up was as good as, so no worries this season. Just top of the list for next spring.
It wasn’t all sunshine but when the clouds did come in they were pretty impressive. Torridon was well lit up in an overcast sky.
I got some new stock strainers on the landing craft, so much to do but this was a handy job. One thing I hate about stock and fields are gates that do not swing. So at last, new strainers and gates ordered. So no problems in my old age lifting gates.
The old strainers have done well almost 20 years, but as I was at it I just replaced them all on this corner.
In the middle of it all Kenny was over from Shieldaig twice that last week. His customers enjoying Mediterranean sun. We were a wee bit concerned that the tide was going to go further but no, it stopped here and Kenny still had plenty depth.
I’m not saying too much about the yachting fraternity to-day as I have the next blog totally devoted to them, watch this space, Tuesday!!!! But suffice to say we have had a big increase in visitors, all enjoying the sunshine as last year was desperate. Grey cold, wet and windy. The bay has had many in every night for days and days.
We finally got going with the boat but even with wall to wall sunshine it was cold in the North wind out at sea. I bet they guys here were glad to get ashore, fish won that day.
The sunshine certainly has brought the birds on. Lots are nesting around the harbour, don’t know if it is the weather or the fact we trapped 8 or so mink this winter. I’d like to think it is because the mink are few and far between
Over at Dry Harbour there are a couple of pairs of Sand Pipers? with young. Whereas the Big Harbour Sand Pipers are still sitting. But they get pretty annoyed when visitors come past their nest.
In among it all the fridge freezer packed in, disaster, on the hottest day. Hugh had fitted them before so knew a bit about them and between us we had a look but it looked grim. But after ordering a new one as it was pointless getting an engineer out (cost!!!) I looked on the internet and here was a video on ‘You Tube’ How To Troubleshoot Your LG Fridge Freezer”. 10 minutes later we were looking good and next day we were back in business. BUT, we still have the new freezer coming because it brought home just how important this appliance is to us. We have no alternative and were in danger of loosing our food, so with the possibility no fresh food it was not going to be a good week or so until the new one arrived. But this is the board that controls our fridge, it is more like a motherboard from a PC!!!
End of the week the fog was threatening.
But Surprise, Surprise it came to nothing, possibly because the North windflow was still present. So, it was not that warm all round but in the shelter it certainly was.
With sun beating down it is difficult to sit down inside and do the paperwork but earlier in the week we had to do just that as our Rona Red Deer stamp was launched on the first of June, by mid week the orders were coming in thick and fast.
During the week, the families of Grey Lags have been increasing in the fields around the Lodge and by the end of this week we had 5 families feeding on our sheep’s grass. The sheep are intrigued by them and one of our visitors has video footage of a Red Deer Stag getting bombed by a Goose at Dry Harbour, the stag then stamped on one of the Goslings, quite bizarre and I’m awaiting a link to that footage.
At last the rain came and then it was a rush to get the roof on the sheep shed/bothy.
I got very wet doing this but it was pretty soft rain, nothing like the SW gales we can get at this time. It was a full day on the roof and dark, damp and overcast by early evening. The fields were crying out for rain though so no complaints here.
Tomorrow, it is the Yachting Week…………………….