Monday last it was all hands on deck when one of our visitors Michelle cut her hand badly, whilst making a cake!!!!!!!
The weather was foul and not safe for our ferries so a call to Stornoway Coastgaurd was necessary. The lifeboat crew were out pretty quick to take our casualty to hospital.
We are lucky to have a lifeboat in Portree and long may it continue its stay there, it is a great asset.
It was a bouncy trip back, plenty white water all the way.
The lifeboat certainly had a few bumps but in the middle of the day a Yacht arrived at the mouth of the harbour. I had had a call from a yacht the previous week but was not expecting them to arrive in the weather we had. Later when I was speaking to the crew they had said it was pretty hairy out in the Inner Sound. The yacht ‘Equinox’ went on to the mooring which surprised me as I had told the guy that contacted me that it was in need of servicing. It turned out it was not the guy I had been talking to, it was another and that was after they had spent a ‘safe’ night on our mooring. Thankfully nothing gave way!!!!!
Later on Monday our vistors arrived back on MV Aspire, the wind had dropped and they had a relatively stable crossing, all bandaged up and with instructions to call the hospital Wednesday.
Thankfully after a blustery start to the week our cottage guests had some sunshine but not as much as the week before with an unsettled period coming in off the Atlantic.
It is usually no problem working inside on poor days and we have had our share of these over the years. Now we have to quantify the material for building the new house it is not the best job spending a day poring over plans especially when the sun is shining which it did off and on for the rest of the week
The plan is to get a job done from my long list each day then head for the house to look at more drawings. The gate up at the water supply had settled on its hinges a while ago so that was first, I raised it 3 inches and all was well. Then onto the new water supply for the larder. The tank we have is too small and we run out regularly causing air locks, so, a wee bit of plumbing and we had the new tank full ready to go. Another tick off the list.
I then moved onto the main tank where we are trying to set up an early warning system to let us know that the water is not filling long before the tank completely empties, should have that done next week.
Before we knew it the week was almost over and it was Friday night which meant a trip over to Dry Harbour to let our guests know the time for the Saturday ferry.
Saturday morning and everything must run like clockwork, it never does. The first thing I found on going out to feed the sheep was that we had two new lambs. One went into the field the other took off and ran up the hill behind the house site, almost to the top. Then flopped down, where it was born I guess. I crept up on it and managed to capture it, then re-united it with its mother. That took half an hour of precious time.
The reason I needed time this Saturday was that the guests had a few boxes and bags!!! Which meant two trips to Dry Harbour. Michelle (with the bandage) did mention that they were moving house!!!!
The night before we had another yacht in, early for sure this time a local boat. We did go down to let the yachtsman know about the mooring’s state on Friday night but our visitor was unperturbed and was happy to spend the night there.
The yacht left and ten minutes later Kevin was on his way with our guests looking forward to a breezy crossing.
The week had been relatively dry, great weather for the lambs and the place had dried up. There was a damp patch that was annoying me so Saturday afternoon I dug up the ‘puddle’ to find that the join in the home made drain pipe was leaking badly so a wee bit of duct tape and flashing it was put back together and finished Sunday before a lamb fell into the hole. The grey morning had passed and the rest of the day was glorious warm sunshine.
Fingers crossed it does not leak now.
I had been waiting for chain to arrive after using the last length we ordered for the mooring to hold the pontoon. The chain duly arrived on Saturday and as I missed the low tide on Saturday it had to be a Sunday job to be ready before the next yacht came in and picked it up.
As you can see from the pic’ the chain was pretty worn in fact paper thin at the strop end. A couple of metres down it was pretty good so rather than lift the whole thing I replaced the 2 metres and the shackles. There was a safety chain on the original but it was pretty thin too so I may try to find new one to beef it up a bit later this season, as it is the chain should be fine and I will check it once a month.
Next winter/spring I think we’ll have the lot up and replace the chain right through. Every season it gets a fair bit of use and I think that some of the yachts we have had on it are a bit too heavy for the gear so more notices will be going up and also to let them know it is not insured this year. The income from it last year did not cover the insurance premium quotes this spring, so we are leaving it up to the visitors if they want to use it or not.
The link on the left is the new chain the one on the right is the last (Half) link onto the strop which had been there for ten years, this time last year there was hardly any wear on it!!!!!
Two lengths of chain from Gael Force £190 each delivered!!!!!!
Suns out, the lambs are going bonkers after a grey start and rainy afternoon, looking forward now to next week.