Here’s us looking back over the last months and cannot believe we have had the longest day the other day and it is all downhill from here. April pictures will give you an idea of the pace over here this last while.
We were a little later this year with the lambs, Mr Tup was delivered in mid to late November last year and what a lucky break to miss the ‘Beast from the East.
After many years of loyal service to Rona, Kevin and Pam retired having put MV Aspire up for sale and a buyer was found. I’m sure they are missing the sea but not the Saturday morning dash to Rona with huge amounts of luggage!!
Kenny was in too on MV Seaflower as it too was going on the market and despite buying lots of Lotto tickets we couldn’t get the cash together to make an offer.
Again, I’m sure Kenny and Gemma are missing their Rona trips but they will be back.
With all these boats on the move it reminded me it was time for a look at the mooring and pontoon.
After 15 years of weather and boats tying up it was plain to see that the chains should be replaced. New ones are on order but we are waiting until we make new mooring blocks, then we will do it all together.
Three new moorings applied for and coming soon.
I finished the annual check and within a few days our first yacht of the year came in, we are now at over 100 visiting yachts by the 26th of June.
Taking advantage of the calm weather and good tides I managed a few loads of firewood out of the forest. Looking forward to getting more cut later this year.
In between ferries Dan was standing in as he does but with Sea Eagle season on the horizon it was looking like a difficult time to fit us in.
Waiting for the lambs to come and not a lot of forage about is always a stressful time and it is always worth a look around each morning. If you get complacent then you get hit, here we have one of our gimmers stuck in the bog which had a fence round it but the deer flattened it. It was not much of a fence I have to say.
Calum was out helping with the house and we thought we had an early season burst with 4 yachts in just after Easter but it went quiet as it normally does.
The Gimmer that was stuck in the bog was rescued, dried, put in a space blanket and given the usual boosters. We put her in the shed overnight and were not hopeful of her surviving but in the morning she was still alive but very weak.
Day two she was on her feet and later that day she had her first lamb, a tiny we ewe lamb. Both doing well.
Last year and this Spring we have been over to Portree a lot, the weather has been kind and we have had all sorts on board. Looking forward to the end of the house build and treating the boat to new engines.
We have handled the building material so many times, I know it all personally.
But it will all be worth it in the end, we are getting there and looking forward to moving in before the start of winter.
Back to the Spring and the lambs came thick and fast.
Always good to see the lambs coming on and being ‘Blackies’ they are pretty tough.
Although we have had a pretty good Spring we did have odd stormy days but compared to past years this years weather has been very good.
After the storm and flat calm days, good to see the sun this year.
We’ve been lucky with the sailings too and as the month progressed the cottages were busy and Dan was kept going.
With all the work that is going on it was good to take a seat in the garden and make calls, sort out the logistics of getting building material and finishings here. Oh, reading the paper and having the tea!!
I treated myself to a new long lens and took a run down the South end one Sunday, here was our old ferry boat, MV Spindrift, passing through the ‘Blind Sound’.
Back to reality, Monday morning over to Portree to pick up the Heating and ventilation system.
When the tide is turning at low water it is either a wait for 4/6 hours to unload or get wet feet.
But we have a system, climbing over the front bucket. After many loads like this it usually works out. Plenty more to come.
And that was April!!
Great to see you again … really missed you !
I hope the yachts have got better at paying their mooring fees