A Day in The Life of……….

Jim my Northern Irish friend wonders why I am not posting regularly like I used to, I wish I had the time Jim. So I had an idea last night to photograph my every move to-day. Or at least try to. I kept forgetting.Up at 5.45am,  couldn’t sleep with the excitement of a trip to Portree. Not quite, the wind was howling, the rain sleet against the windows, then the shower cleared and the moon came out.It was so bright, if it had been calmer I would have taken off earlier but I could not see the sea, it certainly did not sound too good.

Ran the tap and fed the cat, the pump started making funny noises which sounded like the water had run out, on with the working gear checked the pump, went out to check the tank, the sleet came back on, but thankfully the tank was full. Checked the pump but can’t work it out. It seems to be working. Must get a spare pump.

Still only 6am and my boots had suffered this last while, can’t go to Portree with muddy boots!! Does anyone polish (or attempt to polish) shoes anymore.

Checked out the weather, it still felt a bit windy.

Venison orders are coming in for Christmas, we have a few regulars and with the current situation with Covid the only thing to do is to butcher all our deer and sell them locally. We usually put away half to the Game Dealer. So it was good to get a couple of orders for Portree to-day. Fed the sheep and ewe lambs, then gathered up the rubbish, fuel tanks and empty gas cylinders, then time for the boat.Got the boat in to the pontoon, in the dark then loaded it up and then back to the house to pick up the mail.Of around 8ish, the wind dropped off completely just about then, there was a bit of a jabble left but it was fine, wind dropping. It was cloudy but clearing, the promise of a good day.The joys of Portree, dump the re-cycling, pick up gas for Fladda, then fuel up after picking up the post, lots of post. Heading for 10.30am by this time. Back to the boat to load up, shift the boat the tide was dropping then fuel up for the return journey. Back to the filling station to fuel up the empty can, then down to the Bank.Met up with friends from Shieldaig for a quick coffee which became expensive after the local traffic warden left a wee yellow envelope on my windscreen. The parking place where I always park is now a Taxi rank, great!! Where’s the sign? Oh! under the slush on the road.Did the shopping, then all the other bits and pieces, the kids were out from school so it must have been 1’ish. Parked the car and then off to Fladda to drop the gas off.Passed James trawling home I guess.Turned into Loch a Sgurr, then into North Harbour at Fladda.Of course the tide was perfect!! But we have a system for unloading, so half an hour with John and Erlet who are enjoying a late stay on Fladda then off home.It was starting to get dark but there was no wind just a clear cool late afternoon leaving North Harbour.Some special clouds to-day, lots of weather out there.Lorraine was waiting to help unload the boat, the tide perfect again!! Lots of stuff and I wondered as I was taking the last box up. How many times in 18 years have I been up and down this gangway.Boat back on the mooring, the forecast is grim.

Up to the house with two sacks of mail, it must be Christmas time, it was nice to see a bright crisp evening instead of rain.Put the shopping away.Opened the mail. Lots of it, ebay was busy, Amazon too, how did we ever manage.Been a beautiful day, just another day on (or off) Rona am getting tired now at 9pm.

More this weekend coming though.

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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2 Responses to A Day in The Life of……….

  1. I enjoyed your trip to Portree, you certainly know how to pack a lot into a day. I even saw the Five Sisters of Kintail on BBC news weather covered in snow and looking beautiful.

  2. cazinatutu says:

    Glad you made your donation to your local authority coffers … they caught me as well last week

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