Happy New Year to all from Rona, on Hogmany it was Baltic so the kilt was left in the cupboard.
Been good clear nights here, very cold though with the full moon, the high pressure and the East wind.
Looking West it looked grim on Skye during one of our walks but looking East, not so bad.
Been a tough lead up to Christmas. The weather was poor to say the least, very wet and grey. The sheep were not liking it. Lots on and by the time Christmas came we were knackered. Bordering on exhausted. So we looked forward to this time very much.
So for the last fortnight we have been taking it a lot easier, trying to get in a walk every day.
Rona is not a big place but you can go the same walk time and time again and it is always refreshing, with new tings to see everytime. Sadly the deterioration of the ruins but we cannot re-build them all.
This week up until to-day we have not had a lot of rain, a touch of snow one day and rain through the night but for a change a good bit of sun, bring on the vitamin D.
Sadly our guests Lisa and Linzi could not come due to Covid for New Years week, what a bummer in such a good week but the weather for the ferry was dodgy on the Sunday, they may have had problems getting here that day anyway but Covid finished it.
We took a walk up to the mast yesterday to check it over for ‘Applenet’, all good, nothing much to it to be honest but, there will be rusting stays to replace one of these days. No hurricanes lately although we did find a blade from the time that one wrecked the wee Rutland? windmill. embedded into the ground.
One side of Rona was snowing (yesterday) the other glorious sunshine.
But to-day it was wall to wall sunshine, such a lift and we will take that anytime, cold though, very cold.
This morning the hinds that come down overnight to eat the sheep’s grass were in no hurry to return to the hills around Big Harbour.
It has been good walking this last week or so but to-day was quite special. Down South we sat for a while and just took it in.
I was surprised to see a yacht out in the Inner Sound, looking at the AIS the yacht had traveled from Duntulm? A bit early for the season but a lovely day for a sail.
The fishing and cargo boats are starting to move, wonder what the year will bring for them.
All in all a good Festive Season for us, quiet just the way we like it. Tomorrow back to work and as usual plenty to do.