The New Year and Happier Days Ahead.

Hogmany, Too Cold for the Kilt

Happy New Year to all from Rona, on Hogmany it was Baltic so the kilt was left in the cupboard.

On Leaving The House

Been good clear nights here, very cold though with the full moon, the high pressure and the East wind.

Looking West

Looking West it looked grim on Skye during one of our walks but looking East, not so bad.

The Torridon Range.

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.

Looking South From the Mast

So for the last fortnight we have been taking it a lot easier, trying to get in a walk every day.

Low Sun at Doire na Guile

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.

Missing The Weather

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.

South again

One side of Rona was snowing (yesterday) the other glorious sunshine.

Blue Day

But to-day it was wall to wall sunshine, such a lift and we will take that anytime, cold though, very cold.

Hinds guarding the JCB

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.

South of Rona, An Tempuill

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.

Steaming North West

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.

Fish Farm Cargo Maybe

The fishing and cargo boats are starting to move, wonder what the year will bring for them.

A lovely end to the day.

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.

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.
This entry was posted in Daily Doings, The Views and of course the weather, Yachties. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The New Year and Happier Days Ahead.

  1. As usual beautiful photographs, much appreciated. Pleased you managed a rest over the festive holiday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.