Another Glorious Day in Splendid Isolation

Well, here we go again. Another lockdown, another month of no visitors, plans on hold, cottage visitors and Mark our ‘Winter’ stalker stood down. When will it end. For us, no problem but for others we feel for them. I would go mad stuck in a city during these times and we are very aware how lucky we are not to be plagued by masks, gel, two metres and social distancing (until someone arrives).

MV Seaflower First Trip of 2021

To-day we had the last of the Christmas mail delivery, masks on gloves on as we prepared for Ewen and Janice to arrive. But it was a really cold dawn that greeted me when I woke up this morning.

A Cold Sky

It was a promise of a good day though despite the cold. We lost one of our Gimmers yesterday in the severe cold night, which is always a downer, the biggest one in the 11 of course. But onwards as they say. I fed the sheep this morning and the daughter of the famous ‘Julie’ did not disappoint. All Gimmers accounted for.

Okay What’s in Here?

Julie’s Daughter for sure

Julie was our semi tame hind, now deceased and it is obvious that she had taught her daughter very well on where to find the sheep nuts.

Mexican Standoff

There was a bit of a stand off for a while but the sheep lost interest and Julie 2 went back to cleaning up.

Torridon Crisp This Morning

Going over to Dry Harbour with fuel to-day I never get tired of the views that unfold.

Looking out To Harris

Round the next corner and we could see the Clisham, on Harris clear as a bell.

From Behind the Escape Cottage

Finally to Escape to deliver 400 litres of Kerosene and the view of the Trotternish Ridge was crisp too, stunning.

Another Load of Rona Venison for Skye

Just on lunchtime MV Seaflower arrived, lots to unload, a new cooker for Skyescape (now knocked into one cottage ‘The Mission House’), Sheep feed, Mail, lots of it and shopping.The afternoon warmed up in the very hot sun, lots of Vitamin D for sure and then it was time for Seaflower to leave and the sun to go down.

Another Gorgeous Night.

It looks like it will be a different story tomorrow but it was really great to get a spell of good weather at last, makes up for the months of grey.

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 Another Glorious Day in Splendid Isolation

  1. Ian Edwards says:

    Good to here that all is well on Rona.
    We didn’t make it to Rona last year, Covid-19 and all that.
    Eynhallow is currently back in Chichester getting some work done over the winter.
    First task when lockdown eases is the sail her back up to bonnie Scotland.
    We’re all OK and currently “flying under the radar” in Banchory
    Hope to see you later this year, until then, keep safe and well.
    Cheers
    Ian

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