March Part Two

After yesterday’s (Sunday) hold ups blog posting, here we go again. Just the ongoing story to-day, not much Wildlife movement. Weather is crap. Enjoying Lockdown but missed our holiday this year like everyone else but we are lucky in where we live, with no one here we have the place to ourselves. We are used to it and it is just about to come to an end, to-day it is a grey, wet, gale, with rain.

Back to earlier this month.

Early Morning Portree

It was good to get a trip over in the boat to Portree on one of the good days earlier this month. Rubbish run and all the bits and pieces you need time to get in Portree when not rushing. Especially a bacon roll from ‘Relish’ in Wentworth street.

Fuel Delivery

That Friday Ewen on ‘Seaflower’ took over our final delivery of Kerosene for this winter/spring. I topped up the tank the next day at the Lodge and when filling the tank I remembered that last time it was nearly empty the central heating shut down. The problem was water. So I quickly stopped filling and reversed the pipes clearing out the bottom of the tank before filling. That was an interesting exercise.

Dirty Fuel

I was astonished to take three drums of dirty fuel out of the tank, I don’t know where it came from but have my suspicions. They will settle and we will get some out of it as fuel out here is pretty precious. The dirty water I’ll have to deal with accordingly.

Growing Out of Stone

Weekends lately have been quieter than usual with no guests. It has been good to get out and have walks round the forest and other areas where we have not been for some time. In this case through the woods to the East side just above Dry Harbour. This is described in Duncan MacSwan’s article as fields. I’m sure it is quite common in the West Coast but we have a lot of trees, mostly Birch growing on top of rocks, posts and in a gutter (now cleaned). A small hollow that moss has grown in and created a small area of mulch for the seeds to get going, I love the way the roots spread, holding onto their base.

Old Willow

We have many of these almost ‘ancient’ Willows, they are quite common with some colossal specimens but invariably they get too heavy and fall down. Really fascinating trees.

Stag Checking out the Trail Cam’

Taking advantage of the walk we positioned the camera where I know the stags pass, only this one young fellow having a look at the camera. (The camera has a glitch that the date does not reset on removing the card).

The Night Owl

We have many owls here, I’ve never gone out of my way to see what we have but I have seen Barn Owls, Tawny Owls (I suspect above) and I am sure I put a Short Eared Owl out of the heather one day. This guy has obviously spotted something in the grass.

A Pair of Woodcock

Finally in the bird stakes from that stance a pair of Woodcock which was nice to see. We moved the camera but no luck at the next site, hopefully better on the next move.

On the Move

Great to see and it gives us a good idea of what is moving about at night when the animals are best left alone to get on with it. And at night I can get on with making things. This last month Lorraine asked for steps to get to the books and stuff on the high shelves.

Painters Steps

So I made her ‘Painter Steps’. A first try and maybe a bit heavy, she can hardly move them, so back to the drawing board.

March Grey Days

That is the blog up to date. I have missed out lots of things that have happened in the sporadic blogs of the last few years. What with a house build, new folk here working with us and the strange Covid times it has been difficult to concentrate on Posts at night when I usually do them. But I have a few projects up my sleeve. Hopefully the momentum will continue and I’ll get these posts up.

The Red Deer page is next with reports and records to be posted but the good weather is coming, lambs are certainly coming and for sure the visitors are definitely coming.

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 March Part Two

  1. Trees growing out of rocks fascinate me. Yours are particularly interesting. There’s one on the side of the road heading north on Rannoch Moor., do you know the one I mean? I first saw it as a tiny sapling 50 years ago and it’s still growing, not very fast of course but I look out for it every time I pass.
    I’m very impressed with the steps, what a shame they are too heavy.

  2. Bill Cowie says:

    Hi there, we will now keep an eye out for more, there’s another close by, watch this space,Bill

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