Lambing 2021

First Lamb on a Very Wet Day.

This wee one arrived at the feed this morning, both Mother and her absolutely soaking, born overnight, so that is us underway. Callie’s tup delivered, all good.

Mum and Daughter

Sunday afternoon the low pressure came in and it started raining, it never stopped until this morning, at times so heavy it was rattling off the roof.

Wet at the Feed

The burns were running, the field was just a sponge and it was cold, here was me praying we had no lambs.

Ditches Full

The sheep were pretty hungry but once they had their feed they were off to the forest.

Grey Day Yesterday

Yesterday was our Wedding Anniversary, 6 years married. I had planned to go to Portree as the anniversary present was in the post but that was scuppered with the gale. Hoping to make it tomorrow though.

Trapped on the Cliffs

Spot the Ewe!! If you can see it, this Ewe is an escapee, it prefers Dry Harbour to Big Harbour. I caught it a couple of weeks ago then it disappeared again. I found it to-day. It has tried to get out along the shore/cliffs but is now stuck. So when the weather calms down we’ll go in the boat and persuade it to go back up into the field. That will be fun.

Back to The Day Job

So that was to-day, I had plans to fix the hatch in the ceiling at the Lodge and it is almost there. But Lambing took over and I spent most of the morning getting the lambing bag together, checking the Ewes out and getting prepared for the the whole of April. The Tup was only here for a short time so we know the dates and that will mean a quick lambing we hope. Fingers crossed that the last three day Monsoon will be the worst of it but I see it is going to be pretty cold this weekend and into next week.

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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