Last Week On The Island

Monday morning, poor day. Been a great spell of weather though so a wee bit of wind and rain will not be a bad thing. It will keep the dust down, wash the sheep, grow the grass and fill up the water level. So although we may not like it, it is absolutely necessary.

Looking at the few photos of last week I see that the yachting visitors are on the move, the military exercise has been in full swing, the trees are all flushed now but the grass is not growing enough for us to stop feeding the sheep. Some of this years crop of new birds are on the move but so are the predators. I’m hearing up at the Qinetic Base the small party of Greylag Goslings succumbed to Mink or ? At Dry Harbour there were a pair of Geese with 7 young Goslings. They certainly are increasing around Rona.

Unfortunately with the Yachts turning up the problems appear too. The Yacht Ortago arrived on route to St Kilda, they hope. They called ahead, made their number and asked to tie up to the pontoon so that they could buy Venison. No problem, it is nice to be asked. The Skipper it turned out worked for a Sailing Charity . It was good to hear from him how that was going, their charity was named after the first boat they had , which in turn would have hopefully been named after The Island.

That was the good news, the bad is that the mooring non payers have turned up again. Always early season and always the same lame excuses. But they will put AIS on their boats so they are easy to track. Not so easy to get the money out of them if they are foreign. But we will try. As it happened another skipped the mooring this morning but on contacting their Yacht Club, miraculously half an hour later they contacted us to try to pay, with as I say the usual excuses. I am sure (because it has happened before) that had I not contacted their Yacht Club I would be still waiting. Pathetic.

However Yacht ‘Postscript’ from Ardnamurchan was very vocal in their condemnation of this sort of behaviour, the first thing he did when he came ashore was pay his fees. So there are good guys and bad guys in every hobby I guess. We just seem to have a pattern here.

The cost of the moorings and the annual charges mount up and every mooring not paid is a cost to us. We hope it stops.

Our cottages are quieter this week with Covid still very much on everyone’s minds but from next week we are almost full for the season. I have a feeling the Yacht visitors will take off in June and it will be very busy. We will be doing ‘Crew Pot Suppers’ this season but it is important to book ahead.

We look forward to welcoming the visitors and hopefully not chasing too many for unpaid moorings.

A quick round of the photos. here we have the trees flushing, Greylag Geese and Goslings, Hinds through the window, The Rona Trust and Yacht Ortago. Antlers left by visitors, thank you. The chair that collapsed when I was on the phone, must lose weight!! The Navy boat patrolling the mouth of the harbour, we bet they wanted to visit, next time? Yachts in the harbour, the AIS of the yacht Levita (still to pay) and our cottage guests spying Sea Eagles, Primroses and finally fresh Snow on the hills.

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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1 Response to Last Week On The Island

  1. How pathetic that these people try to steal the mooring fees from you and the situation exacerbated by the lies they tell when challenged. You must have the patience of a saint Bill.

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