September Came and Went

September was a very quick month. Looking back on the pictures during this short month I see the Eagles were knocking about as the young ones started to find their on way about. The Sea Eagle pair of chicks from Eilean Tighe were regular visitors but I did see them back roosting not far from the nest just a couple of weeks ago.

The Rona Red Deer were about the house a lot, I guess if you live in a remote location you are going to get nature treating you with familiarity and so it is. One of my favourite pictures were of a family we have with two calves that are often outside the window feeding away.

Red Deer hind Attending to its Calf
In The Rowan Trees

Other excitement this month was the arrival of yet another Quad bike. With the annual stalking guests coming we were keen to have some back up after our old (second) quad fell to pieces. So a new one was sourced from MacGregors Industrial Supplies and duly delivered (to Portree). Then the fun starts getting it here.

There were many trips to Portree during this busy month, with one eye on keeping the fuel levels up with Winter fast approaching and an unusually high demand for venison. We were there twice a week there almost but it was fine in glorious weather to cross the Sound of Raasay with drums of fuel and all the other stores and supplies.

It was a surprise to see the liner off of Portree on the trip above, the first of the year I think. Surprisingly there was not the usual chaos down on the pier that day despite a steady stream of buses coming and going.

Another day another trip, this time with the lambs to Callie for the Portree sale. They did well as they all did on the day, just a pity now after all these years that we have decided to stop running the sheep. Hopefully this month we will get our Ewes off but we will keep the Gimmers just in case the new folk coming to help us permanently will be interested in sheep. A quick visit onto Fladda on the way back to see John and Erlet up for the summer as usual, 50+ years on Fladda this year. On removing some old paperwork they found that the wall had been pasted with old parcel wrapping and the stamp came away with the paper. The stamp is of Carrickfergus Castle the issue was from 1955, amazing what turns up.

A few photos to finish in September. The deer were treating the new house as their new home too, the cuisine as ever continues with fresh langoustine featuring large this month, the catch was very good this year. Dan continued to come up every night on his Whale Trail Tour. It proved popular with the stop over on Rona the highlight. In late September I finally took the plunge and started swimming again. Mainly for my leg muscles which are very sore after a days stalking. I found that cold water swimming is the best thing for them. So one full wet suit later I went in. Great fun but now very cold. However as I was told, you get used to it and so it is.

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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3 Responses to September Came and Went

  1. Is it usual for a hind to have 2 calves Bill?

  2. Bill Cowie says:

    Very unusual but after the first year when we took the 6 hinds and two stags over (2003) one of the hinds which we named Julie (another story) had twins. These were her first calves and to have twins!!!!! She did not grow at all as big as the other 5 hinds which grew to a very good size. Sadly a couple of years ago ‘Julie’ died, we never found her even although she hung about the house scrounging food from the sheep. She had more than her fair share of cattle cobs in the first stages when they were in a park here. I suspect the good feeding helped. I’ll do a wee article on her soon.

  3. Caroline says:

    New folk coming to help permanently – that sounds an interesting development.

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