Yet again the workload on Rona took over our life, another two months with nothing doing on the blog. Plenty if not too much happening here. I blame Facebook for my page or The Isle of Rona FB page for making it too easy to put up what is going on on Rona on the day.
The weather continued to surprise us with many dry days and long sunshine. At last a summer to enjoy, even the midgies were more or less absent. The cottages were busy, the charter boats kept coming and the moorings were full every night. We were still closed for meals, showers, the shop and general interaction with the visitors as stories of the latest variant appeared on the news. but a wee phone call and we would meet visitors to sell them some of our ever popular Rona Venison. Our cottages were full and with the weather being so good the guests were seldom out of the sea enjoying a slightly warmer swim although not many went in without wet suits. Paddle boards and kayaks are appearing regularly now as people add to their collection of toys to play with. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of ‘stuff’ our guests bring.
There was a report of doors open at the Base which had recently closed so next day I ventured up but everything was ship shape and secure, sad to not see my good friends up there on this visit, we miss knowing they were there. I thought better to check rather than just call Kyle to report doors open etc. Perhaps our guests whom had come across the open doors had not seen a Qinetic visitor there, who knows.
I read a lot about the depletion of our nature, the wet desert that this new crop of conservationists keep bleating on about and certainly there are issues (not so many sea birds for sure) but this summer Rona was alive with dragonflies, all manner of insects, birds, otters, dolphins, especially Eagles and the deer. We do not have squirrels, pine martins, foxes or badgers but there are plenty of the above if you go and look for them. I hear from friends who work in nature of their places bursting with wildlife, where are these areas of depleted nature?
Finally visits to Portree were easy in good weather, great to have an early morning jaunt over to collect fuel, stores, visitors and just a day out.