Author Archives: Bill Cowie

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.

Snowy Start To The Year

Just after New year the first signs of snow coming arrived, colder, East wind turning North. So we woke up on the 8th of January to just a few centimetres of snow but enough to be exciting, we do not … Continue reading

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Another Glorious Day in Splendid Isolation

Well, here we go again. Another lockdown, another month of no visitors, plans on hold, cottage visitors and Mark our ‘Winter’ stalker stood down. When will it end. For us, no problem but for others we feel for them. I … Continue reading

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The New Year and Happier Days Ahead.

Happy New Year to all from Rona, on Hogmany it was Baltic so the kilt was left in the cupboard. Been good clear nights here, very cold though with the full moon, the high pressure and the East wind. Looking … Continue reading

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Christmas Rush

Yesterdays post was about the first three weeks in December but in the last week it was as busy as all three put together apart from the boat trips I had to Portree. The weather had been poor, no surprise … Continue reading

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A Busy End To The Year

Leading up to the end of the year it is always a rush, a finality to it by getting all the jobs done in time for Christmas. This year end has been no different in that way but completely different … Continue reading

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A Day Out to Portee

It was a good day to-day, probably the last for a wee while but nice to have such a calm spell. Always welcome in December. I was up early after a weekend of generator woes. Headed down the ‘Sound’ at … Continue reading

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A Day in The Life of……….

Jim my Northern Irish friend wonders why I am not posting regularly like I used to, I wish I had the time Jim. So I had an idea last night to photograph my every move to-day. Or at least try … Continue reading

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August Days -Catch Up.

Big storm this weekend, the windows are fairly bending in the new house ‘Tigh na Creag’. So far no damage seen but we have not been to Dry Harbour yet. Although the mink or otter had one (so far) of … Continue reading

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August: Basking Shark Month

Before I do the August catch up I think that the Basking Shark day deserves a post all to itself as will the Killer Whale day in July!! This was Sunday the 30th of August, a grey day but flat … Continue reading

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September Days

Working backwards in an effort to catch up and fill in the blanks I’ll head back to September. On a grey October day going through the photos and seeing the wonderful weather lifts the spirits at a time when you … Continue reading

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