That’s it, I’ve got the £11,000,000 keys, Kermit, ‘the spanner’ and my VHF, in other words I’m back at work having done the ceremonial handover with my ‘back to back’.
Having received my gas detector, sacred spanner and keys I’m now fully equipped for the next fourteen days aboard Hallaig and what’s more I’m actually looking forward to it. For a start it’ll be a rest from the physical labour of the croft and secondly I actually really enjoy my job, especially the two week off bit
As usual it was a bit of a mad rush latterly trying to finish ‘the list’ but I was pleased with my labours and overjoyed at Jamie’s return. Of course I never got any work done on the new wind turbine or road to the hen shed but then I did fix the tumble drier and spend a lot of time wandering the Arnish hill. Sure it was in vain as I never found Jamie Lea but the wee dug lost a lot of weight and I reacquainted myself with some beautiful spots.
This morning I arose late (for me) and after feeding the pigs and hens I headed off to my parents on the mainland.
A quick breakfast on the Hallaig on the way to Skye then a leisurely drive to my parents
past the Red Cuillins
and much activity on the Caridh fish farm in Loch Aynort.
Looks like a net change to me.
Dun Caan and Raasay behind the Moll.
A cow and her calf at high tide in Loch Duich.
A man and his dug in a comfy chair.
A spot of log splitting
and the ‘old pier’ at Broadford on the way back.
I ‘joined’ Hallaig at 15:00 and after a couple of hours ‘handover’ bade my ‘back to back’ farewell for a couple of weeks. A few hours later I shut her down and headed home to check on the hens. Wifey had let the 52 new ones out for the first time and I was wanting to see how they were getting on. They can be a little dim at the best of times, sometimes taking days to come out of their shed. However I needn’t have worried for when I went up to the hen house at 20:30 there was 11 of them out scratching and they were all mixed up with the older hens without any ‘henpecking’ that I could see. The new piglets all seemed happy, Jamie was hungry as usual and all was well on the croft