Jonathan: It’s now late autumn and the wind is a just a big bully, standing in our way and pushing us hither and thither whichever we we turn. And for good measure it will bring with it a blustry shower to soak us through. I’ve not got much done outside since I got home Sunday night. There’s been enough to do indoors for now: sorting through accumulated post, making arrangements for taking sheep to abattoir, collecting some lambs I’ve bought …
Jonathan: Thanks to the windy weather, the air temperature is mild, though in the wind and wet it’s another story! The electric Aga keeps the kitchen cosy and the rest of the house reasonable, but in the evenings the whole household – Denise and I, Tilly and the seven cats – all gather around the fire in the living room. Our wood-burning stove is very effective and economical, but thank heavens for all that scrap wood from our building projects So today I’ve been sawing up the heavy baulks (some around 10″ x 4″) that Denise has been unable to tackle whilst I’ve been away. I’ve also rendered an old decayed beehive brood chamber down to kindling: cedar is incredibly easy to split very finely. Anyway the sawing and chopping gets another sort of warm from the firewood: and it’s good for the health too!
Jonathan: After an uneventful voyage from Oban via Castlebay, I arrived at Lochboisdale and pushing my bike up the ramp was first off the boat – and immediately could see Denise waving to me from the car. Absolutely lovely to be home at last!
Jonathan: Clansman has arrived in Oban bay and is just as I write firing up the bow thrusters to turn about and dock at linkspan 2. Time to log off and get myself sorted. This is the last ‘In Exile’ category blog: as soon as I’m on board that boat I’m as good as at home.
Jonathan: Fish & Chips sitting on a bench on the North Pier: feeding the seagulls with the scraps – holding them out for them to take on the wing. Next I cycled north around Dunollie Castle and winding around the coast to Ganavan Sands. Large development of showy houses being built that will effectively appropriate the sandy beach to the residents, despite the long-standing public access to the beach and the large public car park. I can see conflicts arising between the new residents (though I wonder how many will just be holiday homes or lets) and the public. Ganavan Sands aside, it really is lovely along this road, though judging from the very wide footway and widenened shore-side lane it’s clear in summer it must be extremely busy! Looking at my phone could see the time was running out – nearly 2pm and I need to be back at the ferry terminal by 1430hrs. Getting there, I was surprised that the ferry hadn’t already berthed – in fact no-where to be seen. Then in dawned on me that the clocks went back last night, and I’d forgotten all about it. They must have thought I was extremely keen to leave the hostel this morning – at about 7:30am!! So another hour to wait … oh dear!