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.