Preparations in the cottages are going well. Andrew came to fit the new door on Toechtamhor, Ian came to fit the 2 new heaters there as well. Studio is being put back together and feels so homely. Farmer had to remove the old windows from T'mhor and the garden looks far less like a building site now. They were seriously heavy. Neil continues to work his way down a seemingly endless list of bits and bobs. We are so grateful for all the help we get, and hoping to see the other Neil very soon too - to move a thermostat in Studio.
We saw the aurora borealis. Everyone had gone to bed so I called them out to see it. It was very beautiful. I took some shaky photographs and as a consequence I am determined to get better at night shots.
|The Aurora Borealis from outside the farmhouse|
A bitter blow last night as it was beginning to get dark. Farmer went to do a routine check on our water supply as it has been so dry (Yes it is March!). He found a dead tup which had hanged itself (I think) accidentally by getting a horn stuck in branches. Farmer asked me to be his eyes as he used the tractor to raise the dead tup up out of the gully. I was grateful it could be done by machine. The tup is now buried, as per regulations, and his death recorded with his individual ear tag number.
|Lifting up the dead tup|
|Taking away the tup|
|Dusting of snow on Rum|
|Rum from the woodland regeneration project near Haunn|
|Jamie and Farmer discuss|
|Getting ready to inject the ewe|
|What a view from the workplace|
|The red spot is keel, the blue is the medicine|
|West Cottage with Coll in the background|
|Glorious morning down at Haunn.|
|Farmer takes the last old window away|
|Half way out|
|We were being watched|
|Cows being fed above Toechtamhor|
|Over Calgary headland|
|First thing in the morning|
As I write the wind has stepped up a gear. I think I will stop just in case the power goes off and I lose all this!