May 8, 2012

Making a start

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 13:04

After a 13 hour slog in the car and a 5 hour cruise of the small Isles to recover from the drive we finally managed to get here. We’ve had a couple of productive first days, the aim being to get the mighty ‘shower shed’ up and running as soon as possible. It’s been Ian’s first attempt at plumbing and I must say he’s done an absolutely amazing job. We now have a fully functioning shower and loo and with a few more tweaks when the materials get here on Saturday the sink will be done too and the first job complete. Below are a couple of pictures of the work in progress.

Yesterday was a great day to see the views from Tattie House. Firstly the view from what will be our kitchen window…

In the opposite direction the view of Kinloch Glen from Tattie House…

And here are some of our friendly little neighbours…

We’re off to our first ceilidh as Rum residents on Friday, celebrating the 3 year anniversary of the community handover – something we’re both looking forward to very much.  In the mean time the plan is to get the caravan/awning/shed into order and prepare for the start of the groundworks which we’ll start on the weekend after the arrival of the materials on Saturday. Should be plenty of amusing photos to come…(think Ian learning to drive a mini digger, starting with getting it off of the Calmac. I’ll be there with the camera!)



  1. nice views-nice neighbours-lush bathroom..enjoy the goodlife getting your house up and running will be following your blog.

    Comment by mitch and wendy — May 8, 2012 @ 18:37

    • Cheers Both. The shed is the one i made years ago for the allotment! Will get some pictures up of the inside for you – it’s pretty tidy now!

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 9, 2012 @ 10:18

  2. Hi Both,

    Good to see you have finally arrived. Look forward to catching up when I get across later in the year. Taking b&b bookings yet 🙂

    all the very best and above all – have fun and enjoy,


    Comment by George — May 9, 2012 @ 15:22

    • Cheers George….see you later in the year…

      No bookings to take yet – I’m still ripping stuff down!

      Comment by tattiehouse — May 10, 2012 @ 10:13

  3. I hope your pipework is well insulated or plastic..
    I was directed to this site by a collegue of Ian’s: Adrian Harper. We are doing a night shift thinking ‘what the hell are we doing’.. It looks idyllic, bet it’s hard work though… but it will get easier.
    I’m already thinking of when I can come and visit the island with the family, I fancy a bit of kayaking around the shoreline.
    What’s the end game, or are you just seizing the moment?

    Comment by barry hotchin — May 10, 2012 @ 02:31

    • Hi Barry,
      You and Adie must be coining it on on those night shifts!
      Work is hard but if it were easy everyone would be doing it!
      End game is the best house on the island that we are proud of. Taking 10 years to get to a point where we can afford to do it.

      Kayaking is great here, i have 2 kayaks myself. You can stay in the Castle this year before it shuts and also camping cabins. It’s a great place to come for a week…..

      Enjoy the blog…


      Comment by tattiehouse — May 10, 2012 @ 10:16

  4. Hello over there my fellow “Scots”, I hope you are well. It must be stunning in this great weather. Don’t get too dehydrated out there working. Remember to have a wee drink now and then. I am really enjoying keeping up with your progress. You are doing brilliant.

    Colin McD

    Comment by Colin McDonnell — May 24, 2012 @ 09:35

    • Hi Colin,

      Good to hear from you.

      It’s seriously hot over here just now and has been for the week, forcast for the weekend looks good too although working outside I’m just sweating all the time…

      I’m enjoying a can of Tennents most evenings so can’t be bad. Midges are here but only in the morning and evenings just now due to the heat…..

      You should get over for a day trip in the summer if you can….

      All the best…


      Comment by tattiehouse — May 25, 2012 @ 13:37

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