June 29, 2012

Just another day on Rum

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 09:50

Rum spent most of yesterday in a very still, midgy and muggy cloud, so when ‘Sheerwater o’clock’ came we didn’t need to think twice. The water was so flat and calm yesterday that it was the perfect opportunity to go looking for creatures from the deep that the waves would normally make a bit more difficult to spot. So armed with camera and Power Ranger Mike Werndly (http://www.isleofrum.com/wildliferanger.php) to help do the spotting, off we went. And lucky us when a small pod of approx. 25 or so (I say small because last week a ‘super pod’ of more than 100 of the same short-beaked common dolphins was spotted) dolphins came to say hello and have a mess around by the boat. Yet another one of the things that makes us feel privilaged to be on Rum! Here are some of the pictures…

We later attended Ranger Mike’s talk about Rum at the village hall, aimed to give visitors a run down about the geographical and human history of Rum and let them know a bit about the creatures that live here now. It’s fascinating stuff and really well put across by Rngr. Mike, so anyone thinking of heading to Rum make time for the talk! Thats it for now…


June 26, 2012

A great way to get back into things…

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 11:50

We got back to Tattie House on Friday afternoon and it took us pretty much all weekend to get over the travelling and settle back in. We were glad to get back in time to help Nic and Ady (http://wondering-wanderers.blogspot.co.uk/) with attempt two at moving their static caravan up to the croft (attempt one took place while we were down in Wales and despite a huge effort by all involved proved to be quite problematic). So on Saturday Ady, Ian, Mike and Sandy and a couple chaps from neighbouring island Eigg (http://www.isleofeigg.net/) along with Vikki and Nic (I just did my best not to get in the way/hinder the process!) worked incredibly hard and managed to finally get the van onto the croft. We’re really pleased that after weeks of stress about it they finally have their static in place and can now settle in properly. I have to say the views from the Goddard’s new location are absolutely incredible and I think arguably the best views of any house on the island. Go Goddards!

Given that we’re a bit short on space at the van we find it hard to entertain more than two people at a time, so we decided to bring some of our yummy tamworth sausages and other bits and pieces back and bbq instead. So last night a group of us headed over to Harris for a beachy evening BBQ. The weather was fine, the company was great and it was perfect timing with the static move being a success so I think everyone had a rather nice time. (I will edit the blog to include photos of the caravan move and BBQ as we get hold of them from Mike).

As for Tattie House works, we’re still waiting on drainage parts which I think we’re both a little bit frustrated by. One thing affects another and so by not having the final parts for the drainage we’re held up with the final footings at the rear of the house which are two jobs we should like to have completed by now…Anyway, on a more positive note we’ve ordered up the fixings for the massively thick roof insulation – so sometime soon we’ll be able to free up space inside the house by fixing the insulation to the roof. This also gives us a good indoor job to get on with when the midgies attack. Just now though we’re pottering about outside finishing up what we can before everything probably comes at once and we don’t know where to start!

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