June 6, 2012

Ditches and a well tidy celebration

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 15:07

It’s all about the holes at Tattie House at the moment. Big old muddy holes, ditches and trenches everywhere. Over the last couple of weeks Ian’s been working his way around the house putting into place the rain water and waste water piping and laying land drainage to divert the water away that runs down from the croft next to and behind Tattie House. I’ve been going behind back filling holes when Ian’s happy that everything’s as it should be. We had another working visit from New Zealand’s finest, Georgie Macmillan yesterday who helped to dig more holes and fill other holes with rocks. The help’s always hugely appreciated and it’s great having some more company on site too and the lingo’s pretty entertaining, sweet as! Ian likes to tell everyone that it’s ‘slow progress’ at the moment but it’s all new to us, so yes it’s probably taking a bit longer than it could, most importantly though we’re happy with the quality of the job so that’s all that matters. I do think we’ll both be glad to see the end of the holes though and move on to more visible improvements.

Other than that, thanks to Vicki and Nick we had a very enjoyable get together at the hall yesterday for a ‘Pimm’s O’Clock’ celebration of the jubilee. (As our Welshisms are amusing to the folk of Rum) I have to say it was well tidy!

Since we both feel we’ve had our fill of celebrating for the time being, we’ve decided to adopt a ‘more work less play’ policy so that we can get lots done before we return to Wales for a quick visit in a week and a bit. Except for Ian who’s taking Saturday off to kayak around the whole of Rum with bird expert Ranger Werndly (I’m letting him off ’cause we need lots of new exciting pictures for the blog). As for the midges, we’ve been around the van with the midge net and gaffer tape and I have to say the improvement is huge – very happy!

Probably off fishing for some more mackerel tonight. That’s about it for now.


  1. Dear Kate and Ian

    Wow, keep up the good work. Remember: “All work and no play makes Kate & Ian a boring couple”. Only joking, but really you must take some time off to relax and enjoy yourselves. Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress. Keep up the good work. I hope that when you “pop” back to Caldicot you will have a few minutes to spare to pop in to say hello?
    Love and best wishes, Sheila xx

    Comment by sheila54h — June 6, 2012 @ 15:18

  2. Take lots of pictures of kayaking around Rum Ian!! I am so jealous! I really hope I can get up – maybe between the 1st and 9th August some time…

    Comment by Conor — June 6, 2012 @ 16:40

    • Hey Conor, Hope all is well over there..

      Will do lots of pics….just checking the weather but all looks good for Saturday. Not sure whic hway round to go, depends on the tides etc.

      Try and get over if you can in August….


      Comment by tattiehouse — June 6, 2012 @ 20:26

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