We enjoyed having our family come to stay with us last week. First visitors to the Island were daughter Karen, son-in-law Daniel and Grandson Finlay. We were blessed with the most amazing weather and had a truly magical time. Karen and Daniel loved the island, and Finlay loved playing with his Uncle James. Suffice to say, we spent most of our time on the beach.
And if we are not at the beach, we are at the Stones. A wee bit colder there - hats had to be borrowed for those not used to the breeze, but the sparkling morning made up for it.. Then it was back to the beach where we were entertained by the surfers.
Then, midweek, they went back home on the 2 o'clock ferry. Waiting in the queue at the other side were our next visitors - my dad and my sister. My sister, Susan, is home from Canada to spend a few weeks with our Mum, so we were glad they were able to take a couple of days to visit our new home. Still nice enough for beach and stone outings - will we ever tire of them? It has been so good to show our loved ones the things that brought us here, and to share in their appreciation.
And now it's back to thoughts of crofting. We have an appointment in couple of weeks with a very helpful chap from the Scottish Agricultural College in Stornoway, who will help us with our crofting plan and all the red tape that is involved - not quite what we went into this for, but there is no getting away from it it seems. It will be good to have some objective opinions, and it will make us clarify some goals. At the moment they are very vague - keeping a few sheep and growing vegetables does begin to sound a bit lame and we need to actually make a start. We have been advised, by the Clerk of the Common Grazings Committee that our 'souming' , based on the size of our croft, is 8 sheep and 1 cow. hat means we are allowed to keep that number of livestock on the common grazing land. There is room for more, apparently, as many crofters don't actually use their allowance, but I think that will be more than enough for us to be going on with right now!
The picture above is the front view of the barn that I omitted in a previous post - can you see it with a turf roof and red doors? I can...