We’ve had very mixed weather in the last couple of weeks. Long warm, sunny days with amazing skies in the morning and evening – alongside grey, misty days with little visibility and short, sharp showers. The new roof on the cottage is taking the mixed weather conditions in its stride, and guests are warm and dry on the coldest and wettest days.
In 2002 we put a new roof on the gallery. Over the last 15 years it’s served us well. It’s resisted some ferocious winter storms – and despite a couple of wobbles – when the lead flashing rolled back and some panels started vibrating during 100mph winds – it’s maintained a waterproof skin over the building. We’re now fitting a new fibreglass roof with Velux windows – making the cottage even lighter and warmer for our guests. We’ve been told this roof will last 50 years – it’s unlikely I’ll be here to check on that claim!
A record breaking 2,270 black-tailed godwits arrived on the island this spring, the highest number thought to have ever been counted in Scotland at one time. These large wading birds often stop off in the Hebrides in April and May to refuel during their long migration to Iceland, where they breed.
The island typically only sees a few hundred godwits, in their brick-red finery, dropping in to feed around the well-grazed loch edges and wet grasslands. The previous record was 1,320 birds back in 2013. Let’s hope the Corncrake numbers this year are just as strong. Photo by John Bowler.