Monday morning saw us on an unusual mission, another trip to Rona, not broadband this time but to drop off a castaway. Clare has long wanted to raise money for the Scottish Burned Children’s Club. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Calderclaire1. Her daughter suffered a camping accident at eight years of age which involved long and expert treatment in the burns unit in Glasgow, I think, also the Club helped her and many others in their rehabilitation and to give them confidence in living normal lives again after their mishaps. Clare is going to stay on Eilean Garbh as a castaway for a month, this is the small uninhabited island to the north of the entrance to the Rona harbour. To catch the tide at the Rona end we had an early start and had the van unloaded and other little jobs done by the time Clare turned up with the second car load. Quick load up and Clare with dogs on board away north on a beautiful day.
Familiar trip to Rona now and still spectacular country. As we were slightly later in getting away it was no surprise seeing Bill lying off the west of the island, possibly doing a little fishing while waiting for us to come through the Rona Gap. Came along side his flat-bottomed aluminium boat and unloaded all the gear,
Bill went in to the shore and unloaded.
Everything went without a hitch, I stayed just in case Bill missed the tide and I had to give him a gentle pull off the shore, but not needed.
After a wee ceilidh, which is always the case with Bill, we headed off in different directions to do our days work,
leaving Clare to her solitude and fund-raising.
Bill was quite wistful in thinking he could do with a bit of that as the run of yachts have started to appear in the harbour. He gets more than his fair share of demanding visitors and he got a few things of his chest, entertaining as ever. Still managed to haul 200 pots on the way home before making my way up to the Inn for an extra shift, keeping the Boss on her gentle recovery. This seems to be going well so although tired it is worth it to see an improvement.