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Castaway Clare

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,




and Clare.


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.

Comments on: "Castaway Clare" (4)

  1. Great to hear that Claire got ‘landed’ ok on her island. The weather couldn’t have been better!
    Thanks for the update Ali. Hope to get over to see her later in the month.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Hi Kalie, she could not have had a better day to cross over and land. Everything went without a murmur of a hitch. She is going to have to be hardy looking at the forecast. The weather is still very unsettled and looking at next week there will be no midges about.

  2. richard spoors said:


    Back in 1982 after returning from fighting in the Falklands ….. I was in the Royal Signals playing with Satellite communications . but whereas today we have a mobile phone that can communicate in the good old days it came on a trailer !!

    anyway back to Rona….. there was an exercise in I think Feb./march 83 whereby we set up our radio/Sat coms and some Navy chaps spot the ships in the sound and using our sat-coms . all very straight forwards but the army flew us by chopper to……. North Rona ….

    F#$£{@G bleak place that was too, and two days later came back and picked us up

    How we laughed

    Sent from Richards Laptop

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Would have been slightly better off going to Rona as opposed to the North one. Can imagine it wouldn’t have been too pleasant going to the other one. Maybe just as well there are only one Falkland Island, could have ended up in Fife I suppose.

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