The Photo (left) is the view I now have, whilst writing this Blog, and doing some of my Graphic Design work. Somewhat nicer than the back-lot of Jewson's, I think you'll agree.
Its certainly been a hectic couple of weeks and most of that was just the physical act of moving. We have made a start on a couple of projects already (including some planting of seeds in the Greenhouse), but more details on these soon...
Well, firstly, we managed to get everything across the "Windy Loch" undamaged, unscathed and relatively dry. I even managed to drive (or is it sail, even though it has an engine?) our little boat, with my expensive big Mac Computer (not made by McDonalds) as cargo, and this was the first time I'd done it - my Maiden Voyage! We managed to get a few bits across on another trip, before the sea turned against us for a couple of days (our boat being too small for bigger waves and swells, but swell for smaller waves). However, this place being what it is - full of incredibly welcoming and helpful people - we were able to get the bigger items across on the "Post Boat".
The Post Boat 'sails' between the two Jetties (Badluarach and Scoraig) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday - weather permitting. So our bulkier furniture was located at the Scoraig Jetty (after crossing over), which is about 2 miles from the Croft. Again, one of our new friends drove most of it down for us, in his 4x4; but there were some bits we had to push the 2 miles in a hand cart (pictured above). Although this was extremely physically demanding, we bumped into, and met, many more 'neighbours' doing this, than we would have done, by driving a big removal van up to the front door.
Speaking of neighbours, on Saturday, the previous 'Guardians' had organised a "Goodbye-Hello" party. This turned out to be a fantastic idea, giving them the opportunity to say their farewells, and then for us to meet and get to know some of the (as already mentioned) brilliant people here. There was even a small ceremony, where we were handed a rock - as a symbol of us taking over 'Guardianship' of the Croft. After this, much beer, cake and conversation flowed, on what was, an amazingly sunny afternoon and evening.
We did, however, discover a pair of socks and a camera afterwards; so if anyone (who was at the party) is reading this and are the owners; they are all safe and waiting for you to collect them, when you are ready...
Thankfully there were not too many of these. The memory foam mattress, we had obtained, doesn't seem to want to 'inflate' to its full potential (it seemed a great way to get a mattress, which was vacuum-shrunk, across the Loch, in a smallish box). The electric system was a little 'uncooperative' at first, but - again with the help of a great new friend - is settling down and we are looking to try and stabilise and improve it over the next week or so. I'll post anything I think may be informative or helpful, that we come across, in another post.
And of course, it was rather sad when my 'Better Half' went back down South for a while, to tie up some loose ends. But Bruce is keeping me company. Although, maybe I should have chosen a bigger breed of dog, then we could have strapped the cart to him the other day!
So that's it for now. Bit of a short one, sorry. More to follow soon, once we really get our teeth stuck into things and I've got more to share. To finish, I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who has made this possible: for the support from our Friends and Family 'down south'; to the previous 'Guardians' of the Croft, for this opportunity; and to the warm and welcoming new friends, we are already making here.
Until next time...