Island Life

When I told people I was planning to move to Gigha, they always asked three questions (and usually in this actua; order…):

  1. Where is it?
  2. How many people live there?
  3. What will you do? (

Some additional questions might include “how do you get there” and/or “ is there a shop”.

But what was routine was the above three questions, to the point I got the script off pat for the first two and for the third it took longer to explain. If you don’t know the answer to the first two, google it. As for the third…..

Well since coming here in January I have managed to set up a singing class, undertake training for the post office counter, decorate and set up guest rooms, decorate the two upstairs bedrooms, get woodworm treatment done and the aftermath sorted, install a wood burning stove (well, harague the contractor into doing the job!), paint the bulk of the house externally, begin to plant out a garden, build wood piles, set up a website for my enterprises, teach music to folks who want it etc. Oh and I also managed to break my leg which set me back 4-5 weeks.

The current list of jobs needing doing is extensive and includes (in no particular order)

  • Bring felled wood in from woods
  • Chop wood
  • Stack wood
  • Finish painting externally
  • Various DIY jobs internally
  • Clear ground at front of house and put down gravel
  • Cut grass (on a regular basis…)
  • Tidy up front garden and start planning planting there
  • Sow and plant vegetables
  • Build compost system
  • Get kitchen sorted out (nothing is in the right place)
  • Install Raeburn
  • Find an architect and plan out remodelling of exterior of house
  • Hatch out eggs
  • Welcome and manage guests to B&B

In addition to the above are post office counter duties, various volunteering roles around the island, support for Wellbeing Economic Alliance, small pieces of contract work and keeping an eye on the flat in Edinburgh.

Never a dull moment! Folks pop by to see how I am doing and we settle down with a cuppa – or I engage them in a task if they are up for it. Small island life can be very social that way and tonight is Quiz Night at the Hall, in aid of the music festival. So I seldom watch telly but am playing less music than I would like. The latter I will sort out. The former I never bothered much with anyway.

Life is what you make it.

5 Comments on “Island Life

  1. Sounds like you will have to come back to the mainland on a regular basis for some down-time!
    Glad to hear that you are settling in well on Gigha. Who knows – Jill and I might make it over there one of these days.
    Liz xx

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