We’ve been here for a full week and we are really starting to feel comfortable. The lifestyle definitely took some getting used to, but we have slowly grown to love the quirks that come with island living.
One of our biggest curiosities was what our living quarters would be during our stay. Martin introduced us to our little green cabin (lovingly named Shrek) and we were relieved to know that we would have a bit of privacy. With two small rooms inside, Shrek has a front area with a couch, a desk, and shelves for snacks/toiletries. The room in the back has a bed and a space heater, which has proven to be hugely important on these cold rainy nights. Our near perfect cabin has only one shortcoming: a bathroom.
There are two “bathrooms” on the property that are shared by the travelers who stay here, the guests of the Teagarden, and anyone who is staying in the rentable bunkhouse. One small outhouse has a toilet, a tiny sink, a small mirror (there is a strange shortage of mirrors on the island), and small Kerrera trinkets on the shelves. The other, larger, bathroom is where we will be showering for the month. We have been pleased to learn that there is no shortage of hot water in the shower, which was music to our ears considering the cold conditions here. These areas are all the way on the other side of the property from our cabin, so we were encouraged to use nature for our relief in the middle of the night. It turns out that the sun doesn’t set until 10pm and rises again around 4:30am, but we have still found that to be a useful tip.
Our work days are short (10am-4pm), so we have had plenty of time before and after to explore the island and to relax with the other travelers who are staying here. We have grown to love our morning hikes to enjoy the scenery and wildlife, and with little to no people out at that hour, it has been a very relaxing way to start our days.
We also spend a lot of our down time in the Byre (the Scottish word for cow shed), which is where we play card games and drink wine with our new friends, read our books, or just sit under one of the heat lamps for some much needed warmth. This is also the only area with WiFi on the property, so this is also our only place to catch up with friends and family, or to write our blogs! Although the limited internet access was odd at first, we have started to enjoy losing our attachment to our phones throughout the day.
It’s 7:30pm, which means we are being called to dinner, we will check back in the next time we are in the Byre.