Well, as you probably realize, that’s the last of it and it’s now September. Should’ve been over a month ago but with bad weather, unsuitable weather ... Because you can only gather out on the ridge there if there’s no mist on the ridge. You can have a glorious day at the houses here, beautiful sunshine, but misty on the ridge you just can’t go out there and gather. So weather was the major obstacle this year. There’s the ongoing problem with lack of manpower. There’s only two of us got sheep on the hill now. When I was a schoolboy there was about forty people involved. Everybody had a few, now the few people doing it have got hundreds. So there’s that. There’s also the poor returns.

  • Donald MacLeod (Cowboy)
Saturday 13th September 2008