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Building Process of Colonsay House
Posted: 31st May 2017

No.2 Firm Foundations

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Ok, so…..here goes with Blog No.2

I always shake my head in disbelief when remembering that we first bought the original Tigh na Uruisg back in September 2007! Blimey, ten years! It’s certainly been a labour of love! We demolished the original house down to the foundations – the bedrock of the island in most places! – and started rebuilding in 2012. I can’t even begin to explain the extent of the roller coaster ride, from falling foul of the local Building Inspector, to having to change specifications and materials because of the harsh environment, and , of course, the nightmare logistics involved in doing anything on an island, let alone one of the smallest and most isolated in the Hebrides.

Whilst the locals living on the island have always been polite and helpful during this time, it’s only really now, since we’ve actually upped sticks and moved here permanently, that they’ve shown their true colours; curious, yes, but also supportive, friendly, and welcoming. We’re no longer the second home owners who visit for only a few weeks of the year. Colonsay Gin seems to be a hit too, which helps! We still have a long way to go to be considered ‘locals’ and be fully integrated into, what is, a very small and precariously balanced – both socially and economically – island community. Hopefully we’ve built some firm foundations though!

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