A year ago I noticed an artical about a Scottish island called Ulva. The population had fallen to just 16 people. They had recently purchased the island with the intention of renovating old homes and attracting business to the island while also increasing the population. I really liked the sound of it. The idea that I could live so remotely would be great. I imagined the beautiful views and wildlife the storms in winter i could see myself there already forgetting of course I haven’t got a business to take to the island or any building skills. And I probably wouldn’t be the best team player either. It did sound very interesting though. In no time at all I had become obsessed by the idea. I emailed and inquired if there was any information available hat could be emailed to me.
No instant response or forthcoming e-mail, my mind moved back to building a houseboat! (I know what your thinking) it would be more of a stataboat really, the plan is to use a 40 x 12 static caravan,which can be towed to site and fitted with solar panels to recharge deep cycle batteries. small petrol engine to power propeller and additional charge to the battery system then have barrels installed. Eased into the water and off we go.
Put that simply I should already be on the water. Anyway back on topic and months have passed by when an email landed about Ulva. A brief word thanking me for my interest and a few attachments, the first detailing existing usable buildings to be refurbished and potentially rented, ruined buildings for proposed future use with a rental value attached to each. It highlighted some property for business use. All itemized with estimated returbishment cost and rental value. Included were ideas for the use of the business property such as a hotel, self catering cottages. My wife has worked in hotel management for over 20 years so I figured that would be an advantageous asset which could be of use to the project. I had worked in planning and project management for over 25 years mainly in the utilities industry and (trying not to sound big headed) that was experience they would definitely need.
Attachment 2 was a site survey report on the exsisting wildlife species and numbers any possible impact more animals and their waste might create. Some of the fauna on the island was quite rare and needed protection. Other environmental issues were mentioned in detail.
The last attachment was a projection of how the islanders hoped to progress with the plans they had in mind and how best to prioritise and fund them, it was a large attachment and (not trying to sound like I know everything) it had one or two flaws in it. Overall though a pretty solid plan.
After reading through all of each attachment I believed we as a family had a lot of the attributes that might be needed. I emailed again expressing my interest in the project and asked if they would keep me informed of the progress they were making . I then moved my attention to completing some outstanding tasks in the house. I am forever starting one task then moving onto something else before finishing the first one, the house is literally littered with my unfinished work, I’m just so easily distracted I can’t help myself. I’ll quickly mention that I like tinkering with solar power and saving energy. I am not a green warrior I just like tinkering. If your a green warrior that’s ok I am pleased you care about the world we live in and have the time to make a contribution towards saving the planet. Its not for me but I thank you for your efforts.
A long while later I get another email. Again thanking me for my interest in the project. And asked if I could email them my thoughts if I had any, on why the project interested me, what did I think was the most important benefit to the project and why etc etc. I summarised my thoughts and pressed send. I was pleased with myself it felt good that I was being taken seriously. I know they hadn’t met me warts and all so to speak but I felt good about it.
On Monday I got an email with again thanking me for my interest and asking if i was well (for comic effect I wasn’t aware I’d been unwell boom boom). They mentioned the attachments with the email and said a full time permanent position was available for a development management if I wanted to apply! I am over the moon with delight. I could have the opportunity to be involved in something really really special. I have had images running through my mind about it since.
I will complete the paperwork and apply, I can not remember feeling so alive for a long time, I am aware of course there may be some issues to try and overcome, I will have to explain some things to people about my aspergers and my anxiety then I will know where I am at. I am optimistic though, and a bit worried and a little excited, a tad nervous but definitely happy.