"Though the forecast wasn’t too good, Friday actually started out with sunshine. By the time we were at the head of the loch it had got cold and windy but was otherwise fine.
I put John Sanders (conservation architect) on the park service RIB in Balloch to give him the length of the loch, but drove up to Inveruglas myself and met the boat and some other hangers-on there.
We had about 3 hours on the island – long enough for John to mark up our survey drawings in detail – with a comprehensive repairs schedule. See attached photos of John in action. I did a bit of a walk-over of the island, took a new set of record photos of the tower – which was looking very fine given the time of year, the extent of previous ivy strip and ivy die-back. Noticed a few minor things that could be added to our survey drawing set of the tower – some other areas of probable secondary repair (presumably late 19th century / early 20th). A little new minor ivy growth creeping up from the wall foot. Some saplings re-sprouting from stumps at the wall heads but otherwise all OK.
Good lighting conditions for photography.
Water was low. Had a good look at features at the water line, particularly on the N and NW perimeter. I’ll look over David’s plan to see whether these were plotted previously when the water was higher.
I also attach an in-progress marked-up drawing of John’s – good luck in deciphering it !
We will now get on with digitising the repairs schedule mark-up and circulate that along with John’s written recommendations.
Generally a success.