When we started to plan the renovation of the Hutchison Hut we hoped people would start to think better of what had been a legendarily cold doss.
But little did we think its charms would be broadcast to the nation!
A report went out on Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland on September 10, followed by a television report shown on the lunchtime and early and late evening shows of Reporting Scotland, featuring a brief explanation of the project and interviews with some of the culprits.
Lots of fun all round and quite gratifying to those featured in the clips that their friends and family could at last see that these weekends weren’t just drunken get-togethers.
More to the point, though work which had been picked up again on Thursday (despite some rotten weather I believe) carried on apace through to Sunday morning, with a colossal difference now visible in the bothy.
All the insulation is in place inside the bothy and the pine-lining is almost complete. The porch is framed out and partially boxed off from the elements. The stove has been fitted and even had an initial fire lit, although timing of work on the roof meant it had to be removed again until next weekend. A surprisingly big difference is made by the replacement of the old window. The new window is double glazed and can open for ventilation but what makes most difference at first sight is that you can see through it! The old window required careful positioning of the head to peer through the distorting Perspex, but now you can sit there and gaze out on the view with ease. Lovely.
The roof, as well as being insulated inside, has new sheeting on the outside and has been extended slightly to cover the new boxed in storm porch.
A somewhat exhausted crew of volunteers (and a visitor) sat inside the bothy on Saturday night scarcely able to take in what has been achieved so far – and scarcely able to keep their eyes open. That has to be the quietest and driest Saturday night at a work party ever, with people starting to drift off to their tents at about 9p.m.
Several other bits of work were done at the weekend, including a general tidy-up of the ground around the hut and you can see most of it in the photos below.
Work is due to start again on Thursday September 13.
Oh, and you may still be able to see the Reporting Scotland item here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-19542881