Well, it’s been a pure peach of a day here, a gale of relatively warm dry wind from the east and plenty of sunshine to lift the spirits, not that they needed it but at this time of year every good day is a blessing.
Especially when you consider that this is what I arrived home to the other day
Fortunately the snow was restricted to the higher ground around Glam with little of it in evidence at Arnish or even the south end.
Again, from Wednesday, the clam diving boat Sarah heading out of Loch Sligachan to the recently hammered Raasay Narrows that had been harrowed by two large clam dredgers from Oban Still, if anyone can get a picking after such recent desecration it’s these chaps, who would lift more in a couple of days than I would in a week
Still from the day before yesterday is Skretting’s MV Valborg taking a break from delivering salmon feed on the end of our new pier.
Thursday this time, on the way for the MOT, grey, cold and sharp with almost an hour to kill so wifey and I stopped at Sligachan to admire Hector’s stonework at the car park there. I say Hector but I’m pretty sure much of it was done under his supervision by schoolchildren from Portree High, including the Dude
We did get a little closer than this to the magnificent Cuilins, but not much
Anyway, back to today and this graph almost looks like the mountains the wind hovering around gale force all day and touching 50mph at one point. If it’s reading that on my anemometer you can bet it’s much stronger at the wind turbine which has been belting out the amps all day.
The ‘wee dug’ woke me this morning wanting out, however, as soon as I opened the front door, she poked her head out and was almost turned inside out by a gust of wind Must have been around 7:00am and a bit of a surprise because the door faces west, still, she thought better of it and went back to bed, as did I until daylight Once up though, I was out like a shot, it was glorious outside, that east wind had been blowing all night and done a first class job of drying out the croft which would encourage the piglets to go exploring. I needed to lead the eight Tamworths into the same field as the eleven ‘spotties’ prior to loading them tomorrow.
Normally we wean our piglets and let them charge about the croft for a week, feeding them often and letting them get used to going through gates and in and out of the trailer. However, with me heading off once more to South Shields on Sunday this just wasn’t going to happen so we planned to cram a weeks worth of ‘piglet bonding’ into one day. The Gloucester Old Spot X Tamworths wouldn’t be a problem as they were living in the right field anyway, not only that but they’d had much more human contact, having helped me do numerous jobs around the croft
The wee ‘tammies’ however had only ever had attention at feeding or ‘mucking out’ and were a little ‘jumpier’ so it would be quite a challenge to lead them through two fields to the ‘spotties’.
The best way was in fact to lead the greedy, mischievous, bold, ‘spotties’ into the Tamworths field then try and get all of them back to the ‘spotties’ field. A task that took the whole day, not because it was difficult or frustrating but just because it was the best way to do it, slowly, a bit at a time and without getting them ‘spooked’. Given an extra couple of days we’d have just left the gates open and they’d have done it themselves, but if I don’t get this lot away tomorrow my wife will be stuck with them for another month
To be honest it was actually great fun, I was pottering about doing work on the Land Rover and setting up the trailer in between and just kept going to visit them with a handful of feed, each time leading them closer to the last gate.
The ‘flatpack’ house
Of course the other thing that I did was go and check on the house
which is really starting to take shape
A ready made kit would have been quicker but our is being built on site having been specially designed for us and here by Archie Macdonald of Portree.
Not only did he design our house but he navigated the treacherous waters of the planning department for us, a task that was severely testing my patience and diplomatic skills
Aint that just a beautiful spot
The roof trusses arrived today too, and I was well miffed at not actually getting a picture of the lorry delivering them, to add to my ‘trucks at the end of the road collection’
That was pretty much it really, I got the trailer and Land Rover set up for tomorrow, the spotties moved into it of their own accord and used it as a bed and the tammies moved into the barn where the spotties had been sleeping