Life at the end of the road

March 29, 2008

Staring at the monkey puzzle

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:42 pm

It’s a really nice day here and I’m stuck inside staring out the window at our mad monkey puzzle tree in the garden. Despite the fact it’s completely out of place here and quite bizzare looking I’m quite attached to it. Upon moving here in 1989 it was the same height as me and now it must be over 30′, a friend of mine who lived here in a caravan for a while brought it up on the bus from York as a present for the previous owner in 1978 so like me it has put it’s roots down and flourished far from home.

monkey puzzle

I hate being stuck inside at the best of times but when the weather is like this and I’ve some exciting things arrived off ebay that I could be playing with I’m well miffed. Just to make matters worse mrs C is now coming down with it so I can’t even look to her for sympathy now!

Think I’m on the mend now, which is just as well because mrs C is going down hill and has spent most of the day in bed. We did have one important thing to do today and just about managed it between us. Jamie Lea, one of our ‘old spot’ gilts is due to have her first litter tomorrow. Though to be honest she doesn’t look like it  as her teats don’t appear to have filled yet but we took Shona (her sister) out of her field anyway just in case. This would normally have been very straight forward with 2 people and a bucket of feed but with 2 invalids in their pyjamas it was a little tricky but eventually we managed it. We got Shona into the next field, it wasn’t the field that we’d intended to put her in but it was good enough for now. Well apart from having 3 old apple trees in which I’ve been burying rabbits and lobsters under for 18 years so I suspect there’ll be a few bomb craters in it by the morning.

Thursday 29th March 1990

Another nice spring day with a light south westerly, sunshine and the odd shower. I spent most of the day sectioning off part of the byre to put a foster mother and orphan lamb in after first having skinned the foster mothers dead lamb to tie on to the orphan. My wee jack russel, Malin (who I only buried 3 years ago in June) caught 2 rabbits which I skinned, hung and later ate.

Sunday 29th March 1992

Again a good day this time with a light south easterly, cloud but no rain. I spent the day out in the ‘Sylvia Jean’ loading up creels and setting them. I’d wintered my gear in the north anchorage at Fladda, there’s a spot there that is as good as a harbour wall where you can tie alongside and load/unload gear with no fear of damaging your boat and I put a further 25 creels in the water. I think my heavy creels

ross n creel

like these were in fleets of 10 ( that’s the Dude setting one last year ) and the smaller lighter ones were in fleets of 15. In fact initially they were in 5s and 10s and even a few singles as I’d been hauling by hand in the ‘Annie V’ Though I’d fitted one of ‘DM Macleod’ of Raasay’s excellent hydraulic haulers to the ‘Sylvia Jean’ which had made life much easier. There’s no record for the days catch other than we ate all the prawns!

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