Life at the end of the road

April 29, 2008

The ‘great wall’ is finished

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:27 pm

Of course I was up earlier than usual today to see how the new arrivals were doing and of course they were just fine, though I had to have several goes at counting Jamie Lea’s 11. It’s always a worry for the first couple of days because although the wee darlings are very tough they can be easily squashed by mum. If we had mains electricity I’d be tempted to use heat lamps and a creep so that the piglets would not snuggle up to mum the same and risk being squashed but we haven’t so I can’t. You can click on the image to enlarge it. I promised myself I was not going to post any pig pics today as I’d so many others of Ron’s wall but I couldn’t resist just a wee one. You know those parents that think everyone is interested and shares the same enthusiasm about their offspring as they do and the dog owners who think their mangy slobbering mutt is the bees knees ( I know I’ve done it ) well at the moment that’s how mrs C and I feel about our 18 little sausages. It will pass as the feed bill begins to soar and I start thinking of them as pork chops but for now they are our ‘wee darlings’ and I could watch them for hours.

Anchors aweigh

After my spell of piglet watching I set off down ‘Calum’s road’ for work to the usual sights and sounds of a spring morning on Raasay. A group of 3 young hinds at Screapadale in their paler summer coats then 3 large stags at Glam one of which looked decidedly lopsided with only one antler though I’m not sure if It’s the same stag who’s antler I picked up a week or so ago. Once at work it was quite steady and as well as finishing off the weekly and monthly maintinance I got a little painting done. The two ‘men from Mull’ who were covering for the regular crews holidays gave the anchors a good testing.

Then once the ferry was tied up and shut down for lunch I went off and checked on how Ron was getting on at the ‘Wall for the Hall’

This was it at lunch just needing it’s coping stones, is that straight or what!

Here’s Ron wondering what he’s going to do once the wall is finished.

And here it is with long evening shadows at 7:15pm finished and I suspect Ron is having a wee celebration somewhere.


  1. Lovely piggies, fabulous wall and good to see the boat…brings back lots of memories 🙂

    We had a competition at the primary school to name the “Isle of Cumbrae”. I’m surprised only two kids came up with the name! Looking at these big ferries it’s hard to believe that it was the likes of the Coruisk which were running when I was wee! And only just, we used to have one of the big boats pull in at the pier before the slip was built.

    Comment by Helena — April 29, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  2. Coruisk (ii) i should say

    Comment by Helena — April 29, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

  3. Just when I thought I had the record for cutest critters on God’s green earth — you go and post those darling piglets. Totally unfair. Remove them at once. They overshadow my darling ducklings!! 😉

    Kidding, of course. Another winning post!

    I do so love this blog. My internet connection has been spotty so I apologize for not stopping by lately.


    Comment by Razor Family Farms — April 30, 2008 @ 12:14 am

  4. What a great link Helena, our old ferry is on there and she’s just longer at the stern and taller at the wheelhouse than the Courisk.

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  5. Morning Lacy’

    I know all about ‘spotty’ internet connections being stuck with very iffy and slow ‘dial up’ but it’s my week off now so I’ll have a bit more time for visiting other peoples blogs.

    Cheers, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2008 @ 5:57 am

  6. “1 cable! Off mousing!”
    “Half a cable! Out pin!”
    Woooosh – misses slipring shackle, hits leg with mell – ends up having to buy a case of beer for the fo’c’sle crew. 😦

    That was my experience (on two bl00dy occassions on the Good Ship Newcastle) of being the anchor man. Bet the Mull boys were better!

    Comment by thurstongarden — April 30, 2008 @ 4:49 pm

  7. Isn’t HMS Newcastle about to be sold or something TG and I bet her anchors were a wee bit larger than ours. Just back from Kyle and saw HMS Grimsby tied alongside. Judging by the bronze anchors, fiberglass hull and stainless steel doors at the back she must be something to do with mines.

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  8. I was not aware Newcastle was being sold, but she is certainly decommissioned, so it’s either for sale or for target practice….

    Grimsby certainly is part of the Tupperware Taskforce 🙂

    Mine Warfare sailors were nicknamed a MUPPET. Not certain what the real meaning was, because I was always taught it as the Most Useless Person Pusser Ever Trained!

    Comment by thurstongarden — April 30, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  9. I love the pics of the pigs. Please keep posting them.

    Comment by Tracy — April 30, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

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