Life at the end of the road

August 31, 2008

Normality is restored

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:28 pm

Well whatever counts as normal in the unorganized rambling that is my life. So much so that I even skipped the cider vinegar this morning and went straight out to feed the pigs, not that I was so overcome with enthusiasm to go and feed them it was just that it looked like it was about to start pishing with rain so I rushed round before it did. Anyway since I was last feeding ( Tuesday ) they’ve been juggled about a bit and it took me a moment or two to work out who was where. It’s not like the other swineherd didn’t tell me who was where it’s just that my memories shocking and I get easily distracted, however I soon sorted out which of the pre loaded buckets were for who and got on with it. Brackens sore foot is much better and she came charging up to meet me, looking much meatier than when I last saw her. Shona was now out of Gingers ( the boars ) field and had promptly come on heat so was charging around like a maniac looking for nooky! despite being in with him for over a month she’s obviously not ‘in pig’. Bramble was as usual trying to climb over the specially heightened fence to get into the feed bucket. Ginger was showing no interest in his new girlfriend Lilly, well apart from her food that is and the pair of them were exhibiting a few battle scars. Hopefully they’ll get it together shortly! The 14 piglets on the hill were looking lovely and came charging down the road to meet me and the 5 left from Brakens litter were growing nicely. Whilst round the back of  the croft I had a look at my hydro turbine inlet to check for crap in the intake and all was fine. When  everyone was fed I took a run along the tack to Torran on the quad to check on the ‘Harris hydro turbine’ which was performing brilliantly since the extra water supply was installed

I spotted this fine boletus mushroom on the way and took my first picture for the blog with the new camera that mum bought me (aren’t mothers wonderful) as it was soaking wet I never picked it as they’re a bit slimy at the best of times and never at their best when wet, though if you slice them thinly and dry them they’re nice in a soup or curry. Once back home I had a final coffee and headed of early for work.

Spotting this fine hind amongst the purple heather near Screapadale

The little crane

Though as I was early I ended up going down to the new harbour site to have a look at the ‘small’ crane.

The mermaid seemed quite impressed by it

As was I when I got closer, This Kobelco BM 700C 80ton crane is to go on the barge for lifting the concrete shuttering in place. A much larger (180ton) crane is coming shortly to lift the actual concrete blocks and I can’t wait to see that one! and if your interested the 80ton cranes vital staistics can be found here kobelco_bm_700c.pdf

All this excitement meant that I was almost late for work as I bumped into a man with a dog and started talking hens, not  that I know anything about hens just that this particular gentleman does and ours are needing replaced. He told me that as we spoke Raasay Primary school were busy trying to hatch 16 eggs so there may be some along shortly and with this little bit of good news I rushed off to work.

A miserable day

Apart from the actual sailings at 10:00 and 16:00 it was pretty miserable the whole day so I spent most of it tinkering about down below and doing the month end fuel returns and stock checks managing to give the old girl her fortnightly wash despite the weather. I know I’m pretty nuts washing my truck in the rain but it’s something I do every second Sunday! I know it’s very sad but I’d rather wash an old Land Rover than read a Sunday paper or watch the football, each to his own I suppose. Anyway by the time we’d tied up the ferry the rain had stopped and I headed home to look at pigs bottoms!


  1. The only reason I ask this is because you mentioned Screapadal!
    Do you know what the landmarks at Screapadal are for? I think they usually mark the landing point for a cable, but I can’t think of any reason for a cable landing there. Maybe something to do with the submarines?


    Comment by barrydornoch — August 31, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  2. Hi Barry,

    When you line both marks up from the sea they indicate the southern extremity of the navy range. There used to be a shed there with calor gas cylinders outside for lights I think but I don’t know if it’s still there. I remember seeing them being changed by helicopter but I’ve not seen it for years.

    Cheers, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Good that was puzzling me. Yes the hut is still there but does not look like it is in use. I guess they have more technical systems in place these days than Calor Gas!



    Comment by barrydornoch — August 31, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  4. Aye Barry the calor gas puzzled me for years. When I was clam diving in the area I used to think they must do an awful lot of cooking in that 8 x 4 shed to need 4 x 47kg gas bottles outside!

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2008 @ 5:18 am

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