Life at the end of the road

September 9, 2008

Hand picked scallops

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:57 pm

Contrary to all expectations I awoke to a fine morning, all the forecasters had been predicting grim weather but for the most part it stayed well to the south. I did however throw a waterproof tarpaulin over my winter wood mountain. It had dried so well over the brilliant summer that I didn’t want it soaking up the next few days rain like a sponge. With that done I headed down Calum’s road to Brochel then westwards past Screapadale with the rising sun behind me

before arriving at the Loch Striven around 7:15. The day appeared to be getting better by the minute  the sky showed no sign of the imminent downpour so I broke out the paint roller on the upper deck to finish painting the handrails I’d started yesterday. The ‘Sabre 2′ a 31’ Mitchell mk1 with 4 divers on board was working a reef that Willy Eyre and I used to call the ‘quarry nose’ because of it’s shape and location. The boat is owned and skippered by an old clam diving mate of mine Charlie Macleish who with his wife Maddie run

Island Divers

Unit 26e, Kyle Industrial Estate, Kyle, Ross-Shire IV40 8AX
Tel: 01599 530300

and supply fine quality wholesale and retail ‘hand picked scallops’

Charlie and his divers spent most of the day here and with their nitrox filled twinsets spent much much longer under the water than I ever did in my clam diving days. It’s a hard earned and risky crust is diving for scallops and these boys earn every penny.

Charlie’s been at it for years and has had some real characters working on his boat, I once met him on the ferry when he was going over to see about a hydraulic motor to drive his diving compressor. “Who’s on the boat these days Charlie” says I ” a South African, a South Korean Navy Seal and a DJ” says he. My ears pricked up at the DJ bit as I was planning a bit of a bash in the barn “who’s the DJ” says I “some guy called Trevor Reilly” he replied. “TREVOR REILLY ” says I “he was voted Scotlands best DJ 7 years on the trot and used to have a slot on radio Clyde, any chance you could get him over to Raasay to play in my barn”. Well Charlie did ask and Trevor did play in my barn and whilst crowd was not as big as the 80,000 he’d played too at the ‘Aztech Stadium’ in Mexico City it was every bit as enthusiastic! Thanks Charlie and thanks Trevor, it might have been 4 years ago but it feels like yesterday!

It did eventually rain around 3:00 but only for an hour or so and never with any attitude, by the time we’d tied up the ferry it was another bonny evening and I headed home.

Wanted Tamworth boar

I was full of excitement on the way home, well I was until I was just past the water treatment plant and realized that I’d left my lap top on the ferry and had to go back for it. Not that I’m so sad that I can’t get through the day without plonking away on my computer or anything. Just that I’d left it out on deck on top of a hatch and I didn’t want it getting rained on, theft never even entered my head as in these parts I could have left it on the park bench and it would still be there in the morning! My excitement was brought about by the possibility of aquiring another piglet, an 8 week old pedigree Tamworth to bring on to replace Ginger. Ginger our gentle giant of a boar is around 4 now and we need to be thinking ahead for when he gets past it. There were some advertised in the ‘West Highland Free Press’ but since I only ever read the free copy we get on the ferry I only see every other weeks edition so by the time I’d heard about it the paper had been out 5 days. The advert which was a Skye number said phone after 6:00 which wifey did but of course they’d gone, however I didn’t find this out until I arrived home at 8:30. My disappointment though was tempered by the home made chicken curry and flour tortillas that were waiting for me though.  So if anyone knows of any nearby young Tamworth boars for sale drop me a message. We got Ginger from my mate Stonehead a couple of years ago in January along with lots of good advice. He’s been through an awfull lot with us, the journey from Aberdeenshire, he’s been stuck in a couple of ditches, once when I was away and he nearly drowned and was only saved by OH holding his snout above the water whilst a friend dug around him to lower the level. It’s a sad fact but one day he’s going to have to be turned into sausages and I don’t think I’ll be eating them with my normal enthusiasm for our own pork!


  1. Tis all right for you up the sunny north, but us poor devils down south are getting well depressed with no sunshine. But we,ve got a baby hedgehog to care for and fatten up for the hibernation.
    Doreen, who brought him back from the brink of death also had 6 Leveretts that some one kindly took into her animal sactuary instead of leaving them where they were for the parents to return after their search for food
    Cute little fellas but she reckons another couple of weeks and they won’t be at all friendly to her.
    I remember finding a familly of 4 on the beach when Paul and I came to Mull with you one Easter

    I Spy have bought out a new book which gives a Sighting of the Sun 100 points if you’re on holiday in Devon

    Watched the lads on the Tour of Britain getting a good wetting today, but by golly can’t they climb the hills at a cracking pace.

    Comment by chrisb — September 9, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  2. Did you have any luck with the Tamworth Club’s Scottish rep? I haven’t seen any pure bred Tamworths advertised over our way for some time now.

    The British Pig Association has a Mrs Bastow in Argyll listed as having Tamworth weaners available (farrowed 27 August).

    Graham and Linda down at Bidgiemire are listed as having finishers (farrowed 30 March), as is a Mr Bernard in Lanarkshire (farrowed 6 May).

    Hope this helps.

    Comment by Stonehead — September 10, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  3. Morning chaps,

    sorry to hear of your poor weather Chris 🙂 and good luck with the hedgehog, I hear they taste good baked in mud 🙂

    Hi Stoney,

    Think I spoke to Mrs Bastow and she is an option but I was wanting something nearer if poss. Never thought of Graham and Linda right enough as he’s often up this way. Got a couple of phone numbers last night which I’ll try later.

    Cheers, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 11, 2008 @ 5:21 am

  4. Seen an ad for Tamworth weaners on the River Cottage forum, described as can be birth notified and in Argyll.

    Also add in Oban Times for tamworth weaners in Lochailort, £50, 01687 470243 call after 8pm.


    Comment by Ballibeg — September 12, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  5. Cheers Dave,

    I’ve spoken to the woman on the river cottage forum already but just a little too far away at Tarbet Loch Fyne especially at 80 quid each. 50 sounds better and much nearer as I could go via the Armadale Mallaig ferry. Will phone tonight.

    Thanks again, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 12, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

  6. Morning Dave,

    Phoned Lochailort last night unfortunately they’d gone but there’s a chance of a 7 month old Tamworth boar with a wee but of wild boar in him so we might go for that.

    Cheers, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 13, 2008 @ 5:23 am

  7. How much is a wee bit? Those sort of crosses can be difficult and you’d want to be very sure that he has a good temperament.

    Comment by Stonehead — September 13, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  8. The lady reckons 1/8th Stoney but to be honest I’m cooling towards the idea as he’s 7 months old and not had much handling as he was due for the pot. She’s gonna email some pics ,as it’s only about 70 road miles and i’ve a pass for the ferry I think we’ll go and have a look anyway as it’s a nice part of the world that wifey’s never seen.

    Cheers, Paul

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 13, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

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