Life at the end of the road

November 28, 2008

The prince of darkness strikes again!

Filed under: daily doings, harbour, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:05 pm

I don’t remember seeing snow on UKWind but there was quite a dusting here and there, when I arose at the ungodly hour of 3:30am the sky was clear and the constellation Orion was framed in one of the Velux windows. When I went out feeding 4 hours later there was a good icy covering where snow had melted then frozen.

The Storr 28/11/08

The Storr 28/11/08

The Storr looked magnificent from the end of the drive and after feeding the five remaining Tamworths I headed back for breakfast.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Which to my surprise had been laid in a trailer! After breakfast I went to unload the half ton of feed out of the Land Rover but it wouldn’t start! That once mighty supplier of electrical components to British vehicles, Lucas the prince of darkness had let me down again! and this time it was a faulty connection on the heater plug switch that took me a couple of hours to find. Then when I put it all back together the heated rear window switch wouldn’t switch off so I had to pull that apart.

another switch in bits

another switch in bits

I know allot of this is really boring but just think how I feel! anyway with heaters working but with the dash still in bits I did my bit to contribute to global warming by doing the school run! Though if that fine establishment that is the Raasay primary school was only 2 miles away instead of over 10 I’d make him walk!

Winter Storr

Winter Storr

This mountain is one of 4 that dominate my life and I’ll finish this in the morning 🙂

Well actually I’m finishing it at 7:30 on Saturday evening and must appologise for the wonky grammer! It had been a busy day and I’d been slaving over a hot stove cooking a monster chilli for

Coffee day

Coffee day

and I didn’t want to advertise that incase it put anyone off the chilli! so the the stress of so much cooking and the very early start combined with a few glasses of ‘Blossom Hill’ cabernet sauvignion had fuddled the brain a bit!. Anyway whilst picking the boy up I went down to have a look at the harbour works which were steaming ahead.

Big pour 1

Big pour 1

At around 2:30pm they were just about to start what would be the biggest pour of concrete so far at 180 cubic meters.

Big pour 2

Big pour 2

That black pipe on the end of the blue boom is what the concrete is pumped through into the shutters that are positioned on the sea bed.  The pour went on through the night finishing some time early this morning and follows on from smaller one that was done on Thursday night and please don’t take this as gospel cos I’ve got a memory like a hen!

3:30am and all’s well!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:06 am

Well it would be if I could sleep! It was a long day yesterday culminating in some butchery so I went to my bed early and knackered, the net result of which is I’m awake five hours later plonking away on this! The gale that was forecast for Wednesday night passed through very quickly leaving no damage and two well topped up battery banks for my wind turbines. The Loch Striven which departed Raasay yesterday wisely berthing in Kyle before continuing on it’s journey to the annual re fit at http://www.ardmaleishboatbuilding.co.uk/ . We caught the replacement Loch Linnhe at 10:00am to go and collect half a ton of feed from Portree returning to Sconser early to collect or pig that had been dropped off by http://www.munrodingwall.co.uk/ our ‘local’ abattoir. Having run out of pork over a month ago it was with some excitement that we loaded the three boxes into the Land Rover. We would have got it back whole and done the full butchery ourselves but as there’s no facility at Sconser for hanging a full pig we compromised on getting it quartered. We usually get them butchered, boned, rolled, jointed and made into sausages by a professional butcher and delivered all nicely vacuum packed ready for the freezer. However Raasay’s resident Frenchman, Louis had offered to do it for us so he could show us how to make pate, rillette and some exciting sausages so we headed home with our precious cargo.

Tamworth on the table

Tamworth on the table

Pretty soon the pig was in several more bits on the kitchen table and whilst Louis got on with the serious cuts I did the ribs

Spare ribs

Spare ribs

and got on with skinning the pieces that would be turned into sausage meat.

Skinning

Skinning

And those overalls are much cleaner than they look, honest! Once all the cutting was done the joints went in the freezer, the sausage, rillette, fat and bones going in the fridge ready for Sundays epic sausage making session.

Shoulder steaks?

Shoulder steaks?

Well you can guess what was for dinner, 4 steaks grilled with black pepper, thyme, rosemary and just a dribble of olive oil served up with some mushrooms and our own Golden Wonder spuds. I ran Louis down the road very slowly due to the falling snow to find the harbour construction site a hive of activity with lorries and cement mixers shuttling backwards and forwards from the batching plant to the pier where it looked like they were doing another pour. Arriving back home around 10:00 and heading for my bed in preparation for another busy day ahead amongst other things preparing for.

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Saturday’s big day out.

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