Life at the end of the road

January 26, 2009

Not quite as planned

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:46 pm

It felt like spring was on the way today with some proper sunshine and a bit of warmth with it. I did the usual bout of feeding including our one lonely Soay ewe who seems to have attached herself to the hens for company. Actually I think it’s because she prefers the mixed grain we feed to the hens to her own beet pulp. We do have a routine to try and discourage this, whilst I’m feeding her the wife goes and feeds the chooks, however she’s sussed this out and after a few chomps on her suger beet she legs it round the back of the house to help out the hens with their breakfast, returning when that’s gone to polish off her own. I’m going to have to put a fence around the hen house high enough to keep her out but low enough to let the hens fly over. As there are no predators on Raasay we don’t have a hen run as such so they have total free range which is great for them but can make finding eggs a bit of a challenge. We seem to have found most of the nests over the years but they never fail to surprise us with their choice of places to lay, an old washing machine drum, kitchen sink, and under the oil tank being a few of their more bizarre choices. Anyway with that done the whole family set off on the school run complete with trailer incase we spotted any of the remaining 4 fugitive sheep. Once the boy had been dropped off at school we drove past the Raasay Home farm which used to be the laundry for Raasay house and saw an azalea bush in bloom, perhaps the heat from the recent fire had conned it into thinking spring was here. The whole of the Raasay house grounds have blue and white police tape around them and there’s security at the gates now but I couldn’t resist stopping in front of the gardeners cottage and standing on the roof of the Land Rover to take a pic.

Raasay house and garden 26/1/09

Raasay house and garden 26/1/09

I remembered taking one a couple of months ago and wanted to compare them

Raasay house and garden 22/11/08

Raasay house and garden 22/11/08

This is it as it was rebuilt after being buned down in 1746

Raasay house circa 1818

Raasay house circa 1818

You can clearly see the old house nestling between the newer east and west wings that are now painted white. Notice how the west wing is relatively unscathed, possibly because there was only one small doorway through the original thick gable and the fire crews managed to get water onto it, I’m only guessing.

Sheepless again

After my photo shoot on the Land Rover roof we headed off in search of our missing sheep but came away empty handed, having an empty trailer we decided on a spot of wood cutting on the way home as I had the chain saw in the back. This was not on the days original agenda and ended up being a bit of an epic session. The actual cutting of the dead lying wood was easy enough and only took us an hour or so to fill the trailer, it was cutting it into short lengths then splitting it and stacking it in the wood shed that took up the time. Before that though we decided to let the 4 remaining 12 week old Tamworths out on the hill, as there are already 2 much larger ones roaming around we lifted their gate off it’s hinges and turned it upside down. This enables the wee piggies to freely wander in and out of their field but stops the big ones getting in to nick their grub



Though they did need a little encouragement and a good scratch before they’d leave the safety of their field.

Out into the big wide world!

Out into the big wide world!

But it wasn’t long before one young boar at least went exploring, so we left them to it and went back to the wood.


Putting a thick tarpaulin down first so we could catch the wood chips to use as bedding for the hens and by the time all that was done there wasn’t much left of the day. So I’d managed to avoid doing the VAT return, look at the wife’s car and repair the door hinge on the Land Rover. Still it was a bonny day and splitting all that wood did save me taking the axe to said wife’s Daihatsu!


  1. What a sad photo Paul.
    S’truth haven’t you fixed that flippin car yet?

    Comment by Rienza — January 26, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

    • Hi Rienza,

      I’m in denial!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 26, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  2. I think you might be right about the Azalea – I wish we were there to see it!

    Comment by Janice — January 28, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    • I’ll send you a picture 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 28, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

  3. Cool, I’d really like that. I have some funny pig pics that you should also see. I take it you have my email address from me placing a comment?? (I am a luddite)

    Comment by Janice — January 28, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

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