Life at the end of the road

March 4, 2009

Five sisters and lots of boats

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:06 pm

What a difference a week makes

Firstly I’ve got to appologise but ‘WordPress’ seems to have gone pear shaped and has superimposed yesterdays post on this one. I seem to have sorted it out to some degree but the layout is now unfamiliar. Hopefully it is just a glitch that will sort itself out. Anyway as I was saying what a difference a week makes, my week on board the Loch Striven flew by and this (Wednesday) morning I awoke before 6:00 to the sound of a crowing cockerel. After a little plolnking away on the laptop I went out to feed the flock/herd look at the hydro turbine.

Hungry wee grubbers

Hungry wee grubbers

The first thing I noticed was the change in Shona’s wee brood, last week I was putting a little feed in a small trough inside their ark so they could get used to it. They’d come and have a sniff and then push it around with their snouts but that was about it. To day they were bouncing about in the mud waiting to be fed and were climbing on top of each other to get a scoff.

Green shoots of recovery!

Green shoots of recovery!

The next thing that caught my eye was the hawthorne which was sprouting a few green leaves, probably no big deal for those living south of here but a most welcome sign of spring at this latitude.

Power off :-(

Power off 😦

That was everyone fed on the croft so the next step was to go and feed the wee ‘tammy’s on the hill. These 4 sweeties were born on the 3rd of November and have been living out on the hill since the two ‘mentalist’ pigs Rory and Ruby went to the abattoir in January. Whilst they’re the same breed (Tamworths) they could not be more different, these 4 beauties are friendly, chilled and very quiet (for pigs) whereas Rory and Ruby were Noisy, manic, and plain nuts! The two mentalists would be waiting at the croft gate screaming to be fed whilst these 4 beauties just wait patiently in their little house for you to walk round and feed them. Their house is just by the header tank for my 200w Navitron Hydro turbine which makes a very useful contribution to our electricity supply, I’d noticed the power had gone off yesterday when I got home from work but was not going to go and investigate in the dark. We still had plenty of charge in the battery bank and the wind turbine was going well. This morning though after giving the Tammy’s breakfast I went to investigate, sure enough there was a blockage.

Power on :-)

Power on 🙂

This system of the inlet pipe lying on top of the grid works very well and is to some degree self cleaning, on the whole it’s very reliable but cannot cope with wee pigs pushing clods of earth into the burn with their snouts!

Wifey’s car heads south

With power restored and everyone fed it was time for taking the Daihatsu down to the ferry so I could get it to a garage to be looked at. We’d towed it with a strop as far as the first serious hill on ‘Calum’s road’ last week but this had somewhat frazzled the nerves of the person being towed so we’d decided to wait until a solid bar tow could be done.

One step nearer!

One step nearer!

The solid bar made a huge difference, though it must have been quite scary at first being so close to the vehicle in front. I did stop every couple of miles to see how the ‘aft’ driver was doing and never went over 20mph. It must have been OK because she’s still speaking to me 🙂 With the Daihatsu abandoned at the ferry terminal wifey went to work with her postmans hat on and I headed back up Calum’s road to do a few jobs at home before catching the lunchtime ferry. It’s mummy’s birthday and I was going to pay a surprise visit with some flowers from  ‘Loch Duich Plants’ http://www.flowersbythecastle.co.uk/ I’d phoned Donald MacIntosh up the day before so he could have me a nice bunch ready,he will deliver but today I was doing it in person. I was also taking round some of Paul MacGlynn’s http://www.isleofskyeoysters.co.uk/ that I seem to have developed a passion for. To be honest I was just looking for an excuse to buy some more off him and the trip to my parents was just a ruse so I could buy some Tabasco sauce to try them with 🙂

Ready for work

Ready for work

Anyway it was a lovely drive through Skye and onto Kyle and I couldn’t resist stopping to snap a few photo’s of the boats at the navy pier.

SD Melton

SD Melton

The Melton in particular caught my eye as she was built at the same yard as the Loch Striven ‘Richard Dunston of Hessel’ on the Humber and whilst she’s a good age having been built in 1981 she’s from a much older design.

Amphitrite KY1011

Amphitrite KY1011

I was almost at my parents house when this next little beauty caught my eye, and I say that with a little prejudice because it looks very much like a ‘Tamar 2000’ hull which is the same as my trusty old boat ‘Conqueror BRD257’

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Five sisters of Kintail

Five sisters of Kintail

There she is again sat on Loch Duich and dwarfed by the five sisters. After a quick visit to the folks I drove back the 50 or so miles back to Arnish but could still see the Five sisters from Brochel and the begining of Calum’s road.

Five sisters from Raasay

Five sisters from Raasay

And once home the hens were in the garden waiting to be fed !

Home at last

Home at last

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