Life at the end of the road

March 19, 2009

It had to happen

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:07 pm

If yesterday was a pure peach of a day then today was a fruit salad, certainly the hottest day of the year so far and a very productive one to boot. If you read yesterdays offering you’ll know I was up at 3:30 then back in my bed at 5:00 consequently I didn’t rise until after 7:00. I was not pleased by this as I wanted to catch the 4 Tamwoths before they came round to the croft front gate to be fed, when I say catch I mean get round to their ‘house on the hill’ before they get out of bed then I could feed them there then leg it round to the spotties ‘house on the hill’ which is about 200yds away in the opposite direction. My main fear being that both groups of pigs would turn up at the gate at the same time and cause havoc, it’s going to happen sooner or later but I’d rather it was in a day or two when the spotties are on the same feed as the Tamworths at the moment they’re still get some of the smaller higher protein stuff. I rushed out after only having ONE cup of coffee to find the Tamworths racing down the drive heading for the gate though there was no sign of the spotties so I fed the 4 and went round to the half oil tank that is the spotties new home and the lazy beggers were still in their beds! though how they could stay in bed with a view like this was beyond me 🙂

The Storr 19/3/09

The Storr 19/3/09

By the time I’d fed these two groups of pigs the rest of the ‘farmyard’ was getting restless.

No table manners!

No table manners!

Still once I’d removed the hen from the bucket and shoo’d the sheep away the rest of the morning feed passed without incident and I got stuck back into the house insulation till around 2nd breakfast time of 11:00ish managing to get another quarter of the roof space and eaves done making that half of the house done and it’s only Thursday 🙂 The next few hours were spent cutting wood though I did find time to wander about a little in between.

Mooring vessel

RMAS Cameron

Moorhen class lifting craft

Displacement: 600 tons full load Dimensions: 106 x 38 x 6.5 feet Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 730 bhp, 8 knots Crew: 10 + 5 divers/salvage crew Mooring tenders, salvage lift craft and experiment support craft. Number Name Year Homeport Notes A72 Cameron 1991 Rosyth edited 20/3/09, many thanks to Seumas of Raasay

This very new looking mooring/salvage type ship was working on the yellow mooring buoy at Brochel but by the time I got there she was away.

Fine stone work

Fine stone work

Whilst down that way we had a look round this fine old ruin there with lovely rounded corners and how on earth they moved those big stones about beats me! A trip to Torran to check the ‘Harris Turbine’ a little work on my friends boat to free off the steering ready for Easter and a quick greasing of my own hydro turbine took me right up to feeding time.

XJ14-0.2DCT4-Z, 200w Navitron Hydro Turbine

XJ14-0.2DCT4-Z, 200w Navitron Hydro Turbine

Well it wasn’t quite feeding time but the Tamworths had come to meet me so I fed them and went to feed the spotties who were nowhere to be found. When they eventually turned up an hour later they’d found a new pal. One of the Tamworth boars had latched onto them it was pointless trying to separate them so he got an extra feed, I have to say he was very well behaved and there was no fighting, mind you it was his second helping!

Look who's come to dinner!

Look who's come to dinner!

Well it had to happen I was just hoping it would take a little longer, it’s not ideal mixing pigs of different ages as the bigger ones tend to get most of the food but we’ve found ( so far anyway ) that if they’ve got enough room and you’ve plenty of feed troughs to spread around it all seems to work out.

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