Life at the end of the road

April 29, 2009

Mayflower in April!

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:19 pm

Well it’s been another bonny day here but I’m afraid that I spent most of it in the bathroom so there’s not really much in the way of photo’s or excitement. I took advantage of my first ‘bacon’ day (a bacon day being one spent at home as opposed to a ‘banana day’ which is one spent on the Loch Striven) by having a wee lie in bed until 6:00am before going out to feed my herd and flock.

Which this morning had increased by one, Nanny, our oldest and somewhat toothless Soay ewe had given birth to a fine ewe lamb during the night.

And no matter where Nanny went the lamb was sure to follow, even if it was a near vertical slope!

Still these sheep were bred to share the cliffs of St Kilda with the sea birds so a grassy slope at Arnish was a walk in the park for these two girls that have more in common with goats than sheep!

Ne’er cast a clout till may is out!

It was whilst looking for Nanny that I spotted this

The first hawthorn or mayflower, the old saying refers to not removing any clout (clothing) until may, the flower and not the month is out, well today it was out a full 12 days earlier than last year and it’s not even May yet! OK, I know it’s probably been out south of here for ages but it’s pretty early for Arnish I can tell you.

 Mussels, white wine, cream and curry!

As I said most of the day was actually spent on the tiling epic in our bathroom,which despite my misgivings about doing the whole bathroom in tiles is beginning to look quite good so I’m starting to warm to the idea. As the four of us ( wifey, in laws, and your truly ) had spent most of the day, cutting, sticking and grouting, dinner had been left to the last minuet and was hastily conceived with little preparation. It did however turn out to be cuisine of the highest order. I am very fortunate in having access to some very fine mussels on Sconser pier, when the low tide coincides with a long wait there at either 12:30 or 15:45 which it did on Monday so I lifted half a bucket full and removed the barnacles. Today I threw them in a pan, poured 1/3 of a bottle of white wine over them brought them to the boil then threw in a pot of double cream and a spoonfull of 20 year old curry powder.


The reseult was spectacular 🙂 and we follwed it with pasta ‘au squattie’ which again was completly off  the cuff but divine. Bacon chopped up with leeks and squat lobsters ( courtesy of the ‘Golden Dawn’ ) with melted cheese poured on top and the remains of the creamy mussel sauce. Pure cholesterol on a plate but worth every day that it’s probably knocked off my lifespan 🙂

So now with my end drawing ever closer I’m going to bed!

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