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!


  1. That really got my mouth watering, the wife and I simply love mussels, I simply boil them in a big pan with carrots and cellery, we then eat them with chips and different dip sauces, and drink the wine straight. What is left I make a soup out of in the same way as you have done, that is after they are out of there shells. I never heard of doing it the way you do it but it sounds delicious.

    Comment by yorkshire Miner — April 29, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  2. The food, the scenery, the fresh air. God I’m jealous!

    Comment by Paul Dulieu — April 30, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  3. Aaah bliss !!!!

    Comment by she over the way — April 30, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

  4. Hi Paul,
    As My wife and I hope to retire to Skye this year we were somewhat shocked to hear about Lidi closing down ?? wonder what happened to them.

    Also as a few of the Places we have looked at, have bore holes rather than Mains water I wonder what you guy’s do to Filter it ( if it needs filtering at all)

    Best regards Paul..

    Comment by Paul Unwin — May 1, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  5. Hi Dave, YM,

    never tried em with chips but it sounds good, perhaps with a few dips, yum yum, will give it a go.

    Hi Paul D,

    I’m flattered that your jealous but it’s not all roses here, you have to remember that I am a taurus so full of cr4p 🙂

    Hi She,

    Well She, what can I say, it is indeed bliss at Arnish when the sun shines and the lambs are not yet sheep 🙂 as you well know

    Hi Paul U,

    good luck with the move and to be honest I’d much prefer bore hole or well water to the mains. Me I just have a coarse filter to remove the dead spiders, birds, worms, leaves and eels that find their way into our supply, though I’d not recommend it for everyone. I’ve spent most of my life drinking water that would never be classed as fit for human consumption but then I’ve a stomach like a septic tank 🙂

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 1, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

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