Life at the end of the road

July 16, 2009

The never ending job

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:20 pm

Day/banana number two on the Loch Striven dawned bright, sunny and clear so I set off early for work armed with the boys ‘Crossman Ratcatcher’ in the hope of shooting tomorrows dinner on the way south. I say tomorrows dinner because today’s culinary delights on board the good ship were already organized, three fine fresh makeral for breakfast and a pork curry with naans for lunch. The rabbit that I was about to shoot would be better hung for a day and the curry needed eating 🙂

Sure enough I bagged a bunny on the very pleasant drive to work as well as seeing a young deer calf racing across the heather in blind panic at the sight of the Land Rover.

Sammy seal

Sammy seal

Unlike the young deer, the young seal I saw did not seem at all bothered by the Land Rover’s prescence 🙂

Arriving at work with my bounty of fish, pork, naans and rabbit I was met by the rest of the crew who agreed that we should cut short the morning ritual of washing down parts of the ferry in favour of  ‘makeral au tabloid’, a recipie passed onto me by an ex fisherman from Gigha. This most excellent, mess and smell free way of  cooking makeral involves nothing more complicated than a quarter of a Daily Record and a microwave oven. Simply wrap fish in newspaper, moisten and bung in microwave for one and half mins, awesome!

Anyway, yours truly was making so much mess painting the port casing that it hardly seemed worth washing too much of the boat 🙂

The never ending job!

The never ending job!

The rest of the mainly sunny, warm and busy day was spent directing traffic, skinning Friday’s dinner and of course painting 🙂

Just hanging around!

Just hanging around!

Rabbit is delicious fresh but it’s much more tender if hung for a day or two, dunno how I’m going to cook it yet, it just depends on what ‘the man from Gourock’

I'll miss him when he's gone :-)

I'll miss him when he's gone 🙂

has in his caravan!

That’s about it really, traffic on the ferry was busy but traffic on the ‘high seas’ was pretty quiet, at least it was when I was at the helm, though I did encounter the Golden Dawn whilst leaving the Raasay pier.

Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn

After what seemed like a very short day I headed north with my bowser full of water for our depleted tanks, the extra weight and lack of any meaningful suspension on my trailer meaning that I drove even slower than normal up ‘Calum’s road’

No crash barrier!

No crash barrier!

I’ve driven it so many times that I hardly notice it, but it is just as steep as the photo suggests and there is no crash barrier!

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