Life at the end of the road

November 28, 2009

Farewell to the ‘Striven’

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:35 pm

The big day arrived at last and the weather was fantastic 🙂 The Raasay primary school coffee day was once again blessed with a fine sunny day, though ‘coffee day’ does not do justice to that most important event in the yearly social calendar, for it’s far more than that, with pretty much the whole community helping and attending.

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First of all though it was the usual round of feeding all the animals at home, a chore that I take over willingly from the swineherd on my week off, only this time it’s only three days off as I’ll have to chase the Loch Striven down the Clyde on Tuesday 🙂 Anyway I went out to be met by rays of sunshine just kissing the bare pink rock on the hill opposite, our little valley was still in shade but not for long and the blue sky looked very promising. All the pigs and piglets were doing just fine and I took a photo of the ‘wee tammies’ as two of them were going in the silent auction.

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The little cuties had grown since I last saw them on Sunday and would produce some lovely pork by next spring.

So after catching up on some paper work that had been piling up on the kitchen units we loaded up the chilli, curry, dog and child for the lovely drive south.

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Ben Tianavaig and Holoman island looking just lovely in the low winter sun

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which was also pouring through the needless larch trees just before the ‘Free Church’ manse.

Forty minutes later we were at the school with its very expensive flag pole 🙂

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Where already preparations were well underway. That old favourite, ‘The Raasay digger challenge’ was being set up, the kitchen was already full of pizzas and home made macaroni whilst the staff, children and helpers were setting up the various games and challenges.

Fairly soon the pre prepared dishes were warmed, the rice cooked and the customers conspicuous by their absence  😦 well their reluctance to eat at any rate. Still it was only early and we consoled ourselves by saying they’ll all come at once and jokes about eating curry, chilli and macaroni for weeks.

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Whilst the kitchen was quiet ‘Raasay digger challenge’ and all the other events were mobbed.

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My boy was getting a good pelting in the ‘Throw the sponge’

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and the local fire brigade were on car washing duty.

Sure enough as the afternoon wore on the kitchen became busier and even my chilli sold out 🙂

The Loch Linnhe arrives

Just before 14:30 I went down to the ferry slip to catch the Loch Striven and Loch Linnhe changing over. The Linnhe fresh out of dry dock would be with us until the Striven returned from her spell up the slip at Ardmaleish boat builders on the Isle of Bute.

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Unfortunately the bright but low early evening sun made photography difficult

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so after saying my hellos and goodbyes to the crew I returned to the rapidly disappearing chilli, macaroni, curry and pizza!

And I could really kick myself for not getting a list of all the local Skye and Raasay businesses that contributed to this event, I remember a few but shall get the full list on Monday and put it on here.

Once all the prizes were drawn, the food finished and the school tidied up we all went home with not even a tiny portion of chilli left for our own dinner 😦 Still I did have that fine rabbit that I’d shot yesterday lying in the fridge so I turned it into a quick pasta dish.

Filleting the best of the meat off the hind legs and back I fried it off in olive oil, onions and garlic adding half a glass of white wine, salt, pepper, a spoon of bouillon, a tin of chopped tomatoes, 3 bay leaves and half a tube of tomato puree. After letting it reduce for half an hour I served it with pasta twirls and freshly grated parmesan. Needless to say there was none left afterwards 🙂

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