Life at the end of the road

February 17, 2010

Curly’s new home

Filed under: boats, daily doings, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:28 pm

Failing eyesight caused an unexpected early rise this morning 😦 usually I have an extra hour in bed at this time of the year on the first day of my rest week. Today however bleary eyes caused me to misread the time on the miniscule font of my phone  and I arose at 5:30 thinking it was 6:30 😦

Still it was a fine enough morning and it gave me a chance to do some plonking away on here before going out to feed the pigs at around 7:00, earlier than normal for this time of year but as I was up early I thought I might try and muster the rest of the household into catching the 8:55 ferry with Curly. Curly being my mates fine young Tamworth boar who I’d ‘nearly’ taken to Dornie on my last ‘week off’, I say nearly because I’d got him into the trailer only for him to jump out through the open side as I closed the rear door on his bum. This was quite an achievement for around 200kg of pork on short legs but he did it with the grace of a ballerina 🙂 Anyway this week we’d left the trailer in his field for him to use as a bed so shutting him in was not an issue as he’d been sleeping in it for over a week.

No sooner had I left the house to feed everyone than one of my boys pals appeared at the feed store outside, fully dressed and ready for action, I wish my boy was as keen to help 🙂 Of course I put him straight to work feeding Ginger and Bramble whilst I did Jamie Lea, Rocky and the 7 piglets. I’d already fed Shona and Braken out on the hill, giving Braken’s udder and teats a good examination as she looked almost ready to farrow. She’s not actually due until Monday but my counting is rubbish and my memory even worse 🙂 There was no sign of milk so I left her out on the hill with Shona.

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Getting the pigs fed quickly gave me chance to load up a trailer load of pebbles for the garden path ready for Molly and my temporary apprentice to deliver them to the veg garden.

By this time the rest of the house had stirred and wifey had breakfast on, so after wolfing that down we all leapt into the ‘Old girl’ to pick up Curly and try for the 8:55. It was a bit of a rush but we made it, though Curly himself was not too impressed 🙂

I did keep stopping to tell him that he had 4 young girls waiting for him at his new residence but he just looked all forlorn and grunted a lot. It was less than an hours drive to his new home high above Eilean Donan castle but as we climbed up Carr Brae the road turned white, no problem for the Land Rover but it had been blocked for a couple of weeks around Christmas.

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Despite his traumatic journey Curly cautiously stepped out of the trailer, had wee drink, did a pee that would have deserved an Olympic medal then went to meet his new harem.

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Three beautiful wild boar gilts and one that looked like a cross with an ‘Old spot’

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after a quick check on his new surroundings he wasted no time and served one of the gilts that must have been on heat.

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He then had another go but mounted the wrong end!!!!!!!!!! still it was his first time 🙂

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Curly was obviously quite happy so we left high above the snow line and headed down to sea level and my parents house that was not that far away.

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After a pleasant couple of hours and a fine pasta we turned west for home passing the SD Moorhen anchored in the shallows off Balmacara, flying her ‘A flag’ I presume they were diving for clams 🙂

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 Y32 Moorhen 1989 Portsmouth Y33 Moorfowl 1989 Devonport A72 Cameron 1991 Rosyth

Built by McTay and Bromborough in 1989 as the Moorhen she was operated by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service as a lifting and salvage vessel but has since had her ‘bow horns’ for lifting removed so I’m guessing she’s just a diving tender now.


After loading up with shopping in the Broadford Co op we made our way to Sconser, past Loch Ainort and up over Drum na Cloich towards the roadworks that will soon be causing chaos once the tourist season starts. Still you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and that section by the ferry turn off is long overdue widening. As the Land Rover ambles up the long incline to the summit with it’s trailer and crocodile of cars behind I cannot help but laugh at the sign that greets you on the summit, ‘WIDE LOADS PULL OVER ONE THIRD MILE’, I pass over the crest but don’t accelerate so as to let the traffic past, cruising down the glen now with the Raasay Narrows in full view I pass the next sign ‘WIDE LOADS PULL OVER NEXT LAY BYE’

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I pass the next lay bye and burst out laughing

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actually I’ve been laughing at these signs for the past month as there is no phone reception in this valley 🙂 not at the top where the first sign is and not until a good half mile after the last sign where you’re supposed to stop and phone 🙂

The world has gone mad!!!!!!!!!

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