Life at the end of the road

February 20, 2010

Moving house

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, pigs, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:25 pm

It’s only going to be brief tonight as it’s after 22:00 already and after a busy day I’m whacked. The day got off to a very cold start with frozen outside taps making feeding the pigs a bit more of a chore. Once that was done and the rest of the household had arisen I got ready for making an oil delivery along to Torran. It might be a pain in the ar5e getting oil the 11miles up from the ferry terminal to my house and pumping it into my storage tank but delivering it to the old schoolhouse at Torran is a boodly nightmare. Firstly it has to wind it’s way up Calum’s road in my trailer, then I have to put it in the quad trailer.

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First I roll the 200kg barrel onto a pallet then reverse the trailer up to the barrel and tip it in before taking them the half mile or so along the rough track and depositing the contents into their oil tank.

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Only it did not go as smoothly as planned 😦 of course I just had to stop and take a picture whilst my assistant struggled to right the trailer 🙂

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Speaking of telephones, poles and Post offices, here’s where the Post office used to be at Torran and on the left you can see the very last telegraph pole on Raasay. Well, last as in most northerly, the next one south being over 9 miles away, it must get very lonely 🙂

Moving two barrels of kerosene and a few other wee jobs at Torran took most of the morning and took us up to lunch time after which I cleaned out Jamie Lee’s insulated Bidgiemire   http://www.pig-arcs.co.uk/ pig arc. We only have two of these as they’re not cheap at over £400 but being insulated, well made and cosy they’re ideal for farrowing sows. Traditional pig breeds are pretty hardy and can survive in the most basic of shelters but the extra warmth provided by these in winter and the cool in summer is well worth the cost for a sow and her litter.

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As well as cleaning it out I moved it to fresh ground by simply rolling it on plastic pipes whilst levering it with a fence post.

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I also replaced one of the floor boards inside it as it had broken some time ago, our particular arcs came without floors and I made my own. Typically the one board that had broken at a knot was the last one fitted which was narrower than standard so had to be cut 😦

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I did do other things, like drive down to the village to pick up my boys pals and take this picture of the ‘Five Sisters of Kintail’

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and this one of the Applecross peninsula but now I’m going to bed 🙂

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So I’ll just leave you with today’s beautiful windless weather 😦

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