Life at the end of the road

August 30, 2010

Venison and wild ‘shrooms :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:45 pm

Summer is here at last, or at least part two has begun after the interval that started around midsummer two months ago. I’ve no hard and fast data to confirm this, but for as long as I can remember the days seem to have been raining, showery, driech, miserable, just plain cold or a combination of all four in one day with just the occasional glimpse of the sun as a teaser. Anyway yesterday it officially came to an end with lots of sun, no wind and all weather forecasts agreeing that it will be dry for the week ahead.

It also started with a good blast of north wind that dried out the grass for the crofters and topped up my batteries via the 2.5Kw Proven wind turbine 🙂

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The wind that drove my turbine also created a good swell on the new slipway that at times sent water over the ramp, this however seemed to lessen as the tide fell and Goat Island became connected to the Arduish. The original harbour plans had included filling in the gap with rock but the ‘experts’ deemed it unnecessary, hmmmm.


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That’s it on the left ‘proposed breakwater’ and that’s where it should be on the right of the first picture next to the small island. Anyway, I’m not complaining it’s a hundred times better than what we had, a structure to be proud of and a pleasure to work from 🙂

So where was I ? Oh, Sunday, well as usual I had an extra hour in bed before going to feed the pigs for the first time since Tuesday.

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Ed and Eddy had got fed up of waiting and came around looking for me and it does not seem that long ago since they were the same size as Molly 🙂

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With all my herd fed and watered I headed south down ‘Calum’s road’ past 15,000 tons of Vanguard class nuclear submarine that could well have had 128 warheads housed in 16 Trident missiles lurking behind the conning tower.

The day just got better and better but I spent a good deal of it down below servicing the Volvo TAMD 121C marine diesels that propel the Loch Striven.

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Once the working day was finished I headed home to feed the pigs then help wifey prepare dinner, the ‘Man from Gourock’ was coming so we’d decided to give him a treat of venison and wild mushroom stroganoff. The day was to good to waste slaving over a hot stove roasting joints, spuds and veggies so wifey had opted for a quick dish loosely based on one out of ‘Jamie at home’ by Jamie Oliver.

It’s dead easy, first of all get a large frying pan and dump several good glugs of olive oil in it and once it’s hot throw in several finely chopped cloves of garlic and a chopped red onion. Give that a good cooking then spoon out the onions and garlic into a plate, with the pan still good and hot chuck in a good knob or two of butter followed by your freshly picked mushrooms.

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We used boletus, chanterelles and winter chanterelles because that’s what was handy on the croft but anything will do.

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Whilst I was doing this wifey set about chopping up Bambi’s haunch into strips

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and covering them in paprika, salt and pepper then gently massaging the mixture into the meat. Once that was done throw it in the pan along with the mushrooms and just give it a quick cooking before covering with the onions, garlic, flat parsley, zest of half a lemon and 150ml of creme fraiche .

serve on a bed of rice with a glass of red wine, awesome 🙂

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Was, just like the forecast said, luvverly 🙂

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and the crofters did indeed get their silage cut at last.

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And if your wondering the big yellow stick in front of Ben Tianavaig is a crane at Raasay House 🙂


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For the first time this week I left our beautiful new ferry terminal to go and see how JST were getting on at our old berth.

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Now that is a serious tractor 🙂

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and at the end of a spectacular day I drove home, slowly 🙂


  1. another good post:except when I think of venison I am ill!!! I used to love it,till one day ,out on a shoot for the usual grub–rabbits,pheasants etc uncle K shot a couple of deer and to this day I want to cry when I see it for sale! I’m a big sentimental twit these days,often going for over a couple of years without eating any kind of meat:It started off as I say with deer,then,when we lived in the “cevennes” I saw the neighbour killing a pig and that was it!!(and me who pork was my favourite meat)Thankfully,I still go fishing!!!Dear oh dear old age is a terrible thing😉

    Comment by taddoe — August 31, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    • Good morning France 🙂

      I could happily live off fish and shellfish myself Taddoe but wife and child would leave me 😦 In fact for years when I lived alone I would only eat meat that I’d killed and as I’m such a lousy shot it meant very little 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2010 @ 5:22 am

  2. Fabulous blog once again, your lifestyle is wonderful. I am particularly envious of the deer sightings…I spend my life trying to capture the deer in our forest on camera but usually end up with bottoms only.

    And may I indulge in sentimanet and say that Ed.Eddy and Molly are fabulous.

    Thanks for a lovely post. Passing it to my friends if thats ok.

    Comment by kateshrewsday — September 1, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    • Good morning Kate,

      we are a little spoilt her for wildlife, I get more excited at the sight of a starling than a sea eagle 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2010 @ 5:24 am

  3. Hi, Paul

    Don’t know about a serious tractor – that’s a great pic of a serious Land Rover. I used to drive a series 2a LWB 1967 model (it passed for the school mini-bus in deepest Dorset before schools had mini-buses). It looked like yours in profile and was amazing to drive, even when full of kids. H&S wouldn’t allow it these days – no seat belts etc…..

    Comment by Sue — September 1, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    • Good morning Sue,

      bet the kids loved the old Landy and I bet you had strong arms 🙂 As for H&S don’t get me started, I read a ‘notice’ yesterday asking people to fill in a ‘risk assessment’ before using an electrical extension!!!! The world has gone mad, personally I think it all started when someone sued the local council for tripping over a pavement, what’s wrong with people these days can they not open their eyes, use some common sense and watch where they’re going 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2010 @ 5:30 am

  4. Paul, Just bought a new laptop and your site was the first I visited. It was great to see the tractors at work on Dad’s croft and the video of the porpoises was brilliant. I miss Raasay so much and will use your website to keep up to date on the news! Lynne MacP

    Comment by Lynne MacPherson — September 2, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    • Hi Lynne,

      we’re all missing you too and the school would be glad of your two fine boys. The Forth road bridge is no substitute for the Raasay pier hey 🙂 Glad your enjoying the blog and I’ll do my best to keep you ‘up to speed’

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 3, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

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