Life at the end of the road

January 5, 2011

Three boys, two girls and one eye :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, pigs, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:05 pm

I really just did not know what to do this morning, three weeks off, a mountain of jobs held up by a month of snow and festivities, I just didn’t know where to start. That was when I eventually got up at 7:30 and managed to get past the ham hanging in my kitchen. Anyway, after hacking a few pieces off it drinking some coffee and feeding the pigs I settled on cleaning out the barn.

The barn had been home to Brambles six gilts these past few weeks and was in a bit of a state, piglets may be cleaner than most animals but it doesn’t extend to going outside on a cold wet night to do a pooh when a nice dry barn will do 😦 I turfed them out into a fresh area of the croft and set about giving it a good hosing and scrub before returning in for a proper breakfast. Being somewhat obsessed by that lump of ham hanging from the kitchen beams I sliced a dozen or so pieces off it and lightly fried them like bacon, I’ll not bore you with a multitude of adjectives about it’s tender, sweet and succulent properties other than to say it was very nice and not in the least salty 🙂

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After that morning feast I made a nice new nest up inside an old Balmoral oil tank for the six gilts. You can get two decent sized pig shelters out of one of these tanks which were made with a duff batch of plastic from Switzerland. There must be hundreds of them about as I seem to have acquired quite a few and I live in the middle of nowhere.

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Jamie Lea came out to check on the ‘goings on’ as did a couple of her two day old piglets, there may only be four of them but they’re ‘bold as brass’ and are quite happy to be handled.

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When that was done we cleaned out Ginger’s house, he was up on the hill by the wind turbine with Bracken and Shona in the sun.

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The same sun that was toasting the three pigs was drying out the ground nicely so we cut a trailer load of rushes and used those rather than the straw stored in the barn.

That took us nicely up to a celeriac and cheese soup for lunch,


OK, that’s not my image it’s from this but it was good 🙂

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After lunch we set about repairing the potholes in my drive,

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a job that involved bringing suitable stone from recent landslips at Tarbert caused by the melting ice.


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One eye out of ten

I did do much more, but it involved the telephone, accountant and trying to get a tyre for wifey’s car so I’ll not bore you with the details other than to say never buy a Daihatsu YRV and don’t ever try to make money out of pigs 🙂

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That was about it really, once I’d done the evening feed, fed myself and had a bath I went upstairs to check on the puppies. There’s three dogs, two bitches and the smallest dog had one of its eyes open 🙂



  1. LOL! You and that ham!
    Takes me back many years when one of my aunts had various bits hanging in the farmhouse kitchen in the Borders, home cured and lightly smoked .. perfect!
    Just put me right in the mood of a Baurnfruhstuck!

    Comment by Mike — January 6, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    • Morning Mike,

      I’ve hidden them, at least that way I won’t carve any more chunks off them as I walk by 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  2. Lovely pics again Paul. S’truth the pups have grown.

    As Jamie Lee only has 4 little ‘uns will she have too much milk and if so how do you get rid of it?

    We still have the bacon and ham hooks in our kitchen and scullery ceilings presumably from when the house was built some 200 years ago. Wouldn’t mind hams hanging on them mind you.

    Comment by Rienza — January 6, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    • Morning Rienza,

      I suppose she’d only make enough milk anyway, or at least re absorb it, funny you should mention it because she’s only been drinking a fraction of what a normal lactating sow would.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2011 @ 7:14 am

  3. Got some ham for christmas – but I have to admit yours look better. Your descriptions of making sausages, ham etc reminded me of my childhood when I “helped” my grandparents with that. But I have to say I wouldn’t know what to do with a whole pig!
    But the best of the last days was Molly looking for the ham! And of course the wee dogs 🙂

    Comment by Anja — January 6, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    • Morning Anja,

      a whole pig is a little daunting at first, especially if you go the ‘whole hog’ and do the head too 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2011 @ 7:16 am

  4. the puppies and the soup both look delicious, but what really struck me is how small compared to their mother the new piglet is, and how perfectly viable they are. they really sort of hit the ground running, don’t they? while the puppies need a while to get their sea legs.

    Comment by jeannette — January 6, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    • Aye Jeannette, they really do hit the ground running 🙂 and that wee piggy in the picture is a large one !!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2011 @ 7:18 am

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