Life at the end of the road

January 18, 2011

Two years on :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:11 pm

Well it’s exactly two years since the tragic fire at Raasay house Raasay House is ablaze and today could not have been more different.

synoptic chart for midnight on  17/1/09

synoptic chart for midnight on 17/1/09

For a start we were in the centre of an intense low, I was working and it was wild, so wild in fact that I seem to remember we missed a few sailings on the Saturday (17th) Bubbling away nicely

Today however I left the house just as it was getting light around 7:30 to go and feed the pigs, a task made a little easier by not having Ed and George charging around my feet. I’d put Bee in on the croft on Sunday with Thelma and Louise the two much smaller Tamworth’s that we’re fattening. It can be a problem mixing pigs of different sizes in a small area but Bee is very gentle and laid back, sure enough when I fed them, all was fine and they’d obviously been getting on just fine.

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And ‘just fine’ seemed to sum up the morning, for it looked like being a reasonable day, all the well because I’d much work to get through 🙂


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After a bowel of porridge, and even before wifey had left to do the school run I headed up to the new shed site to continue the arduous fencing task. As far as fencing goes I could not have chosen a worse place to build a shed, for a perimeter of less than 200m I’ve already put eleven strainer posts in :-(  The awkward shape, many changes in direction and three gates mean that I’ve still two more to put in, though as I’ve not yet decided exactly where that one is going I might fit it later 🙂

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All the actual posts were in (well until I decided to fit another today) but I had still to fit half a dozen or so stays to them. A job that involves chiselling a tapered hole into the post to match the tapered end of the stay. It needs to be at least a couple of inches deep and a good fit, as this will stop the post turning when you strain the wire.

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The end of the stay that goes in the ground rests hard up against a rock with two more rocks either side to stop it moving, it’s then covered over with turf.  I like to set the rock at the back at an angle so that you have to hammer the stay down till it’s good and tight.

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There was also one fitted to the left of the post at right angles, as this was a corner post.


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A little while later someone with a silly hat started helping me by bring the posts up on the quad 🙂

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That was it really, I worked at it all day until the moon came up and I had to go and feed the pigs, I only got five stays done and fitted an extra strainer that I’d not bargained on ( just by the green quad) but I was well pleased with my labours. It’s a beautiful spot to work in affording uninterrupted views to my screensaver 🙂

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I know it’s pretty lame but I’ve had a long day and now I’m going to have long soak and go to bed 🙂


  1. even more lovely photos.Do Bea and the other pigs miss george and ed(r.i.p)🙂

    Comment by frogsaint — January 18, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    • Morning Carol,

      I think they only miss them if they’re on their own, Bee’s quite happy with Thelma and Louise now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:32 am

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    Oh I love it, Paul. Very witty, had me chuckling.

    Comment by carina — January 18, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    • sorry something went wrong there
      it should have said

      Comment by carina — January 18, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  3. omg … what am I doing wrong ?? try again
    “after a bowel of porridge”

    Comment by carina — January 18, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    • Hi Carina,

      That’s the trouble with relying on your spellcheck instead of re reading 😦 still I’ve left it in cos it made me laugh too 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:33 am

  4. Well, that’s where the porridge would end up eventually! Whereabouts on your vast estate are you building your new shed Paul? I take it that the planning application was passed then? (maybe I shouldn’t ask that question)! Have signed the petition.

    Comment by francesp — January 19, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    • Good morning Frances,

      thanks for signing the petition, the shed will be just above the car park but out of sight. No planning permission required for an agricultural building, just ‘prior notification’

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:35 am

  5. Morning Paul,
    That’s where my skinny Office Boys Hands are really useful, it’s harder to hit two keys at the same time “WE” or could it be that Haggis is in charge of the blog now.
    Weather looks great up there, likewise here, and long may it last.

    Comment by chrisb — January 19, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    • Good morning Chris,

      my hands are getting a bit whimpish and office boy like too 🙂 nowadays they cut so easily that I always wear gloves 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:37 am

  6. Paul, did you eventually recover the “low maintenance/can’t be caught” “wayward Soay sheep” mentioned in link above? {17/1/09}
    “… we settled down to a nice leg of Soay lamb for dinner …” sounds like you did” {12/12/10} … but how?

    Comment by Deoch'nDorus — January 19, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    • Morning D&D,

      aye catching them was a bit of an epic, it was a case of grabbing them whilst their head was in the bucket, one at a time, the first one was easy but it got harder and harder. Luckily we were helped by snow and a cold spell which made them hungry.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:40 am

  7. Lovely pic Paul and the sea is level 🙂
    Don’t give us that guff about spirit levels on cameras or no time for Photoshop. A poor workman always blames his tools 🙂

    Seriously, why are you building your new shed so far from the house?

    Comment by Rienza — January 19, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    • Morning Rienza,

      that’s quite an oldie but I love it and have it as my screensaver. I’m so fond of it that I’m going to build a shed so the pigs can see it too 🙂 actually it’s not very far from the house at all, just far enough to keep the smell of ‘pig pooh’ away 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 20, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  8. I see that the ps Waverley is calling at your new pier on 29th April. People from Raasay will be able to go for a spin to Portree, and beyond. Pax will be able to travel from Raasay to Tobermory in the evening ! Hope the weather is good 🙂

    Comment by Ralph — January 20, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    • Hi Ralph,

      that sounds like a good excursion and great photo op.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 22, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

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