Life at the end of the road

January 26, 2011

Up to my eyes in it :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:23 pm

I really would like to wax all lyrical about the first rays of sun that poured over Glamaig onto Sconser this morning or the green shoots of grass gracing the verges up to the steading on Raasay. I’d like to tell you all, in detail about the mammoth butchering, mincing and sausage making session that we’re about half way through right now with the remains of Ginger. I’d like to tell you lots of things and reply in detail to all the comments left on the blog, but already it’s 22:30 and I’m only on here because there’s 11.5lts of brine heating up on the cooker and I can’t go to bed until all the salt and sugar have dissolved into the cider, apple juice and water that make it up.

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Five litres of apple juice, four litres of cider, two and a half litres of water, three Kg of salt around five Kg of dark and light sugar, umpteen peppercorns, some star anice and a wee touch of ‘Jura’ single malt went into the mixture that will cure 10Kg of Ginger’s back legs 🙂

That was the last thing we did, before that wifey and I were hard at it with the sausage press and skins


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turning around 3Kg of minced Ginger into 100 sausages, and that was only the beginning 😦 We still have another 6 or 7Kg to go, fortunately the swineherd is going to deal with that tomorrow 🙂

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Anyway, that was this evening, before that it had been my first full and proper day onboard the Loch Striven for three weeks, and to be honest  I was glad to be back 🙂 Well at least I’d not see any dead pigs for a while 🙂

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Raasay House looked just the same as it did three weeks earlier, in fact it looked just the same as it did in November when ROK went t1t5 up 😦

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There was however a decidedly green tinge about the road up to the steading 🙂

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Raasay’s very own fishing boat returned from the grounds earlier than usual, perhaps because of the northerly swell that was causing havoc on the slip 😦


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Best of all though the ‘Black Cuilin’s’ were still visible at 17:00 🙂


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Worst of all, the ‘Old Girl’s’ speedometer chose to die at 200,000 miles 😦 I’ve actually stopped there and it’s still reading over 20MPH 😦 When I bought her in 2001 she’d done 98,000 and in over 100,000 miles has never actually let me down, OK, I had to drive her for three months with no reverse gear and she’s set on fire twice, but she’s always got me home 🙂



  1. Hi Paul

    My family had the Eddie sausages you gave us for tea last night and I was very impressed. I also had roast Eddie on Monday night which was sublime. It was great to finally catch up with you, hope the arm is recovering.

    Comment by Simon — January 27, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    • Hi Simon,

      good to see you too and glad you enjoyed Eddy, Jura is on hold due to work but I’ll have a wee dram tonight just to help me sleep 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  2. Hi Paul, it’s usually the cable that stops the odometers working, not seen one die the way yours has – if you can’t get it working let me know as I have a few good used spares which you are welcome to have.

    Comment by Sean — January 27, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    • Hi Sean,

      I only went and ordered a new one from, if it’s some piece of Chinese cr4p I’ll return it and take you up on the offer. Actually, it’s not the first time mine has failed, I had it apart a few years ago when the odometer jammed. I had to cut a hole in the top of it to get inside and repair it, once fixed I taped up the hole but suspect that dust and grit have got inside and jammed it up now 😦

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  3. Hi Paul.Good old Land Rovers always something to do.Your prediction of trouble in threes for my Disco came true.The plastic cylinder head locating dowels(2no) did the TD5 head shuffle and caused head gasket failure.Your low tide looked similar to the one in Feb 2009.According to those that predict tidal matters the 20&21 March could be interesting if high pressure is in play.



    Comment by Andy — January 27, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    • Hi Andy,

      aye there’s always a big one around the equinox, though it’s usually accompanied by a gale and low pressure. Having said that, the weather here has gone barmy so who knows 🙂

      Good luck with the Landy, you’ll need it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  4. Yo Paul,

    Starting to feel a bit persecuted. Being a Ginger meself, did you know that ginger is an anagram of nigger and ginger is the new black?

    hoping to be in your neck of the woods in mid June. What are the midges like then or shall I carry on?


    Comment by billy — January 27, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

    • Hi there Billy,

      midges not usually too bad in June, will have a look at moorings before you come.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

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