Life at the end of the road

February 6, 2011

Chasing rainbows :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:07 pm

The sixth of February and one of the years milestones has just been reached, before the first frog spawn, daffodil and cuckoo comes the first sun through the windows in the house. Now, as I’ve lived here for over 21 years you’d think I’d have this date etched in my mind but I don’t, not because I’m particularly unobservant or because my memory is rubbish (which it is 😦 ). The reason I can never put an exact date on it is because I’m never in the house during the day if the sun is out and whilst this significant event does coincide with lunch time it’s quite often cloudy or raining at this time of year 😦

I was actually outside cutting wood when I saw the sun poke it’s head above the hills to the south and the beams of light hit the back of the house.

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So excited was I that I ran in the house with the camera to watch the little rainbows spin around the living room for the first time this year. They caressed the two lovers in Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ whilst Molly looked on with a puzzled expression and they caught a passing angel on the bum 🙂

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A little solar panel in the window spins a crystal around when the sun shines on it creating these little splashes of colour that spin around the room. I know, it’s a little tacky and would drive you nuts if your house faced south but for the amount of time we get the effect it’s like a breath of fresh air 🙂

There’s not really much more to say about the day really, I got up early to feed everyone and much to my relief there were still six live piglets in Bracken’s ark.

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I got the tricky bit of wire netting up down the southern boundary of the shed site, though we had to stop several times due to the frequent downpours.

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My ‘right hand man’ dug me a drain to take some of the deluge away,


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and I got some of the wooden section done.

I know, it’s pretty thin, but hey, we all have our bad days 🙂

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  1. Congratulations on sunshine in your house! That is indeed an event. I always look forward to the days getting longer.
    You mentioned something a few posts back about building another house near where you’re putting the new fence? Any timeline for that to happen?
    The wooden fencing you just put up looks great!

    Comment by Morgan — February 7, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    • Hi Morgan,

      we hope to get the new house built before the world ends on December 21st 2012 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

  2. that is one terrific view from your new barn site … and I somehow doubt that’s a coincidence !! … guess the barn will have to be very well anchored to the rock so that it doesn’t get blown away in the gales

    belated congratulations on winning the award by the way

    Comment by carina — February 7, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    • Hi Carina,

      it is indeed a beautiful spot, that’s why it’s taking me so long to put up the fence, I keep stopping to gaze at the Storr 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  3. Good job on the fencing! Looks like it was done by a pro.
    How far is this site from your home? Will it have it’s own independent power generation or will it share what you’ve already got?

    Hope we can stop by for a visit one day on our travels around the North-West.


    Comment by Mark Phelan — February 7, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    • Hi Mark,

      we’ll tap into our own supply as it’s only couple of hundred meters, though I am going to put another hydro turbine up there and reinstate a small wind turbine that I had nearby.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  4. Hi, Paul

    Your sunshine story is strangely reminiscent of traditional beliefs of Candlemas Day which is 2 February, just a bit later than Molly saw your rainbow on a passing angel, and half-way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s supposed to be the day to celebrate the return of the light. Unfortunately, if it’s sunny on Candlemas Day, then the worst of the winter isn’t over,so any animal emerging from hibernation and seeing its shadow will promptly hibernate again.



    Comment by Sue — February 7, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    • Thanks for the Candlemas info Sue, that is now another date for my diary (blog) to look forward too 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  5. Hurrah for rainbows in February!

    Comment by Mary F — February 7, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    • Hurrah for rainbows indeed Mary 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  6. I was at Raasay about 27 -30 years ago and we wany to come back in June. Whare do you suggest we can stay. Names I remember of the locals were Bratan, Neili, Peggy.. are any of them still there

    Comment by Zanny Muller — February 10, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    • Morning Zanny,

      ye you’d still recognize a few faces when you return 🙂 will look after you and you will probably know the owner 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 11, 2011 @ 6:25 am

  7. Hi Paul
    Please give me the name and model of your latest camera
    Many thanks

    Comment by Jon — February 20, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

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