Life at the end of the road

February 18, 2011

Enclosed at last :-)

Filed under: daily doings, pigs, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:52 pm

I was about to go to bed at 20:00 but decided on a bath instead, figuring, quite rightly that it would wake me up, nodding as I was onto the keyboard of my laptop. It’s been another peach of a day here at the north end, probably not in the same league as yesterday but lovely nonetheless.

I’d like to say that my tiredness was due to me staying up late last night and watching the predicted display of the northern lights but it was thwarted by cloud that seemed to move in after dark and linger for a good part of the day 😦 It certainly did not prevent some spectacular views of the full moon and its rainbow like halo but id did stop the aurora, or at least it did whilst I was watching.


Being a ‘morning person’ I’ve seldom seen the northern lights but when I have they were pretty spectacular, much like the image above which was taken in the southern hemisphere.

Apart from a brief look outside at 2:30am to watch the sky my morning began just after 7:00am with the round of feeding. The four spotties weaned from Jamie Lee had got the runs the day after weaning, probably as a result of the switch to a high protein feed. This has happened to us a few times and is easily cured by switching then to sow rolls and cutting back their feed. All of which made them very hungry and vocal at breakfast 🙂

The rest of the herd were all doing fine, Jamie Lee had settled in nicely with Rocky and Bramble after a little argy bargy yesterday when I introduced her. It had been a complicated affair as I had to get her past her recently removed piglets and then past Shona and her brood of eleven into Rocky’s field  but it went smoothly enough. I shut the wains in the veg patch field and Shona in the barn then led her past everyone with a bucket of feed, you can lead a pig just about anywhere with a bucket of feed 🙂

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It’s funny really because when Shona and Jamie Lee are in together it’s Shona that is the dominant sow, when Shona is in with Bramble and Rocky she gets bullied something terrible yet Jamie Lee takes no sh1t from either of them and feeding times are quite civilized.

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The eleven very spotty spotties were getting bolder by the day and were even showing an interest in mums feed.

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After feeding and a breakfast that mainly consisted of various bits of Ginger our old boar minced into sausages or cured into ham I set off to finish my fence, ‘the great fence of Arnish’.

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Less than 180m of fencing and it’s taken me almost three months and required fifteen strainer posts 😦

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OK, for a few weeks the ground was either frozen or a swamp but it’s still an awful long time 🙂

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Still you’ve go to admit it’s hardly an easy bit of ground and I was amply compensated by the view 🙂

finished fence

OK, I’ve still got four gates to fit, one top wire, a load of staples and those twirly things that hold the netting onto the wire but at least it’s enclosed 🙂

That was about it really, more feeding, a trip to Torran and then in for dinner.

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So with a freshening breeze and no sign of the aurora  I’m off to my bed.

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Well I was until I caught Haggis eating the phone wire 😦

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  1. A sleet, rain, fog, low cloud, mist, dreich, miserable sort of day here. Again. Ah, the joys of the crofting life. 😀

    Comment by Stonehead — February 18, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    • Good morning Stoney,

      rain through the night here but it seems to have stopped now, almost 8:00am, so I’d better go and feed everyone in the mud, Ah the joys 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 19, 2011 @ 7:49 am

  2. You know what Paul? Three months to put up a fence isn’t that bad, if i was up there looking at that view i reckon it would have taken me three years. I’ve been all round Wester Ross and Skye but never been to Raasay, it looks fantastic.


    Comment by Rich — February 19, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    • this.

      Comment by jeannette — February 19, 2011 @ 4:03 am

  3. Hi Paul

    Now I have worked out where you have been fencing relative to your house. Looks like a great site! Is this the same location for your proposed house?

    Comment by Phil — February 19, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    • Morning Phil,

      aye the house will be going within the walled area ( I hope 🙂 )

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 20, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  4. Hi Paul,
    Shame about the weather up there, when I heard on the weather forecast on the telly that there was a good chance of seeing the aurora borealis my immediate thought was ‘I wish I was on Raasay’.
    And Rich – it is a fantastic place!
    I’ve also now been able to work out where you are putting your fence – the old red van at the car park in one of the pictures helped!

    Comment by francesp — February 19, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    • Good morning Frances,

      weather muchly improved 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 20, 2011 @ 7:08 am

  5. What twirly things Paul?
    Cable ties no good? got a load of them of various sizes ,,, really handy round the garden too!

    Comment by Mike — February 19, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    • What Mike, you’ve never seen or used the ‘twirly things’ !!!!!!

      I must confess I only started seeing and using them around five years ago but they’re the dogs danglies. They’re high tensile, well, ‘twirly things’ that you put on the top and bottom of the netting to secure the ‘Rylock’ to the top and bottom wires which tightens the fence vertically., that’s me fitting them to the top wire.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 20, 2011 @ 7:27 am

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