Life at the end of the road

March 4, 2011

Poor ‘wee dug’

Filed under: animals, daily doings, Land Rover, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:55 pm

Again, apologies for the lack of input of late but I’ve just not had the time, this particular ‘week off’ seems to be plagued with trips to Skye, not that there’s anything wrong with Skye but even a half hour meeting in Broadford or a dash into Portree for feed pretty much wrecks my day 😦 Consequently I try and arrange things so that I get them done together but it doesn’t always work out that way.

Yesterday was particularly hectic in that I had to take my boy to school then return to Arnish and load up four piglets for delivery to Portnalong and Bernisdale, calling in at Dunvegan on the way.

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The day was a far cry from Wednesdays blood red sky but it was fine enough and the wildlife were out in force, though the hens had picked a nice high spot to get away from Ringo the amorous but blind duck, who I swear was trying to mount that plant pot 🙂 Old Ringo is ancient and despite having fed him twice a day for eight years he’s still more timid than a mouse and scoots off in flap every time he senses  you’re nearby. This blind panic usually involving the collision with several hard objects that do far more harm than I or the wife ever did 🙂 Despite never fertilizing a single duck egg when he had seven ducks to serve he tries his best with the hens, though nowadays they easily avoid him :-) 

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Fine it may have been but it was very misty and seemed to be playing havoc with my cr4ppy satellite broadband, not that that seemed to bother these two fine stags.

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Just look at that beautiful purple tinge to the birch and that ever so faint green hue on the hawthorn in the foreground, a sure sign that spring is only a couple of weeks away :-) 

Anyway after spending far too much time on the phone to a nice lady from Avanti I finally (after trying since 6:00am) got an email off to our architect. I don’t know what Renee did down in London on her computer console but she certainly knew what I’d been doing whilst using their broadband service and when I’d been doing it, good job I’m not paranoid 🙂

The four wee piggies that were going away had not qualms about getting into the trailer

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and soon settled down, though one of them was sick on the way to the ferry 😦 apparently some pigs can be prone to travel sickness.

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Also on the way south to the ferry I came across the injured seagull, about two miles south of where Id seen him on Tuesday at Brochel. I’d nothing to feed him, was not putting him in the car and figured the pigs would eat him so left him be.

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Twenty minuets after arriving at Sconser we were driving past the shores of Loch Harport, the big spring tide clearly exposing Paul McGlynn’s oyster trays.

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It looked like Paul was busy harvesting them as the crystal clear waters of the loch receded, must give him a phone 🙂

Pigs and Land Rovers

I dunno what it is about pigs and Landy’s but quite a few of my customers seem to have them, in fact this customer had several 🙂

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He also had the coolest looking home made pig ark I’ve seen in a long while and these  two wee boys wasted no time in checking it all out.

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And whilst the two spotties grubbed away in their field I grubbed away under this very rare Series IIa ex military Land Rover. Nothing unusual about that you may think, the MOD bought gazillions of them, not like this they didn’t, for if you look carefully you can see it has a dead front axle, it’s only 2WD with no transfer box, front prop or diff.

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And only one knob instead of the normal three 🙂

I had heard of Series 1s that were built for the RAF as 4x2s for use on airfields, indeed, Worm a mate of mine had one, but that, like most of the others had been converted to 4×4 afterwards and few originals survive. I suppose the same goes for the 270 Series IIs that were built in this configuration, for what is the point of a 2wd Land Rover 😦 A 2wd Land Rover will get stuck on wet grass and is worse off road than a Ford Cortina on slicks 🙂 One thing for sure it would be a crime to butcher this almost 50 year old veteran which incidentally just passed its MOT today 🙂 Quite frankly I’m not in the least bit surprised, just look at that chassis, which apart from the rear cross member  is all original.

Leaving the environs of Carbost and Portnalong behind i headed for Dunvegan to look at some shotguns before dropping off Digger and Dumper, the last two pigs off at Bernisdale. Then it was feed plus shopping in Portree before collecting Molly the ‘wee dug’ from the vets.

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Molly the ‘wee dug’ had just had all her puppy making equipment removed and was wearing the ‘cone of shame’ or lampshade as it is sometimes known to stop her pulling out her stitches, Molly was not a happy ‘wee dug’ 😦

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Though as soon as we got on the ferry I removed the thing and tried to comfort her, I would not do this to a ‘wee dug’ again through choice 😦



  1. I thought you were starting a dog breeding business as well as pig breeding. No chance now!

    Comment by francesp — March 5, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    • Don’t think that we didn’t think about it Frances 🙂 She had her puppies at the ideal time for us, litters in the spring and summer would be out of the question. I hate going away from Arnish but I do like my festivals in the summer 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 5, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

  2. A 4×2 and the passenger has to drive? That’s one crazy ride. I guess it’s ok at least they don’t have to mess with the gate, ha ha
    Sorry for the jab about you guys driving on the “wrong” side of the road. When we were driving from our hotel to the factory in Desford. I rode in the front one day and was concerned with each corner that another car was going to be on our side of the road. Just proves there is no right or wrong just whatever you are used to . Good day Paul.
    PS… It appears country living is just as busy as it is here in the city.
    Later Tony

    Comment by Tony — March 5, 2011 @ 4:24 am

    • Hi Tony,

      it’s the left handed despot Napoleon Bonaparte that you can blame for driving on the right 🙂 Before he conquered Europe everyone rode their horses on the correct side, the left 🙂 Think about it, when you stop at a toll booth you have to do everything with your left hand, when you meet someone coming towards you on the road your sword hand is on the wrong side if you drive on the right 🙂

      Dunno why the Chinese drive on the right though, perhaps one of their emperors was left handed but I’m sure you Americans just did it out of bloody mindedness after thrashing the English in the war of independence 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 5, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  3. Paul,

    There’s a 1958 series-2 2-litre (1997cc) on Raasay. I think that my be rarer still ! Original with a good series 1 engine 🙂


    Comment by Ralph — March 5, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    • That is indeed a rare bird Ralph 🙂 and probably about as fast and powerful as a modern electric car 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 5, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

  4. give molly loads of cuddles from me

    Comment by taddoe — March 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    • Hi Carol,

      Molly is getting plenty thanks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 5, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  5. Awwww poor Molly. Look at that little face 😦 Give her some snorgles from Berkshire for me.

    Comment by Helen — March 5, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    • Hi Helen, Molly snorgled 🙂 several times 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 5, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  6. That is a shame, those pups were seriously cute. I do hope Molly will still want to ride on the quad with you after her stiches come out.

    Comment by Simon — March 5, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  7. ouf. that is the saddest looking dog face i’ve seen in a long time. i hope y’all are letting her sleep in your bed.

    Comment by jeannette — March 6, 2011 @ 5:40 am

    • Morning Jeannette,

      aye Molly is the only one that can put up with my snoring 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2011 @ 6:14 am

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