Life at the end of the road

June 30, 2011

More dolphins :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:50 pm

Nothing tonight I’m afraid, already 21:30 and I’ve not had my bath yet so I’ll just stick some pictures on here and you can use your Imagination.

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I know it’s only a car park but it’s the car park at the end of the road and it has no scarp cars in it anymore just two brown patches where they’ve been for the last five years 🙂

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Today’s spectacle of bottle nose dolphins over by Braes

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and a little bit closer!!!!!

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Too close in fact to fit in the camera lens, right beside the ferry, to the delight of the passengers 🙂

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Then up Loch Sligachan behind the Serene,

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Some of Raasay’s scrap going to the big car park in the sky yesterday,

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whilst some of Raasay’s forest went to the mill 🙂

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A rainbow over Scalpay

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and another over the Inner Sound taken from Tarbert.

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That lovely empty car park again 🙂

June 29, 2011

Damsels, dragons and dolphins :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:27 pm

Well, what a week it’s been so far 🙂 a great day on the croft on Monday with much achieved, a cracking day yesterday at the school prize giving and a peach of a today today at work.

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My normal Tuesday routine of taking the Dude to school then going to visit my parents was abandoned in favour their coming to Raasay primary for the annual prize giving. I don’t know about other communities but our event is attended by more than parents and relatives. As with many of the schools special days throughout the year like the ‘Open day’, Christmas play, and sports day, this function is supported by many that don’t even have children or at least haven’t had any in the school for years. I can see myself making the journey down ‘Calum’s road’ in a Zimmer frame to get there 🙂

I still took the boy to school but the couple of hours in between that and returning for the prize giving was filled with a little ‘path work’ in the veg patch.

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Well it was after we’d collected the stones 🙂

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By 10:00am it was getting far too hot for our heavily pregnant sow Jamie Lea, so whilst we barrowed and laid the stones she went for a peaceful cool down.

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At least it was peaceful until Brambles five wains came and started jumping all over her 🙂

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Pigs really are delightful creatures 🙂 she took it all in her stride as if they were her own, indeed had she had milk she would have been quite happy to feed them. Unlike sheep who will reject other lambs even if they’ve lost their own, if you want to get a ewe to accept an orphan lamb you usually have to skin her dead one and tie it round the ‘foster lamb’ for a day or two until her milk gets through it. Though sometimes restraining the sheep and letting the lamb suckle for a day or so that way, then introducing a dog sometimes works as the protective instinct seems to kick in.

No problems that way with pigs, when we’ve had two sows farrow at the same time they’re quite happy to feed each others piglets, though you’d only let it happen if the litters were of similar size.

The best prize giving

Pretty soon it was time to head for the school and we soon joined what seemed like most of the island, in the fantastic new extension that opens out on to the lawn at Raasay primary. Before the actual prize giving we were all treated to some beautiful Gaelic singing by the school led by renowned Gaelic singer Anne Martin . Anne visits the school regularly to give the children lessons and you could tell by their enthusiasm that they really enjoyed them.


Here she is performing at the ‘Storr unfolding landscape event’ in 2005, an audio visual experience that I was fortunate enough to visit and one that I’ll never forget.

After three or four songs in Gaelic,one in English about Wally the wombat and a little heart warming speech about respect and ‘buddies’ that almost brought a tear to my eye she handed over to John Philip.  John is the Highland Councils ‘ranger’ and has done much work with the school over the years. He gave a short speech about all the hard work the children had done on the pond they were about to officially open then started handing out the many prizes.

There were lots and I can’t remember them all but the one that had me ‘choked up’ (and a few others) was the new one dedicated to Chrissie Nicolson. Chrissie passed away a couple of years ago aged, I think 92 and even though her son had left the school over forty years ago she still attended every event. This school just has that effect on you 🙂 As well as supporting the school at functions right up until her death she bequeathed some money in her will and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute.

After all the prizes, books and certificates were handed out the glass doors onto the lawn were thrown open and we all went outside for the official ‘pond opening’. The pond having been built by the children themselves under the guidance of John and with some financial assistance from the council. Wilma Duncan the headmistress, herself a former pupil gave another short speech and then renowned piper Iain Ruaridh Finlayson played the tune that he’d composed especially for the event.


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Pretty soon it was almost 15:30 and sadly I had to leave to start my ‘working week’ though that got off to a fine start with a display of bottlenose dolphins right in the harbour!!

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There was more, and I’ve not even touched on today, but it’s after 22:00 and time for bed. So I’ll just leave you as the proud parent with a picture of my sons cup,

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Raasay primary’s very own ‘Eco Warrior’ 🙂

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