Life at the end of the road

July 20, 2011

I thought our path was good :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:43 pm

Almost 22:00 now, so this is going to be quick, it’s been a peach of a day and I’m worn out 😦 So worn out have I been of late that wifey made me an appointment to see the doctor today, well she’d have to because I’d never get around to it 🙂 So after feeding everyone this morning I headed down to the new clinic at School Park.

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Just missing the morning rush hour on the youth hostel road 🙂

The doc gave me the once over and told me that I was perfectly fit and no longer 30 but 55 and should slow down a little. I really need to get back on the ferry, this three weeks ‘holiday’ is killing me 🙂

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Of course no journey to the south end these days would be complete without a trailer load of beach stones for wifey’s path and whilst turning at the old ferry terminal I spotted this gull chick. Actually I spotted the mother little gull dive bombing me so went looking for her offspring and found it on the pier 🙂

Calling in at the Raasay stores for a few supplies I bumped into my mate Willie Eyre, who had also been path building.

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To say that I was most impressed would be something of an understatement, I just hope wifey does not want me to build one.

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Heading back up the road I saw that the ‘club’ were busy at the shearing in the big shed at Glame.

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Once home we transferred the beautiful beach stones and their incumbent shells to the quad trailer for laying on the path and went in for lunch.

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After lunch I took the boys out fishing,

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the first one being caught by this young chap

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and the next two by this one, he was not pleased 🙂


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for about five minutes 🙂

With the heads and tails for bait we went to haul the creels

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though two of them went back to put on a little more weight 🙂

That was about it really, I cut the lawn at last, cooked the lobster and made a marinade up for the two lithe (pollock) that I filleted ready for hot smoking tomorrow.

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I’ve left these overnight in the fridge in a brine made from salt, brown sugar and lemon juice,

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tomorrow I’ll dry them off and hot smoke them in oak chips for dinner with a wee lobster starter, it’s tough living ‘in the sticks’ 🙂



  1. That path does look good but would it not be a bit slippy under the usual wet conditions?
    Just a little jealous at yet another lobster!

    Comment by simon — July 20, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    • Chicken wire 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2011 @ 5:26 am

  2. Hi Paul.
    Done a comparison at one of Padstows well known Restaurants , just for the main course of Lobster Thermidor it would cost £45-50. Also to stay at a local hotel come restaurant in Port Appin Argyle, B&B plus evening meal would cost £240-00 one night for one person.The question is, as you have the produce on your doorstep would you be thinking of starting a restaurant B&B fine dining yourself. And the chicken wire for friends path excellent idea. Walter

    Comment by politescouser — July 21, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    • Hi Walter,

      a restaurant or B&B, shock horror, I’d never cope with all the hygiene regs and ellfin safety 😦 The only reason I’ve never poisoned myself is my immune system is bolstered by our ‘wholemeal’ water supply, don’t think most people would cope with it after drinking bleach 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  3. i always love to see what amazing construction your buddy mr. eyre is up to. i just about fainted when i saw those gracious polytunnels he’d crafted out of flotsam and jetsam.

    Comment by jeannette — July 21, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    • Mr Eyre’s talents are indeed boundless Jeannette.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  4. What that lovely path needs now is a coat of real, home made wood tar to keep from rotting. Have a wee search for “Stockholm tar” on you-tube … might just grow into “nice little earner”!!
    Saw a Scandanavian bloke demnstrating how to with Ray Mears .. dont think we’ll see much use for the charcoal this “summer” though!

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — July 21, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    • Think I’ve got a tin in the barn Mike, in fact most people probably have on old tin knocking about somewhere in these parts, think it was once used to treat foot rot in sheep 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

      • Aye Paul, and for treating the odd nick at shearing time when the old hand-shears were still the only way of shearing.
        The young lad might find it fun to make Russian oil from all that birch bark!

        Comment by Mike Cunningham — July 22, 2011 @ 9:23 am

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