Life at the end of the road

August 28, 2011

It’s all in the tactics :-)

Filed under: daily doings, pigs, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:14 pm


I left you with a hurried effort last night before receiving a most excellent picture from a justly proud parent who’s children had contributed greatly to Raasay’s success on Saturday.

Here’s the scores 

    Raasay 3 Dunvegan 0 Goals from Ally, Ryan and Robin,,
    Raasay 1  Kyleakin ) Goal from Ryan
    Raasay 4 staffin Flyers 0 Goals from Ryan, Robin, Euan and Morgan
    Raasay 2 Portree B 0 Goals from Ryan and Euan

here’s the picture of the victorious team


and here’s the cup once again just in case you missed it 🙂

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I really shouldn’t be ‘reporting’ on football because apart from watching Accrington Stanley once in the 1960s I’ve never been to a match and I’ve NEVER watched a match on TV. The only reason I went to that match was because the ground was next to the Peel Park primary school that I attended and we went with them 🙂



Found this image here The caption underneath it reads

“Talking of wet afternoons in Accrington, the above pic is one of my all-time archive favourites. It shows the first Stanley’s final non-league game (against Glossop) in January 1966. Oh, to have been one of those boys on the wall …”

One of them could have been me 🙂 or certainly one of my school pals, for there is Peel Park primary in the top right of the picture, happy days 🙂

Though not long after I went the club  went bust, the stadium ended up like this


then burnt down 😦

Anyway, I digress, what I was going to say before my trip down memory lane, or was it Peel Park lane, that leads past the ground and up to the Coppice (the Copy as we used to call it), that hill in the background. There I go again, what I was going to say was. This whole footie thing is lost on me, but those ‘in the know’ tell me that the reason they play so well is down to Roger, their coach, for Roger makes them play as a team. None of this huge bundle of players chasing the ball for Raasay, no they’re disciplined, if Roger tells the defence to stay back, it stays back. If he tells a player to mark an opponent he (or she) sticks to them like glue 🙂 Well it’s paid off and a big thank you to Roger for his efforts from all the parents 🙂


So after the first tie up last night with the pier lights on I returned home in the dark with all lights blazing, had a bath and went to bed. Sure enough the North wind arrived with a bang, well it seemed like a bang when I stirred from my bed at 6:45. The northerly winds are the only ones that we really feel at the house and it was good to see the wind turbine working well and feel the cool blast as I opened the front door.


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As is usual for a Sunday I fed the pigs and noticed, much to my surprise that Jamie Lee was on heat! This puzzled me for she still had six piglets suckling and sows don’t usually come on heat until their piglets are weaned. At just seven weeks of age they were ready for weaning but I’ve never seen a sow come into heat before her piglets have gone. I could have done it before I went to work but decided to leave it until later when the swineherd could help.

The day at work was the usual Sunday routine of cleaning, a couple of runs to Sconser and back, a fire in the engine room (drill of course) and maintenance. Today’s essential task being a 500 hour service on the Volvo main engines.

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Though that’s an old picture because I forgot my camera, so no pictures of the cars and passengers driving and walking through the sea due to the huge northerly swell on the slip 😦

When the working day was done, and with none of the rain that was forecast arriving I headed home to do a few jobs before dinner. First being to load up an oil tank onto my trailer ready for an expected delivery of diesel, after which I weaned Jamie lee’s spotties.


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The four gilts and two boars following me quite happily into the small field next to the veg patch that we reserve for weaning piglets. They’ll only be in there for a few days so its plenty large enough, and far away from mum, who will be glad enough to see the back of them 🙂

After that it was feeding bracken and her seven wains who, after only a week are starting to take an interest in mums dinner 🙂


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Well they were until I came along with the camera 🙂

Next I opened the gate to let Rocky and Bramble into Jamie Lee’s field and vice versa. Poor Bramble will probably get chunks taken out of her until the ‘pecking order’ is re established  so it’s best to give them plenty of room. At least by leaving the gate open she can sleep in Jamie Lee’s bed whilst she ‘gets it on’ with Rocky. it’s no use trying to keep them apart, for pigs are gregarious creatures and even if bullied will try to get back to the herd. So long as they have plenty of room they’ll sort it out amongst themselves.

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At least I hope they will because Rocky looks like he still has a thing or two to learn about the whole ‘making bacon’ thing 🙂 Though Jamie Lee should know better by now 🙂


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In all fairness to our young boar I think he’d already served her whilst I was fitting a new carburettor to my Honda water pump. But you know what guys are like ‘two pumps and a squirt’ and it’s all over for them 🙂

So before I dig an even bigger hole for myself I’ll leave you with the weather

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  1. Hell, the poor old Staffin Flyers took a bit of a pasting, didn’t they! With friends over there, it’s divided loyalties for me, I’m afraid!

    Comment by Iain — August 29, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    • Morning Iain,

      no contest 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:06 am

  2. Here’s a ferry and a half for you to admire…

    Built in 1913 as a gun boat, shipped from Germany to Africa in parts, reassembled, scuttled, salvaged and still steaming on her original engines!

    Comment by Stonehead — August 29, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    • The BBC account may be a bit skew-iff. According to Wikipedia, the Liemba was built as a ferry and converted to a gunboat in Africa. Plus she had her engines replaced with diesels in 1970. Whichever account is correct, she’s still an incredible ship.

      Comment by Stonehead — August 29, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

      • Yes, Auntie is a bit a-skew. She sails along the lake rather than across it. There are a few older ships still sailing on British lakes with their original engines but none working as hard.

        Comment by Phil Cook — August 29, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

      • Definitely diesels now Phil 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:08 am

      • Morning Stoney, great link, though judging by the two exhausts aft I’d say Wiki was more accurate 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:07 am

  3. Could be doing with some of your sunny football winning weather here – trying to knock down my house and got either rained off or blown off the roof in Edinburgh at the weekend.

    Did you know that Proven are based at what was once the Wardheadpark Hotel – spent many a happy night in there before it went bust and Proven took over – it was the evening base for the local Young Farmers. Proven is about the only decent business left in Stewarton which is famous the world over for its Bonnets, hence the name the Bonnet Toun.

    Any word as to when Sconser might be getting their new ferry terminal?

    Comment by Alan — August 30, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    • Morning Alan,

      we certainly seem to get the opposite weather to what you do 🙂 I have been to the factory at Stewarton a few times (it’s only ten miles from my in laws). Thought it was a large house or something.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:11 am

  4. Hi Paul

    Well done Raasay Primary – there was a girl in the team, I notice, though she didn’t get a mention. So you were at Peel Park – the old building is still standing and is still a primary school, though the old football field is no longer. Which secondary did you go on to? Some will have changed their names since you were there, though others will be the same, and in the same buildings.

    Rocky looks is if he is a ‘spent’ boar. Maybe she is just saying thank you.

    Cheers from a damp and chilly Bacup


    Comment by Sue — August 30, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    • Morning Sue, there are three girls on the team and Morgan, one of them scored a goal 🙂 Hollins is where I went, not too far from Bacup 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:13 am

      • Morning Paul

        Well done the girls – I was looking at the second pic so didn’t see the three. I know the Hollins well – I was actually on the inspection team that carried out its first inspection back in 1994! Still called the Hollins but with some new buildings, and it’s been through a few heads since you were there – soon to be having a new head since the current one is moving up the road to Haslingden High. Thought you might like a bit of home news!

        It must be your week off the ferry now – enjoy it!


        Comment by Sue — August 31, 2011 @ 7:36 am

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