Life at the end of the road

January 9, 2012

Sleeping with the dog :-(

Filed under: animals, daily doings, pigs, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:56 pm

Things are returning to normal now, well if you can call having a piglet in the house normal 🙂 My boys pals left last night, the TV is on 😦 not that anyone is actually watching it and I’m starting to prepare for work tomorrow 🙂 Actually the last statement is no longer true,


the swineherd is sat on the floor with Tam on her lap watching ‘Silent Witness’ through gap between the vacuum cleaner and living room door. She is a saint, for that particular bit of floor is concrete and my wife is not particularly ‘well padded’ 🙂

Last night was another long one for wifey as once again she stayed downstairs with Tam, only this night I didn’t sleep alone, I let the ‘wee dug’ join me 🙂 I know it’s unhygienic but I get lonely :-) 

Knowing she’d had a long vigil over the poorly piglet I got the boy up, sorted, fed and ready for his week at the hostel, I even managed to make sure he brushed his teeth before driving him south at 7:10. OK, that’s not strictly true, wifey had already packed his bag, left out his money and stuff for cookery the night before, all I had to do was remember it 🙂

The drive south was a pure joy, no rush, no rain, a full moon, woodcock flying up to meet it and a few deer for good measure.

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I know, it’s rubbish but you just had to be there as the moon set behind the Storr, the Dude said “it looks like a sunset more than the moon”.

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The scholars boarded the MV Loch Striven for their first day back at Portree High and I headed home, loading my trailer on the way home at Brochel. I’d abandoned it there on the way down so I could uplift some road sweepings to repair some of the pot holes in my drive.

What was by far the best day of the year so far had me outside cutting wood, splitting logs, clearing gutters and of course feeding pigs 🙂

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Rocky the Tamworth boar was confined to the croft for ‘makin’ bacon’ (or at least trying to) yesterday with Jamie Lea


and was feeling  decidedly sorry for himself 🙂 Next thing he’ll be getting depressed and soiling his bed, I’m not kidding, pigs really do prefer company and if confined alone can become severely glum. Sows don’t seem to bother so much but the droopy tail and hung head says it all, Rocky was not happy. Bit like me really, but at least I had the dog to sleep with 🙂 You can’t really blame him, he’s been out on the hill for weeks now with two sows and a young gilt, they wander about in the woods and heather, then all snuggle up in an old ruin to sleep. Then for doing what he’s supposed to he gats locked in a muddy field on his own, poor chap 😦

The shed is coming 🙂

After lunch and paying some bills I spoke to Robinson’s to see what was happening with our shed.

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After being told that it was finished and due for delivery next week I went up to the new house site to mark out where it was to go.

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Shortly afterwards I was joined by wife, dug and Tam,

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who spent a good deal of time eating dirt, not so daft as it seems for the ‘Cow & Gate’ was giving him the runs. I suppose a little grit would help firm him up 🙂

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Molly kept an eye on him the whole time,

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and this stag kept an eye on us 🙂

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That was about it really, I cut more wood, cleaned out my workshop and fed the pigs, trying to cheer Rocky up with some carrots in the process.



The wind is starting to freshen, the rain has arrived but it’s so mild that the hawthorn has started to produce fresh shoots even before all of last years have fallen !!!!

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I know, it’s rubbish, but it was dark at the time 🙂 Anyway that’s it, it’s almost 23:00 and I’m going to bed (with the dog) 😦



  1. Looks like Molly has really taken to Tam. cute.. Tam looks much better.

    Comment by Gaz — January 9, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    • Morning Gaz, not a good night for wifey last night as he was up every hour wanting fed but he seems better and stronger today 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 11, 2012 @ 6:36 am

  2. Great to see Tam looking better. What breed is he?

    We keep a few Kunes.

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — January 9, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    • Morning KLB 🙂 do you ever have any spare Kune’s Gary, I know someone who’s looking for some.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 11, 2012 @ 6:38 am

  3. I thought you were going to tell us you were in the dog house. I showed John the fence that is keeping the boar in, our fences are like that too so i am hoping that we can let ours into the fields that we are turning over to have a bit of a rummage. c

    Comment by ceciliag — January 10, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    • Morning Celia, your fences will be just fine so long as you don’t have a horny sow on the other side of them 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 11, 2012 @ 6:39 am

  4. Hi, Love your blog! Isn’t it lovely how dogs just know how to look after other animals. I have a labrador who has actually produced milk and then fed a kitten. She has never had pups, and she still licks the cats! The stag is beautful. We had 5 here for 3 weeks over christmas, and I expect them back when it goes cold again.

    Comment by Julie — January 10, 2012 @ 10:03 am

  5. Good to see Tam surviving and Moly keeping a ‘motherly’ eye on things. I assume you’re having a fair sized shed for all your stuff, stuff, stuff! Here, too, it’s a bit Springlike: new leaves on a few trees, Almond Blossom already appearing and loads of birdsong with a pair of sparrows already setting up shop in the beams of our covered terrace! Weird stuff. We really need some rain otherwise the water position will be tricky later in the year, no doubt. The snow on the high mountains is fading due to the unusually mild, winter weather so far!

    Comment by yractual — January 10, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  6. Paul, I see you won’t have far to go to get a music fix in March

    Comment by carina — January 10, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

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