Life at the end of the road

February 7, 2012

Where to begin??

Filed under: daily doings, for sale, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:43 pm

I think the last time I was on here was Saturday, and If I remember rightly it pished down for most of it then brightened up in the late afternoon to make a fine evening. The sowf of England was getting snowed on and hoping for a good day on Sunday to get some work done outside.

Well Sunday arrived and I even managed to stay in bed

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or at least in my pyjamas until I caught the unmistakeable pink glow out of the kitchen window the heralds a spectacular sunrise. Not so impressive from our little valley, obscured as it is by the Sithean Mor behind the house, but I bet it was amazing at Brochel. Still I’d never know because I’d to go and feed the pigs, starting with Bracken in the barn who was ‘filling out nicely’.

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Our most handsome pig (I’ve been doing this for too long 🙂 ) always has a hard time farrowing and quite often squashes half of her litter. Not due until the 7th we brought her in to the barn early to keep an eye on her and pamper her a little. It’s not as confined as an ark (or as warm) but if she had problems then at least we had electric light and could get there from the house without getting lost in a swamp 😦

As usual I gave her a wee pet, talked to her and then checked her for milk, of which there was none. Pigs really are most intelligent creatures and really do enjoy a wee chat and scratch 🙂

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Then, after feeding everyone else I laid in wait with my shotgun for the crows which are once more becoming a problem, shooting one and leaving it on a gate post usually keeps them away for a couple of weeks 🙂

 

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There was an occasional shower of rain but not enough to wear waterproofs for and it did produce some nice rainbows, though  they’re never as vivid on the page 😦

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With the rest of the household still in bed and no ‘little helpers’ for the weekend I took ‘Hookies road’ up to the house site and started to dig a hole in it.

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It’s needing a gate here and I have to get it all fenced, or at least the strainer posts in so I can get the area surveyed.

Leaving the hole dug but empty on account of needing breakfast and a telegraph pole I retired to the kitchen to join the rest of the family. Gee it wasn’t half quiet with only one of the ‘three amigos’ 🙂

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Next it off to Torran with the Dude to give the Lister ST2 a good run, check the Studer inverter and clear out the silt from the water supply.

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The Studer  http://www.studer-inno.com/ 2.3Kw inverter that supplies the house is a fine Swiss made bit of kit but it’s a total PITA to program with it’s multitude of  dual function buttons and lights. It would be hard enough if the manual was written in good English but translated from French, Italian or German it’s a friggin nightmare 😦

We cleared the silt but water was still a little slow in coming through so we headed up to Loch an Dubhan to clear the filter.

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Loch Arnish below, Loch Beag and Loch an Uachdair away in the distance and Dun Caan lost in mist.

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Filter cleaned, wee dug worn out and feet soaked (guess who didn’t wear wellies) we headed back down the steep track to Torran and turned off the generator 🙂

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After drying out the wee dug and I went down to the shore to recover a telegraph pole, that when cut in two would make a pair of fine gate posts 🙂

DJ gear for sale 😦

With a multitude of people wanting to squeeze money out of us for having the audacity to want to build a house on land we own, and with the likelihood of having to live in a caravan whilst we do it I though I’d start getting rid of some of my ‘better crap’ on eBay.

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My days of all night parties are long gone but it was good to get the gear out and make sure it worked before sticking it on eblag.

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A pair of Pioneer CDJ 100S CD decks, a Pioneer DJM 300S mixer and the Rolls Royce of turntables, 2 x Techincs SL1210 Mk II’s http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250989307613?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649 and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250989322523?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

Most definitely the last time I will ever play this awesome tune by French maestro Laurent Garnier

 

Monday and the lights went out 😦

By the time I’d finished wrestling with eBay the day had gone and I awoke at 3:00am to a house that was once more in darkness, no clocks or modems flashing, the power had tripped once more 😦 I was not a happy bunny and spent the rest of the day laying a new thicker armoured cable to the house 😦

 

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Having to lift the floorboards where the old one came in just to disconnect it as I laid the new one around the back. There was no way I was digging up the path 😦

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As it turned out it wasn’t actually the cable under the path but the one that it connected to

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under the floor boards but at least I’ve now got a newer and heftier cable into the house.

Having spent the whole day doing that major undertaking the last thing that I needed was a farrowing sow

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but when I saw this at feeding time I knew I was in for a sleepless night 😦

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Milk and a full moon, definitely a long night ahead 😦

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Sure enough by 20:25 Bracken was in labour

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and ten minutes later the first one arrived. One of us would clear the mucus from their mouths whilst Molly licked them clean then the other would plonk the piglet onto a teat.

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By 23:00 we thought it was all over at ten piglets so we left them to it and went to bed.

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Tuesday

Out to check on Bracken at 5:00am we found two dead piglets and nine live ones, so she must have had another during the night 😦

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One of the dead ones was tiny and will have been the last one to be born, the other larger one probably squashed during Bracken’s labour 😦

The rest of the beautiful day was spent cutting wood, clearing up in the house, checking my mates battery bank, and fitting a strainer post.

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After that I headed south to the ferry to let my ‘back to back’ away and returned via the full moon at Brochel Castle 🙂

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6 Comments »

  1. Love the night-time photo of Brochel. Very atmospheric! Glad most of the piglets survived. Will keep fingers crossed for the rest.
    Cheers, Carolyn.

    Comment by Carolyn — February 7, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  2. You have surprised me Paul. Having been a DJ for many years, I could never sell me turntables, despite the fact I rarely use them these days. I now also have a complete digital turntable setup where you can control the MP3s on your computer instead of having to use vinyl. I will have to show you one day! You should get some good money for those 1200s, they are still very sought after, especially since they stopped making them a few years back.

    Comment by Simon — February 8, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    • It was a hard decision Simon but there’s much more than those having to go, like a pile of amps and some MASSIVE speakers 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2012 @ 6:14 am

  3. i know you and mrs. LATEOTR are experienced obstetricians, but how interesting that molly should want to help and also know how.
    and, she (and i’m sure she’s not the only one) must be very happy to get her boy back over the weekends. the pic of their backs disappearing over the horizon together made me happy for all of you.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — February 8, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    • Morning Jeannette, aye Molly really does get right in there and help, it really is quite amazing to watch her.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2012 @ 6:15 am

  4. Loved that song, we are the first generation to be raised on rock and roll from the cradle. Despite what my young nephews think. “Auntie K you like rock?!” Thanks guys. Fifties is not dead yet boys!
    Glad most of the pigletts made it, they are so cute at that age. Too bad mom pigs are kinda careless, sort of defeats the purpose of the whole birth thing! Is that an individual pig thing or do they all smush their babies? Elephants dont smush their babies so whats pigs excuse?
    That wee dog needs a raincoat! Or a litter of her own….

    Comment by Kate — February 8, 2012 @ 9:03 pm


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