I know, it’s been a while but I’ve been a little preoccupied of late, as if the turmoil associated with selling a house and building another was not enough, wifey is going into eggs :-( I’ve tried to talk her out of it but she’s having none of it, the mountain of paperwork associated with egg production instils no fear into the swineherd. The visits from official bodies does not fill her with dread and she reckons she can fit it in between pig duties, part time posting, occasional fostering and house building, so who am I to argue 🙂
She fist mooted the subject some weeks ago and yours truly diplomatically tried to steer her away from the enterprise, at least until we had another roof over our heads. Hoping that a positive reply along the lines of “fantastic idea darling, we’ll get on it as soon as the house is up” would do the trick. Not a chance, the next thing I know the kitchen table is full of forms from SGRIPID, Animal Health, and a few more who’s names I forget. When the ‘Haynes Chicken manual’ arrived through the post I knew there was no stopping her.
My fears being confirmed when I got the phone call at work last week along the lines of “Now don’t go ‘off on one’ but I’ve just ordered the hens from Donald” 😦
Donald being ‘Donald the hen’ from Struan on Skye, a more knowledgeable and helpful chap you could not wish to meet. To say that Donald, now I guess in his sixties has been into hens all his life is not an understatement. When the rest of his school mates were taking back pop bottles to buy Mars bars Donald was saving up for a hen 🙂
Well you know what they say “If you can’t beat them, join them” so I’ve been reluctantly swept along with the tide of enthusiasm for ‘Arnish Eggs’, especially when wifey came up with the idea getting the school http://www.raasayprimaryschool.com/index.asp children to design a label. The idea was floated past Wilma Duncan the headmistress, who took it onboard willingly as it would fit in nicely with their Easter themes. Since the boy has gone to high school we’ve kind of lost touch a little with the school so it would be good to get involved a little more.
Finished at last
Wednesday was a pure belter of a day and I made the most of it by finally finishing painting the roof of the house 🙂
The 18:30 finish giving me just enough time to get changed and head down the road to the village hall to get my wife stolen 🙂
Actually it was for a meeting hosted by our two ‘Community Development Officers’ Joan MacKay and Lloyd Gudgeon. Various options for taking the ‘community forward’ and encouraging growth were discussed with the more than sixty people that attended. A pretty amazing turnout from a population of around 140 with pretty much every household represented.
As that turned into a late night it was straight to bed after with an early start on Thursday, beginning with weaning Bracken’s seven piglets.
That was followed by yet more painting,
the wood store getting some of the remaining green paint from the house 🙂 Eventually, after more work around the croft tools had to be put away and set off for school. The primary school and egg box judging that is,
of course we had to have some green jelly and ice cream first 🙂 After all it was a ‘green day’ 🙂 Next followed the hardest job I’ve attempted in a long while, the judging of the labels for the ‘Arnish Egg’ boxes.
Tabatha Carslaw (4) and Jennifer MacLeod (10) and I’m sorry I put your label upside down Tabby 😦
Rachel MacLennan (10) and Amy Crook (11)
Chloe Gillies (10) and Morgan Carslaw (10)
Kirsty MacKay (7) and Emily Gillies (7)
Logan Carslaw (8) and Leia Croy (7)
and finally Lauren MacLennan (7) and yet another talented Carslaw, this time Ethan (6)
Faced with such eggcellent works we found it impossible to choose a winner, settling instead to use every single one of the twelve. Hopefully people will collect and swap them 🙂
Next job, and a complete surprise to us was to judge the contents!!!
Sadly I cannot remember who’s they are apart from the winner which was Amy Crook, above centre with the pipe cleaner arms and legs 🙂 The top right one was a close second I’d say 🙂
Though, as you can see, they’re all excellent,
The staff, children and parents have every right to be extremely proud of them all.
The next competition, we had no part in, and that was to pick a name and picture for the clothes recycling bin that was due to be officially opened shortly by Joan and Lloyd.
Chloe’s Raag Baag Reggie was the winner
and after a short and very enthusiastic song in Gaelic Reggie was officially opened 🙂
That was about it on Thursday, well apart from going over to Torran to look at my mates Harris turbine
which had a worn out Pelton runner 😦
I was in bed for 20:30 and didn’t arise until 7:00am, the beautiful day that greeted me once more had me working ‘flat out’ until the rain came on at around 18:00, just as well really or I’d probably be in bed right now, and I did get much done 🙂
Me concentrating on selling the house and wifey on the ‘Arnish Eggs’
or at least one of ‘Donald the hens’ excellent hen houses that we’d been given 🙂