Life at the end of the road

April 4, 2012

Summer winter summer :-)

Filed under: daily doings, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:20 pm

OK, I know this is going to be rubbish but I’ve been a little preoccupied of late with hens and houses so it’s the best I can do. I know I managed a few lines this morning about the wee hoose going on the market at last last but serious blogging, waffling and general nonsense from the ‘accidental crofter’ has been a little lacking of late. So for that I’m sorry, I’m sorry also for not replying individually to all the recent comments but it’s just been a little nuts of late.

I think all that sun, heat and paint fumes last week went to my head and the mad rush to get the house looking fit for sale left me a little dazed. I seem to recall that I even came indoors on Sunday and started plonking away on here instead of working outside, very strange 🙂 Anyway, after that it was over to Torran for dinner with our friends 🙂

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No, not here, this is the old ‘mission house’ that we walked past on the way there 🙂

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Awesome stonework hey, just check out that Torridonian sand stone, basalt and gneiss 🙂

Not that we actually walked all the way, we took the quad as far as here, not because I’m lazy but because I’d to pick up a trailer from here


Map picture


Well you’ll just have to ‘zoom out’ to find it 🙂

Once there, we laid into the red wine and roast beef whilst the boys went off camping,

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being ‘responsible adults’ we ensured that they were well wrapped up and had enough matches and firelights to start a reasonable sized forest fire 🙂

We’d had an early dinner in anticipation of a busy day on Monday

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with piglets to take to Portnalong

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and a boar to take to Staffin.

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Rocky was going to Dave and Sarah’s at to service the two fine Tamworth gilts that they’d recently acquired.

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Rocky  was only too pleased to meet with his two new girlfriends and we were only too happy to depart with yet another hen house for the ‘Arnish Egg’ enterprise that wifey was embarking upon 🙂

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We also got a chance to meet with Shona, our most contrary sow sow that Dave and Sarah had purchased off us last year, just around this time if I remember rightly.

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Since then she’s produced two fine litters from our most laid back Tamworth boar Rocky who is available for hire.


The lovely spring like weather started to go a little ‘pear shaped’ after that and by the time we arrived home at Arnish with Dave’s trailer, half a ton of pig feed and a hen house it was pishing down 😦 Everything unloaded, pigs fed and dinner had I turned in early. It had been a long day  and once more it would be an early start.


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The ice that met me in the pigs troughs and the snow on the Storr was not what I expected on Tuesday morning 😦

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Sure enough, the ‘lambing snow’ had arrived, as it does every year, just when you think it’s all over and the first crop of spring lambs are due.

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Anyway, Tuesday saw me once more at my parents house on the mainland where I was once more ‘worn out’ by the octogenarian that is my father 🙂 as he took me, Molly and his own dogs out for a ‘wee walk’ 🙂

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That was about it really, I let my ‘back to back’ away and started back at work in earnest today, the wintery start gave way to a summery afternoon and now I’m off to bed 🙂


I know, it’s not great but there’s a lot going on and I’m ‘fecked’ 😦



  1. I love seeing the pigs sleeping with their piglets like a wee spotty puddle, we get out first pig in May, a Hereford pig. Our john had better get onto building her a house.. c

    Comment by ceciliag — April 5, 2012 @ 1:35 am

  2. All that hard work has paid off the house looks great!Maybe you and the wife can take it easier for a while. The stonework on the mission house is amazing.

    Comment by mimi — April 5, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    • Morning Mimi, the ‘wee hoose’ is rapidly degenerating into a mess again 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 7, 2012 @ 5:22 am

  3. Is it time to send out a search party for the Dude?

    Comment by drgeo — April 5, 2012 @ 4:18 am

    • Morning Dr G,

      send out a search party for the Dude? Who!!! the Dude, o I remember him, that’ll be my 12 year old son who appears to have left home 🙂 Yo could never accuse our boy of ‘being tied to the apron strings’. I saw him briefly last night as he passed through the house before going off to Tain on the east side of the country for a few days 😦 Perhaps we’ll see him before he goes back to school. I swear every time I lay my eyes on him he’s taller 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 7, 2012 @ 5:26 am

  4. Good morning Paul,
    Your wee hooose looks brilliant, and thanks for all the news on your blog
    You must be on a 36hr day to fit in everything that you do.
    Will you be setting up an Egg Stand on the good ship for visitors to the lovely island ?
    Happy Easter to all at Arnish
    Chris & Chris

    Comment by chrisbbbbb — April 5, 2012 @ 8:53 am

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