Life at the end of the road

May 12, 2012

Off for a roll :-)

Filed under: boats, Croft house for sale, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:38 am

Well it’s after 5:00am now but I’ve been up for an hour, I went for a ‘wee lie down’ last night after a couple of burgers for dinner and fell asleep 😦 They weren’t just ordinary burgers right enough there were venison, and upon recommendation by the ‘Geordie butcher’

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pork and haggis 🙂

The most enthusiastic shopkeeper I’ve met in a long while was working at Lochalsh Butchers in Kyle though he did say it was his last day so perhaps that explains it 🙂 We used to fatten pigs for George the owner some years ago on account of once asking him to butcher a pig. He was so impressed with the quality of the meat that for a couple of years we supplied him with Raasay pork. Sadly that came to end because we really didn’t have the space for all these pigs charging about the north end of Raasay, well that and the amount of money we had tied up in feeding them for six months 🙂

We’d set off early from home towing our trailer on a marathon drive around Skye trying to get as much done as possible whilst away.

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After picking up Jessie Nicolson we got the 7:55 ferry and headed for our first appointment in Kyle, passing both the Hebridean Princess and MV Valborg on the way.

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The three of us all had appointments at the optician there that along with meeting up with my parents for a coffee took a couple of hours.

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That done we set off for Elgol on Skye’s rugged west coast to collect the water tank that I’d won on eBay. Stopping at this rather depleted loch behind Ben na Caliach on the way. The water is usually up to the grass here and I’ve never seen it so low, right enough I don’t travel this way often but I’d say it was unusual.

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The fifteen mile drive from Broadford to Elgol has to be one of the most spectacular in the country with stunning views of the Cuilins, mainland, Small Isles and Mull.

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Sadly we had all too little time to spend there to soak it up


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and after collecting our new tank from what must be the house with the finest views on Skye we headed for Portree.

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Stopping occasionally to secure the load

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admire the view

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and eat the most spectacular chocolate cake on the planet 🙂 at the Blue Shed Cafe in Torrin

A mad rush around the Co op for Jessie and the wife whilst I loaded up with pig and hen food at Harbro had us just catching the 16:15 ferry back to Raasay. Arriving home just before 18:00 and giving everyone an early feed, we don’t usually feed the pigs until 18:30 but I wanted them out of the way whilst I took the water tank up to the new house site.

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This being the first time ever that the ‘Old Girl’ has been up here above the barn. That bank just the other side of the Land Rover is where the 2Kw of solar panels are going, it’s not far off 45 degrees and face south. I could fit them on the house itself but the price I’m paying for proper slates I want to show them off 🙂 Actually the extra height means that they’ll get the sun a little earlier in the year up here. The mast on the top of the hill is where the wind turbine is going but I’m not too sure what sort that will be yet, probably just a small one for fun 🙂

Anyway that’s about it really, the ‘wee lie down’ had me pushing zeds out fully dressed until after 4:00am this morning whence I awoke feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck 😦 That will be me cutting down on the Tramadol 🙂

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However it’s now 6:25 and the sun, that was just touching the birch trees at North Arnish a moment ago is now blazing through the kitchen window.

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The moon is getting a full blast of its rays over the Sithean Mor

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and I’m off to roll a tank up a hill.

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Wouldn’t you just love to live here 🙂

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  1. My friends would probably describe me as an active, always busy person, but they haven’t read your blog!!! I remain absolutely fascinated by and admiring of everything you do and write about. It’s a lovely sunny day here in Edinburgh too but not as much will be achieved as on Raasay! All the best, May ps your photos are fantastic and are well worth the effort of posting them.

    Comment by may cruickshank — May 12, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    • Morning May,
      well I’m not very ‘active’ today, it’s absolutely wild outside so I think a ‘day in the shed’ is called for 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2012 @ 8:33 am

  2. You surely do need your sleep with the amount of activities you cram into your day! I really don’t know how you do it. Your photos today are lovely and that monkey puzzle tree in the garden gives it such a touch of elegance and formality. I would be interested to have a posting on the hen front, as we haven’t heard how they have settled in,etc. Just when you have a moment!!!!!!!

    Comment by Carolyn — May 12, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    • Morning Carolyn,
      all is well on the ‘hen front’ the first one appeared in the garden yesterday 😦 not only that but it was about five feet up in the air on an oar that we hang the washing on !!!! Combs are looking bigger and redder so the eggs can’t be far away and wife and dude are trying to get to grips with the labels for the egg boxes 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2012 @ 8:35 am

  3. Wish I had extra $$$ lying around. I would tell hubby either we are moving, or having a long distance marriage! LOL.
    I am only 45 and get tired just reading your blog some days. Then again, I don’t think I could have done half what you do when I was in my twenties. If you could bottle whatever it is that keeps you going like that, you could be a very wealthy man! LOL.
    Beautiful part of the world you live in. glad you started the blog as I enjoy getting to know other places and people.

    Comment by Susan — May 13, 2012 @ 1:38 am

    • Morning Susan,
      only problem with bottling the fantastic water is that it takes two or three days to fill a 1000lt tub, might be a while before I’m wealthy enough to retire 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  4. I’m with Susan! Idyllic!!

    Comment by Vivian — May 15, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

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