Life at the end of the road

May 19, 2012

Two yolks!!!!!! :-)

Filed under: daily doings, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:33 pm

At last a change in the weather, some heat at last, not exactly hot or even very warm but at least in double figures and I’ve not felt the need to wear gloves all day. I could tell as soon as I poked my nose out of the door this morning to hear the cuckoo calling with a little more enthusiasm, or at least not muted by a blast of cold east wind. With a little warmth, even at 6:30 there seemed to be more mayflower in bloom and the bracken was an inch or two higher. The engine of ‘mother nature’ that had stalled of late seemed to have coughed back into life so I suppose I’ll be getting eaten by midges whilst cutting the lawn next. The cold snap that brought growth to halt finally seems to be over.

So with a spring in my step, the ‘wee dug’ at my side I trundled south with my trailer and blue  recycling bin of my neighbours. It being a good excuse to get some treats for wifey’s hens in the form of grit and seaweed.

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And boy do they deserve it, for the very first egg that was laid by the ‘Arnish Egg’ company’s chickens was a double yolker 🙂 I kid you not, it must be a sign 🙂 Anyway with that small but delicious and highly significant egg inside me I went up the wheelhouse roof to soak up the, well just to be up there and not freeze really.

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I’ve been trying to paint the mast and radar stand for weeks now but the weather has been so cold that the paint has been like treacle. It’s also pretty restrictive wearing a safety harness over a coat 😦

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A beautiful lunch break had Molly and I going along to Suisnish to collect seaweed for the hens to scratch about in and grit to help them digest and firm up the shells.

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The seaweed itself is good for the hens and gives the yolks a golden glow but it’s also full of little ‘jumpers’ shrimp like things that they love to eat.

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The grit that I got was not the best having rather a higher content of sand and not enough broken shell in it but I was in a hurry so it will have to do for now 🙂

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Not too much of a rush though to stop and admire this stonework 🙂


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But just enough time to call into the Raasay Stores for two of Linda’s excellent homemade pasties that kept me going right through until sundown.


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It’s easy to see why they’re called the ‘Red Cuilins’ 🙂



  1. Paul
    Great to hear about your double yolker but you’ve got to stop eating the profits.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 19, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    • Polite Scouser, it’s not eating the profits, it’s called “Quality Control” isn’t it Paul

      Comment by cazinatutu — May 20, 2012 @ 3:46 am

      • Aye ‘quality control’ it is indeed Caz, specially now I know they’re illegal 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 5:04 am

  2. Jings, we’ve kept chooks for ten years and never had a double-yoker!

    Comment by cyclingecosse — May 20, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    • You need to take some Raasay seaweed back to Edinburgh Calum 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 5:04 am

  3. Hi Paul

    I reckon that stonework on the road to Suishnish will be in better condition than the road, if not now then soon. I sent an e-mail to the highways dept at Highland’n’Islands Council about the state of the Raasay roads, especially past Brochel and between Suishnish and Eyre. I had a polite reponse mentioning budgetary restrictions but also saying that they were undertaking a survey of all roads in the Skye/Raasay area. Any sign of this yet?

    Three weeks and I should be on Raasay testing the roads for myself.



    Comment by Sue — May 20, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    • Morning Sue and thanks for writing to the cash strapped council who have done even less work than usual of late on the Raasay roads.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 5:03 am

  4. WOW, born and bred in Cornwall and make pasties regularly for my family, perhaps you would be good enough Paul to pass on a message to Linda at Raasay Stores and tell what a ‘ansome job’ she has done to those pasties. Fantastic that your first egg was a double yoker, long may it continue. Thank you for your blog, we so enjoy reading it and looking at the beautiful scenery in your area.

    Comment by K&T Mid Cornwall — May 20, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    • Hi K&T,
      glad you’re enjoying the blog, I love your part of the world too and spent many weeks down there diving, though usually from a charter boat to avoid the crowds. Keep saying I’ll take the family but it’s a long way to tow a caravan with the ‘Old Girl’ at 40mph 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 4:57 am

  5. Hi Paul
    good going with the eggs we use to get them every now and then but havnt had on in a while. But did you know its Illegal to sell double yolk eggs thats how mad thing have got

    Comment by rob — May 20, 2012 @ 10:35 am

  6. Great stuff a double yoker and of course devoured by the main Quality Controller! (-;
    Great pictures as always and what a magnificent wall, built to last!
    Excuse my hignorance but how do you tell if its a double yoker in order that you don’t sell it? Surely you don’t have to x-ray every egg!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 20, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    • A double yolker normally is bigger and has a ridge round the middle I always think it looks like two eggs have been welded together. But its not its just the way it looks.

      Comment by rob — May 20, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

      • Just had another Rob and it’s OK to sell them in Scotland if they’re labeled as such!!!! Can you imagine some one complaining ‘I’ve been mis sold an egg, it’s got two yolks’, the world has gone mad 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 4:51 am

    • Barmy as it may sound Graham you are ‘supposed’ to ‘Xray’ each egg, though you do it with a very powerful light and not an Xray machine.

      egg candeling

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 4:55 am

      • We get and buy double yolkers regularly round here (Lancashire Pennines) – all legally graded and stamped, so don’t know where this is illegal. They are always smooth – no ridges and no welding!

        Comment by Sue — May 21, 2012 @ 7:07 am

  7. Ironically Paul, those are the Black Cuillin ;p
    Nice to see you on Saturday, it was a cracking day on Sgurr Nan Gillean, but the remaining snow caused me a few worries on the way down. It will probably have all melted by now.

    Comment by Simon — May 20, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    • Morning Simon, trust me to get it wrong and I look at them every day!!!! The wine was lovely by the way, we just had to have it early due to egg celebrations 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2012 @ 4:43 am

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