Life at the end of the road

July 20, 2012

A beautiful hen :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, food, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:34 pm

22:30 already so not much chance of ‘War and Peace’ tonight peeps, yours truly is whacked and ready for his bed. The only thing keeping me out of it right now is the box of wine given us by a friend 🙂

Well Friday the 20th July certainly has been a peach of a day that we utilized fully. First off, after the usual hen and pig related feeding and cleaning we went out to check the creels.

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The very first one of the year that was set by the Froach Eilean (heather isle) rewarding us with a 1Kg hen,

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luckily for her she was heavy with ‘berries’,

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so went back 🙂

I have never understood this fishing for sport carry on, the whole business of angling for for coarse fish (perch pike etc) then throwing them back strikes me as a complete waste of time. This paying someone a fortune to lift trout out of a hole dug by a JCB I fail ‘to get’ completely, and as for parting with gazillions to fish a salmon river then only being able to keep one or two fish, well words escape me 🙂

Me, I only fish or hunt for things I can eat and would never part with a bean for the privilege, however I was almost glad that the lobster was ‘berried’ for I’m the only one in the house that really enjoys eating it. Had I been fishing commercially or had a hungry family of lobster lovers at home I’d have been miffed at throwing her back, as it was the joy of seeing her in the creel and showing her to my ‘helper’ was enough 🙂

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The creels lifted and then reset we headed home with nothing more than half a dozen velvet crabs that went straight in the pot.

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These angry little devils are deceptively full of meat and a great starter to pick away at prior to dinner, just boil up some salted water, or better still 50/50 sea and fresh. Once the water has boiled chuck them in, wait until it boils again then drain and cool 🙂

Pretty much the whole of the rest of the day was spent cladding my new ‘lean too’ for the generator at the new house site.

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A combination of old black sheets from the roof of my mums house

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and old green sheets from Raasay primary schools playground shelter.

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That picture being taken three years ago before Lachie and Angus demolished it, with of course a little help from the Dude and his pal 🙂

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This being the new one that they built as a ‘thank you’ to Raasay a year or so later 🙂

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and this being what I did with all the ‘rubbish’ 🙂

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Just wait until it’s finished and painted 🙂

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That was about it really, I had a look for our tree creeper but both she and her young had departed without ever getting a really good look at them  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treecreeper 😦

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I often saw her flying in and out of that hole and her young could clearly be heard inside but they’re away now, the first one I’ve seen in my life and I’ve not even got a picture 😦

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And speaking of birds and hens wifey caught old ‘sour crop’ who was still covered in olive oil, still not quite herself but that’s probably because she’s broody.

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10 Comments »

  1. You are so right about about the sport fishermen… Whats the point..i have more respect for the person who fishes of the pier and catches supper than the dick heads with all the gear and no idea…keep the blogs coming paul… Respect dude…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — July 20, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    • Hi Steve, you anywhere near South Shields ???

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2012 @ 11:23 am

      • about 40 mile away paul, takes around 50 mins to get to mine, but a total contrast to the toon…

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — July 21, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      • Hi Steve, perhaps I’ll pop in when I’m down in South Shields 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 22, 2012 @ 7:08 am

      • no probs, mail me if you do, lifes more like what your used to up at the republic..

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — July 22, 2012 @ 10:50 am

      • Cheers Steve, gonna be stuck in South Shields for three months so plenty of time to explore the ‘hinterland’ and some of those places in your blog http://thepeoplesrepublicofnorthumbria.wordpress.com/

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 23, 2012 @ 6:33 am

      • three months in the toon,, god help you, you’l be to take away to the happy farm!!!

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — July 23, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

      • Hi Steve,

        three months in the toon,, god help you, you’l be to take away to the happy farm!!!

        thanks for that 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  2. Hi Paul

    Beautiful tree creeper – we don’t seem to get them down here in the softy south, though until a couple of years ago I had a pair of wrens nesting behind the ivy on our (flint) garden wall…now they WERE beautiful…and oddly enough our (many) cats wouldn’t touch them…

    Fully concur with your fishing/angling theme…Years ago I was both a fresh and seawater angler, and couldn’t see the point unless you were prepared to eat what you caught…the only time something went back was when it was undersized or protected – else I ate it…

    If I’d caught enough, (in the mackerel season more than I could freeze!) I stopped fishing…otherwise what’s the point?

    All the best

    Dave

    Comment by cogidubnus — July 21, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    • Hi Dave,

      aye, we kept ducks long before hens though only ever had seven at the most plus Ringo the drake. Had just about every breed over the years, the Muscovy’s being the most comical. They would wander for miles then return every night to bed down with the goats!!! Sadly one morning I found one dead in Rosie’s pen, I think she rolled over in the night and squashed her 😦 The other one just disappeared shortly afterwards, though I was convinced that it ended up about 8 miles south of here as there were a few sightings of a strange swan like bird. You’re dead right about the eggs but sadly most folk prefer hens 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 21, 2012 @ 11:30 am


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