Life at the end of the road

December 27, 2012

More like Christmas :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:30 pm

With ferry services returning to normal we decided to go and visit my parents today, our first Christmas apart in 56 years did not go well, so we made haste over to the mainland today to catch up. In all honesty it’s probably not the first Christmas day that we’ve been apart, for I’m sure there must have been others (though not many) in my twenties and thirties. However in those days they were younger, I was dafter and did not have Swineherd and child Smile They didn’t have a grandson and my father didn’t have dementia, now his affliction means that in unfamiliar surroundings he’s way out of his ‘comfort zone’ so mum decided to stay at home rather than disturb his routine. Christmas just wasn’t the same without them so two days after the event we decided to have our own little Christmas together.

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Of course I managed to get half an hour in on Lachie’s digger before we headed down for the 9:55 ferry, me I don’t have a problem starting early but wife and child are not ‘morning people’ but then just name me a teenager who is Smile Had it not been for Charlie trying to eat stones out of the bucket I think I’d have been much quicker but the wee terrier seems to have a bit of a rock obsession Smile





I was surprised to see that the relief boat MV Loch Linnhe was still on Raasay, but from what I gather she should be away by now.



Fendered piling was in place now alongside the temporary slipway at Sconser, the sanity of which escapes me, but then it won’t be me that’s trying to park the ferry between the old pier and the new piling Smile



Very shortly after arriving at my parents the ‘old man’ and I went out for our first proper march together in months. He me be 84 and have lost a good portion of his marbles due to dementia but my pop has got ‘the heart and lungs of a Sherpa’, I kid you not, I am by no means unfit and he can walk me into the ground Smile It was the usual route we take through the woods, along forestry tracks then back along the shores of Loch Duich.



A tiny flurry of un forecast snow depositing itself lightly on Carr Brae on the opposite shore


as we returned along the road from our four mile hike with the four dogs.


After that we all tucked into a stupendous lunch of cold meats, salad, olives and sun dried tomatoes followed by cheeses and a delicious sweet, all washed down with a fine Barbera di Asti Smile All of which had me asleep on the couch shortly afterwards Sad smile Still wifey was driving so that was just fine by me.

Five years on

Yes really, it’s five years ago this very day that I started writing my drivel Smile 5 years, 1,438 post and 1,448,899 hits, I’m staggered, staggered that I’ve kept it up for so long and stunned that so many people actually read it.

Fresh Start



Well the year is drawing to a close and i’ve not bought a new diary yet, so thought i’d give this a go. The life is ours a family of 3 living at the end of ‘calums road’ on the beautiful island of Raasay. I’ve lived here for 18 years and the OH and boy (the dude) for 7, for most of that 18 years our nearest neighbour has been around 8 miles away down a long and winding single track road.

Over the years I’ve done many things to keep the wolf from the door on our 7.5 croft. When i first arrived in 1989 i kept a couple of dozen sheep and fished for crab and lobster 9 months of the year. However i quickly discovered there was far more money and enjoyment in fishing than in farming so until 5 years ago i was a full time diver and fisherman. Old age and common sense have now prevailed and i now work on the ferry and with allot of help from the OH and the dude we keep free range pigs.

Today has been fairly typical of a day on the croft ( i work week on week off on the ferry )

Got up at 8:00am (not typical as we have had both families here for chrissy )I went to feed the pigs, currently in order of size, Ginger ( 3 year old tamworth boar ), Braken (tamworth sow with 5 piglets), Bramble ( tamworth sow with 8 piglets), Jamie Lee and Shona (2 Gloucester Old Spot gilts), Isla, Iona, Dean and Jack ( GOS weaners ) and OH went to feed the chooks, dooks n cats. After a hearty breakfast and seeing the in laws off got on with cleaning the arks and changing the bedding also put the weaners out on the hill so they could do some proper free ranging, they were most impressed. After that got on with repairing a coolant leak on OHs car (i used to be a mechanic in a previous life) by the time i’d sorted that it was lunchtime. Mrs C had made a most excellent turkey broth which went down a treat. Did a spot of work on the road until feeding time (around 15:30 ) Braken was off her food so i hope she’s ok, I’m not worried yet cos pigs have off days just like us. Anyway it’s 19:45 and ive got to drive 3/4 of a mile down a dirt track on our quad to pick up the dude from some friends who’ve just arrived for hogmanay. It is of course pitch black, pouring rain and blowing a gale!!!!

The bumpy road to Arnish

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calums road pigs

Set off to get the dude and it was actually a bonny night. The wind had died the rain stopped and Braken was waiting to be fed, so whatever it was that was wrong had passed. Gave her a good feed then set off to get the dude. The plan was to go straight there and pick him up but i got distracted by several cans of stella and some red wine ( luckily the dude can drive the Quad so he got me home safely!!!

Not much has changed really, we’ve always got piglets around Christmas and I’m still repairing the road Smile talk about being stuck in a rut Smile


27 weather

So I’ll just leave you with the weather

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