Life at the end of the road

January 18, 2013

Piglets everywhere :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:16 pm

Well, it’s been a pure peach of a day here, a gale of relatively warm dry wind from the east and plenty of sunshine to lift the spirits, not that they needed it but at this time of year every good day is a blessing.


Especially when you consider that this is what I arrived home to the other day Sad smile


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Fortunately the snow was restricted to the higher ground around Glam with little of it in evidence at Arnish or even the south end.



Again, from Wednesday, the clam diving boat Sarah heading out of Loch Sligachan to the recently hammered Raasay Narrows that had been harrowed by two large clam dredgers from Oban Sad smile Still, if anyone can get a picking after such recent desecration it’s these chaps, who would lift more in a couple of days than I would in a week Smile



Still from the day before yesterday is Skretting’s MV Valborg taking a break from delivering salmon feed on the end of our new pier.



Thursday this time, on the way for the MOT, grey, cold and sharp with almost an hour to kill so wifey and I stopped at Sligachan to admire Hector’s stonework at the car park there. I say Hector but I’m pretty sure much of it was done under his supervision by schoolchildren from Portree High, including the Dude Smile



We did get a little closer than this to the magnificent Cuilins, but not much Smile



Anyway, back to today and this graph almost looks like the mountains Smile the wind hovering around gale force all day and touching 50mph at one point.  If it’s reading that on my anemometer you can bet it’s much stronger at the wind turbine which has been belting out the amps all day.

The ‘wee dug’ woke me this morning wanting out, however, as soon as I opened the front door, she poked her head out and was almost turned inside out by a gust of wind Smile Must have been around 7:00am and a bit of a surprise because the door faces west, still, she thought better of it and went back to bed, as did I until daylight Smile Once up though, I was out like a shot, it was glorious outside, that east wind had been blowing all night and done a first class job of drying out the croft which would encourage the piglets to go exploring. I needed to lead the eight Tamworths into the same field as the eleven ‘spotties’ prior to loading them tomorrow.

Normally we wean our piglets and let them charge about the croft for a week, feeding them often and letting them get used to going through gates and in and out of the trailer. However, with me heading off once more to South Shields on Sunday this just wasn’t going to happen so we planned to cram a weeks worth of ‘piglet bonding’ into one day. The Gloucester Old Spot X Tamworths wouldn’t be a problem as they were living in the right field anyway, not only that but they’d had much more human contact, having helped me do numerous jobs around the croft Smile


The wee ‘tammies’ however had only ever had attention at feeding or ‘mucking out’ and were a little ‘jumpier’ Smile so it would be quite a challenge to lead them through two fields to the ‘spotties’.



The best way was in fact to lead the greedy, mischievous, bold, ‘spotties’ into the Tamworths field then try and get all of them back to the ‘spotties’ field. A task that took the whole day, not because it was difficult or frustrating but just because it was the best way to do it, slowly, a bit at a time and without getting them ‘spooked’. Given an extra couple of days we’d have just left the gates open and they’d have done it themselves, but if I don’t get this lot away tomorrow my wife will be stuck with them for another month Sad smile

To be honest it was actually great fun, I was pottering about doing work on the Land Rover and setting up the trailer in between and just kept going to visit them with a handful of feed, each time leading them closer to the last gate.

The ‘flatpack’  house

Of course the other thing that I did was go and check on the house



which is really starting to take shape Smile



A ready made kit would have been quicker but our is being built on site having been specially designed for us and here by Archie Macdonald of Portree.


Not only did he design our house but he navigated the treacherous waters of the planning department for us, a task that was severely testing my patience and diplomatic skills Smile


Aint that just a beautiful spot Smile


The roof trusses arrived today too, and I was well miffed at not actually getting a picture of the lorry delivering them, to add to my ‘trucks at the end of the road collection’ Smile



That was pretty much it really, I got the trailer and Land Rover set up for tomorrow, the spotties moved into it of their own accord and used it as a bed and the tammies moved into the barn where the spotties had been sleeping Smile



  1. I hope you miss the snow! i am told its artic and snowing in Edinburgh, no such problems here in Saudi!! I still will be glad to get back mind you!

    Comment by v8mbo — January 18, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Hi Paul.
    Glad Raasay is having a by-pass on the weather front, were getting it in Liverpool main roads ok but the side roads slippy as hell, prang city. Your house looks like its coming on well. What’s your build time line until completion? Wouldn’t fancy diving on the clam boat in this weather or is it done by dredging ?

    Comment by Polite Scouser — January 18, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

  3. Looks like the piggies have got the hang of taking your car apart :-). The new house is certainly taking shape now.

    Comment by Andy — January 18, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

  4. The spotties and the car is one of my most favourite of your pictures though the Cuilins are magnificent.

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — January 19, 2013 @ 12:15 am

  5. That’s one gorgeous building site! Does Camilli Cove have a Gaelic name? Also glad the Dude has experience building stone walls–just break out some string line at the new house and he will be all set for his summer job!

    Comment by drgeo — January 19, 2013 @ 12:44 am

  6. Lovely to meet the rest of the family today. Thank you for delivery of Hugs & Kisses (the piglets…in case someone gets the wrong idea!) They have settled in and are fast asleep in their new house.

    Safe journey and thanks again Paul

    Jenny (Bernisdale)

    Comment by Jennifer MacRae — January 19, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

  7. Paul,
    The pictures are 1st class with cracking views from the house to drysone walls & even some lovely piglets for good measure.
    Will we have to make do with these until you return from darn Sarf? Safe trip.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — January 20, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    • Don’t worry Michael, I’ll just make something up and post some old pictures 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

  8. Some smashing shots there. You’re going to have fantastic views from the new house.

    Love all the piglets. Our three are well overdue a trip to Dingwall but once that’s sorted out I’ll be getting some more.

    Callum’s Road has been getting a lot of attention on the news websites lately.

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — January 21, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

    • Hi Gary, get them off to Dingwall and into the freezer 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

      • Yeah, the Landrover let me down and is resisting attempts to fix it. I’ll beat it into submission eventually, though.

        Comment by Gary Sutherland — January 22, 2013 @ 12:30 am

      • Hi Gary, what’s up with the Land Rover???

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:47 am

      • Power steering pump failed. I’ve fitted another one but it’s leaking fluid so will have to come off again.

        Comment by Gary Sutherland — January 24, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

  9. House site is coming along well Paul, shame about the missed truck delivering roof trusses but no doubt there will be more trucks at the end of the road to add to the collection.
    I love the shots of the piglets fixing the brakes on the car, a different class of piglets on Raasey, 😉
    Hopefully one day Joan and I will get to taste your produce. 😀

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — January 24, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

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