Life at the end of the road

January 21, 2013

Lost in ‘Trip Hop’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 1:04 am

A circular tour of Skye followed by a 400 mile trek south has left me ‘dazed and confused’, but here I am, a ‘million miles from home’ in the Clifton Guest House South Shields Sad smile Absolutely nothing wrong with this fine establishment, in fact I’ve been made most welcome and the room is lovely.


I just feel like a ‘fish out of water’ and all the driving is killing me Sad smile 

For twenty odd years all I’ve ever done is drive up and down the rapidly deteriorating Rassay single track roads, make the yearly trip to dry dock, go to the odd festival and go shopping in Portree. Over the last few months I’ve driven thousands of miles around Scotland and the north east of England and I’m pure traumatized by it Sad smile

Fifteen away Smile

Anyway, before the long drive south I had to dispose of 15 piglets to customers on Raasay and Skye. It was a little earlier than I’d have liked but it was a case of ‘now or in a months time’ Sad smile So, on Saturday morning we set about getting the full nineteen piglets into the trailer and dosing them with .6ml of ‘Panomec’ wormer prior to delivering them. It all went surprisingly smoothly and by 9:30 we had them all ‘jagged’ and four of them removed for fattening for ourselves and other customers.


What we generally do is tempt all the piglets into the trailer with feed, once they’re all in I inject one at a time then mark them with paint. We used to use an ‘in feed’ wormer (and still do for the large pigs) but found that not all of the ‘wee darlings’ were getting their fair share so resorted to the needle, at least that way way we know that they’ve all had ‘their dose’.


The first three girls were not going that far, a mere ten miles in fact to the sunny shores of Oskaig on Raasay.


Here I know they’d be be well looked after and be happily grubbing about in the gorse and heather Smile


The next two ‘wee tammies’ went to Heaste on Skye, from where their mother (Ellie) had come from.


A good refuge for Land Rovers as well as piglets Smile



As you can see, it was not an unpleasant drive Smile


You could not get a finer vista in the height of summer, in fact you’d be eaten by midges and clogged up by campervans and tourists Smile Today it was perfect, no ‘Sunday drivers’, blue sky, no traffic and no caravans Smile


The next lot went to Fiskavaig, four to Glendale and the final two ‘spotties’ to Bernisdale.


After well over 125 miles of ‘Skye travel’ we arrived back at Sconser to meet another friend who had had our most ‘laid back’ boar, Rocky on hire since before Christmas. We swapped trailers and carted Rocky home on the 18:00 ferry, whereupon he got straight on with ‘servicing’ our two recently lactating sows Smile


Today it was just a case of ‘up and away’, though this time it was in the newly MOT’d Nissan and not my Land Rover Sad smile I simply couldn’t afford to take the ‘Old Girl’ sowf once more Sad smile so used wifey’s car instead. It may be quicker and more comfortable but it just doesn’t have the same choice of listening. My old ‘bucket’ has a huge selection of music and stories ‘onboard’ in the form of cassette tapes and CD’s but the Almera is severely restricted in that department and I was confined to ‘Poirot’s Last Case’ by Agatha Christie, which ended around the Forth Road Bridge Sad smile This left me stuck with the likes of ‘Borders Radio’ for the remainder of my journey when I could have been listening to some delightful and melancholy ‘trip hop’ from the likes of the Sneaker Pimps.



Whatever happened to the ‘Sneaker Pimps’ ????? their rendition of ‘How do’ from the film ‘The Wickerman’ was awesome.


Perhaps it was just my mood at leaving wife and child once more, but I craved for some Portishead, Massive Attack or Morcheeba  to keep me company


How I’d love to see the Sneaker Pimps and Portishead live, my darling wife proposed to me after a Morcheeba gig some thirteen years ago and we celebrated our twelfth anniversary yesterday.


Truly awesome stuff Smile



  1. welcome back to the toon again, I see you not staying at the village this time, should be nice and warm for ya, while the snows here, so how longs your tour of duty this time? hope to catch up at some point.

    Comment by mike — January 21, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    • Hi Mike, yup, I’m sure glad I’m not in the ‘Village’ right now with a foot of snow on the roof 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  2. What a traveller! That would be your mate from the ferry who had the piglets at Oscaig? Your billet looks good – at least you were able to celebrate your anniversary before you left!

    Cheers from a very snowy Bacup


    Comment by Sue — January 21, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    • Hi Sue, yes we celebrated in good style thanks to you 🙂 Many, many thanks, we still have a bottle left for my return and another for when, well for when I can think of a good excuse for drinking it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  3. Those piglets look a fair size now, content and curious, no doubt. Hopefully this is your last trip Sooth? The Wicker Man was on a few nights back. A curious but intriguing film. I know the fiddler who appeared in it – in the bar scene near beginning of film. Ian Cutler, still fiddling wildly and well. He’s stuck to traditional/folk music really, so probably not exactly your thing, Paul! Like us all, though, he’s looking a bit older these days!

    Comment by Iain — January 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  4. Hey whats happening with those landrover doors? the red door is a nearside and the green one is an offside, I’am confused.

    Comment by Kev — January 21, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    • Port and starboard. 🙂 “There is no red port wine left in the bottle.”

      Comment by Phil Cook — January 21, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    • Red, port, left (nearside), right, green, starboard, (off side) seems right to me Kev 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  5. Please send us some of your nice Raasay weather down sowf!

    Comment by Frances — January 21, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    • Hi Frances, just been speaking to wifey and it’s still lovely on Raasay 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  6. Paul, i was going to say get yourself up to the republic. you could have managed it in the old girl, I fear the almera may struggle with the two foot of snow. I have a gift for you, inbox me.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — January 21, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    • Hi Steve,

      really must make it to the Republic this time hey 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

      • Think i will have to find you this time… To say the road is passable with care is shall we say, over ambitious..

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — January 21, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

      • Morning Steve, ‘passable with caution’ by the weekend ??? and I seem to have lost your email 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:46 am

      • getting better but the snow is on its way again check your bt email

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — January 24, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  7. Great music. 🙂

    Comment by Tom (@Redportleft) — January 21, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    • Glad you like it Tom, it suited my mood at the time 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

  8. Hi Paul,

    hope you don’t mind me asking but where was picture seven taking,if its Raasay the road looks very good “no potholls”.

    Kind Regards


    Comment by willie — January 21, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    • Hi Willie,

      where was picture seven taking,if its Raasay the road looks very good

      That’s the road to Heaste and I was just having a ‘wee rant’ to the wife about how good it was, in the entire five miles I only counted three potholes. Sure there were hundreds of repairs and it was hardly smooth but at least it was patched. The council when questioned about the state of the Raasay roads implied that they got the same attention as the rest of the roads. Well I can assure you that that is a load of carp, in our trip around Skye, much of which was on remote single track roads nothing was anywhere near as bad as our roads on Raasay.

      I think what the council meant to say was “we spend as much money sending an almost empty pickup truck backwards and forwards on the Raasay ferry every two weeks as we do on tarmac” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

      • Maybe the council should read the ‘Caums road’ manual ! They no longer acknowledge individual complaints – maybe saving on stamps. Just hope they are shamed into doing something with the potholes, using the money they are trying so hard to spend before the end of their financial year.

        Comment by SOTW — January 22, 2013 @ 7:39 am

      • Morning She, just dread to think what state they’ll be in when I get back from here 😦 They certainly don’t seem to be doing anything other than sending a large pickup over with a handful of tar in the back and plonking it ‘willy nilly’ into the odd random hole.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      • Thanks for the reply paul,I know the road now.
        Haven’t been down that way for years, the last time would be the mid ninety’s when the BBC were filming an episode of Hamish Macbeth (remember that) at the end of the road,they used the last house on the left to film the “The Great Lochdubh Salt Robbery.”
        Wonder what happened to his landy.

        Comment by willie — January 22, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      • Morning Willie, ‘last house on left’ is probably not the same one now, there seems to have been a few houses gone up since Hamish Macbeth was around 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:52 am

  9. Congratulations on that anniversary Paul…glad you could at least spend that together before departing south…

    All the best


    Comment by Cogidubnus — January 21, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    • Thanks Dave, it was just after a Morcheeba gig that wifey proposed to me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  10. Got plans for Burns Night?

    Comment by drgeo — January 21, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    • Got plans for Burns Night?

      Same as tonight I think DrG, calamari and a seafood pasta at 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 21, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

      • See if the octopus can be converted into a bagpipe. Just takes some whisky and a few tools.

        Comment by drgeo — January 22, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      • Never mind converting it to a bagpipe, I’d just eat the octopus, far nicer than haggis 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:54 am

  11. Great taste in music….!! Good to see your house in progressing, I know what it’s like having built one on Skye 10 years ago.
    All the best

    Comment by skyeten — January 22, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    • Morning and Welcome aboard Skyeten, the scaffolding has gone up 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  12. Hi Paul, Forget the new ferry for a few minutes and take a look on youtube (Land Rover Defender hill climb) I presume the “old girl” is safe at home on Raasay and not out on the “ran dan” while you’re away. Good ol’ four wheel drive! Cheers, Arthur

    Comment by arthur — January 23, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    • Morning Arthur, yup, the ‘Old Girl’ is in wifey’s safe hands and to be honest she needs it with the state of the road 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 24, 2013 @ 7:56 am

  13. Hi Paul, im impressed by your taste in music! i was into Sneaker Pimps and morcheeba in my late teens early 20s. I hadnt seen the original Wickerman so found the song ‘ How do’ a bit odd but good till i saw the film and the penny dropped!. Am so envious of your new home location! im in a 1st floor tenemant in Angus, one big plus is its only mins away from the seafront! My Girlfriend reckons im a frustrated wannabe seaman as i monitor the AIS site and go to Montrose and Dundee frequently to see whats there.

    Comment by Gordon — January 26, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    • Whatever happened to ‘Trip Hop’ Gordon, a great genre and nothing better to relax to. I’ve been hammering it on You Tube here in the evenings as it won’t be eating into my own measly 8gb per month allowance 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 28, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

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