Life at the end of the road

February 17, 2013

Feels like spring :-) :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:49 pm

Well it’s very hard indeed to be glum after a day like today, you would swear that spring was here at last Smile A pure belter of a day indeed with the forecast ‘set fair’ for the rest of the week, just wish I could spend more of it at Arnish watching both the grass and my house grow Smile 



The first task that both wifey and I set about was clipping the wings of the hens as we’re wanting to keep them out of the garden from now on. They’ve not been too hard on the lawn considering but it’s getting to that time of year when things are growing so it’s high time they were kept out. We’ve never clipped the wings on this batch as they’ve had complete ‘free range’ and aren’t even shut in at night, which I’m sure is why they’ve been such prolific layers, but today they all had a trim, or at least the twenty that we caught did Smile There are still twelve more to do but we can ‘pick those off’ as they fly over the fence Smile




Being away for so long I missed the first rays of sun streaming in the living room window but the ‘wee dog’ had it sussed Smile It’s one of the years ‘milestones’ like the first cuckoo and driving to work without lights. The sun usually pokes it’s head above the ridge to the south around Valentines day and Molly had found just the right spot to soak up her rays.




This ‘milestone’ I did catch though, a little blurred I’ll admit, but that was due to the wind, the first leaves on the hawthorn Smile These actually came out today as I was in the garden, they weren’t there at 9:00ish but by late afternoon they were almost leaves Smile




And just to reinforce that spring like feel of the day a bullfinch turned up, probably no big deal for the majority of readers but a rare sight at Arnish, or at least for the last few years.



After spending pretty much the whole day in the garden cutting brambles, clearing ‘hen debris’ and ‘chicken proofing’ I went out with the boy. First of all we towed some pipe over to the ruins and then we went over the hills to Loch Beag to do some target practice.

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The old ‘mission house’ the immaculate white schoolhouse next to it and the three cottages on Fladda all looking splendid in the late afternoon sun.



The Dude did pretty good with my Anschutz .22,

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but there’s nothing like a shotgun for finishing off the job Smile



We never saw a single rabbit but had a great time and spotted some fine deer on our journey over the hills.





Five hinds and one young stag at, or should I say near ‘The Hill of the Hind’ Smile



My two fine friends near home


though I wish I was watching them through my Internorm windows Smile



That was it really, fed the pigs, admired the sky and went in for homemade pasties, mashed potatoes and broccoli Smile 


So I’ll just leave you with the weather Smile






  1. Paul,
    Cracking pictures of Molly, almost Black & White and great sanps of Spring just round the corner along with the target practice. About 80 days until I arrive on Skye, cannot wait.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — February 17, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  2. Wow! What a day! Wish I was up there but am happy enough in the sun in Edinburgh for a few days. Not that the sun will last but it was amazing today.


    Comment by Sue — February 17, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  3. Spring is a little more advanced with you than it is here on the hill top. Even so, i did hear the first skylark yesterday, what joy.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — February 17, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

  4. It was a beautiful day indeed. For once I am no longer jealous because I got to experience it from sunny Mallaig 🙂 Might pop over later this week, see if the new car likes your old roads. Did you not fancy a pop at the stag 😉

    Comment by simon — February 17, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    • Did you not fancy a pop at the stag Didn’t have my ‘cannon’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 19, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  5. Fancy work with the camera’s automatic timer! The photo I like best is the one where you and the Dude are looking for rabbits while Molly is pointing game in the opposite direction.

    Comment by drgeo — February 18, 2013 @ 2:39 am

  6. What a great day ! and no midgies!!

    Comment by v8mbo — February 18, 2013 @ 3:48 am

  7. Super picture of the dog in the sun. The sheet piles at Sconser may well be for a cofferdam but could well be the toe piles for the slipway – there should be enough to give a 15m wide slipway, the standard Calmac width for the hybrids. If they are the toe oiles, they wil return up the side as well, forming an L shape.

    Comment by Alan — February 18, 2013 @ 9:27 am

  8. Very nice pictures Paul!
    Makes my day.
    Notified “Wacton” of the Fladda picture 🙂 .

    Comment by Leonard Fintelman — February 18, 2013 @ 11:36 am

  9. Is there a waiting/rest room at Sconser? I feel a trip coming on…!x

    Comment by SOTW — February 18, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    • Hi She,

      all there is at Sconser is a huge big mess with not even a bus stop, that’s near the fish farm now 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 18, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  10. Great job, Paul keep up the good work

    Comment by tonylucas63 — February 19, 2013 @ 4:57 am

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