Well, it sure was a wild night last night and methinks it’s about time I bought another weather station, perhaps Santa will be good to me. Anyway, the morning wasn’t too bad and I got the three ‘wee boys’ loaded up just fine in the dark. I’d brought three of the five into the croft last night and put them in the barn, a far easier solution than trying to separate them at 6:00am in the morning. It had worked out rather well, for the three largest and greediest were the first through the gate last night when I split them up. That’ll give the smaller two chance to grow a bit before they get the chop in a month.
You’ll have to excuse the pictures as there’s no screen on this carp Fuji and there’s around half a second delay between pressing the button and the shutter closing. OK, I know it’s only a ‘virtual shutter’ but you know what I mean. That is a pig leaping over a plank of wood the trousers are my old Skye Batiks http://www.skyebatiks.com/ raving pants and many is the session I’ve been to in those In fact, I think I went to see Andy Weatherall at Clubzone in Dingwall wearing those.
OK, perhaps two hours fifty seven minutes is a little much for the uninitiated but just check out the Papua New Guinea remix, awesome.
Sorry got distracted there listening to that classic, my good mate and fellow ‘space cadet’ for a while Gavin Gillies ‘dropped’ that tune at a memorable gig here once. Gave me the 12” cover too and it still has pride of place in the barn somewhere, those were the days
Anyway, pigs loaded for the abattoir and Dude loaded for the week at school we set off at 7:00am for the 7:55 ferry, it was a little early but I didnae want to be rushing down the road with the three boys in the trailer.
Not that they were that bothered, if a pig is still eating well it’s happy, you start to worry about them when they don’t eat.
The 100 mile journey to Munro’s http://www.munrodingwall.co.uk/Home.aspx was a pure delight, as the weather improved and I came to grips with the fact that ‘normality had been restored’. I was doing my ‘week on week off’ thing and spending every night in my own bed, sure I’d be back at work tomorrow but at least I’d be at home and not in a hotel, ship, B&B or mates spare room. Life was indeed looking very peachy
The ‘Old girl’ was working hard and loving it whilst the ‘wee dug’ and I listened some tunes on the CD player she was getting hot, revving hard, had .5bar of turbo pressure and 600 degrees of exhaust gas temp. There are some serious hills on the way to Dingwall and at times we were down to 12mph!!!!
OK, 10mph !!!!
We stopped every few miles to let Molly have a sniff, the pigs have a feed and the Land Rover a rest
Loch Carron is indeed a bonny place
Once the three boys were delivered to Dingwall and instructions left as to how they were to be returned I did the usual mad rush round Lidl and Tesco for shopping.
Then on the way out of town called on prize wining butcher George Cockburn & son for some haggis and black pudding.
Being ‘wifeless’ and not so involved on the shopping front I’d a nice leisurely drive home so had chance to stop at the Garve Hotel http://www.garvehotel.com/ and take a picture of ‘Tog Mor’.
I’ve no idea how this steel model ended up here outside the hotel in Garve but I remember seeing it at Howard Doris’s yard in Kishorn some thirty years ago. It was I believe made by apprentices at the oil rig fabrication yard three or more decades ago and is a pretty good likeness of what was at the time one of the worlds largest shallow water heavy lifting barges. It was built in Holland in 1976 under another name and was used for lifting the Mary Rose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Rose at Southampton
in 1982 http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1573587 and judging by that link was still actually working until very recently!
We managed to get the 15:00 ferry back and arrive at Arnish before dark
I even got around to doing a little work on the ‘Quadzilla Crapzilla’ before calling it a day
OK, it was only topping the battery up and charging it but it was a start. Incidentally the best way to fill a motorbike or quad battery is with a syringe, it’ll save you much grief and water