Life at the end of the road

May 20, 2014

The hens are out!!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:06 pm

That’s it, I’ve got the £11,000,000 keys, Kermit, ‘the spanner’ and my VHF, in other words I’m back at work having done the ceremonial handover with my ‘back to back’.


Having received my gas detector, sacred spanner and keys I’m now fully equipped for the next fourteen days aboard Hallaig and what’s more I’m actually looking forward to it. For a start it’ll be a rest from the physical labour of the croft and secondly I actually really enjoy my job, especially the two week off bit Smile

As usual it was a bit of a mad rush latterly trying to finish ‘the list’ but I was pleased with my labours and overjoyed at Jamie’s return. Of course I never got any work done on the new wind turbine or road to the hen shed but then I did fix the tumble drier and spend a lot of time wandering the Arnish hill. Sure it was in vain as I never found Jamie Lea but the wee dug lost a lot of weight and I reacquainted myself with some beautiful spots.

This morning I arose late (for me) and after feeding the pigs and hens I headed off to my parents on the mainland.


A quick breakfast on the Hallaig on the way to Skye then a leisurely drive to my parents


past the Red Cuillins


and much activity on the Caridh fish farm in Loch Aynort.


Looks like a net change to me.


Dun Caan and Raasay behind the Moll.


A cow and her calf at high tide in Loch Duich.


A man and his dug in a comfy chair.


A spot of log splitting



and the ‘old pier’ at Broadford on the way back.

I ‘joined’ Hallaig at 15:00 and after a couple of hours ‘handover’ bade my ‘back to back’ farewell for a couple of weeks. A few hours later I shut her down and headed home to check on the hens. Wifey had let the 52 new ones out for the first time and I was wanting to see how they were getting on. They can be a little dim at the best of times, sometimes taking days to come out of their shed. However I needn’t have worried for when I went up to the hen house at 20:30 there was 11 of them out scratching and they were all mixed up with the older hens without any ‘henpecking’ that I could see. The new piglets all seemed happy, Jamie was hungry as usual and all was well on the croft Smile


  1. loch fynes sitting in troon

    Comment by Roy C — May 20, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  2. And Loch Alainn is sitting in Fort William (since the beginning of May)

    Comment by Davie — May 21, 2014 @ 8:25 am

  3. 🙂 She makes a very comfy cushion too Paul! LOL!

    Comment by caadfael — May 21, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

  4. Paul,
    Excellent news about JL & her smashing looking family.
    The hen shed looks really good, I especially liked your use of the Oyster cages, shrewd move and the roll away egg collectors really will simplify life, no more cleaning off caked on poo from all your eggs. I take it you have the contract to supply the NW of Scotland now or just Raasay? :-).
    Enjoy your ‘rest’.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — May 21, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    • When the Edwina Currie “salmonella in egg production” story was at its height, I remember a British egg producer in a radio interview saying that they weren’t allowed to wash sh1tty eggs, unlike the Americans, and such eggs went for bulk liquid egg. Dunno if that’s still the case.

      Comment by San — May 21, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

      • Not allowed to wash eggs? Now there’s a job, egg police! Tell me Mr Egg, have you showered anonce? Is your towel damp? No? Carry on then! Who’s buying the next round?

        Comment by drgeo — May 22, 2014 @ 3:56 am

  5. Very happy to hear your wandering piggie returned with her litter (clever lass) your blog was turning in to a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! Good luck with settling the new hens 🙂

    Comment by Janice — May 21, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

  6. looks like heaven there sometimes. and, you’re not a dog person, we know. give miss molly a skritch for us nevertheless.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — May 22, 2014 @ 4:56 am

  7. Loch Fyne is now back at Lochaline.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — May 22, 2014 @ 8:28 am

  8. Hi paul Any gos pigs for sale

    Comment by brian — May 25, 2014 @ 8:55 am

  9. I’ve been sent a link to yoyr blog by “yeractual” (“poles apart” blogger). As I’m looking for good midge repellant!!
    Anyhow, lovely pictures…and we might consider coming up to Tolsta via Skye next time!!

    Comment by gz — May 31, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    • The very best midge
      repellent is called Smidge. It isn’t oily (unlike most), it smells OK and really works. You can buy it in Broadford.

      Comment by Anne Macdonald — June 4, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

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