Life at the end of the road

August 28, 2017

A ‘shroom a day :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, How I — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:42 pm

Monday night is practice night for ‘Stanley Watson Barker’ the Portree Lifeboat and that’s me just in having watched him, or is it her head into Loch Arnish and then back out.

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It was a long way off and well by Manish point when I finally found the camera but well spectacular nonetheless, not that you’d believe e from the carp pictures Smile

It’s been a busy coupe of days right enough with much achieved, if not a little seldom on the bloggin’ front. Trouble is that last night we got invited round to friends ‘along the track for dinner and that was a far better offer than a night inside with TV and laptop.

Mushroom magic

Sunday kinda started a bit grey and damp, in fact it must have pure ‘pished down’ during the night cos there was, once more, water everywhere. So first thing I did was finish off putting the Yamaha back together and then delver it to my mate at Torran Schoolhouse. He was going out fishing, invited us for dinner and promised us a mackerel meal. The once plentiful fish that was frowned upon by many and usually used as bait has become somewhat scarce of late at the ‘North End’. Sure they’re catching them a plenty in Churchton bay, off Raasay pier and Loch Duich but they’ve yet to show their face here. Well yesterday the loch had a pod of porpoises within it and a squadron of gannets diving into it, so they must have been eating something.

So I left ‘em to it and walked back through the woods with the ‘wee dug’ looking for ‘shrooms of which there were plenty but sadly mainly waterlogged.

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Hunners of chanterelles and a few yellow russula types though I’ve never seen one growing on a birch tree before.

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The ‘trippy’ fly agaric I gave a miss and I’ve no idea what the one on the right is, not actually unpacked my ‘mushroom bible’ from the container yet.

If you are into mushrooms then this is the only book you will ever need, of course you’ll need a rucksack to put it in if you take it out ‘into the field’ but forget all the pocket sized books, this is the biz.

Once back at Sonas I made breakfast then turned my attention to the Torran track. A spate of half wits getting stuck down there this year has prompted me into action so I tracked Calum the Kubota KX7-3 digger down there and sorted it.


Smile Smile Smile Though not before I’d repaired the damage the clowns had done to the ditches. Methinks you’ll struggle getting a hire car campervan by that rock yet you can still get a quad and trailer passed it with ease.

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Feeling quite smug in the knowledge that no longer would I be disturbed by morons needing a tow back out of here I set about getting ready for more concreting.

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Helped along by Molly, Lulu and Cilla,

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the latter pair insisting on trying to eat the tyres on me mates Volvo and my quad!!!

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Next job was an hour or so setting sandstone slabs into the ‘chuckies’ around the house. The wee dug and wife do not walking on the 20mm chips in bare feet so some ‘stepping stones’ are needed Smile 


That done, it was back to some fencing to try and keep the deer out, not that that is going to happen ‘overnight’ it’s a bit of a long term project with me tackling the easy bits first.

As soon as I’d screwed that last board onto the fence I had a shower, got changed and we headed to Torran on the quad with a bottle of red wine in me pocket.

The mackerel was conspicuous by it’s absence but the lobster, pollack, roast onions, roast potatoes, lentils, mayo and various sauces cooked to perfection were more than adequate compensation. And after spending most of the night slating Donald Trump and discussing moorings we ‘wobbled’ home on the Honda without hitting my BIG rock on the way Smile


A wee ‘lie in’ until 7:30 was the order of the day followed by a visit to my mum on the mainland and another car load of sandstone slabs. On the way back up Calum’s road I spotted two of these from the car.

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Now that is a seriously large horse mushroom and it would be going into dinner along with some Aultbea black pudding and Loch Arnish scallops. First though I had to do a spot of tamping on the area I was about to concrete.


That done, it was back to dinner,

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my son and wife making the mushroom sauce and myself doing the black pudding and scallops in butter and paprika.


I always chop the roe (gonad) off the scallop and fry it much longer than the meat. The meat needs very little cooking and so does the roe truth be known but many people find the roe to0 strong and well fishy. I find that if you put the roe in first then the black pudding (or bacon) and give it a right good doing it soaks up the flavours of the meat and butter. When the pudding is cooked, that’s when I put the scallops in and just do them lightly. Yum Yum 

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