Life at the end of the road

February 22, 2019

Moving things and almost moving things :-)

Filed under: animals, Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, pigs — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:11 pm

To say that I’ve not achieved much today is a little unfair, for one thing it’s been great practice for me retirement and I guess I’ve helped a few people on the way so that’s not a bad thing hey. First off, I was up early to catch the first ferry, sure that doesn’t leave until 7:55 but I’d lots to do afore even setting off from Arnish, some eleven miles north of the Raasay Ferry Terminal.

My Subaru, which is the wife’s ex Subaru, affectionately know as the ‘Egg Chariot’ was still attached to a trailer at Suisnish in the forlorn hope that Bunty and Judy would go in it of their own accord. Bunty and Judy being two Iron Age pigs who were being evicted from their home there. Myself, good neighbour and the ‘girls’ owner had been trying unsuccessfully for a good part of yesterday to coax the ‘wee darlings’ into the trailer with little result bar frayed tempers and muddy arses Smile

We’d decided that just leaving the trailer and Egg Chariot there would be a good plan and with a bit of luck the two large beauties would make their own way in there in search of food. I’ve used this ploy a gazillion times before with our own pigs and it has always worked. Trouble was this left me without a car or trailer to go to Portree today for a cooker, cement and steel reinforcing mesh for my next concreting project. Of course there was always my Ifor Williams tipping trailer and ‘Darling Wife’s’ Subaru but she wouldn’t be back home from the Isle of Raasay Distillery until long after I was in bed. Solution  being to get up very early, steal Wife’s car, hitch up heavy tipping trailer and disappear before she noticed Smile That way I’d be in Portree at the Skye Express http://www.skyeexpress.com/ before my wife even noticed I’d gone Smile

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Well, that worked a treat and on a morning too stormy for Emma C and Annie E to lay anchors at the new Moll fish farm I managed to catch the first sailing.

As arranged, I telephoned Skye Expresses Portree manager when I arrived at their Portree depot for him to come and ‘forklift’ my Mate’s Rangemaster cooker onto the trailer. Whereupon he asked if I could do a spot of delivery work for him on account of him needing to ‘see a man about a dog’ Smile it was much more serious than that and Iain is a good friend so I happily agreed to take the washing machine and sofa bed to Raasay as well as the cement and concrete reinforcing mesh. I’m a huge believer in Karma and ‘what comes around goes around’. A lot of people have helped me out over the years and I’ll never forget it. Of course I spent the next hour regretting my generosity as I crawled to Sconser with a poorly loaded trailer complete with the incorrect number plate Sad smile However, I got there in one piece without loosing anything and was much relieved to meet Simon of FV Speedwell who relieved me of the sofa bed Smile

The porcine refugees

Simon kindly assisted in the sofa bed delivery and Graeme in the washing machine delivery to Braemore where I had the pleasure to meet Ginny and Fiona Smile Braemore is just a few hundred meters from where Bunty and Judy live so another ‘pig rescue plan’ was formulated on account of me needing both ‘Egg Chariot’ and trailer tomorrow.

A kind ‘proper crofter’ with real cows and a tractor had offered the use of his own ‘much larger’ stock trailer to try and get Bunty and Judy moved ‘up north’. So, after depositing the washing machine I headed home with the cooker only to return later to meet Donnie at 14:00.

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Donnie’s trailer is much larger than mine and we felt the Girls would be more inclined to go in it, especially after not having a proper feed for a few days. However the ‘wee darlings’ were still mighty cautious and reluctant to enter.

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Given time, I’m sure they will, but for now we just left them to it.

I drove home and managed to get a little work done on me shed.

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Plan is to let the wind whistle through the shed so we can hand stuff n it to dry, hence the gaps between the boards.

6 Comments »

  1. I have serious shed envy 🙂

    Comment by 63ian — February 23, 2019 @ 7:35 am

    • A man can never have too many sheds Ian 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2019 @ 7:08 pm

  2. Those “iron age” pigs are looking good for their age, they are some stubborn beasts if they can’t be tempted in with some pig nuts never known that to fail before.
    You have me confused with the shed design, I thought it was going to be open at the front with three bays to drive in, but you must have the door at the end so wont it get “clogged up” with stuff at the back you need out and things in front?

    Comment by Kev — February 23, 2019 @ 10:05 am

    • Hi Kev,
      Change of plan. The shed is pretty much just for the Searider and that will take up most of the first three bays anyway. Gonna add another one or two bays and will probably leave those open.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2019 @ 6:17 pm

  3. Leaving the gaps in the boards is normally referred to as ‘York Boarding’ in the wider agricultural world. The system certainly works as well.

    Comment by Richard — February 23, 2019 @ 10:25 am

    • Aye Richard,
      First time I saw it was on an agricultural shed at Letterfinlay, always struck as a good idea for the west coast of Scotland.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2019 @ 7:07 pm


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