Life at the end of the road

December 1, 2019

Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits,

Filed under: daily doings, food, pigs — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:25 am

Dunno where it comes from and neither does Wikipedia but that’ll be the 1st of December here and funnily enough a few bunnies too Smile The demise of the North End rabbit population has always been a mystery to me, perhaps the mink or the explosion in the sea eagle population but they do at last seem to be making a come back. Long gone are the days when I could be guaranteed to shoot a couple for lunch on my way to work. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a rabbit pasta for dinner Sad smile That meal however may not be far away Smile There has most definitely been a healthy revival of the population here. It really has been rare to see one north of Brochel for almost ten years. Nowadays I’ve been seeing quite a few both here and at Torran and I do love a tasty bunny Smile An Italian dish where you serve it quartered on a bed of pasta being my favourite, a simple affair I picked up from me Mum who in turn copied off me Granny. The house I lived in in Liguria as a child kept rabbits under the house next to the wine cellar and I’ll never forget my granny catching them then pulling their necks. Obviously as a wee boy this kind of thing fascinates you. Emilia never stopped talking, even when reaching in the small room to deftly grab one she’d be wittering away. Then ‘quick as you like’ she’d swing it under her arm and set off for the kitchen, at the same time snapping its neck without pausing for breath or breaking step.

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There wasn’t a road to Provvedasco when I lived there, like the road to Arnish, it didn’t arrive there until the 70s or 80s. I guess that’s why me dear old Dad had such a fine pair of lungs, he had to walk up and down a mountain every day to school Smile

Golly gosh, I lost the thread there as I ‘walked down memory lane’, I also caught a whiff of the outside loo Smile I kid you not, my abiding memory of living in rural Italy isn’t treading grapes barefoot in a barrel or the large outdoor communal oven, it’s the smell from the outdoor toilet Sad smile The contents of which eventually ended up on or in the fields, at least that’s what I was told, dunno whether it was on the grapes or olives but it didn’t seem to do anyone any harm. Having said that, it does seem to be a problem in countries that still adhere to the practice Sad smile

Farewell November

Right, enough of that, so, the month has been exceptional, light winds, little rain and not really cold, for three days (nights) in a row I’ve woken to the sight of Orion out the bedroom window.


Once more at a ridiculous hour and yet again with little frost and temperatures the right side of zero. Sure, it was a little colder this morning with a ‘scrunch’ from the gravel underfoot and half hearted frost on the roof of the car. No frozen windows though and with just the thinnest layer of ice on the pigs water dish.

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Yesterday morning was spent hauling rock and sub base for road and track repairs, the sight of the Council gritter being something of a surprise. A ‘wee chat’ with Nairn and Calum informed me that it was ‘white’ at the South End. A visit from my wife later on confirming heavy frost on her car, we must get a little more of the Gulf Stream at Arnish Smile

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The afternoon saw us going for a pleasant walk with four dogs and pigs Smile

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After which I had to repair (yet again) the seized throttle on the Yamaha YFM350 quad.

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The throttle quadrant keeps seizing up even though it’s been freed off and lubricated several times. Once more it was rusty and full of water, having sealed the cover with silicon last time I guess the water must be running down the throttle cable and getting into the housing. So, that’ll be a new cable on order from who offer first class service. Meanwhile I have left the cover off and covered the mechanism with white grease, at least then the water will not collect and if it does seize again I can free it off without removing the bodywork Smile

Well, that’s it for now, time for a mackerel sandwich for breakfast and back out to some road building methinks. I’ve got heaps of work to do on my Subaru for the MOT too but I’ll leave that ‘for a rainy day’, it looks like another ‘peach of a day’ ahead here.


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