Life at the end of the road

November 4, 2021

A leg up :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, Discovery, Land Rover — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:22 am

It’s only 7:30PM just washed up the dishes after a nice dinner involving a pork chop fried on a bed of almost caramelized onions which I finished off by tipping some white wine in the pan. Not cos I’m a particularly adventurous cook but quite simply cos I found a box of white wine in my utility room and as I don’t drink the stuff I figured I use it to lubricate my dinner with. My steamed asparagus, green beans, broccoli and ‘shrooms already had enough butter on them to raise my BP and the wee tatties from the community garden were quite dry and flowery so I figured that a nice juicy onion, wine, olive oil garlic and pork fat sauce would do the trick. Probably worse for my Blood Pressure than even more butter but I’d feel better by not using quite so much of the stuff Smile

Anyway it’s after 8:00PM now and I’m pure wrecked, having got up very early and worked very hard but I’ll tell you about in the morning. I’m off to join the dugs.


Bonzo and Molly having already gone to bed, Molly using the stool I placed there yesterday. That’s so she can get a ‘leg up’ rather than sit at the foot of the bed whining for me to lift her cos she’s so stiff and cranky these days. Bit like me really, at least I will be in the morning after barrowing 2 tons of stone chips and some rocks this afternoon

Thursday 6:00am

Yup, pretty stiff this morning but I did sleep like the proverbial log right through unit half an hour ago.


Orion gazing down on me from a much blacker sky this morning as Molly and I went out to fire up the generator. Not that it actually needed starting, it does that automatically if required but I just wanted to give it run for a couple of hours whilst I was in the house. I try and do this at least once a month just to make sure everything still works as the generator is rarely required. However with winter’s short days here it’s good to keep an eye on things. Who knows when we’ll get the next really cold spell with high pressure, no wind and frozen hydro Surprised smile Probably never with global warming but best be on  the safe side hey, even though I can’t actually remember the last time I actually had frost on the car windscreen at Arnish.

Anyway, back to yesterday’s ‘daily doings’ which started off with a trip to Portree, mainly for pig food but I thought I’d take the opportunity to call at Sconser quarry and get a couple of tons of 20mm stone chips whilst over on Skye.

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A good stiff northerly breeze seeing Speedwell on her mooring rather than alongside the Raasay pier which can get uncomfortable with a swell from the north.

Dropping off the trailer at the Sconser car park we headed for Portree stopping at the Varragill bridge to go for a wee walk in the woods.


Then after loading up with sow rolls at Harbro we ‘about turned’ for the quarry to get our stone chips

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That’ll be Matt the Quarry dog minus his hard hat and safety boots Smile Unfortunately we were just a little too slow to catch the 10:25 ferry

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which had just departed as we cleared the weigh bridge. Weighing in at over 5 tons we sat at Sconser for an hour to catch t he 11:25.


Back on Raasay three hours after leaving it we headed slowly north with our load.


So slowly in fact that I chose to leave the trailer at Brochel then unload the Land Rover and go back for it with the Disco. The more powerful TD5 engine with its Traction control and Hill descent control making the towing experience much pleasanter. The road to the north end of the island has had some major resurfacing work done recently and is much, much better than it was. Sadly they never got as far as Brochel and the last couple of miles of road consists of a long track of holes with odd bits of tarmac between Sad smile The Disco seems to cope much better over this ground with it’s softer suspension and Traction Control.


The Hill Decent Control being most reassuring on the steep gravely incline to Tarbert.

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Inspiring me with such confidence that I stopped and added some extra rocks on the way Smile

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Once up at Sonas the difficult task of trying to lay the weed suppressing membrane in a gale of wind began.

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Eventually with some rocks and a lull in the wind I got it down and started to quickly barrow some pats of gravel on top of it.

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Not quite getting finished before it got dark and both the animals and I got hungry Smile


Dunno where this sheep came from but that crow is watching her intently


or perhaps she’s watching the crow Smile

Anyway, that’s it, almost light now, time to feed the pigs and move some rocks.


  1. Lucky you not getting frost on the windscreen, just spent 5 minutes scraping mine clean, then spending another 5 minutes trying to clear the windscreen of mist before i set off for work. No doubt there will be plenty more of that over the next few months

    Comment by artimaginguk — November 4, 2021 @ 8:27 am

  2. Paul, you seem to spend half your life relocating the rock of Scotland … maybe there’s something in the water at the north end

    Comment by Caroline — November 4, 2021 @ 10:47 am

  3. Haha…. love the ending of that one. Sheep do have a way of staring at things and making them uncomfortable. Especially true of Soay if you ask me!

    That’s a fair old bit of hauling to be doing with an old Tdi… the Td5 as you say has that extra grunt and you can see that Land Rover put a bit of effort into building an engine that could tow as well as work well with the auto boxes. At any rate good to see the gravel going down. Makes things look neat.

    Nice to see you got your stars… I can see from that shot that you get to see a heck of a lot more than we see down in the midlands. Faaaar too much light pollution!

    Comment by Matt — November 4, 2021 @ 3:44 pm

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