Life at the end of the road

March 20, 2022

Where’s Murdo ?

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, pigs, weather — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:00 am

It’s sure been a peach of a day today and it’s not even spring yet Surprised smile Apparently that’s tomorrow the 20th of March, when the the day and night are equal length, though as the sun rises at 6:26 and sets at 18:37 here at Arnish I guess it’s just a generic thing Smile Sure has felt like spring today, though try as I might I’ve no seen any frog spawn yet Smile Certainly not seen any herons stealing any, though I’m sure it’s not far away, saw some primroses the other day.

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Well, that’s it spring is here it 6:30AM, I gave up last night and have been sat at the kitchen table watching it arrive.

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Methinks I’ll finish this, have more coffee and the go out with the dugs to look for frog spawn Smile

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Yesterday was spent tinkering around in my ‘Power Station’ (generator shed) fitting the CX Color Control to my Victron 10kVA inverter.

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That’ll be just around three weeks this Victron inverter has been powering the house and I’ve been very impressed with it. Been working on a friends car for a few days welding, using my vehicle lift and big compressor. All of which required a little care when using the SMA inverter. Sure the Sunny Island SI 6.O H would do all of the above but quite often the lights would flicker as the compressor started or the lift was operated and I couldn’t use my washing machine or toaster at the same time. Well yesterday with all the sunshine and wind, I had the washer going all day and tumble drier most of the night without a flicker Winking smile

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 I feckin hate modern cars, not only do they never have a spare wheel are impossible to jack up easily or even tow but you have to buy half the boodly suspension to change a ball joint Surprised smile 

In between tinkering about in the shed we went for a couple of walks

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down towards the shore of Loch Arnish looking over towards Torran

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it’s north shore and North Arnish ruins.

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Dunno what this one is, possibly an old hen house far way from the croft so the chooks wouldn’t eat the seed sowed on the land.

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Thursday ?

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Well I think it was Thursday that I saw the FPV Hirta going north by Loch Arnish https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/factsheet/2019/11/marin-scotland-topic-sheets-general/documents/marine-protection-vessels-new-november-2019/marine-protection-vessels-new-november-2019/govscot%3Adocument/marine-protection-vessels.pdf

Pretty sure it was Friday that we went for a walk up Temptation Hill behind Raasay House

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I dunno who Kit was

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but judging by the date and his age he was probably used as ‘cannon fodder’ in WWI Sad smile

Anyway it’s almost 8:00AM now time to go feed the pigs a walk the dugs or should I say feed the creatures cos nowadays it’s a battle between Marmalade, Jiffy, Spotty, Molly, Bonzo and the crows to see who gets their nose in the trough first Smile

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Though yesterday I was missing a crow, dunno which one whether it was John or Murdo but one of them didn’t turn up, probably off looking for a mate, after all it is spring Smile

14 Comments »

  1. In search of Darling Kit. For many years, I have been intrigued by the memorial stone on Temptation Hill, Raasay, for ‘Darling Kit’ who died in 1917 aged 19 years. When I was young, the local tradition was that she was a German princess and now – decades on – I think I have uncovered the facts. I believe the person is Kathleen von Eckardstein (1898-1917), known as Kit. She was the only child of Baron Herman von Eckardstein (1864-1933), a diplomat in the German Embassy in London, and Grace Blundell Maple (1876-1950), a fabulously wealthy English heiress. They divorced around 1907 and Grace then married Sir Archibald Weigall (1874-1952). It is here that a Raasay connection can be established. From 1912, when Bairds bought Raasay for the mineral rights, the shooting estate was leased to a Major Walter Rawnsley (1856-1936) and his son Captain John Rawnsley (1892-1957). Rawnsley had a nephew Noel who was an Egyptologist excavating in Cairo along with Arthur Weigall, brother of Kit’s new stepfather. Further, Kit’s widowed grandmother had remarried to a Montague Ballard (1851-1936), also an Egytologist. Thus we can see the connection of Kit’s family to the Rawnsleys, to Raasay and, hence, to the memorial stone.

    Comment by Ann O — March 20, 2022 @ 9:32 am

    • Many many thanks for that Ann, dunno why I thought Kit was a boy. Any idea how she died, bit early for Spanish flu?

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 20, 2022 @ 10:47 am

      • She died of heart failure during a routine tonsillectomy. I posted newspaper reports of her death on the Skye & Lochalsh Memories site but am too hamfisted to know how to do that here. Apologies. I’m still working on the story and hope to publish a fuller article at some point.

        Comment by doing0at60 — March 23, 2022 @ 2:03 am

      • Thanks for that Donald, look forward to reading the article.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 23, 2022 @ 6:23 am

    • Fascinating thank you very much for this Ann 🙂

      Comment by Matt — March 20, 2022 @ 5:50 pm

  2. Bloody impressive pictures as always fella. I hear you about modern cars. The stupid self threading bolts that weld themselves in and strip aluminium.

    Comment by Matt — March 20, 2022 @ 9:37 am

    • The stupid self threading bolts that weld themselves in and strip aluminium. Aye Matt, had a near miss with those.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 20, 2022 @ 10:53 am

  3. Why is it called Temptation Hill ?

    Comment by Caroline — March 20, 2022 @ 10:22 am

    • Dunno Caz but it’s a lot more tempting now they cut the trees down 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 20, 2022 @ 10:51 am

    • Calum MacLeod (1912-86) of Arnish told me it was because a prospective buyer of the estate – Smith by name – was tempted by the view. Am unsure but that’s all I have

      Comment by Donald Gillies — March 24, 2022 @ 12:28 am

      • 1911

        Comment by Donald Gillies — March 24, 2022 @ 12:29 am

      • thanks Donald

        Comment by Caroline — March 24, 2022 @ 5:02 pm

  4. Full article on Kit published today 15 April 2022 in WHFP

    Comment by Donald Gillies — April 14, 2022 @ 3:54 pm

    • Cheers Donald, excellent piece 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 17, 2022 @ 5:35 pm


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