July 29, 2012

It s’not funny any more

Filed under: Fishing, General — tattiehouse @ 11:24

It’s still all coughs and runny noses at Tattie House, it’s been precisely 2 weeks since the horrid cold took a hold and it’s still firmly hanging on. Having already put off a walk with HebNet (www.hebnet.co.uk) colleague and friend Simon from Eigg just over a week ago due to said cold, Ian was feeling well enough by Thursday just gone to get out on the hill, and so off they went to Hallival. The weather was very good, so he managed to get a couple of excellent shots of Goddard Land (Croft 3) and Tattie House…

Progress has been slow but sure, the combination of us both feeling quite worn out with the cold and the weather being very unsettled has not helped with regards to outside work, however the insulation is now almost completely finished and the blockwork at the rear of the house has been started off. We’re just waiting on a sample slate to arrive in the post before placing an order for the second delivery of building materials, so we’ll soon be well into the list of must-buys for the project.

As for life on Rum, we’ve  had a couple of occasions recently; one, a performance in the hall by Elsa Jean McTaggart  (www.mctaggart.info) fiddle, guitar and penny whistle playing folk singer who entertained the people of Rum with her stories and all round singing and musical talent. A great time was had by all when the evening turned in to a small impromptu ceilidh.

Another was the good turn out at the hall to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics…

The next event will be Midgefest on Saturday the 4th of August, which hopefully will see lots of visitors and Rum folk celebrate the mighty midge with crafts, games, food and fun in general. Very much looking forward to it!

I’ll leave today’s blog on a picture of the conents of one of our creels recently…

The lobsters were too small to keep and so were returned to the sea with a message to tell their big brothers to pay our pots a visit! They are the first ones we’ve caught, so we’re optimistic that sometime soon we could be adding lobster to our list of locally sourced foods. YUM.


July 24, 2012

Mr Crabs

Filed under: Fishing, Food, General — tattiehouse @ 17:10

As there’s something of a lull in building works on the house just now (waiting for materials), we’ve been doing a few other things with our time (we’ve also had extreme summer colds which has effected the build a little).

We’ve moved all the insulation for the trust from the pier to the hall and put it in the attic ready for installation. The only issue being there’s a decent case of wood worm up there. Before rolling the insulation, the wood worm needs to be sorted (that’s something the trust will discuss), on a positive note, the insulation is already to be rolled once the wood worm is sorted.

We’ve also been helping with the community poly tunnel. The trust had this (along with the insulation) from an energy saving trust grant I believe. We’ve marked it out ready so next job is to dig the holes for the base plates. All good fun!

I’ve also been out converting Mackerel into other food sources, mostly brown crab!

Boat loaded with 3 creels…

I dropped the creels in a new spot I’d not tried before. They will be going beyond the edge of the bay in the next day or 2 but it’s too windy to do that just now.

On my travels I went to see the Ranger who I knew was lurking around a beach…

So, a few 2 days later I pulled the creels up and had a few brown crabs. Good for the pot so home they came…

15 minutes boiling in salty water…..

A make shift table to do the work. The caravan tables are not great as you need something weighty to break open the claws.

The best way to strip a crab down, leg’s and claws first, then the shell.

Getting all the meat out from a crab can be hard work but it’s worth all the effort in the end…..

The brown meat on the left is from in the shell (Carapace – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carapace), while the white meat is from the legs,claws and also the main body.

Another example of the great food around the island that can be collected with very little effort….

I’m off to enjoy my seafood supper now..!

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