Jonathan: It’s been a fine day in Uist, today, and I’ve made the most of it … carrying fencing materials up the hill to the new field, High Field, at the top of the croft. Eight round trips, each more than a half a kilometre out and 40m of ascent, across rough grass and heather, climbing rocky outcrops and across minefields of tussock-grass and hidden ditches, and staggering across bogs. With quarter of a tonne – about 265kg – balanced on my shoulder. Yes it hurts. No, there’s no practical alternative. And anyway, it’s not so bad done slowly, patiently. Step by Step. One by One. It’s just a question of balance! 1 bundle of wooden stobs at about 20kg – just to warm up. 2 big wooden gate posts (they’re wet through) at about 60kg each. 5 reels of fencing wire, 25kg each. To warm down, and to help forget the pain in my left shoulder – driving in the stobs and setting up the two gate posts. And then at last home for an evening meal and a relaxing evening podding peas!