Jonathan: Sheep are allowed down from the hill grazings today, 15 October. The grazing regulations for Eriskay require all shareholders to open up their own crofts for other shareholders to graze. In theory this means all livestock are free to roam the island (below the hill fence), but in practice flocks tend to be hefted to certain areas. We’ll not be wanting our first lambs before beginning of April, so we have to keep our ewes and the ram fenced in (and apart) until beginning of November. We’ve got the ewes and ewe lambs in one field, the rams and ram lambs in another, across the road and out of sight!
Jonathan: Calmac Winter 2015-2016 Timetable/Fares just published! Jaw-dropping smile-raising song-and-jig-inducing drop in inter-island fares, now down to RET rates (as mainland-island ferries for past few years). Barra-Eriskay car fare now cut to about one third of the previous price, and about two-thirds the previous multi-journey ticket price (which are now discontinued). It’s still a fair expense, but a day out to Barra or Harris/Lewis is now looking like an occasional luxury, rather than completely unjustifiable. The question is, will the ferries now be too busy to get a reservation without booking months in advance?
Denise: Here’s this morning’s gathering from the garden. I’ve said before that the tomatoes were at least a month late, and not at all plentiful, but the flavour and quality has been remarkable. But this is a first for us – still harvesting tomatoes in October : that’s no doubt down to the really good weather we’ve had for the past fortnight.
Today I made some of the Carageen J and I harvested from the shore the other day into a desert. I didn’t have all the ingredients listed for a fancy recipe, so found a simple one on the internet: it required about 12g of dried Carageen, an egg (from our hens), nearly a pint of milk, a vinalla pod (you could substitute some other flavouring) and just a little sugar. Method? Well you can look it up on the internet yourself: it’s very quick and easy. Served with a little single cream. Well, with single cream, anyway. Greatest expense was the milk, but the total cost less than £1 – and that’s for four very generous helpings (as photo) Absolutely delicious! We’ll definitely be doing that again! Eating well for less? Well, we could just end up Eating More!