1 EAGLETON NOTES: I Couldn't Resist



Tuesday, 9 August 2011

I Couldn't Resist

I have passed this notice for as long as I can remember.  The road leads nowhere I have ever wanted or needed to go and it is, I think, a dead end.  So I cannot recall ever driving down it.  Until a few days ago.  I had to see the Butt View Stores.  Well I drove to the end of the road (about 1.5 miles) to no avail.  On the way back we discovered what probably had been the Butt View Stores and it was exactly 1/2 a mile from the road end.  However there was no store now and no Butt view either.  Some you win and some you lose.


  1. Not that I was looking for a Buttview, BUTT, oh well. :)

    Is it the wind, sand, and cold that prohibits trees or larger flora there? I know, I'm so naive.

    BTW, check out http://www.sidewalkshoes.com/ on Sundays for weekly wine reviews! Not sure why I can't even comment on my own blog, but I know you'll enjoy her reviews!

  2. Somehow I suspect every place has such a road. Not with that name but something that one has left unexplored although one has passed it more times than one could count.

    Is there FOOD inside that white building in that background or is that just a false lead too? ;)

  3. You won that one. Now you know what is there! (And what is not.)

  4. Thanks Norma, Glad it amused you.

    Hi Lisa. The Island used to be covered by trees thousand of years ago (but it was a bit warmer then). Once the trees had gone (there are various theories as to why) a lot of the land became covered in peat and scrub. Once sheep were introduced nothing could grow because it got nibbled down immediately. In the last 40 years forests of evergreens have been planted and fenced off from the sheep and deer. Around Stornoway broad-leaved trees were planted in the 1800s on imported soil. On islands in the middle of lochs where the sheep can't get to rhododendrons grow wild. Apparently they would take over if the the island were allowed to return to it's natural state. Undoubtedly though the strong winds (I've lived through 3 or 4 full-blown hurricanes here) and salt-laden air do have an effect on what grows here and can take their toll when things do grow.

    Yes Monica that is a restaurant and bar and it's quite isolated. It's very pleasant inside and seems from the times I've been in to have a reasonable trade.

    Yes Pauline I now know what's there - which is not a lot!