Life at the end of the road

April 11, 2015

A dozen attempts :-(

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:01 pm

Well WordPress say it only took 15 minutes to upload last night’s effort, don’t believe a word of it, I was at it for hours. OK, perhaps not hours but certainly double their estimate.

Anyway, I’m over at ‘Sonas’ right now sheltering from a hail shower, resting my back and frying a steak.

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Bit OTT for a lunchtime snack I know but Jason the plasterer left one of Lidl’s finest for me and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not really a ‘steak person’, restrict mine to a couple of times a year at the companies expense. I guess I’ve been spoiled  with home grown pork, lamb and beasts off the hill, but most of the steaks I’ve had were a bit of a disappointment. The Bute beef I tried at the Victoria hotel in Rothesay being the exception, I even asked for the chef and gave him a fiver, well my employer picked up the tab. Five quid out of my own pocket for the nicest, most tender and rare steak I’ve had seemed like a bargain. The one I’ve just demolished from Lidl wasnae bad either, cheers Jason.

Anyway, talking of meat, the weather has been mince, one minute the sun’s out and the next it’s either pishing with rain, sleet or hail.

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That was yesterday, taken from ‘the Hill of the Hind’ above Tarbert, a little different to say the least. Friday was a very productive day, amongst other things I wired up an extractor fan in my ‘Power Station’.

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I’d already fitted a powerful blower to force cold air from the bottom of the door into the shed.

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There’s a ‘ring main’ in there that’s only live when the generator is running so both fans are just plugged into that, so they only run when Harry starts. I think I got a little carried away with the insulation when I was building the shed. Batteries perform much better if kept above freezing point, however when the Lister HR2 is running it gets mighty hot in there despite having a fully lagged exhaust.

Of course the plan is to not have the generator running at all if possible but the last week Jason had some heaters and lights going in the house so it came on a couple of times.

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The wife, son, SiL and MiL had made a splendid job of power washing the hen shed then going over it with a blow lamp to remove any ‘beasties’. I took up the fresh litter for the floor which we buy from Harbro, something I was loath to do at first. However now we don’t cut wood anymore and this stuff is actually much better. I think it costs about £8 but there’s actually much more in the bag than you think and even with our huge hen hoose, one bag last for ages.

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Anyway, I’ll leave you with the MV Hallaig, it’s 17:00 now and I’ve not even touched on today’s work but we’re off out for dinner tonight and I’ve to do the hens yet. I’ll tell you all about the bottle of vodka and the van stuck at Brochel tomorrow Smile At least this will not take me a dozen attempts to post!!!

April 10, 2015

Taped and filled :-)

Filed under: Land Rover, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:11 pm

Well this is going to be quick, it might even be in two or three posts. I know it’s been a while but the weather’s been good and I’m struggling to access my emails thanks to the ‘Blue Circle’ Internet here.


Not only is Nial Quinn’s ‘satellite broadband’ like slow curing concrete, I can’t seem to get past that blue spinning circle every time I try and open a new page. It’s not just the ex footballers company that is ‘pants’


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the whole technology is flawed. Sure it’s better than ‘dial up’ but only just, and there are far better ways of getting internet via wireless. It’s not just slow, slow I could live with, some pages it will just NOT load, it freezes, it’s expensive, the allowance is abysmal (3gB a month here) and it uses all sorts of tricks to make you think it’s faster than it actually is.

So, where was I?

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Saw the first lamb on Raasay last week, just by Holoman House, there’s always some earlier near the old iron ore pier but I’ve not been down that way in a while.


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Up until recently the weather has been boodly freezing, with the growing grass and budding trees ‘stalled’ for a fortnight. They’re back on course now right enough with a spurt brought on by the recent sunshine.

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There’s been a few breezy days and I’m glad I’m n o longer a fish farmer! The boys at Marine Harvest in Sconser got a fair battering that day.

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Early morning stag.

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More ‘pods’ for Raasay house.

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A new van for the postie.

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A beautiful and delicious cake from a grateful customer Smile It did not last long and was well appreciated.

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Our ‘as new’ 8 x 8 shipping container arrived from Campbell Plant and it was better than described.

My good mate arrived for a weeks ‘cover’ as ‘seaman purser’ in his ‘Teuchter Wagon’ the ‘Ninja’

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He was staying in our caravan so we took it in turns to commute, I can feel a TD5 conversion coming on.

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My other pal from Mull bought a chicken coop from ‘Donald the Hen’ and the ‘Ninja’ took it to Oban.

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Still, not as impressive as the load on the back of my ‘Teuchter Wagon’ in 2012, the photograph on the right being taken by a cyclist that overtook me!!


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First thing I did upon finishing work on Tuesday was unload my container.

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And, on Wednesday I gave it a couple of coats of paint underneath.

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All the while, Jason my ‘taper and filler’ was grafting away in the new hoose.

Sure there was more, much more but it’s 20:50 now and it’ll probably take me an hour to upload this Sad smile

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