Life at the end of the road

February 7, 2008

Clearing drains and the past

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:41 pm

The drain

As I’ve said on many occasions the weather here never fails to amaze me, yesterday was beautiful and sunny with just a gentle breeze and during the night it was blowing a gale and lashing with rain. This caught me completely unaware and I’d left the workshop door open and a trailer load of bedding out, which is probably why I didn’t sleep very well. Although it was really wild early in the morning by the time I’d plucked up courage to go out and feed it had stopped raining. I was a bit apprehensive about going to feed the larger tamworths as Braken had been a bit off for the last couple of days and although she’d perked up a bit yesterday afternoon, yesterday was the kind of day that would brighten anything up. Today on the other hand was the kind of day that would depress the happiest of souls and mrs C and I had decided to call the vet if she was still off today, as it turned out she was on top form, even pushing Ginger the boar out of the trough. With all the rain of last night the woefully inadequate and over grown drain at the side of their enclosure was doing nothing to clear away the water off the hill so I set about clearing it. I hadn’t intended to, I’d just thought I’d clear a few twigs and leaves but as with so many things in my life I got distracted from my original task and before I Knew it I’d been in this ditch for 2 hours and the water was gushing down it. Feeling very pleased with myself I went in for breakfast and made mrs C and myself boiled egg and ‘soldiers’

All this water had been getting me revved up for doing some more work on the hydro turbine that I’m working on for a friend and I spent most of the rest of the day working on that though I’ve put it in a seperate post as it’s possibly quite boring if your not into that kind of stuff. Anyway I am and i had a most pleasurable day turning an old washing machine drum


a bit of a drain and some hose pipe into a base for the ‘Harris turbine’ anyway if your interested go check out the hydro category. Though I’m not so sure if one of the hens was too impressed with me nicking her nest. The rest of the day was taken up with a spot of road building and clearing some of the cr4p out of the ‘old girl’


Though I had a little help with the latter task. So once the animals had been fed I retired to the house and a most excellent rabbit curry. I’m not sure if I’d shot the rabbit or not but it was deeeelish!

The past

Mrs C and the dude have spent the entire day sorting through stuff ready for burning, taking to charity shop, giving away or just plain binning. I really have to admire her for not hanging onto the past. Me I seem to keep everything and it’s not just the ‘siege’ or remote island mentality, I just keep everything, which is really pointless because I can’t find anything and only ever know I’ve got things when I finally throw them out (reluctantly) I’ve the ticket stubs from all the gigs/festivals I’ve ever been to, diaries going back 20 years, workshop manuals for every car I’ve ever owned!! am I ever likely to own another Hillman Imp???. The only reason I know I have these is cos mrs C keeps telling me, so what is the point of keeping them, I don’t even want to put them on ebay. Mrs C and the dude on the other hand are happily chucking out all his old school work, pictures etc, etc, how I envy them.


  1. i love your free range piggies sleeping in the sun under the wind turbine and the freerange chickens in the car. happy animals!

    Comment by jeannette — June 2, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    • Hi Jeanette,

      my you have been busy reading 🙂 I’m really glad because it’s making me go back and read some posts again. I was the same when I kept a diary for twenty years, I seldom re read them 😦 Doing the blog has made me on occasions look back through them, happy days 🙂
      Much as I loved diving it was a risky job and after 30 years age was against me 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

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