Life at the end of the road

March 10, 2009

6 o’ clock sunset and a full moon

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:53 pm

I really don’t know where to start, my lack of posting for a few days meant that I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve done this weekend. The major achievement being the raising of the cold water storage tank by around 5′ to increase the hot water pressure as a precursor to fitting a new bath and shower. It’s one of those jobs that’s been on the ‘to do’ list for about 15 years and I really can’t believe what a dramatic difference 5′ has made to the hot tap! Of course it wasn’t just a matter of raising it, due to the pitch of the roof and the position of a door it had to be moved to the opposite side of the house and of course all this messing about in the roof spaces did at last spur me on to sorting out some decent insulation up there. As usual however I’d started this job not because I’d intended to but because the weather outside was too cr4ppy to do anything else and I’d 5 bags of insulation cluttering up my genny shed from the caravan near the village hall that I’d been dismantling. Anyway suffice to say that all went well and I’m now well on the way to being in the good books with wifey. I think I got that job finished on Sunday morning then put a new seal on the door and ash box door of our ‘Morso Squirrel’

Morso squirrel door and rope seal

Morso squirrel door and rope seal

A pretty straight forward job just involving digging out the old seal with a screw driver or something, cleaning up the groove, laying in a new rope and cutting it to length. Though I put a few dots of silicon sealant in the groove to hold it in place though it’s not really necessary. Yet another job that I’ve been meaning to do for months ticked off. I recall Sunday as being very windy with heavy showers but nice spells in between and it was during these nice spell that we cleaned out Ginger and Jamie Lee’s house, It was also during one of these not quite so wet spells that the swineherd noticed Brakens udder filling, though she’s not due for a couple of weeks we thought it best to move her just in case. This meant letting the spotties out onto another part of the croft.

This looks interesting

This looks interesting

Which included my workshop with the open door

This mat looks tasty

This mat looks tasty

With the spotties out of the way we separated Braken from her pal Bramble and led her to her freshly disinfected and bedded quarters. I say led her she just wandered around sniffing where the spotties had been until I rattled a bucket from inside her new field.

Hmm this smells interesting

Hmm this smells interesting

Monday I spent cleaning and power washing around the back of the house then making a new path to the hen house. I also cut a hole in the door of the garden shed then the cats could get in but the hens could not. Mind you it did not stop them trying and I wish I’d taken a photo of the fat hen with it’s bum firmly wedged in the door!

Today I went to Portree for shopping, feed and more loft insulation

The 'Old man of Storr'

The 'Old man of Storr'

The Old Man of Storr ( the mountain at the top of the page ) looking completely different from this angle, returning on the lunchtime ferry I busied myself on the hens path before having a wander along to Torran to check out the hydro turbine and battery bank there, The sunset was amazing.

6 o clock sunset

6 o clock sunset

As was the full moon rising over the hills in the east an hour later

7 o clock moonrise

7 o clock moonrise

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