Life at the end of the road

April 15, 2009

Other peoples rubbish

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, listers, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:45 pm

Well my ‘bacon week’ got off to a fine start with wall to wall sunshine right from the word go, I’m usually up long before the sun in fact I’m usually up before the cockrals but today I just enjoyed the extra hour and rose at 6:30. This would give me plenty of time to feed all the pigs, sheep and hens before doing the school run at 8:45, wifey usually does 22 mile round trip to Raasay primary school but I’m starting on some road repairs so  went instead. Hitching the trailer on the back of the Landrover so I could load up some rock and aggregate at a quarry on the way back. Despite setting off in plenty of time we were almost late as we kept getting distracted

First lamb at the north end!

First lamb at the north end!

Initially by this fine blackface lamb at Tarbert and then just by the view

The Storr 15/04/09

The Storr 15/04/09

Must be something about the north end of Raasay that drives people to build and repair roads 🙂 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Calums-Road-Roger-Hutchinson/dp/1841584479/ref=pd_sim_b_title_2 Personally I think it’s radon gas! not that I’ve any idea what radon gas is just that I once got a letter from some government body about testing for it, I took the view that whatever it was, I didn’t want to know about it so like any good ostrich I buried my head in the sand and threw it in the bin 🙂 After all people in these parts lived to good ages in pure oblivion of radon gas so why shouldn’t I, anyway it might affect my property price if I live in a high radon area 🙂 So once my boy was deposited at school I headed home stopping briefly on the way to abuse my trailer with far more rock than it should carry! I’m really not sure if I like all this media attention after all you never know who’s reading and I’ve just realised that you probably need some form of quarrying license to remove the oldest rock on the planet from a hole in the ground even if it is on your land.

photo for illustration only

photo for illustration only

Once home and  my second breakfast inside me I set about doing a conversion job on a conversion job on a conversion job. Let me explain, some years ago I found a 1000lt insulated fish farm tub on the shore, the base was split so I cut the top foot or so off it, sunk it in to the ground and filled it with sand from the shore. It made a fine sand pit for the boy and the heavy plastic lid kept off the leaves and cats. It fulfilled this role admirably until the boy grew out of it and wifey desired a cold frame where upon I made a wooden frame  and stretched polythene over it to make to make a clear lid which was fine until the cats started sunbathing on it, fortunately after it had fulfilled its purpose. Today however she wanted it repairing and I could not find the polythene I thought I had so had to improvise.

just bits of junk

just bits of junk

So with two bits of clear roofing sheet left over from the chalet as a top, a piece of 100mm MDPE pipe with some wood through it as a hinge, a couple more bits of wood from an old fence as the frame, a caraven window latch as a handle

one mans rubbish is anothers treasure!

one mans rubbish is anothers treasure!

two stays off an old satellite dish and a couple of pipe fittings we had a mk 2 cold frame in no time.

More junk

Continuing with the theme of using junk and maintaining the long crofters tradition of using old sprung materesses as fences and bed ends as gates I made up a new floor for the spotties ( tamworth x old spot piglets ) oil tank, I mean ark!

Half an oil tank and a fish tub lid

Half an oil tank and a fish tub lid

The spotties had been using the old half of the faulty Balmoral oil tank as a house until it turned into a bit of a swamp and I let them into another field. This was only a temporary measure as we wanted to give the field a rest so after the recycling job on the sand pit I turned my attention to the pig ark. I put down 5 pallets to lift the oil tank off the ground then screwed an old split fish tub lid to the rearmost pallets. This had a good sized lip on it that would stop the bedding being lost down the slats once the piglets were in. I could easily spilt this old tank down the middle to make two shelters but that’s for another day. If the piglets housing is too big they just shit in it near the doorway and this is way too big as it is but at least it will be easy to move/clean.

Finally, after lunch I got my trailer load of rocks emptied after which wifey went for he boy and I continued on the rubbish theme by converting three old pallets into a pig proof hen feeder.

Chancers

Chancers

Our 3 Soay sheep are pure chancers and are always trying to nick the hens food so three pallets, one with a hen sized hole in it showed them

Dinner

Dinner

And once they’d cleared off Sunday dinner came out to tell them who was boss!

It’s been a while

Apart from clearing a few drains and doing the evening feed, that was it, well apart from ‘Radio Scotland’ phoning about me doing something on the Fred MacAuly show tomorrow around 10:45am 🙂 Of course being a bit of an exhibitionist I accepted! after all anyone who drives a truck as loud as mine could hardly be accused of being discreet 🙂 Oh and Harry started up

Harry the HR2 12kw Lister

Harry the HR2 12kw Lister

I really can’t remember the last time Harry started up, he comes on line automatically once the battery bank that powers the house gets low. The windless couple of days and dwindling water in our burn have meant that the wind and water turbines have not been keeping up with the toaster and washing machine so Harry fired up for 3 hours to help out.

And now I’m off to bed!

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