Life at the end of the road

January 6, 2011

No luck with cameras :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:47 pm

I am not on good form today, must be the planets or something but the enthusiasm that got me up and out early soon wore off. To be honest, had I not had my two little helpers following me about like a shadow then I’d probably have got very little done. The days may be stretching in the evening but the mornings are pretty gloomy still and I was still feeding in half light at 8:30.

Finishing just as helper number one came charging out of the house all dressed up for action. The household had been up late last night so I’d gone about my early morning coffee and ablutions as quietly as possible so as not to wake anyone. As I’d already hacked off several large chunks of the ham that was swinging temptingly over the kitchen sink before leaving to feed I was in no rush to go back inside for breakfast.

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It was a bonny day with a fairly clear sky showing no hint of malice so I was a little surprised to see the gritter. Typical me thinks, cut off for weeks on end, and on a peach of a day with no sign of snow the gritter arrives 🙂 So after loading up suitable stone for finishing off the driveway we waved at the yellow snow plough and returned home to fill in the last few pot holes.

Once inside with everyone else at last up I hacked off more of the sweet cured ham, this time into thin strips that we fried like bacon. Only it tasted far nicer than any bacon I’ve ever tasted, that week or so in cider, sugar, spices and apple juice removing all trace of the 2kg of salt that was in the brine 🙂

It was soon after demolishing this porcine treat that the blizzard arrived, It just came out of nowhere, it didn’t last long and left sunshine in its wake but for a while I thought that we were ‘in for it again’.


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I was a little miffed to say the least when I discovered that my recently removed boots had a snow drift in them 😦


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Fortunately it was not repeated and whilst the rest of the day was cold with a sharp north westerly it stayed fine and we got on with some more ‘hauling rock’.

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This time not small stuff for the drive but larger stones to place around the gate of our ‘weaning field’

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A few loads took us up to a fine lunch of potato and leek soup after which my day went rapidly downhill 😦 Feeling a change of scenery was required I sharpened up my chainsaw, filled it with fuel and oil and set off for the new shed site. The new shed site having been seriously neglected since all that friggin snow before Christmas and of course all that butchery, eating and drinking during Christmas. To be honest after the soup I could have gone to my bed but the boys were eager to work and I feel that this should be encouraged 🙂 Normally I let them drive but the way up to the site is steep, boggy and require a little momentum to drag the trailer up there. With this in mind i wrapped my Panasonic FZ38 securely in a jacket and placed it in the back carrier along with the chainsaw and other stuff.  Launching myself at the hill with my usual gusto proved a little inadequate, no doubt due to the dusting of snow, so after almost getting stuck on the first section I went a little faster on the next bit. A little too fast in fact because my jacket and chainsaw leapt out of the carrier, the camera disentangled from the coat, landed in front of the rear wheel and I promptly ran over it.


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Stopping just in time before I ran over it again with the trailer 😦 It was I thought a gonner, covered in mud and with the lens cap ripped off, I was not a happy bunny. Fortunately I had a few clean tissues on my person, and much to my surprise not only did it clean up and show no visible signs of damage but it still worked 🙂

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Not only had the Panasonic taken a mud bath but so had my chainsaw, unlike the camera though the Stihl would not work, or at least not well enough to do any meaningful work 😦

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So after a few token cuts with the billhook we went home and called it a day 😦

Once the pigs were fed I retired inside for the evening and helped wifey make dinner which was a fine pasta made with ham, chilli, cream and onion. Though my part in this feast was restricted to cutting small chunks of guess what from that leg hanging in the kitchen 🙂


That was about it really, the smallest of the five puppies opened its other eye but there’s still no sign of the other four following suit.



  1. The Panasonic really did well – I know I’ve dropped & bashed my FZ28 on I’m embarrasses to say, but like you it goes everywhere with me. My Christmas present of a FZ100 arrived yesterday, but conditions too lousy to try it out ! Pups are looking good – put a deposit on a B&W Pointer pup the other day to collect at end Jan. But I know you’re not a “dog lover” he he ! Sue

    Comment by Sue Mason — January 7, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    • good luck Paul … I must admit I had a quick look at the competition for this award, and yours is by far the more interesting … you never cease to keep me enthralled with the tales and wonderful photos of your life which is so unlike my own sedentary city existance

      Comment by carina — January 8, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    • Hi Sue,

      you’ll have to let me know how you get on with the FZ100 because I’m seriously impressed with this 28, I’ve had half a dozen Fuji’s and they die as soon as you sneeze on them 😦 This Panasonic was literally buried in the mud and had the lens cap torn off !!! OK, it could die a premature death due to some water ingress but three of my Fuji screens failed in my pocket 😦

      As for the ‘dog lover’ we’re keeping one 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 8, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  2. No luck with cameras, but maybe with this here: The shortlist of the five best blogs from which the winner of the 2010 transatlantic diablog award will be chosen is out now. Congratulations to you at “Life at the end of the road”. You are among the five best. Check out who else made it:–-the-five-best-shortlist/

    Comment by administrator — January 7, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    • Well done – much deserved! Fingers crossed for the next round!

      Comment by Sue — January 8, 2011 @ 9:39 am

      • Hi Sue, Carina,

        I have to say that I’m a little flummoxed by it all 🙂

        Cheers and thanks, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 8, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    • Hi Administrator,

      I’ve checked those other blogs out, they can all spell, have perfect grammar and know how to use a computer, are you sure you’re not confusing me with someone else 🙂

      Flattered, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 8, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

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