Life at the end of the road

January 13, 2011

Cooked turgo :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, hydro, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:51 pm

Atmospheric, that just about sums up the days weather, mild, damp and with swathes of mist and cloud rolling in off the sea. There must have been some serious rain during the night as all the troughs were full when I donned my oilskins in the dark to go out and feed. There was no need to go it in the dark, the pigs wouldn’t be in any rush, but for reasons not entirely clear I was full of more enthusiasm than was good for me. Perhaps the long awaited MOT on wifey’s car, perhaps that fact that I’m actually on holiday now and my body clock has just realized. Whatever the reason it felt good to get out in the mild and damp, in fact it was a relief to get out of the rapidly heating kitchen 🙂

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The pouring rain and gentle breeze through the night coupled with the rising temperatures had made our wee house uncomfortably hot. OK, I know that 21 degrees is hardly tropical but when you’ve gone to bed in fluffy pyjamas and a pair of socks it is 🙂

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Anyway once everyone was fed and I’d had a quick bowl of muesli I went back out to clean out the pigs, or at least Ginger and his girls.

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It was most definitely ‘atmospheric’ out there 🙂

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Unlike Ginger’s house which was stinking 😦 anyway, I tempted them out of it with a few sow rolls, shut them in the field next door and gave it a good cleaning out. Ginger’s days are most definitely numbered, he’s now getting so lazy that he pisses inside the house if the weather is bad 😦 Having a stone rather than a concrete floor it took me a good while to clean it out and left me feeling a little weak. Muesli and a banana may be great for a morning in the office but it’s a little lacking in calories for serious work so at 10:00am I wobbled back in the house for a proper breakfast 🙂

There were frequent showers throughout the day but that seemed to suit my mood for whenever it rained I did a little work on the  XJ14-0. 2DCT4-Z water turbine.

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I’d given the turgo runner an overnight soak in a bucket of phosphoric acid to remove all the rust and then gave it a good power washing.

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I also gave the turbine housing and valve another coat of the POR15 paint before heading up to the new shed site to continue with my fencing work.

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Even though I’d got 10 strainers in there were still a few more to do for the small gates to the north and east. I’d actually run out of telegraph poles so had to resort to reusing strainers laid by the previous owner of 3 South Arnish some twenty odd years ago.

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This particular post and another I’d rescued earlier had been lying in the peaty soil for years before I moved here. They’d become obsolete when I altered the line of the fence some years ago but were perfectly serviceable. In fact they were in far better condition than some posts I’d fitted twenty years ago, which says something about the quality and treatment of timber these days. Probably the chemicals they used back then are now regarded as toxic, me I’m all for saving the planet but surely one post treated properly is far less damaging to the planet than two or three that have to be changed every 20 years.

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The ‘wee dug’ is quite happy to leave her pups for an hour or two and come and help these days 🙂


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As I’ve said many times, “I’m not a ‘dog person’” 🙂

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Just by that strainer near Molly is a pipe that I set in the burn some three years ago when I was looking for suitable hydro turbine sites. After monitoring this site throughout a summer I’d written it off in favour of my current site, however with a spare turbine in the offing and plans to build a barn right next to it, it deserved further investigation. With a bucket and stopwatch I measured it today and it was around 4lts per second, more than ample for my 200w Navitron turbine 🙂

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Not a great deal done in the grand scale of things but I was pretty chuffed at getting a couple more strainers in and making a gateway at the eastern end of the site 🙂

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As the light began to fail I retired to my workshop before feeding everyone then going in for a lovely spaghetti made with bacon, cream, courgettes and onions.

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Taking my ‘turgo’ with me to give it a good cooking on the fire to remove the paint 🙂

I know it’s pretty rubbish but it’s 20:30 now and I need a bath, I’m not a fan of the telly but Jamie Oliver is on Channel 4 at 8:55 with a mussel recipe involving cider, cream and bacon, as I have all in abundance I want to watch it 🙂 HFW’s on after that with his campaign, which is in my eyes  far more important than which plank wins the ‘X factor’ and lines Simon Cowel’s pockets with even more money 🙂



  1. The second of five shortlist profiles of the 2010 transatlantic diablog award. And now it’s about At War With The Motorist. Check it out if you like and find out which post of Ed, Joe and Dawn has been nominated:

    Comment by administrator — January 14, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  2. Care to pass some of your weather over to us?

    We have ice, ice and more ice. And a bit more to spare if you want some…


    Comment by Stonehead — January 14, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    • It should be with you shortly Stoney,

      well it passed by here at 57.8mph and at 10 degrees heading your way 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

      • Excellent. I’ve always wanted to have a go at ice yacht racing…

        Comment by Stonehead — January 15, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      • Morning Stoney,

        how’s Iceland today 🙂 looked on the and it seemed like you might have got some of our weather after all. It barely dropped below 8 degrees here all night and we had to sleep with the bedroom window open because the house was so hot due to power from our turbines.

        Just a thought, I think it’s almost exactly four years since we got Ginger, must be the ‘Big un’ and ‘Wee un’s’ birthday soon.

        Cheers, Paul and all

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 16, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  3. The big wind arrived just before midnight yesterday and the air temperature rocketed up to 8C. Both have persisted this morning, so the snow and ice is finally melting away. Of course, that means we’ll now have mud, mud and more mud. 😀

    Yes, the boys have their birthdays coming up. But if they keep up this morning’s misdemeanours they might not see in those birthdays! 😉

    Comment by Stonehead — January 16, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    • Morning Stoney,

      aye, ‘mud, mud, glorious mud’, it’s a bit like the Somme here but beats the cr4p out of the Arctic 🙂 Yer dead right about those puppies looking tasty, I reckon Pudding would make a lovely ‘suckling puppy’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 18, 2011 @ 7:19 am

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