Life at the end of the road

January 14, 2011

Very wet :-(

Filed under: daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:22 pm

Normally I’d not bother doing anything outside that wasn’t essential on a day like today but I’m just so glad to see the back of all that snow and ice that wild horses couldn’t have dragged me in today, let alone the odd shower. It wasn’t wet all day, in fact the early morning looked quite promising and I used it to give Jamie Lea a good clean out.

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Though she insisted on dragging half of the bedding back out of the ark after I’d made it all cosy for her and her four wains.

After cleaning out Jamie Lea and being suddenly hit by pangs of hunger that almost had me fainting I rushed inside for some home cured bacon. I did get stuck inside then until almost lunchtime, firstly by the need to buy some stuff online and secondly by a visit from a friend. Midday however saw me donning oilskins and heading out to do some more fencing work up at our new shed site.


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Needing some small stones to tamp in beside some of the posts I ran along to Tarbert to collect some from the many minor avalanches. There had been plenty caused by the melting ice but this one was more recent and had not only blocked the ditch but was diverting water onto the road.

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I couldn’t mover the large rock easily but I did manage to jack it up and stuff a few stones under it so the water could run under it.


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This stopped the water running onto the road and a wee channel cut with a spade removed the rest. I know it’s the councils job to do this but after seeing the state of the main roads on Skye on Wednesday


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I don’t think they’d be rushing over to repair ours 🙂 Besides, the £90 on the ferry for their pickup may line my employers pocket, but it goes straight onto my council tax 🙂 Not only that but by the time they do finally get around to doing something about I could have had an accident when it froze or wifey could have had yet another puncture on all the cr4p washed onto the road 😦 All in all I find it much easier to do something practical than whine about it on the phone 🙂

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Once up at the shed site above the car park I proceeded to fit stays to some of the strainer posts, firstly tapering the stay at one end and the chiselling a square hole to receive it in the strainer.

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Not only does the stay stop the strainer post bending when the wire is tightened but the mortised joint also stops the post turning.

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I have to confess that this is not my ‘forte’ but I was quite pleased with the result and number two was much a much superior affair 🙂

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OK, I know it doesn’t seem like a great deal achieved but I was quite pleased with myself, around 16:00 I called it a day and went to feed the pigs. Which was when I discovered that one of them had broken into my workshop and tipped over the bucket of phosphoric acid that was cleaning my turgo runner 😦 I only hope that it didn’t try and drink any. As with most things in life it was not a total disaster, for phosphoric acid is also very good at cleaning concrete 🙂 It took me a while but eventually my workshop floor was gleaming 🙂 That was about it really, I pottered about in my workshop and gave my hydro turbine another coat of paint before calling it a day and heading in for the night.

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Wifey at last managed to keep me still enough to give me a much needed haircut, something that the cold weather had made me reluctant to do 🙂 It’s only a number 4 instead of my usual number 2 but hey, it’s winter 🙂

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The weather, whilst not ideal for fencing has certainly been good for wind and hydro power 🙂

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The wee puppies are getting bolder, louder and more active,

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here’s Haggis about to write a few words on the blog 🙂


  1. That’s what we call a rance Paul, a stay being a stake and wire job on the outside of a corner.
    But whatthehell,, it’s only semantics!! LOL!
    Haggis made us laugh, our cat did the same as a kitten, including trying to catch the cursor on-screen … a right giggle!

    Comment by Mike — January 15, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    • Hi Mike,

      a rance and a stay eh, well I never, you learn something every day 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  2. Hello Paul,

    It appears that your employer has changed the URL of the Calmac service status page. It’s now at

    Excellent blog,


    Comment by Graham Sutherland — January 15, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    • Hi Graham,

      thanks for that, I’ll update it immediately.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  3. Paul,

    I see you have bought yourself a new shovel, sent a shiver down my back. I never used to be allergic too them, but many years of using one and shovelling I don’t know many thousands of tons during my time down pit. I avoid them like the plague, I have even taken to taking a clove of garlic with me when I go into my tool shed.

    Deep regards


    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — January 15, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    • Hi Dave,

      years of living without a freezer on an even remtoter island has made me feel the same way about UHT milk and corned beef 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  4. Finally thawing here in Grantown plus 8 today, but flooding is heading the way of many,lucky we are on a small hill above the burn.
    High pressure building for mid week, yippee I can fit a flight in to peterhead.
    My daughter liked the pic of Haggis.

    Comment by Gary Brindle — January 15, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    • Hi Gary,

      glad to see it thawing down your way at last, hope you don’t get your feet wet 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  5. what are all the puppies’ names? haggis! does indeed look well-stuffed. LOL

    Comment by jeannette — January 15, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    • Morning USA 🙂

      not even sure if he’s a Haggis, Biff or Woody yet Jeannette 🙂 not really thought about names for the others, we’ll leave that to the new owners, though one of the girls is definitely a pudding and one of the boys is nicknamed ‘jobbie’ but I’ll not tell you why as you may be eating 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 16, 2011 @ 8:46 am

  6. Jobbie is one of the best dog names I’ve ever heard! And if you shove him out the way, you become a Jobby Wheecha©Billy Connolly😀

    Comment by Kingdomcat — January 16, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    • Morning KC and Robin,

      Jobbie has not gone down too well with wifey, she thinks we should change the name 😦 but he’ll always be a little t**d to me 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 18, 2011 @ 7:22 am

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