Life at the end of the road

February 2, 2011

A wee teaser :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, life off grid, weather, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:54 pm

Gosh, almost 22:00 already and I’ve only just put pen to paper 🙂 The first day of the rest week got off to an early start with a little leg wrestling.

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Haggis seems to have taken a liking to my pyjamas and spent a good deal of the coffee time before pig feeding hanging off my leg.

Please don’t think that those newspapers are mine by the way, some people have a thing about being seen with the wrong kind of carrier bag on the high street, me, I have it about newspapers, all newspapers, well apart from probably the ‘Broadford Beano’ or West Highland Free Press as it’s sometimes known. The WHFP may be just as biased and inaccurate as the mainstream press but it’s local, there’s no smut or scandal in it and it’s not staffed by ambulance chasers 🙂 On the down side it’s not very good at soaking up puppy pee or lighting the fire either, probably got that built in west coast dampness 🙂

Once I’d removed the wee dug and swapped my PJs for waterproofs I ventured out in the dark on a mission, a fruitless mission as it turned out. I was wanting to move Rocky and Bramble out onto the hill for the day whilst I cleaned out their house which was a bit of a mud bath inside. It’s a shelter made from pallets and caravan aluminium nestling under a pine tree. Normally it’s very dry under there but the two of them seem to have dug the bottom out lower than the surrounding ground and water is leaking into it 😦 I’d decided to do it much earlier than feeding time then I could sneak them past Jamie Lea and get them down the drive and out of the croft before Bee, Thelma and Louise turned up. Normally you can lead a hungry pig to hell and back with a bucket of feed but after several unsuccessful attempts and with school time approaching I gave up and left them in their swamp.

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Opting to take the boy to school and get on with some ‘guerrilla quarrying’ on my way to some treasure that I’d spotted on the beach the other day.

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After loading up a couple of wheelbarrow loads for filling in potholes on the drive I continued on with my main mission.

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The reason why I’d kindly let wifey stay in bed whilst I took the Dude to school was so that I could recover some bits of our old pier that had got washed into the sea. It may not look very exciting but those 10’ long bits of larch make great bridges and those signs are great for patching up Land Rovers 🙂

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After that it was round to pick up the ‘wee dug’ from my good friend Jessie, Molly takes every opportunity available to get away from ‘the wains’ for an hour or two, so the boy had dropped her off on his way to school half an hour earlier. I stayed for a cuppa, which was just about long enough for Molly who then started fretting about her puppies and wanted home 🙂

Once the ‘wee dug’ had fed her pups and I’d fed myself we went out to clean and move pigs before patching up the drive with my trailer load of shale.

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Then I turned my attention to cutting some of the birch that had been seasoning in my wood store for a couple of years. This old mesh trailer that I fitted a tin roof to is a fantastic wood store it’s open sides allowing the wind through to dry the timber.

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I don’t know what sort of conifer that one on the left is but it certainly does not burn very well, the one in the middle is, I think, Scots pine which is OK but the one on the right is birch which burns hot (if not a little too fast), smells lovely and grows like a weed round here 🙂

I only got two barrow loads cut before my chainsaw died, the result of dirty fuel caused by a split pipe after which the fuel filter had dropped off. This happened a coupe of weeks ago and whilst I repaired the spilt and refitted the filter there must have been some dirt still in the system. Firstly it seemed to cause flooding of the carburettor then after cleaning and a brief spell of working it was getting starved of fuel 😦 Anyway by the time I’d fed the pigs it was too dark to continue the rain wind and hail arrived so I gave up.

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It’s just a wee teaser for the big one tomorrow night but even so it’s touching force 8 with gusts of almost 55mph, and that’s just by the house, it must be much stronger at the turbine.

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Still, this is the kind of weather my turbine was built for and it loves it 🙂


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That’s 42amps at 60v (2520w) of wind and 14amps or 840w of hydro from the ‘Stream Engine’, great weather for renewable energy but not so good for ships on rocks.



I wonder if the got her off ????



  1. don’t think you’ve quite got the respect necessary from these pigs Paul. When I saw this I thought it would be a fine exercise for you in your spare time … sort of Bee-bonding?

    Comment by Deoch'nDorus — February 3, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    • Morning D’nD,

      🙂 🙂 🙂 she even looks like Bee

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2011 @ 7:17 am

  2. haggis thinks you two are beginning to look alike.

    Comment by jeannette — February 3, 2011 @ 1:54 am

    • Morning Jeannette,

      Haggis is now trying to eat my slipper, with my foot still in it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2011 @ 7:18 am

  3. Hi Paul,
    Just love that photo of you and Molly in the ‘old girl.’You both have the same expression, but she definitely thinks she’s got the edge on you! Brilliant!

    Comment by Carolyn — February 3, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    • Aye Carolyn, that ‘wee dug’ has definitely got the edge on me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

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