Life at the end of the road

February 21, 2011

Listering :-)

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, listers, pigs, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:41 pm

It’s been a pottering kind of day today and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂 My right knee and sciatica have been giving me gip so I’ve been taking it easy and putting road repairs and ditching on hold until the next ‘rest week’ 🙂 The day as usual started with a bout of feeding but unusually Bracken was not waiting at the trough, in fact I had to go and feed her in her ark as she refused to come out 😦 Not a good sign on a fine day for a sow with six piglets, however she perked up an hour or so later and was soon out with her wains enjoying the mild weather.

Me, I went on the now regular ‘salami run’ to Torran to check on my mates porky delights that had taken a fit of the mould recently. A good rub with a damp cloth then a wipe with vinegar seemed to have done the trick, well that and running the Lister genny for a few hours to dry them off 🙂

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On the way back i went down to ‘Port Arnish’ to pick up a fuel tank and was surprised by the height of the tide,

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two hours after high water and it was still lapping around the temporary shelter I made 15 years ago 🙂

Truelove Conqueror 1

Good job it wasn’t a day like this when I had the Conqueror there for refurbishing or the whole structure would have been swept away 😦

After picking up my fuel tank I went on to the shed where my ‘Stream Engine’ hydro turbine lives

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To be honest the turbine didn’t need checking, I just love going down there at high water, this narrow gully opens right on to Loch Arnish and at high water it’s possible to get a small boat right up it.

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The top picture is looking north and this looking west, as you can see it’s not far off being an island at high tide.


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Also you can see that my turbine could not be any nearer sea level without getting wet 🙂 normally it would be foolhardy to put something this close to the shore but the long narrow gully and steep cliffs mean that sea spray is not an issue.

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After checking the turbine I went home to get on with my latest project, an amphibious quad 🙂 Seriously though the back of the Honda was the perfect height to bolt my mates outboard to to run it up 🙂 And just like the fine piece of Japanese engineering it is the trusty 9.9 Yamaha fired up second pull 🙂 These engines truly are the Lister of the outboard motor world 🙂

And talking about Lister’s i thought it was about time I serviced my ‘back up back up’ generator Twinny. My number two reserve Twinny the ST2 Lister has been languishing under a pile of cardboard boxes and paint tins for months now and I thought it was about time I changed his oil and gave him a good run.


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One thing people seem to give little thought to when mounting generators is ease of servicing, me I sussed it out twenty years ago and my Lister’s have waste oil taps that lead outside via pipes 🙂 No mess no spanners and no spilt oil 🙂

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As Twinny is a ‘back up back up’ he does not charge the batteries via the inverter but via a separate 50amp 48v charger in the main battery generator shed.

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This gives my system yet another ‘failsafe’, something that I had to rely on last year when the AVR failed on Harry the HR2, my main back up generator.

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And it was to Harry that I next turned my attention, Harry had an oil leak from the inlet manifold which turned out to be nothing more than loose nuts that were soon retorqued ( that’s engineers bull for tightened up 🙂 )

Squiffy piglets

All this pottering took me nicely up to lunch, after which we wormed the four piglets that were due to go away this week. They were due to go away but three of them have got the runs big style :-(  This does occasionally happen once they’ve been weaned and I’m hoping they ‘firm up’ in a day or two 🙂

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Leaving Twinny chugging away in the background I went and helped wifey in the veg patch for a while,

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before splitting some logs to build up the wood supply for my ‘week on’.

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It was whilst in the wood store that I found this birds nest from last year, hope the wee bird wasn’t planning on using it this year 😦

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Not sure what was going on here in the pig department but Rocky, Jamie Lee, Bee, Thelma and Louise seemed to be having a good chat 🙂

That was about it really so I’ll just leave you with the weather

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  1. Hi Paul.Some kitchen utensil that Yamonda outboard whisk.Whats the next test,whipping the cream for a 3 ton sherry trifle?


    Comment by Andy — February 21, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    • Now that does sound good!

      Comment by Robin Brinkler — February 21, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    • Food mixer Andy !!!!

      don’t you recognize an outdoor washing machine capable of removing both cat and pig 5h1t 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 22, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      • My Uncle once used a high speed rotating device to actually apply (unintentionally) dog 5hlt,to his clothes, when he strimmed the verge outside his house 🙂

        Comment by Andy — February 23, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      • Morning Andy,

        been there, got the book, the video and the T shirt 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 26, 2011 @ 6:03 am

  2. Enjoyed reading your post. Sciatica does not sound fun, my ex girlfriend had it. I’ve been noticing some pains in my leg recently but I think it’s from my bad programmer’s posture 🙂

    Comment by Robin Brinkler — February 21, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    • Now you really must keep your back straight on that laptop Robin 🙂 and you really must give me your festival and gig list 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 22, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  3. Hi Paul, I was changing my car wheels a few months ago, from summer wheels to studded winter tyres/wheels, when an elderly neighbour came over with an old torque wrench and invited me to torque down the wheel-nuts. I was struggling in the freezing temps and snow with a next-to-useless Honda wheelbrace at the time, but felt that torqueing the wheels was a tad excessive! Last time I used a torque wrench was forty years ago as an apprentice mechanic with a Glagow haulage company. Seemed to use them a lot then, especially on the useless tilt-cab Ford D series which seemed to constantly blow up their engines – unlike the reliable old Fodens and Seddons etc – or anything with a Gardener in it!

    Comment by Iain — February 22, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    • Ahh Gardner diesel engines of Patricroft Manchester, the Lister of the road 🙂 (and sea) Only problem being that the sump was 70% magnesium and would literally start to fizz on contact with sea water 😦 They did make a special sump for marine use out of aluminum but it was extortionate, consequently many ex lorry and bus engines found their way into the hulls of boats only to have holes eaten in their sumps and oil in the bilge and not the big end 😦

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 22, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

  4. Hi Paul

    Those look like silver birch logs – wonderful for burning. Wish I could get more round here, but it’s either mixed or pine that spits. Silver birch smells good, too, like Swedish or Finnish forests, or the path down to Inver.

    Mind that back!



    Comment by Sue — February 22, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    • Aye Sue,

      silver birch it is and the smell is, as you say wonderful, something really welcoming about it as you approach the house to be greeted by its sweet scent 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 22, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  5. Aye, birch, indeed. It’s the only decentish hardish wood we have up here in Sweden – no oak grows at our latitude. There’s a nice song ‘Birches’ by US guy, Bill Morrissey, that I rather like:

    Comment by Iain — February 23, 2011 @ 9:13 am

  6. Go easy on getting rid of mould with your salami, some is beneficial and some aint.

    Having spent enough time around Torran I appreciate it is not the driest of places but some of the mould will be yeast and some will be fungus..some will flavour and some won’t.

    I am sure you have already seen this which is a little helpful

    Comment by andybleaden — February 23, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    • Good morning Andy,

      interesting link that one, I think they should be OK, me suspects they just got a bit too damp.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 26, 2011 @ 6:02 am

  7. Hi Paul
    Just a short one. What weather collection system do you use for your weather data, and can it be recorded on a Mac Computer?

    Comment by Polite Scouser — February 23, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    • Good morning Walter,

      sorry it’s taken so long for me to get back to you, satellite internet has been a little wonky of late 😦 Any about the weather, I use a WH 1090 weather station available of eBay, the software that comes with it, is, I think compatible with a MAC, it’s called ‘easyweather’ but it’s rubbish. The one I use is ‘cumulus’ by Sandysoft but that is not MAC compatible 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 26, 2011 @ 6:07 am

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