Life at the end of the road

May 14, 2011

Very frustrating :-(

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:35 pm

When you consider that I lived ten miles down a single track road with no neighbours or even a phone for the first few years of my self imposed exile at Arnish it seems absurd that I’m moaning about my internet connection. Especially when you consider that I didn’t even posses a computer until four years ago and still don’t know how to use the friggin thing 🙂 Such however is human nature that we get things, get used to them and quickly assume that it is our ‘divine right’ to have them. The mobile phone has only ‘taken off’ in the last decade and already people can’t comprehend that there are people that don’t posses them and areas where you can’t actually use them. My boy is probably the only person who’s actually seen ‘vinyl’ at Raasay primary, let alone used a turntable, but such is life and I now find myself ‘losing the plot’ with my satellite broadband 🙂

Two hours of my life I wasted this morning trying to get ‘on line’ and this was after me just telling someone the day before how boodly marvellous it was, I should have kept my mouth shut 🙂 I did all the usual stuff like ‘repairing’ the router, turning off the modem for five minutes then switching it back on, restarting the computer and changing into my lucky underpants but to no avail. The laptop just refused to receive a signal from HYLAS 1, it sent packets of information out but would just not receive them. In the end I gave up, packed up my laptop, fed the pigs and set off for the 7:55 ferry dragging my wheelie bins behind me, not literally but in the trailer. Saturday is ‘bin day’ and if possible I like to take my bins for a wee drive down to the ferry terminal to get emptied, they will come up and do it but it strikes me as a waste of time, effort and money if I’m going down there anyway. Not only that but it would give me chance to load up some stones for the path in the veg patch.

The ‘wee dug’ and I were going over early to get feed from Harbro in Portree then back to Sconser to meet wifey and the boy. After that we’d do a bit of shopping for the ‘Beetle man’ before going to visit my parents. Now the ‘Beetle man’ has been visiting Raasay since around 1974 and brought this tree up on the bus from York



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it’s now over 30’ tall !!!!

Anyway, as the supplier of this fine monkey puzzle still visits us via the train and bus he sends me a simple shopping list and some money prior to every visit. It is not a complicated list and after twenty years of doing it I can recite most items off by heart, so with his arrival imminent I ventured into the Co Op in Kyle. The first thing I noticed was the the temperature, not cold but boodly freezing 😦 It’s May for Christ’s sake not December, why is the supermarket like an ice box and all the staff shivering in fleeces ?? No worries, the list is short and I zip up my jacket, the list may have been short but they’d got precious little on it. I’m not talking organic duck livers, free range goats milk or ‘fair trade’ dingo’s kidneys, I’m after UHT milk, pear halves, Lilt, mandarin oranges and peaches 😦 It’s not Easter so they can’t blame the tourists that have all left, there has been no earthquake or major snowfalls on the A9, it’s just plain boodly incompetence. Anyway, I improvise with Dr Pepper, apricots,fruit cocktail  and head for the checkout. When I asked the pleasant but well wrapped up lady why it’s so cold in here she replies “we’ve run out of gas” !!!!!! Now I’m actually a great fan of the Coey, and their ethics are far better than most supermarkets but when they’re so boodly useless that they can’t fill up their own heating tank it’s hardly surprising there’s no friggin food on the shelves. No wonder people are screaming for an ASDA or Tesco.

After my ‘fruitless’ visit I headed for a pleasant day with the parents before returning home on the 16:15 ferry to Raasay and a spot of tree felling.

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Trimming a limb off this rowan tree behind the house to see if it improved my satellite signal. The new satellite is in a slightly different orbit to the old one and the installer said it may be a problem when the leaves came on it, sure enough a few minutes with the chainsaw had me back ‘online’


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A bit hit and miss at first but it seems OK now 🙂

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  1. I’ll have to remember to include a chainsaw in my PC fixing kit from now on.

    Comment by Tony Giles — May 14, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    • A chainsaw is indeed a most essential piece of kit Tony, there’s a few days I’d not have made work without one 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  2. Totally understand where you are coming from regarding internet mate.
    It seems to be the one thing that we are beginning to rely on and when it doesn’t work soon becomes THE most frustrating thing in the world.
    Glad you have sorted it and are back online.
    We have similar supply problems in our Co-op here on Scilly and it usually human error on someones account that leave shelves empty and thing that you want unavailable but then that’s another sign of the times and things that we have gotten used to..

    Comment by George — May 15, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    • Hi George,

      after all my slagging of the Co Op their manager visited the Raasay primary school today to explain all about their ‘Fair trade’ policy and left each child with a bag of goodies 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  3. Hi Paul … rowan trees are supposed to keep the evil spirits at bay, hope you don’t have to remove any more of its magical powers (lol)

    Comment by carina — May 15, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    • It’s OK Carina, I was wearing my lucky underpants 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  4. Hi Paul!
    When we moved over to Ohio I ditched the mobile and my wrist watch… Very liberating!!! Still struggling to limit t’internet though!! 🙂
    Glad to see the Co is keeping it’s standards up for you!!!

    Comment by Andy — May 15, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    • Good luck in Ohio without the watch and mobile Andy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  5. Hi Paul

    Well you learn something every day. I always thought there was only one ‘monkey puzzle’ tree on Raasay (at the start of the glen road). Is that in your garden? Its a fine looking tree.

    Comment by Derek — May 15, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    • Hi Derek, we’ve also got a pretty big eucalyptus 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  6. Hi Paul … watched Countryfile this evening and the guy taking his pigs across to the island and letting them loose … just wondered how long till you take your lot over to the sunny skerry for the summer haha

    Comment by carina — May 15, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    • The pigs would love it on Grian a Sgier Carina, all those birds eggs, yum yum 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 17, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  7. Hi Paul
    You have a challenge and I think you will have to do a Calum Macleod, by running your own Broadband fibre optic from the village connection, you say you must be joking; but Calum did not let a challenge put him off.

    Comment by politescouser — May 15, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    • What village connection? 🙂

      Comment by Derek — May 16, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

      • Hi Derek
        I thought you had broadband connection via BT from the main land to the village.
        I got my information from the following connection
        If not I stand corrected. Walter

        Comment by politescouser — May 16, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

      • Sorry, you may be correct. I don’t live on Raasay, just have had the good fortune of visiting since i was a ‘wee bairn’.

        Comment by Derek — May 16, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    • Good morning Walter,

      as soon as I can find some cable FOC I’m on the case, I could do it on my way to work a little at a time 🙂 probably have it finished before I retire 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 18, 2011 @ 4:56 am

  8. Even if they are passing the Kyle Co-op, many people keep right on to the one inBroadford. Even if it takes them out of their way…

    Comment by Carolyn — May 17, 2011 @ 12:57 am

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