Life at the end of the road

November 16, 2011

Just when it was going so well :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:30 am

Well, I managed to stay in bed until 6:30 this morning 🙂 I probably needed it, but was hoping to spend an hour or two here, but that aint going to happen now. It was a very long day yesterday, long sunny and very busy so I retired early with my aches and pains hoping to fill you in, in great detail this morning. However the early rise never materialized so I’ll just plonk away for half an hour before I go and do a little more moonlight ‘Loggiting’


I could not see me rushing outside at ‘stupid O clock’ to cut logs at any other point in my life but Simon’s Loggit has turned a chore into an enjoyable experience. OK, enjoyable is probably too strong a word for it, but it’s no longer leaving me with a sore back.

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I know, it’s a shameless plug but I’m seriously impressed with this bit of kit 🙂

The BIG blue hole

I managed a little time in my generator shed stripping out the old polythene, Perspex and glass gable end that was cracked, ripped and rotten.

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With the generator out of the way it was the ideal opportunity to sort this mess out  once and for all.

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Not only that but I had something to take away the rubbish,

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far far easier than a wheelbarrow 🙂

As soon as Hooky of Hugh MacKay  Plant arrived I abandoned the beautiful stone shed in favour of shifting ‘overburden’ for the day.

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Well, at least that was the plan

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but once through the gate and into the actual barn site it got a little sticky 😦

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The top soil soon turned to a big blue hole of sticky clay, which all had to come out 😦

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Not by dumper, but over the new fence which I had to take down 😦

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There was more but it’s almost 7:30 now and time for a spell on the Loggit by the brightening sky and Land Rover fog lamps 🙂 This spell of unseasonal weather could end shortly and leave us with this,


for this is what it was like a year ago in November.


It may look great on a post card but I HATE it 🙂



  1. morning Arnish! What gorgeous pictures you have posted recently. You see so many beautiful things each morning you come out between the views and the wildlife – oh and of course Hooky! He must of the ‘people’ as he gets up so early – known as the family disease! Maybe that’s why he’s grumpy – though I would say that I have only ever found him to be just pure unadulterated ‘cheeky’. Maybe that is because I am his ‘BIG Cousin’ – in every sense of the word – I thought I’d get that in before he would say it!! Hope the snow stays away for you but oh it does look so beautiful in the pictures. Reality is so different though. Oh well I had better get back to my beautiful view of a carpark and London noise!

    Comment by seonagh53 — November 16, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    • Good morning London :-)saw it on the telly last night, think I’ll give it a miss :-)Must dash, off to see your cousin 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 17, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  2. Paul
    Like the loggit. Not on their website yet. Any idea the cost. My wee place in Arran could do with one.
    Things cracking on with Hybrid ferry with steel cutting in only 8 weeks time.
    Looking fwd to seeing your nice clean boat before Ewans team blacken it

    Comment by John Salton — November 16, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    • Good morning John,

      there’s a little more info on the ‘Loggit’ here it’s £245 inc VAT, not sure about delivery but I’m sure he could put one on the Striven 🙂 🙂 or I could bring one down the road in the ‘Old Girl’ on the 29th

      Would be most grateful if you could email me any pictures or info as the build progresses. It would be great to have a record of this ‘world first’ from a Scottish yard.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 17, 2011 @ 8:33 am

      • Paul
        Thanks for info on Loggit. Plenty pics now also to maybe practice my rusty welding skills.
        No problem about updating on progress. Its great to be only 400yds from newbuild and not 925 miles.
        Will have a blether with you about it at Ardmaleish. One wee item we are having a problem with is the rating of the DB that supplies the pier power. Any ideas
        I know the shore power plug is rated 63 amp but keen to find the DB rating for all power supplies.

        Comment by John Salton — November 17, 2011 @ 8:55 am

      • Hi John,

        there are sparky’s over just now messing about with it so I’ll endeavour to find out. The council have now decided to put our office on a separate meter, due, no doubt to the very power hungry fax machine and modem in there bumping up their bill. No word of the fact that it’s taken them more than a year to sort out the pier lights which were left on for six months and now still go off when they shouldn’t.

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 19, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  3. Good morning, Paul.
    I’m beginning to seriously worry about you when you now consider cutting up logs (albeit on a Loggit) in what is for me the middle of the night as ‘enjoyable’!


    PS Letter to Highland Council about the Raasay roads has been received with a deafening silence so am about to write again!

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — November 17, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    • HI Anne, ‘middle of the night’ 🙂 🙂 you must have the same clock as darling wife 🙂 Thanks for the support with the letters.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 19, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  4. All that rock and you have to go and find a big lump of clay.Right.Build a kiln (hydro powered) and fire that lot into house bricks.On the other hand ,with that depth of rockfill on your drive, you could swap the Landrover for a Unimog to travel the rest of the islands roads 🙂

    Regards to all,


    Comment by Andy — November 17, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    • Hi Andy, that’s just what the GDD said 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 19, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

      • You could use the clay to your advantage and install a ground source system ( buried pipe).Installed one of these at my brothers house in varying depths of soil over the local granite.Seems to work ok.

        Comment by Andy — November 19, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      • Morning Andy,

        “You could use the clay to your advantage and install a ground source system ( buried pipe).Installed one of these at my brothers house in varying depths of soil over the local granite.Seems to work ok.”

        Bit late in the day for that now, if only I’d known about that big blue hole sooner because I’ve got plenty of pipe 🙂 Perhaps we’ll have a Powerspout powered rave in the new barn 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 22, 2011 @ 6:16 am

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