Life at the end of the road

December 25, 2011

Santa’s almost here :-)

Filed under: daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 12:35 am

It’s long after after my bed time at 23:10 but hey it’s Christmas, well almost. I’d like to say that I’ve been slaving over the decorations and helping the wife deal with the house full of dogs and family that we’ve acquired over the last two days but that’ would be a lie. Nope, instead of the festive stuff I’ve been on hard labour, and heaven knows, I need it, a couple of spells in the Victoria hotel on Bute and some short ‘rest weeks’ have left me with a rather large belly 😦


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With a serious free range turkey to demolish, a scallop and black pudding starter and a house awash with drink I can’t see it happening until the New Year, but I certainly don’t want it getting any larger 🙂

The day began as usual with feeding the herd on the hill and then a quick look at Jamie Lea to see if she’d dropped any piglets during the night. No sign of farrowing but she’s certainly full of milk now so I don’t think she’s far away.

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Next job, before breakfast was to start shipping trailer loads of firewood along to the Old Schoolhouse at Torran .

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Then it was up the track to Kyle Rona to remove some rubbish that had been left there after the construction of a small dam to collect water for the house.


Far below us was a turbid Loch Arnish, not that you can see any of it but it was a pretty wild day with the wind touching almost 60mph in the gusts.


This wild wet weather may not be very photogenic or Christmassy but it’s great for wind and hydro turbines 🙂

The heavy loads and flood damage on the Torran track took it’s toll on our trailer as we headed back to Arnish with the last of the rubbish. Leaving me with a tricky sidewall puncture on the trailer 😦

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Low down near the bead of the tyre it was unlikely to seal but I thought I’d give it a go anyway, roughening up the inside of the tyre with a grinder before covering both tyre and plug in adhesive. When it was almost dry I pulled the plug through with a pair of pliers and snipped the lug off it.

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Then just as a precaution I stuck a patch on the outside and fitted the tyre with the cut to the inside, I’m not convinced it will work so I’m gonna leave it overnight before blowing it up as I was not wearing my lucky underpants.

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Meanwhile I went for the ‘space saver’ option 🙂

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The last outdoor job of the day being some road repairs on the Torran path,

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which we by no means finished but we did get the water flowing a little better and patch a large hole.

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What a team 🙂

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News from another island

We left that as darkness gathered and went to feed the pigs before taking my boys pal home. I gotta say that I’m greatly indebted to my son and his pals for all the work they do. In fact I’m more than than that I’m flattered that they want to hand around with an old fart like me 🙂

Being Saturday it was one of our two mail days, and with it came a card and news from Bill and Lorraine next door

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The closest inhabitants to Arnish, Bill and Lorraine are well worth a visit if you want a holiday with a difference.

That’s about it really, wifey took my helper home and I made the roast potatoes that we were going to be having with the gammon that had been roasting in the oven for three hours 🙂



  1. Well Paul
    Wish you and your family all the best for the holidays and I’m sure you will know how to welcome and start the New Year in. So from myself and family All The Best.
    PS Keep on writing.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — December 25, 2011 @ 2:17 am

  2. Very best wishes for a happy Christmas to you and your family Paul, enjoy your scallop starter (i’m hoping to raid Neptunes larder this afternoon for ours ;-)).

    Rich and Emma.

    Comment by Rich — December 25, 2011 @ 2:37 am

  3. happy christmas to you and your family Paul have a great day .

    Comment by jay and shaz — December 25, 2011 @ 7:55 am

  4. All the best for Christmas and the New Year Paul. Hope to pop in again at some point in 2012 and see the new house 🙂

    Comment by Simon — December 25, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  5. All the best, Paul & family & helpers. Have a good Xmas and New Year.

    Comment by yractual — December 25, 2011 @ 10:17 am

  6. HI Paul

    Merry christmas to you all and have a good day.


    East Lothian

    Comment by moss — December 25, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all at the end of the road from Holland

    Deep Regards


    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — December 25, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  8. Paul,

    Saw this and thought of you – it won 3rd prize in Digital Camera’s portrait section annual competition.

    Comment by Richard Barrett — December 25, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  9. Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New Year. It’s so warm here, just over 12ºC, that I was tempted to go and change the handbrake cable on the Defender. The OH glared when I suggested it and muttered something about it being Christmas. I was tempted to say even Land Rover’s need a little Christmas love but I value my hide too much.

    Comment by Stonehead — December 25, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    • Morning Stoney and a merry Christmas to you and all, as you see I managed to sneak out on the ‘big day’ and help in a pig delivery 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  10. Have a good un Paul and family, youve worked hard and well for it! I pinched this off newsnetscotland —
    # cjmjr 2011-12-24 20:24
    A little toast to all at Chistmass

    May the best ye’ve ever seen
    Be the worst ye’ll ever see
    May a moose ne’er leave yer girnal
    Wi’ a tear drap in his e’e
    May ye aye keep hale an’ he’rty
    Till ye’re auld eneuch tae dee
    May ye aye be jist as happy
    As we wish ye aye tae be

    Merry Chritmas & Happy New Year….

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — December 25, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  11. From that opening picture, I was convinced you had a spare tyre for that trailer 🙂 Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

    Jane,Andy,Imogen & Sophie

    Comment by Andy — December 25, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    • From that opening picture, I was convinced you had a spare tyre for that trailer

      That one’s for the Land Rover Andy, can you not tell by the Tee shirt 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 27, 2011 @ 8:32 am

  12. Hope you are having a wonderful day Paul, family and helpers. A very Merry Christmas from Joan and I.


    Comment by Graham Thompson — December 25, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

  13. Merry christmas and a very happy new year to you and all your family and friends

    Comment by Mimi — December 25, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  14. tell your elves that it makes me happy to think that the future of scotland, at least, is in the hands of such nice young people.
    it’s excellent to see Mrs. Claus all curled up in her basket by the fire.
    merry christmas to you and yours.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — December 25, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  15. nice to see Jamie Lea had her little piggies a very busy christmas day for you.

    Comment by jay and shaz — December 26, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  16. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family Paul.

    Comment by Maggie Maclean — December 26, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

  17. I thought I would post now we are in 2012 a fellow scot.. reading up on all you do also mention on facebook

    Comment by Haggisdave — January 3, 2012 @ 12:51 am

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