Life at the end of the road

December 27, 2011

Four years on :-)

Filed under: daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:23 pm

It really deserves a better effort on my behalf as this will be the 1,198th post in exactly four years with well over 1,000,000 hits but it’s after 21:30 and I’ve to be up at 5:30 for work tomorrow 😦 It was on the 27th of December 2007 that, having forgotten to buy a diary I started this blogging carry on and I never for one minute thought that it would become so popular.

Much as happened in those four years but not much has changed really. I still bumble away between keeping pigs and working on the ferry, my memory is a little worse, my hair a little thinner and my belly a little larger but life goes on and I wouldn’t wish it any other way 🙂

Today saw a complete change in the weather, the incessant gales and rain making way for a day more reminiscent of April than December. The extra few seconds of daylight afforded by the passing of midwinter having stretched on account of the thinning cloud and lack of rain 🙂 Being dry for the first time in what seems like weeks I went to feed the pigs with my shotgun, the crows had been getting far too bold of late stealing the pig feed and I wanted to ‘teach them a lesson’. Selfishly I also wanted to teach my neighbours a lesson, they’d turned up at the door just as we were going to bed last night so I thought a few 12 bore rounds over their chalet at 8:30am might just return the compliment 🙂 My neighbours seem to keep US east coast time which is around 4 or 5 hours behind Camilli’s croft time 🙂

Fortunately for neighbourly harmony, and the crows, none turned up at feeding time 🙂 You have to admire the old crow, he can spot the difference between a stick and a gun at several hundred yards 🙂

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Deer on the other hand cannot, and had the weather been a little cooler, or me not starting work later today he’d have been hanging in he barn by now 🙂

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Ain’t he a beauty 🙂 not sure if he counts as an eight or ten pointer as he’s got eight pronounced ‘stalks’ and two wee ‘lumps’ on his antlers but he sure is beautiful 🙂 I know the picture isn’t great but the light was still poor and I had stuff to do.

All was well on the pig front with seven wee piglets still alive and well so I turned my attention to the ‘wee hoose’. It was a good day to survey and repair the storm damage of the previous day,

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not that it amounted to a great deal, despite the 75mph winds. This broken fence at the rear of the house, a displaced gutter and a loss of satellite TV reception being the sum of it. Of course me being me managed to turn the fence fixing into an epic, and that was just removing it 🙂 This fence goes back to a time when we’d dozens of sheep, hens that couldn’t fly and a problem with deer. The sheep are now down to just two, the garden fence has been altered so the deer can’t get in and our current hens seem to be able to fly over any fence I erect so I decided to remove it entirely. Again not straight forward due to the heating oil pipe and electrical cable that was attached to it 😦

That done I gave house repairs a break and headed down to the shore to check on my mates boat and resolve an electrical problem.

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The electrical fault just turned out to be a fuse that I soon sorted, after which it was back to the house, gutters, washing the Land Rover then off to catch the last ferry.


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Not to actually go anywhere but to let my ‘back to back’ away after his stint on the good ship Loch Linnhe. That done and with the ferry firmly anchored to Scotland with extra ropes I headed home.


The respite was brief and already the wind is freshening into a southerly gale that promises more disruptions 😦




Anyway, that’s it, it’s after 23:00 and I’m off to bed, I’d have been there much earlier had it not been for the TV. No, not watching the ‘one eyed monster’ but communicating with my family 🙂 The fecking thing has died and my family actually spoke to me rather than watch East friggin enders, River city, Coronation street or Strictly cum dancing or whatever the feck it’s called 🙂



  1. We don’t use a tv, but we both end up talking to our computers half the night anyway!! c

    Comment by ceciliag — December 28, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    • Hi Cecilia, telly still not working AND we’re still talking 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  2. Four years… your dedication to a task is awesome. I’m sitting here trying to remember how long I’ve been reading your blog religiously. Has to be somewhere between 2 and 3 years, and I still look forward to reading about your exploits every day (or so). Thank you for sticking with it, if only for my own enjoyment and edification. I learn things from you all the time!

    It’s been a while since we discussed it, but my offer remains open if you would like me to upload your full-resolution pictures to a hosting site like Picasa or Flickr. You take some beautiful shots, and I think a companion site to your blog would be great. No pressure… I’ll just leave it there on the table if you’re interested.

    I don’t guess Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been around for more spoots?

    Again, congratulations on the four year anniversary, and here’s to four more years of Life at the End of the Road.

    Comment by Bob — December 28, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    • Hi Bob, glad you’re still following, we had another Rasey here in the summer from the US, in fact there was a family of them 🙂

      Have a great New Year and if I ever do manage to get my pics onto a disc they’ll be with you pronto 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  3. congratulations on the four years of blogging. Looking forward to all the pictures and reading about what is happening in your corner of the world.

    Comment by Mimi — December 29, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    • Hi Mimi and thank you, 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  4. Happy Christmas Paul to you and yours.
    I thought
    stags were out of season now.
    Always enjoy reading whats happening.

    Comment by Maggie — December 29, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    • Hi Maggie, it’s OK, the stag doesn’t know he ‘out of season’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

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