Life at the end of the road

February 21, 2012

Pretty thin :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:22 pm

Well that’s me back at work after a pretty hectic ‘week off’ so perhaps I’ll spend a little more time on here. Sorry if it’s been a little lame of late but this house building carry on takes up a great deal of time and is quite stressful 😦 Just wait until we actually get a building warrant, then you’ll not see me for dust 🙂

Think I left you sometime late on a very cold Saturday with Rocky back home and the whole family shattered after an epic drive around Skye with a wonky wheel bearing. Well Sunday proved to be a much better day so I was up early and wasted no time (and yes that is snow in the gutter)


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by getting straight on the roof. The paint on our roof had started to lift last year after I’d made the fatal mistake of painting it in late July or August when it was far too hot. The north facing side was fine as it had not sustained the full glare of the sun but this side was a disaster. I’d started to power wash the flaky paint last June but got sidetracked  so had set about it once more recently. With the loose paint removed I spent many hours with a wire brush on the grinder feathering the edges.

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Stopping only briefly when Bracken and her seven wains came to visit 🙂

Knowing that this was likely to be the last dry day for the best part of a week the Dude, Molly, Charlie and myself went to cut some rushes for bedding.

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Here’s Charlie just twelve months ago, that’s him on the right of the picture on Sunday, obviously you can see ‘I am not a dog person’ 🙂

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Also you can see that the paint on this side of the house is just fine, or at least much better than the other side.

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Sadly I only managed to get primer on about one third of the roof before an ‘unforecast’ shower arrived which effectively stopped work for a whole week and more 😦

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Too wet for painting I turned my attention to the dodgy wheel bearings on my trailer,

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the copper olive I’d used as a sleeve had worked well but it was time to order new bearings 🙂

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Monday was a pure 5h*t of a day but was greatly improved by the arrival of some serious ‘barn building’ hardware.

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Not to mention a few pigs 🙂


Today wasn’t great but I managed to get quite a bit done before heading south to work.

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This fitting of a drain at the new barn site being my major achievement, no not the big one but the wee one on the right 🙂

With my 110mm pipe plumbed into the large corrugated pipe I turned my attention to laying some armoured cable  before spending a couple of hours power washing loose paint and moss off the house.

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Back at work for 15:30 I saw this barge at Sconser preparing to bore holes in the mud, but now it’s time for bed 🙂

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  1. amazing what you get through!! c

    Comment by ceciliag — February 21, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    • Life is certainly never dull here Cecila, any news on your piglets 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2012 @ 6:16 am

  2. Sconser pier looks like it will be a bustling place when the new works start.Hope those portaloos are tightly secured on that drill barge.Gets a bit draughty at Sconser sometimes 🙂


    Comment by Andy — February 22, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    • Morning Andy, you’re not the first to comment about the loos, certainly have visions of them becoming a hazard to shipping 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2012 @ 6:17 am

      • Imagine a portaloo stuck to the periscope of a passing submarine! HMS Ablute 🙂

        Comment by Andy — February 23, 2012 @ 10:26 am

      • Imagine two Portaloos Andy, HMS Ablution 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 26, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

  3. That bearing-puller is a bit of a beast!

    Comment by Gary — February 23, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    • Aye Gary it is a bit of ‘a sledgehammer to crack a nut’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 23, 2012 @ 6:18 am

  4. bracken’s ears are a thing of beauty.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — February 23, 2012 @ 6:00 am

  5. If you leave the ladder against the house, how long will it take for the piglets to go exploring the roof? Which raises the question, is there a volunteer fire department, and do they rescue pigs?

    Comment by drgeo — February 24, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    • Morning DrG,

      yup, somewhere I do have a picture of a pig climbing up a plank 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 27, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    • Found it Dr, ‘Pig on plank’ but it could easily be a ladder 🙂

      pig on plnk

      you should have seen the pigs face when the swineherd moved her hand 🙂 🙂

      Pig in a hole

      Though it wasn’t as surprised as this one 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 27, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

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