Life at the end of the road

March 16, 2012

Stupid o clock again :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:55 am

Probably something to do with all the bird song, growing grass and greening trees but once more I was awake at stupid o clock. That was despite propping up my eyelids with matchsticks last night until after 22:00 🙂 It had been a busy, productive day and I was ready for my bed before eight pm but stayed up ‘late’ in a vain attempt to remain in bed until six pm at least. Fat chance, I awoke at 4:00 😦 Still tired from the ‘late’ night but unable to sleep, so after half an hour of tossing and turning I got up.

This will probably be the pattern now for the next few months, the only saving grace being that when the clocks alter I’ll still awake at the same time but it won’t seem half as bad 🙂

Anyway I pottered about in the house yesterday until well after 8:00am and feeding time, the weather wasn’t great and wifey was on the post so I thought I’d hang around with her for a while 🙂



It was kind of damp breezy, miserable and altogether uninviting outside, not actually much rain but what there was was travelling sideways at around 30mph 😦


This would make my proposed task of concreting two strainer posts into the peat unpleasant to say the least. First job though, after frying up last nights boiled potatoes  for my breakfast was to go and feed the herd.


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Bracken was still in the net shed and Molly joined in the scrabble for the sow rolls with her and the wains 🙂 At just over five weeks old they’ll be weaned next week then sold and delivered during my next ‘week off’.

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Then it was off with the wee dog, some tools and cement up to the house site to concrete two strainer posts in. I’d come across a very solid bit of Raasay just a couple of feet down and it wasn’t deep enough to take the post securely. Far too stable for my 38mm Hitachi breaker and too deep to easily drill it and pin the strainer as I’d done elsewhere, I opted for a more traditional method. First I dug out the hole, but in two straight and undermined sections rather than a normal kind of tapered hole. My reasoning being that it would get more support from the surrounding peat that way.

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Then we found a convenient hollow in the nearby bedrock to mix up the concrete, all of which had to be brought up by quad two buckets at a time 😦

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A couple of hours later after second breakfast I started upon moving the barn from the car park up to the site.

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Though not by my usual method of quad, trailer and schoolchildren 🙂

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Nope, this time I had Lachie’s telehandler 🙂

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Easter is just around the corner and I was wanting to get the car park cleared of all my stuff before the hoards of tourists arrive 🙂 Not that it takes up that much room but it would be just like someone to park in front of it when I was needing it.

I have to laugh at the lack of common sense, shown by the general public at large, there was a car up for the weekend recently. I’m not talking about a busy weekend like half term or anything when there might be one or two cars using the car park. It was just a random weekend and this person had parked up for the night and gone to stay in the bothy leaving his car right in front of my ‘flatpack’ barn.

Now I never even thought about this as I’d no plans to move it anyway, but when he came back I got talking to him and he says to me, words along the line of, “ I had a great night at the bothy but did wonder if it was OK leaving my car there in front of that stuff”. Well why the feck did you park it there then thought I ??? I mean it’s not like you couldn’t park anywhere else 🙂

To be honest had I needed the stuff I’d have just dragged the car out of the way with the forklift, I’ve done it before using the Land Rover winch, when some clown parked in my friggin driveway. I’d have loved to have seen his face when he returned 🙂 The to55ers what really piss me off are the ones with the 4×4’s that always block the Torran track. It’s always a feckin 4×4 and they park right in the middle of the track just by the sign post even when there’s room in the car park. It’s as if to say “look at me I can park ‘off road’” when in reality you could park a Ford Fiesta in the same spot, only with a Fiesta you could get past with a quad and trailer 🙂

Sorry I went ‘off on one’ there, where was I,

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oh yes, moving this shipping container that I’ve hired from ‘Hugh MacKay Plant’ to make my house look bigger and less cluttered. The quad is parked inside with a generator on the back to run a heater to dry it out, as one of the door seals wasn’t fitted correctly. As it will be the home to much of our ‘clutter’ it needs to be dry before we fill it.

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So much for painting the roof and removing furniture to make the property look more appealing, someone, who shall remain nameless left the gate open, just look what four pigs can do in a few minutes 😦

Anyway, that’s it, it’s almost 7:00, I’m hungry and have work to do 🙂



  1. “just look what pigs can do in a few minutes…” Yep, that’s what my wife always says 5 minutes after she straightens the house.

    Comment by drgeo — March 16, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  2. Busy as ever then, Paul! Just wondered about ‘second breakfast’. What time is it taken, what does it consist of and could I persuade my wife to make one for me?

    Comment by Steve H — March 16, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    • Second breakfast . all in favour of that! Might mean I have to have the first one in bed as I am not helped out of bed till 11ish! Persuading the missus soumds like the hard part though Steve! lol

      Comment by Graham Thompson — March 16, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    • Hi Steve ‘first breakfast’ comes after feeding the pigs and can be anything from a fried egg to muesli, ‘second breakfast’ is a couple of hours later and is usually wifey’s ‘first breakfast’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 17, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  3. hmm pigs can be a little devils, have you ever thought of rearing KUNE KUNE, they tend not to root the land but graze like sheep.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — March 16, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    • Hi PRoN 🙂 did think about Kune Kune a few times, perhaps once the house is up 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 17, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  4. A second breakfast is a wonderful thing. I’m not a morning person (to say the least) but on canal holidays with mates from the KWVR I have been known to get up at 4 am to get under way. Bowl of cereal and a mug of coffee for first breakfast, then the full works at 8-ish.

    Comment by Nick Bennett — March 16, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    • Yup Nick that sounds about right, perhaps not 4:00am but quite often 5:00 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 17, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  5. I’ll have to get you to bring the pigs down here Paul, need the back garden dug over and they look like they would be faster than getting a rotovator!

    Comment by Graham Thompson — March 16, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    • Hi Graham “need the back garden dug over and they look like they would be faster than getting a rotovator!” they are indeed better than a rotovator, but usually do everywhere other than where you want them to 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 17, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

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