Life at the end of the road

March 22, 2012

A real ‘spring’ clean

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:29 pm

Despite this being the earliest spring since 1896 http://www.space.com/14951-spring-equinox-early-arrival-2012.html it didn’t really feel like it until today. Sure we’ve had the odd nice day, the larch is now following the hawthorn, alder and horse chestnut in a rush to get their leaves out. Lapwings arrived early, dusk around the croft is a flurry of bats and the daily commute is without headlamps but it’s not been exactly warm and certainly not dry.

Today however all that changed with a mountain of high pressure out in the North sea Keeping those Atlantic troughs at bay until Tuesday at least. It wasn’t such a bad day this Tuesday for the official start of spring and the vernal equinox, but that started off a little shaky with a gale of south wind so I never actually got up onto the roof until almost 15:00 and I had to leave for work less than two hours later 😦 I did however manage to get a good bit of Teamac ‘Farm Oxide’ green paint on the roof without falling off it 🙂

Prior to that wifey and I had been on the major tidying up duty in an attempt to get the place spic and span for the estate agent. She concentrating on the inside and me on the outside, the pouring rain of the morning making perfect power washing weather. The early afternoon brightening up enough to enable us to move lumps of furniture and carpets into the small shipping container that we’d hired from Hugh MacKay plant on Raasay. All too soon however it was time to head south to the MV Loch Striven and my ‘working week’. Returning home just after 19:00 a mad spell of paperwork was done by the pair of us prior hiding it all away out of ‘camera’ 🙂

Wednesday

The first full day back on board the ferry was quiet on the traffic front but busy in the ‘wee jobs’ department with a few lights fixed

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and a new bilge alarm switch fitted in the ‘aft peak’, a small watertight compartment right at the stern of the vessel. A bonny afternoon with fine weather on the horizon causing me to break out the paint and roller for a spot of undercoating of the casing under the wheelhouse.

A very big house indeed 🙂

Home, when I finally arrived there at 19:15 was no longer home, it was a charity shop that had had a bull running through it 😦 Surrounded by toys, books, shoes, coats, ornaments and carp we set about hiding, boxing dumping or burning what we could prior to our visit today from http://www.iosea.co.uk/ . It was late into the night before we’d finished

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and not the 19:55 that that clock says 🙂

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The kitchen never looked so clean and ‘woody’ in 23 years 🙂

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You could actually see our bed !!!!!!

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The carpet in our sons room was visible for the first time in years, normally it is covered with Lego and Scalextric track 🙂

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The two spare rooms are normally pretty ‘debris free’ anyway but this time they’re exceptional 🙂

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The bathroom plethora of multicoloured bottles of carp was cut down the bare essentials of soap, shampoo and toothpaste, and looked far better without the hordes of junk that you don’t even know what it is. Now correct  me for being stupid and not wearing my glasses in the shower or bath but it strikes me as being silly. So why the feck do manufactures write the name of what’s in the friggin bottle so small ??? half the fecking population wears glasses for reading and to my knowledge no one wears them in the bath or shower so why don’t they label the contents in ‘NICE LARGE FRIENDLY LETTERS’ then all us ‘oldies’ could read them 🙂 I never know whether I’m using shampoo, conditioner or shower gel, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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Thursday

Well I was up at just after 5:00am and raring to go but it’s 22:00 now and I can’t keep my eyes open so I’ll just show you what greeted us at Sconser this morning.

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A big crane, lorry and half a dozen cars 😦

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Most of this ‘hardware’ being to replace some faulty ladders on the pier.

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A task requiring some specialized kit,

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waders and 36mm spanners 🙂

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Anyway, that’s it

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I’m off

 

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to bed

 

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27 Comments »

  1. I solved the bathroom label problem by using only shampoo: get wet, pour shampoo on my hair and beard, wash downwards and then rinse. The OH thinks I’m strange but it’s all soap, isn’t it?

    Comment by Stonehead — March 22, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  2. There are upwards of four dozen bottles of junk in my shower. One of them is mine, and I keep it in the same place. You can guess who the other ones belong to. She says, “I never know what I’m going to be in the mood for until I get in.” I say, “Can’t you figure out what mood you’re in just /before/ you get in?” She insists she cannot. The worst part of it is that her flock of bottles tends to migrate around the tub so that the shower curtain can hardly help but knock them over. Gaah!

    Comment by jomegat — March 23, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    • Morning Jomegat There are upwards of four dozen bottles of junk in my shower. One of them is mine, and I keep it in the same place. You can guess who the other ones belong to. sounds familiar 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:05 am

  3. Oh, that makes me a little sad to see the ‘For sale’ sign! I’ve enjoyed your adventures at your lovely old house. The new one will be exciting, though, I’m sure. You really stripped down the place, looks lovely, though certainly not ‘lived in’. Too tidy! What a lot of work. Congrats on getting it done.
    Flora

    Comment by Flora — March 23, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    • Morning Flora, major effort indeed, only problem is, now we can’t find anything 😦 my shaving foam turned up in the medicine cabinet after a ten minute search, I’ve still not found my wallet and I’m not allowed to eat the fruit yet as it’s just for show at the moment 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:09 am

  4. I recall the last time we tried to sell our house, the initial cleanup was met with “let’s try to keep it looking so clean and neat.” Followed by “Oh my, there is another showing and they will be here in 20 minutes! Where did all this carp come from?” I hope you sell the place quickly, otherwise your home will fill with carp again and there will be twice as much to move up the road. And looking at the white and green paint on your house and on the Loch Striven, the house seems to be missing some red accents!

    Comment by drgeo — March 23, 2012 @ 1:06 am

    • Hi DrG

      looking at the white and green paint on your house and on the Loch Striven, the house seems to be missing some red accents!

      How about I paint the chimney pots red and black then 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:11 am

  5. I complement you on your house. I work in Inverness so it is a bit far for a commute.

    Comment by Lynn — March 23, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    • I complement you on your house. I work in Inverness so it is a bit far for a commute.

      I used to find the commute to Portree too much Lyn 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:15 am

  6. The house is looking superb Paul. If only I could I could buy it. You do realise that you are going to have to keep it that way now until someone makes you an offer, 😀

    Comment by Simon — March 23, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    • The house is looking superb Paul. If only I could I could buy it.

      You’d miss the 400 mile drive to all your favourite places Simon 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:18 am

      • I bl00dy wouldn’t. Petrol might be a little cheaper down here but I seem to drink an awful lot of it.

        Comment by Simon — March 24, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

      • What you need Simon is to take up knitting instead of ‘Munro bagging’ far less effort and no petrol required 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:35 am

      • Aye Dave, think they’ve a plant in Preston also.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:36 am

  7. What a wonderful house Paul, nice to actually see it all in its splendour. Love all the wood, its the joiner in me! Although I have to admit I do not manage to do much carpentry these days and virtually none without the use of my power tools! This getting old is never easy! I solved the problem of not being able to read the bottles in the shower about 14 years ago when I was no longer able to bath or shower myself, the missus, my wonderful partner and carer does the deed for me these days! Must admit at first I was not too happy about it but as the years have rolled by it has become the norm.
    I was showing Joan, the better half, the pictures and she wondered why you could not just rent out the cottage, now I think I know the answer to this one and said that it is more than likely that you would prefer it went to a couple or family who could carry on the crofting tradition that has been its mainstay for decades now, please correct me if I have picked this up wrong!
    We too had a nice day yesterday weatherwise, lovely sunshine and no rain! This allowed me to do a few wee odd jobs for my daugter and her other half consisting of repairing the roof to the rabbit hutch and some garden furniture and putting up their new retractable clothes line, the latter being a fairly simple job apart from trying to reach a compromise on its position. Hazel wanted it to run from one side of the garden to the other but had not allowed for the space we are going to use to put the two caravans, theirs and our Thomson, Kev’s Skyline and 4×4 and Hazels Astra. After a few suggestions we settled on it going at a distance up the garden where it should not fould on any of the vehicles. A small problem compared to your average day but it was great to feel last night that I had actually done something useful and satisfying other than website work for a change!
    Today its up to the other daughters to sort out her wifi woes and move the router to a better location, at the moment every time our grandson runs around her living room it falls of its perch! Stopping a three year old from running everywhere is probably not as easy as moving things around a bit! So today I will be the IT man lol!
    If only I got paid for it lol!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — March 23, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    • Morning Graham,

      where would we be without our wonderful partners Graham hey 🙂 Can’t see mine towing the Thomson down Calum’s road right enough, though she did manage to get some pigs away to the abattoir once with a little help from the boys. I’m not at the ‘helping out the son and his family stage yet but I’m sure it will come 🙂

      Take care, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:23 am

      • Indeed Paul, Joan has been the better part of me for a long time and there is not a day goes by that I do not realise just how lucky I am. For a chap that my family thought would never marry I think I have surprised them all! lol Then again as my mother used to say don’t tell Graham no because he will go ahead and surprise you, and that was when I was under ten! Old habits die hard!
        I am sure that when the time comes helping out your son and family you will get as much pleasure from it as I do. You certainly have benn building the blocks for it all his life and from what I have witnissed through your blog you already have done an amazing job, not many fathers can leave their young ladin charge of the croft when they are off working elsewhere and he certinly is more than capable of taking care of things and organising his friends too!
        Thanks to Kev we now have a towbar on the car! Just got to suus out the wiring loom and attache the towing socket, only putting one on as the car goes away in February. Seems too much hassle to add on the 12s for the fridge and battery for one season! Already started looking for a new car, sadly the down payment on a landrover is still way out of my budget!

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — April 1, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  8. Comedian Jasper Carrot summed up bathroom clutter.Such was the extent of his wife`s collection of soaps,shampoos and kit,he could only find room for his toothbrush and razor on top of the U bend,behind the WC 🙂 House looks spot on.Careful on that roof.

    Andy

    Comment by Andy — March 23, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    • Hi Andy, had a lady over from CMal yesterday admiring your pier 🙂

      Careful on that roof.

      Nearly finished now and I have a ‘safety mattress’ now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:25 am

  9. You seem to have a lot of fish in your house?

    signed

    Puzzled Holland.

    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — March 23, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  10. Typical Health and safety waste of money mentality, think of all the money they could have saved if they had bought the fellow a pair of cheap bathing trunks instead of those expensive waders, will they never learn.

    Deep Regards

    Dave.

    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — March 23, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    • That water is oblody cold at this time of year, he’d have needed a much smaller spanner for his own nuts!

      Comment by Phil Cook — March 23, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

      • Morning Phil

        That water is oblody cold at this time of year, he’d have needed a much smaller spanner for his own nuts!

        Now why didn’t Andy think of that 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    • Morning Dave,

      Typical Health and safety waste of money mentality, think of all the money they could have saved if they had bought the fellow a pair of cheap bathing trunks instead of those expensive waders

      and the waders are now in the bin, I’m o so tempted to get them out and patch them up but I’m torn between my ‘siege mentality’ and need to ‘de clutter’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  11. Really well done on the tidy up, brings back memories of selling our cottage in Dulnain, 8 years ago .I had to clear the lichen off the roof tiles and swung around on a rope tied to the chimney stack, almost fell off a few times. We were sad to leave but last September moved to a rental cottage with a garden just half a mile away so its all worked out OK.

    Comment by Gary Brindle — March 23, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    • Morning Gary,

      fortunately all my moss and lichen is on the paths 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:30 am

  12. Is there any difference between shampoo and shower gel anyway?

    Comment by Lloyd — March 24, 2012 @ 4:42 am


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