Life at the end of the road

April 30, 2012

And it’s not even May :-)

Filed under: animals, Croft house for sale, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:48 pm

Well that’s it, ‘phase one’ of the grand plan is finished, the shed is up and Lachie and Angus have left 🙂 Hopefully we’ll being seeing them in June for the start of ‘phase two’, the house !! Of course I’d have a few less grey hairs if somebody actually bought our current little shack  🙂

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Unashamed plug there, but you’ve got to admit it takes a fine picture and that’s at after 21:00, that’s the kind of day it’s been, gorgeous 🙂

The day started, as it has done quite a lot recently, with sunshine and the wife getting up before me, I think today was the third time in a row, which has only ever been equalled when I’ve had the ‘man flu’ 🙂 I just wish I could beat her up then I could catch her going to check the chooks in her pyjamas. That would be a photograph indeed but one that would probably end in divorce 😦

My first task was of course feeding the herd, who for some reason decided to follow me up to the house site after we’d had breakfast.

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It’s funny because they’ve not done this since Hooky was up here last year building the road and clearing the shed site. Today however they insisted on having a good grub about the building site before Bracken first, then Toots climbed into the converted Balmoral oil tank for a snooze. Not a great deal of room in there for a sow and six month old gilt but when the heavily pregnant Jamie Lea joined them I was flabbergasted.  Jamie is about the size of a small car right now but after a little rearranging they all settled down nicely with just the occasional grunt and squeak throughout the day.

Lucky them though I as I rushed about manically trying to get the fence finished before going back to work tomorrow. I also perused over the fact that the tank is in just about the same spot as our sons bedroom will be in the new house 🙂

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Or perhaps it’s the bathroom 🙂 either way the pigs obviously appreciate a good spot 🙂

It’s finished 🙂

Whilst I was stretching and straining wire, mixing and pouring concrete Lachie and Angus were putting the finishing touches to the barn. This Robinsons shed is a seriously well built piece of kit, .7mm sheeting rather than the normal .5 or .6mm and heavy galvanized H beams instead of high tensile Z beams. There nothing like weight to keep things in place on the west coast of Scotland 🙂


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The last thing to go up being the obligatory ‘I’ll sue your ar5e off prevention sign’ to remind any halfwit casually walking on my roof that it’s dangerous 😦

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That was it, two years exactly since we got ‘prior notification’ we got our beautiful shed and Lachie and Angus headed home for Staffin. Which on a day like today was clearly visible in the distance, not the far distance, that’s Harris or Lewis but just behind Brothers Point, that little flat bit with the lump in the middle.

Wife, wee dug and I however had a further four or five hours fencing to do before we came in the house 🙂

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In a repeat of the morning Jamie Lea came lumbering up after her dinner to go and sleep it off in the oil tank but someone had put a fence in the way 🙂

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So she settled for rolling over in the heather as I went to squeeze her teats to check for milk, it was hilarious. I check her at feeding time normally whilst she’s distracted, just a gentle ‘squeeze and pull’ like milking a goat or cow only just using two fingers. This time she just flopped over on her side as if she were about to feed piglets, me thinks she is not far away. We have her down for the 2nd of May but we (or they 🙂 ) seldom get it right !!



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Anyway we managed to get the place ‘stockproof’ mainly thanks to all the spare timber left over from the Robinsons shed. With that and the extra bolts, screws, washers and sheets I reckon you could build a good sized hen house but don’t tell the wife 🙂

Ne’r cast a clout till May is out

Hens in bed (eventually) we both came in and got on with dinner, a quick reheated affair and whilst washing my hands I gazed out to see

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our hawthorn in bloom !!!!! It’s not even May yet and the mayflower is out, the cuckoo may be late but the hawthorn aint. I don’t ever recall seeing it flower here in April and the old adage of never removing any clothing till it’s out was true today because it was worth shedding layers to cool down in the warm evening 🙂


  1. Nevermind the pyjama’s, if you don’t want a divorce, I recommend that you not “beat your wife up.” 😉

    Comment by jomegat — May 1, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    • Hope she does not see the picture JG or it’s me that will be getting ‘beat’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  2. Ne’r cast a clout till May is out. You remembered Paul,
    Whats next fix for the shed electrics then curtains?

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 1, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    • Aye Walter, electrics and seal the floor before I fill it with carp 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 2, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      • Ho! you mean sorted,labeled and correctly stacked boys toys.

        Comment by Polite Scouser — May 2, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  3. Hi Paul

    The link to your barn maker’s website made me laugh as it looked like it was a link to The Royal Bank of Scotland ( I thought maybe the bank had taken possession! 😉

    Comment by Derek — May 1, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    • Hi Derek, have to say that very thought went through my head once or twice 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 2, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  4. Hi Paul,

    What a lovely house you ve got, I would love to live there, just need a wee lottery win first.

    Just a wee question though, maybe Im missing something but your house advert says its got three bedrooms at the top but it looks like its got four further down?

    Comment by Kirsty — May 1, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    • Hi Kirsty and welcome,

      there are actually four bedrooms but the one upstairs off the landing with two windows is a little small to actually be classed as one. Having said that it was wifey and I’s bedroom for many years as it’s the only one with a sea view. We took the double bed out to make it look bigger 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 2, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  5. Getting a bit worried about the state of your relationship, Paul.
    Too much talk about fencing with your wife and beating her up for my liking.
    Barn looks good though!

    Comment by Steve H — May 1, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    • Hi Steve, you should try fencing with the wife, only make sure it’s you that’s holding the hammer and not the fence posts 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 2, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  6. i don’t think i;ve ever seen a pic of miss piggy next to a human. she is HUMONGOUS.
    and, life there sounds pretty delicious this time of year.

    Comment by jeannette — May 2, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    • HUMONGOUS Jeannette, better not let the Hen Lady hear that 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2012 @ 5:17 am

  7. halluluah. lachies made a good job. just fill it with all your men things and enjoy. ps. your new signs on its way(i wanted to bring it but they wouldnt let me)

    Comment by colin — May 3, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    • Morning Colin,

      sign arrived safe and sound in a little red van, not half as exciting as your Scania 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 9:14 am

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