Life at the end of the road

May 2, 2012

Seeing red :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:30 pm

all Rocky’s fault really, almost 22:00 and I’ve just started typing after a magic day that went seriously pear shaped in the IT department a couple of hours ago. I friggin hate computers, all the geeky language and all the unnecessary carp that goes with them. Why is it that every couple of days I have to download these friggin Windows updates???? why does Firefox keep insisting that I get the latest version????? am I so friggin stupid that I can’t type in a box with Google friggin instant knowing what I want more than me and what is it with this predictive text carp??? Every yoof and computer nerd I know speaks in a different language that doesn’t work with predictive text or txt as they say anyway. And don’t even get me effin started on that voice recognition bollox that does not understand Lancastrian or Glaswegian. I’m sure it was only invented for the equally stupid ‘touch screen’ phone that you can’t see the feckin keys on when the silly voice says ‘press option one’ 🙂

OK, I know that fast approaching 56 I’m a bit of a dinosaur but my recently demised  IBM 600X thinkpad’ performed faultlessly for years on a pirate copy of Windows XP that never had a single update in four or five years. The version Firefox, probably BC (Before Christ) that I browsed with never had a single update either and I only installed an anti virus recently, all without issues. So do we really need all this stuff, and why can’t people speak properly when it comes to computers?

Sorry for the rant, it’s put me well after 22:00 and I’ve not even gotten to 

Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include server problems, network problems, or a long period of inactivity. Account: ‘’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800CCC0FIt’s

The message that I kept getting every time I tried to open ‘Outlook Express’, or should I say every time I received a couple of pictures from Dave and Sarah at


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He went to Staffin to service two gilts and just look at him, fast asleep on the job 🙂

Anyway I managed to sort it out by accessing my email via Yahoo and then deleting the email there before reopening ‘Outlook Express’ but that wasn’t before I waded through pages of ‘geek speak’ on the net and uninstalled my antivirus 😦 Then of course when I reinstalled it it tried to install Google Chrome also. I don’t freakin want Google Chrome, I didn’t friggin ask for it so shove it 😦

So here I am at 22:30 and I’ve not even mentioned


the fine bottle of McGuigan Bin578 that wifey found in our post box today. OK, she phoned me up and told me it was whisky so I was just a tiny bit disappointed John 🙂 Not by your gift and the thought I hasten to add 🙂 Normally I’d not drink on my working week but two hours of messing about on here has driven me to just a single glass, and I can tell you now, after a couple of weeks without I’ve got a fine rosy glow about me!

The first of May

After rushing yesterdays post and not really doing the day justice, I forgot to mention the cuckoo,

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this beautiful bench that appeared at Brochel and a whole heap of other stuff but I’d better move on.

The first full day of the ‘week on’ dawned bright and clear with the sun beating me out of the door for the first time this year.

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Six thirty in the morning and the fiery ball was already above the hills of North Arnish.

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Five minutes later after firing up the ‘Old Girl’ loading up the coffee cup and turning on the radio I was off down a dry, sunny and wildlife strewn ‘Calum’s road’ to work. Not just the usual deer but wheatear’s, rabbits, lapwings and of course

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sheep 🙂 This pair being at Lot Eachiann or Hectors croft as I call it which is just at the bottom of Game Brae where the path to Inver leads down to the shore. It has always struck me as a beautiful place to build a house, there is water nearby for a turbine, it’s well sheltered and not too far from electricity or phone. Of course the chances of actually getting planning permission would be slim because it’s ‘outwith the plan’ 🙂

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Just for a change and because I was early for work I drove by the youth hostel to take some pictures of the Orchard cottage and cemetery that are now clearly visible since the removal of the forest.

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The day on board the good ship Loch Striven was busy enough with me making a start on painting things red 🙂

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However close inspection of the ‘fire main’ revealed some rusty bolts

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so I changed those before checking all the others

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as this is the pipe that supplies all the water for fire fighting, fortunately all was peachy in that department 🙂

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Raasay House’s Oigh Niesach and the Spindrift IV in Churchton bay gave a right summery feel to the day which was over in record time.

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Before I knew it I was heading home and by 20:00 was in sight of Torran and Pipers rock that was just about to get shrouded in mist.

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That was my working day over but I suspect that Calum and Alison of the MBA were working hard at Kyle Rona.

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