Life at the end of the road

May 6, 2012

Time to ‘phone a friend’ :-(

Filed under: Croft house for sale, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:09 am

Sunday already, the Sabbath, my favourite day, or at least my favourite ‘working day’, my Sunday’s on the croft are pretty much like any other day 🙂 Anyway it’s arrived a little earlier than usual on this particular Sunday as I was up at 5:30 in an effort to get a few lines down on here before going outside to do a few jobs. Though before that it was outside for a quick peek at Jamie Lea to check for piglets

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of which there were none 🙂 No piglets but they can’t be far away for our most prolific sow is bursting with milk and has been brought into the barn to farrow.

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Serious ‘geek speak’

I had intended doing a little post last night,  nothing much on account of me not actually doing a great deal yesterday. A little painting in a safety harness on the ‘monkey island’ being about the sum of it the rest of the day being taken up by lots of walkers and cyclists on the ferry and lots of moaning about the weather. For I’d arisen to two ominous things, snow and some serious ‘geek speak’ on my laptop.


I mean what the photon is all that about ???? I was going to email Andy for a translation 🙂

Hey Paul, before you went SCUBA diving I bet you did some training. I bet you did lots of training and learning before you went solo underwater. I bet you didn’t even think of going solo with knowing a lot about diving, working out times to decompress, knowing the medical effects diving can cause etc.

So what makes you think you can use a computer if you’ve not had training and you don’t know what the words mean?

but he’s left one of those paranoid disposable ‘Mailinator’ addresses that you can’t reply to. The first of my many hundreds of commentators to do so, even the slightly bonkers ‘Meat is murder’ left a proper email 🙂

Hi – you seem like a nice guy. What a shame you cant find a better way to make money. Somethign that doesn’t involve premature death and suffering for those poor creatures. If you had any respect for the pigs you wouldn’t tart up your blog with cuddly images and romantic twaddle about how how much you like them. At least consider removing their pictures. those poor wee guys are brighter than any dog – yet I doubt if you would eat your dog and smile about it. Guess you probably don’t have the courage to witness their end? how could you hand them over to some mouth breathing moron who cares not a jot for them and the the manner in which they leave this world? In a few hundred years mankind will wonder how with all the food alternatives at it’s disposal our lot couldn’t give up our beloved meat – but of course they will forget to factor greed into the equation.

And in ‘boat speak’ which will, I’m sure be regarded as many by my own particular brand of  jargon (we all do it 🙂 ) the ‘monkey island’ is the wheelhouse roof, I know, why didn’t I just say that 🙂 Well, I was just trying to enlighten some of you 🙂 After all there are plenty of my readers that live thousands of miles from the sea and monkey islands 🙂

Anyway, where was I, oh the satellite terminal is down and it’s friggin snowing outside, not hail but real snow 😦

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OK, not a great deal of it and it’s only really lying on the top of Dun Caan but snow nonetheless 😦

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The wind had fallen away, so that was something but it had still left in its wake a steady heave from the north that was thrashing the shores of Loch Arnish, and would no doubt be rolling up the ferry slip.

That was about it really, I never even left the boat yesterday choosing a lunchtime nap over a visit to Jessie at School Park or even Willie in the village. It’s 6:30 now the cuckoo is still at that stage where I welcome it’s song the sun is pouring over Creag na Gaoithe onto the Sithean Mor behind our little house

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and I’ve got things to do 🙂 So I’ll post this from my 3g dongle on the ferry 🙂



  1. disposable ‘Mailinator’ addresses …. learn something new every day !!!

    Comment by cazinatutu — May 6, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  2. Ah, the Meat is Murder crew. I get many an email from them, some publishable, most not. Some are decidedly odd, threatening to kill me while decrying my killing animals. Some don’t even seem to realise they’re eating meat. One of my favourites was the lady who commented on my How To Skin A Rabbit post, asking why we couldn’t eat sausage, chicken or burgers “like normal people”. Bless.

    I get many visitors who hide behind anonymous proxies, while many use made-up email addresses. In both cases, even when making innocuous comments on innocuous posts. From their language and spelling, most appear to be from the US which is strange given their supposed predilection for free speech and speaking up. I guess it’s best to only say what you really think when there’s no chance of people finding out who you are.

    Comment by Stonehead — May 6, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    • I’ll leave you both with this: which sums up some people’s thought processes.

      Comment by Tony Giles — May 6, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      • Hi Tony,

        it’s hard to believe innit, but it’s true. We had a 14 year old staying with us a couple of weeks, every day he went out with wifey to collect the eggs and really enjoyed it. Half way through his egg at breakfast one morning wifey asked him what he thought of it. You should have seen the horror on his face, I kid you not he nearly threw up, no kidding, it was a real physical reaction he actually baulked !!!! I had to leave the room for fear of ‘going off on one’. When wifey asked him where he thought eggs came from he said ‘the shop’.

        What can I say???

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    • Aye Stoney I remember that post well, think I might even have linked to it once or twice.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    • Dear Stonehead, I agree city slickers are clueless about where most food originates prior to the grocery store. I’m chuckling because when I read your message the first couple of times I thought your word “their” referred to all Americans, “…given their supposed predilection for free speech…” and I almost sent a nasty reply. I am also alarmed by the growing number of loonies, both here and abroad. At first I thought they were being magnified out of proportion by your Rupert Murdoch. My current theory is that a large contingent of Americans, like myself, have Scottish ancestry and thus are despondent over the pace it is taking for the Arbroath Declaration to take hold. The best approach remains that of Monty Python, where one can still see “spot the looney” on The Silly Olympics on You Tube. Armed with a sense of humor, how can we fail?

      Comment by drgeo — May 6, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

      • drgeo, as a city slicker (London resident) I am very offended that you think I don’t know where my food comes from

        Comment by cazinatutu — May 6, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

      • No, not all Americans. There’s a group of people who respond to my blog with all manner of idiocy and when I challenge them, tell me they have a constitutional right to free speech.

        Comment by Stonehead — May 6, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      • Thanks Stoney, for clarifying. It’s not much sport making fun of folks who think their laws apply to other countries. Perhaps you could tell them to reciprocate by driving on the left for a few days? Nah, they might actually do it. Well, at least my post was able to annoy a Londoner, so it was a day well spent.

        Comment by Drgeo — May 7, 2012 @ 2:56 am

      • Wow DrG an American that likes Monty Python 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 9, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  3. A bit of a strawman argument with the IT and SCUBA comparison. You don’t have to know how to service a car to drive it, which is closer to the IT issue you’ve got than being able to go SCUBA diving.

    (I’ve got a degree in Computer Science and I went WTF when reading the message.)

    Comment by Tony Giles — May 6, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  4. I too have a degree in computer science, have done not a small amount of network programming over the last couple of decades and sort of know roughly what SYN state is about (it’s something to do with not muddling up two connections between the same ports on a pair of computers by waiting a few minutes before allowing another) but still went WTF – not least over the abuse of “it’s” ¹ in the middle of that message.

    Looks like the switch it² off, wait quite a few minutes (SYN state on a port takes a while to go away – can’t remember the details), and switch it on again approach might be helpful.

    ² The trick is working out which box is the “it” which should be switched off. Easiest is just to switch the lot off.

    Comment by edaviesmeuk — May 6, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    • Hi Ed, glad it’s not just me then 🙂 tried the switching thingy several times and need to phone up Avanti as it’s happened before and they just fix it over the phone in a jiffy. Only trouble is they only work about as many hours as your average banker 😦 so Tuesday if I’m lucky. Still it’s my birthday tomorrow and I could do with a rest 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  5. Maybe its not a dongle but a dangle your computer needs.A dangle over the cliffs as shown in the pic of Dun Caan to be precise.The thing should be up to about 8g when it hits the bottom.Just make sure “Meat is murder” or anyone else isn`t taking a stroll along the base of the cliff when you let go :-).

    Comment by Andy — May 6, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    • Trust the ‘real’ Andy to come up with a solution 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    • I once had a boss who threw his laptop out a fifth-floor window when it wouldn’t work. When the IT chap went out and picked up the bits, it still wouldn’t work. When he asked my boss why he threw it out, he was told “Well, you said to give it a hard reboot so I booted it…”


      Comment by Stonehead — May 6, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  6. I just love reading your blog…and the replies are entertaining too! LOL.
    I myself was never raised needing to raise or butcher my own food….and I am not sure if I ever could unless maybe starving to death, but I would much rather see it done the way you do it than the way the “assemby line” factory farms do it…at least the animals with you have a normal life until they are needed for dinner. I do know where the food I eat comes from though….and unfortunately I like steak and burgers to much to give up eating meat!
    And I think it’s funny how some people feel free to say anything online that they probably wouldn’t say to someone in person. IMO though, people will start being just as stupid in person once doing it online becomes the norm.
    I know I don’t comment often but just felt the need on this one, and wanted to let you know I very much enjoy reading your blog. One question if you don’t mind….is there a website where I can put in some of the names and words you post to hear the pronounciation? And the Gaelic?
    Thank you,

    Comment by Susan — May 6, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

  7. was trying to come up with some words of support and pressed refresh and Susan could not have put it better, big pat on the back from me on your amazing lifestyle and work, hope you enjoy your birthday too.

    been reading your blog since xmas this year, and it made me take a trip up to skye at easter (1 night in Portree and back again) never been up north of Glasgow or Edinburgh , WOW its just as beautiful as your photos, I could see Raasay but never made it across (thought it would be a bit like storking if I saw you as I’d have to say hello) and it gave me a reason to come back and visit Raasay later in the year. The drive from the bottom of loch ness across was breath taking, were planning on a lot more trips up that way fell in love with it (just need to some kind of career change and I’d move in a flash) I work in IT…… although after you latest problems maybe I could get work on raasay in IT (payment in bacon)

    Comment by mike — May 7, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  8. Hi Paul

    Happy Birthday matey. Keep your eye out for something at Sconser pier this week.
    In all my years working in IT, I dont think I have seen such a carp message. Maybe you should be accelerating your backbone!?!

    Comment by Simon — May 7, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    • Thanks Simon and all for all the birthday wishes and happy birthday to you too Catriona 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 9, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  9. Happy Birthday Paul enjoy.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 7, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

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