Life at the end of the road

May 26, 2012

We’re ALL worn out :-)

Filed under: animals, life off grid, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:08 pm

Another topper of a day here at the north end with many more to come by the looks of it 🙂 You know, we can have months of cr4p thrown at us in the long dark winters and some times there’s days in July and August that aren’t much better, warmer, lighter for longer but just as wet and windy. The major difference between a carp August day and a carp December day (apart from the temperature of the rain and length of day) being the dreaded

Scottish midge 🙂

However a couple of days like this in May and all that 5h1te is well and truly forgotten, why would you want to be anywhere else 🙂 I’m on holiday, I’ve not had to drive, queue, fly or wait anywhere and it’s like being in paradise 🙂 Even the midge has taken a holiday on account of the heat and of course the ‘Smidge’ 🙂

Unlike yesterday I was up at the ‘crack of dawn’ today and out for a good walk with Charlie and Molly whilst the rest of the house slept. A lack of wine and the acquiring of two ‘hyperactive’ wee boys ensuring a clear head 🙂

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The two ‘wee darlings’ are on a little break here at the ‘end of the road’ and are very keen to help, so we cleaned out the pigs and cut fresh bedding before going for yet another walk 🙂

That done, and after spending a couple of hours showing some potential buyers around the house  and estate I got on with some concreting.

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This is going to be the base for an 8’ x 12’ generator and battery shed at the back of the barn, it’s location here meaning that we’re unlikely to be disturbed by it, should it ever be required. Though after checking back through a years date from the ‘Stream Engine’ , projected data from an 1850w solar array and 1kw wind turbine it looks like ‘Mr Lister’ will be redundant once the new house is up 🙂


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It was a bit hot for mixing and pouring concrete but I started late and was counting on the barn putting it in shade as the job progressed.

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Sure enough it did, and by 20:45 I had a good thick base laid for Harry and his new house 🙂

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Though I really must fix that oil leak 😦

That was about it really, I know it doesn’t sound like a great deal but I finished the day with a great sense of achievement, two worn out ‘wee dugs’

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and two worn out ‘wee boys’, all I need to do now is see if I can ‘keep it up’ 🙂


  1. Hi Paul … “after spending a couple of hours showing some potential buyers around the house and estate” … first time you’ve mentioned it, are these the first

    Comment by cazinatutu — May 27, 2012 @ 3:01 am

    • We’ve had a few Caz, though wifey has been doing the tour 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 27, 2012 @ 5:58 am

  2. Slow down a bit mate, you’re making me tired!

    Having said that, what depth of concrete are you using for the base? I’ve got a similar job lined up for a summer house in the garden. Not so romantic as a generator shed but that’s life. While I’m at it, do you rate Avon ‘Skin so Soft’ as a midge repellant? Apparently the millitary use it so I hope it will protect us on our trip to Barra later this summer.

    All the best.


    Comment by Steve H — May 27, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    • Morning Steve,

      SSS does work, indeed it was my weapon of choice for years. However you have to put loads on and if you sweat the stuff runs into your eyes and stings like mad. Smidge is benign, waterproof and lasts for up to eight hours, certainly six and it will not wash off even if you go swimming.

      Four inches is the depth of the base, basically just the width of the wooden shuttering.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 27, 2012 @ 5:51 am

      • Never tried the SSS but have found the Smidge to work well (thanks for the pointer a year or so ago, Paul) though it, too, needs to be laid on pretty thick to be effective I’ve found.

        Four inches with wooden shuttering might be going a bit far though…oh, right, you’ve moved on to talking about concrete there.

        Comment by Ed — May 27, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

      • Aye Ed,

        shuttering on the eybrows is the only way to stop SSS stinging 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  3. hard labor is good for children. AND dogs.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — May 27, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    • hard labor is good for children. AND dogs

      Not so good for the ‘oldies’ though Jeannette 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  4. SSS was only good in the citrus form, as you can only get the woodland green bottle know its not a weapon anymore. ah Paul, harry lister is meant to leak. they have an inherrant leak built in from new. regards Steve TPRON

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — May 28, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    • When I say Steve ‘fix’ what I really mean is wipe off before taking another picture 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:04 am

  5. Hi, Paul
    This is Tommy Young, potential buyer from Saturday. Thanks for your hospitality and time to show us your wonderful idyll. The weather was perfect and the setting super. After your visit we parked the car at the corner and took the walk up to Torran and Fladda. It was very hot. We took the camera and binoculars. However the last I remember having the binos was when we returned to the car. They are Kunos 10 x 42 Titanium Camo in a small black canvas bag. There are 2 places we could have misplace them. The first is when we got back to the car. The second was when we stopped for lunch just off the road at the north end of North Bay (the LH blue line on the Forestry Commission pamphlet). Could you have a look around your place and pass the word round? I would be very grateful if they were found. I will be checking with Raasay House and the Store as well.

    Regards, Tommy

    Comment by Tommy Young — May 28, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    • Morning Tonny,

      had a look around the car park but no sign, will check by North Bay on the way home, didn’t have time this morning as I was rushing for the ferry. The shop is probably the best bet but it may also be worth phoning the police station in Portree.

      Good luck, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      • Hi Paul, thanks for looking for the binocs. They are ‘Konus’ brand and not kunos as per previous note.

        regards, Tommy

        Comment by Tommy Young — May 29, 2012 @ 11:15 am

      • Hi Tommy, most lost cameras and binoculars get handed in on Raasay so wouldn’t be too worried just yet.

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 29, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  6. Having spent the same day working inside the ‘tin can Thomson’ I am amazed at just how well you did in the searing heat! I myself was sweating like a navvy and sweltering inside the tin were the heat guage read 34c not ideal working conditions but I did achieve what I set out to do so like your good self felt satisfied with my days graft, retiring home around 7pm and falling onto the couch tired, sore and with a sense of pride! Nothing like that feeling! I even managed to add two new members details to the Thomson Owners directory and answer some posts on the forum! I sometimes wonder how I ever managed to do a days work before disablement hit!
    The Barn and the concrete looks great. All the best, Graham

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 28, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

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