Life at the end of the road

June 3, 2012

Feeling almost human again :-)

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:45 am

seven thirty in the morning, sun blazing through the windows yet again and I’ve not even stepped out of the house yet. The truth is I’ve been a little under the weather the last day or so, gripped with a lethargy and desire to sleep at every opportunity. Not a great deal has been achieved despite the perfect weather of cool north wind and clear blue sky. Every time I’ve started to do anything I’ve had to take a rest and go for a lie down. Yesterday I went back to bed after breakfast then had a sleep on the lawn for an hour or so after lunch and was in my bed by 21:00. Despite the early night I was plagued by a splitting headache that didn’t shift until I downed two Paracetomol at 5:30 closely followed by two Tramadol for the aching back.

Feeling almost human now I think I’ll wander along to the Old Schoolhouse at Torran, give the renewable energy system the ‘once over’ and cut the grass.

Such was my lethargy yesterday that I never even took any pictures, which was a shame because in between sleeps I actually got the roof on my shed 🙂


So I’ll just leave you with one that I was sent via email of a very special customer who’d been driven specially to collect her ‘Arnish Eggs’ 🙂



  1. Hope you’re feeling better, back pain is a curse of a thing. Keep up the good work. I love following your site.

    Comment by Brenda Menzies — June 3, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    • Hi Brenda, much better now thanks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

      • I use Tramadol, too, but find it mucks up my eyes. Definitely don’t want to be driving anywhere after popping a couple.

        Comment by Gary Sutherland — June 4, 2012 @ 12:09 am

      • Well well Gary,
        the eyes is just about the only thing it doesn’t affect on me. Gives me wind, makes me constipated, leaves me with a dry mouth and prevents me drinking wine or coffee, apart from that the Tramadol is just great 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 7, 2012 @ 4:24 am

  2. Please get yourself checked over by a Doc. As an intensive care Paramedic I would be very concerned if you do not!

    Comment by Graham — June 3, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    • Totally agree Graham, maybe we should all gang up on him! (-:

      Comment by Thomson Caravans — June 3, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    • Hi Graham in NZ,

      basically I’m just doing way too much, I’m 56 and still think I’m 36 😦 I have been to the quack for blood tests and my cholesterol is fine, my blood sugar awesome, the iron just right,the pressure brilliant and I’ve not got Lymes disease. I just try and do too much and every now and then it catches up on me. I get a full medical every two years and the doctor tells me how amazingly fit I am, to which I reply ‘if I’m fit then the rest of the people my age must be well worn out’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  3. Dear Paul
    running out of puff I see, Mind you with two kids whose long live batteries are impossible to remove and a couple of dogs sniffing around all the time I am surprised that you only have a bad back a headache and the uncontrollable desire to have a nap now and again. Anyway to get onto lighter things and as you will be installing PV at château Arnish, I thought that you might like to look at this website, it got nothing to do with selling or recommendation of different systems. Its a German website in English where it shows in real time the total amount of electricity being produced in Germany in real time by PV during the day. The amount is in Giga Watts one Giga Watt is about the amount a large Nuclear power station produces. The rapid installation of PV in Germany is having some very interesting results the main one being cutting the price of electricity to all the German consumers. The PV kicks in during the day and there is so much of it now that it is that it is automatically levelling the peaks. This means that the expensive gas turbine peaking units are not being needed which means that the customers are not being charged for expensive peak electricity. cheaper prices. Now who would have thought that after listening to all that garbage of how it will cost the customer more we have been hearing from the anti PV lobby the last few years. Germany has 26 Giga Watts of installed PV at the moment and I expect it will be well into the 30 Giga Watts by the end of the year. Last weekend all of Germany was cloud free and very sunny on Friday PV produced 25% of all the electricity used on the German net and Saturday which is a rest day it was up too 50% Germany uses about 80 Giga Watts at peak in a normal working day. Things are looking very good for renewable s here on the boarder. Just for your information I popped into a PV installer just over the boarder and asked what was the inclusive price per watt and he came up with a price of 2 euros a watt. anyway enjoy

    Deep Regards


    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — June 3, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  4. About time you had a few rest days Paul. Always amazed at how you keep going but when the body says enough then its time to rest! A few quiet days will do you the world of good!
    Have to agree with Graham above, get that back checked out. we all worry about you!
    I myself am having a weekend off from the caravan repair, and have enjoyed the rest which is helping recharge the battery ready for the next step. To encourage you to sit and relax you can check out all the pics I have taken so far on the FB Photo Album I created.

    As you will see it was a lot worse than first thought but making great progress! Enjoy the browse and put your feet up!!!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — June 3, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  5. Hi Paul
    Do I remember reading that you recently went to the Quack? Maybe time to go back again?
    Personally I get concerned about the longer-term side-effects of drugs such as Tramadol and what is politely termed ‘their habituating properties’. In terms of where you live it must be more difficult to explore alternative therapies and exercise programmes, but have you tried anything else to help manage the pain – chiropractic, physio, Pilates, Bowen, etc? Something among the host of alternatives will surely help ease the problem such that you can cut back on pain killers… problem is finding it from Raasay!
    Does the back issue stem from years of diving?
    Whatever, I trust you return to full health soon.

    Comment by Carrie — June 3, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    • Hi Carrie, Graham, all,

      yes the back is fecked from years of diving with 28lb of lead strapped around it and even more years of lifting weights twice the size of what a 5’8″ 10.5 stone person should lift. I’ve seen osteopaths,homeopaths,reikie practitioners,Alexander technique practitioners and the NHS. Trouble is that most of the alternative therapies are just not easily available here so I go for the cheap and easy option 😦 I’m not particularly happy about it but it certainly does help.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

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