Life at the end of the road

June 8, 2012

Gale, what gale :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:59 pm

I really did want to get something posted last night but it just didn’t happen. It was a pure peach of a day for the most part and all the media did was tell me it was going to be horrendous. Right enough the trusty UKWind predicted good weather right up until 16:00 but even that turned out to be a little pessimistic.

Right from my early rise I was in ‘holiday mode’ the departure of our ‘twin terrors’ had left a nice quiet void in my life and the pair of us were in high spirits right from sunrise to sunset 🙂 Even a visit to the dentists failed to dampen my mood, not that I’m afraid of them but just that any appointment on the mainland is, in my book a day wasted. Not today however for we’d decided to make a day out of it and venture further east to visit family, before rounding the day off with a trip to Portree. Hardly in the same direction but I thought that I might as well get the ‘shopping’ out of the way during the ‘bad weather’ that was due later.

No sign whatsoever though as I tootled down the road slowly to soak up the beautiful morn, 

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stopping at the top of Cnoc nan Uan (the hill of the lamb) to catch a glimpse of Loch an Uachdair, and I’ve no idea what that means but it’s the loch at Brochel to most people.

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Further down the road past Oscaig and just beyond the ‘Long Rock’ was the Portree prawn boat ‘Golden Dawn’.

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The Owner of the ex Scalpay Cygnus being on my list of places to go and people to see for the day 🙂 The promise of some fine ‘worm casts’ and crushed barnacle from the creels being the ‘Rolls Royce’ of grit for the hens.

On the way over to Sconser I saw, for the first time Marine Harvest’s new ‘Nab Cat’ Croatian built aluminium work boat ‘Ailsa Craig’

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and a fine looking piece of kit it is too 🙂

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Not sure what size it is, for ‘cats’ are deceptive, it looks huge, and so it is compared to a ‘monohull’ of the same length but it appears the company do a 13.5 and 15m version.



Half an hour later I was in Kyle at the dentists just before the paddle steamer Waverley left for Raasay


and then, after taking on passengers she left for Gairloch. That picture being taken from the bridge of the Loch Striven as she lies along the face of Raasay pier, probably about the time I was relaxing with a cup of tea at my parents 🙂 Many thanks to Angus and his phone for that 🙂

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It would have been nice to go for a sail on the last sea going passenger carrying paddle steamer in the world but relaxing with the family has its attractions too 🙂 Especially when you’re expecting wind and rain

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and can go for a walk in the woods and see a fairy 🙂

After a spot of grass cutting and an awesome pasta wifey an I departed for Portree, pig feed, grit and OSB 🙂

The ‘sow rolls’ from Harbro loaded into the back of the ‘Old girl’ we went up to Jewsons to get a dozen sheets of ‘Sterling board’ for the the ‘power station’. The new shed that I’m building on the back of my new shed that Lachie built is turning into (as usual) a bit of an epic. This shed is going to house the back up generator, inverters, charge controllers and batteries for the new barn/house, and I’m getting a little carried away.

I could have built this shed for nothing, zilch, not a cent, well apart from the price of screws and nails. The timber was all free, there was enough box profile left from the ‘big shed’ to do the roof, I’ve plenty of old corrugated iron and second hand windows. But no, not me me no I’ll put an expensive clear sheet in the roof then line the outside, then insulate it then line the inside!!!!

Anyway after loading twelve sheets of 11mm OSB plus three sheets of 50mm Kingspan on the roof and collecting a sack of grit from ‘The Wellie’ 🙂

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we caught the 17:35 ferry. The only sign of the bad weather being some rain at 15:45 whilst we loaded the OSB, some black clouds over Raasay and Dun Caan and some nasty showers on  the way back to Sconser.

By the time we got to Brochel there was no sign of there having been any rain whatsoever at the north end and there was still no sign of the wind turbine doing any work 😦

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It was after 18:20 as the Waverley cleared Manish point so she was running a little late but it certainly wasn’t due to the weather 🙂

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The newly painted roof opposite was still dry

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and our lawn still parched, but that’s just fine by me as it doesn’t grow so fast 🙂


Well today was dead exciting for me but pretty dull for any readers for I spent the entire day in and around the ‘power station’.

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It wasn’t quite so nice this morning and the Proven was generating, but it was dry and the east breeze kept the midge at bay. So after feeding everyone I took the ‘Old Girl’ and her cargo up to the barn and started on boarding my shed.

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Well I did when I could tear my eyes away from the amazing clouds drifting past the Storr 🙂

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Before I started on the boarding and lining however I bolted the shed solidly down to the base with these

‘Multi Monti’ concrete fixings, I’d left it over a week for the concrete to cure. These are a 10mm high tensile fastner and you simply drill an 8mm hole in the concrete and screw in the fixing, tightening it to around 50Nm torque, which is the loose side of ‘effing tight’ 🙂

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I know, it’s a little OTT but I’m only doing this once, this is my grand retirement plan 🙂

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It was well after 21:30 when I finally tore myself away for a bath and can or two of cider, but I felt I’d deserved it, it really was quite hot up there. The more I work up there the more I think that I should build the house here and put the barn where the house is going 🙂 It really is a fantastic spot,


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and I should have sussed that out by the old rowan tree behind the barn, just look how straight it is 🙂


  1. No parched lawn here, started raining at 20.00 Wed night still at it. Summer has arrived in the NW of Ireland.

    Comment by mi — June 8, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    • Morning Mi,
      started raining at 20.00 Wed night still at it
      When it does start I fear the same will happen here, still can’t complain its been exceptional.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 9, 2012 @ 6:24 am

      • Good morning Paul after 50 hours non stop rain, sunshine and big blue sky. You might escape this one. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, I’m off for a week from midnight tonight.

        Comment by mi — June 9, 2012 @ 7:19 am

  2. Nothing much parched here (Sth Leicestershire) either! Rain started last Saturday evening and… well Sunday saw 2 inches of rain (of the horizontal variety); it has rained every day since – often torrential – and the wind hasn’t dropped below 20mph for very long – gusting to 37+mph yesterday. (Data courtesy of a local private weather station a tad south on me.) Just when I think there’s a lull, another black cloud appears on the horizon. Summer in Britain – all is well. :-))

    My chickens hate the wind, just hate it – I wonder how yours will react?

    Comment by Carrie — June 9, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    • They’d better get used to it Carrie as we get plenty of it here, all the others we’ve had never seemed to mind though. We’ve not had any rain since the middle of May 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 9, 2012 @ 9:15 am

      • I was about to say you could have my portion of rain but I won’t tempt fate as it’s been (almost) dry all day. Well, my Black Rocks are (as you know) born and bred in Scotland, they are hardy – don’t mind the rain or the cold – but two things these ones hate are wind and snow. Whereas their brown hybrid ‘next door neighbours’ are impervious to wind and snow but look like drowned rats after ten minutes in a sprinkling of rain! Hope yours chicks are unaffected by it all.

        Comment by Carrie — June 9, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

      • ‘Almost dry’ with you Carrie, well it’s almost wet here 🙂 Our chooks are the hybrid ISA’s to and your description hit a cord, yes they just look like drowned rats in the rain but it does not seem to bother them in the least 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 10, 2012 @ 8:21 am

  3. Hi Paul, I had dreams of being on The Waverley this trip but always jut too late! It did look fantastic. ‘Uachdar’ means upper or high as far as I know although Himself will probably say something else just to give me a showing up!

    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — June 9, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    • Morning Anne, I’ll check with my walking Gaelic dictionary ‘Calum Don’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 10, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  4. Been up by you (ullapool) for a few days to look at the place we want to buy the sun never stopped shinning. Its looking good so may see if we can get a week on the Knoydart before the move. The little shed looks brill cant wait to see the new house go up

    Comment by rob — June 9, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    • Morning Rob, you certainly had good weather for it, better squeeze that trip in to Knoydart, for once you move you’ll not have time 🙂 I speak from experience 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 10, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  5. Showers on and off all afternoon here Paul but it didn’t stop me getting some more work done on the van! Panels reattached to both sides down to bunk height and if the rain stays off tomorrow I hope to get the 8×4 sheets of ply cut to size to do the remaining bits and maybe attempt the removal of the front window which was evidently leaking like a seive in the heavier rain showers! Send me some of your dry spell please!
    Shed on the side is looking great, no doubt you are feeling as chuffed with it as I am the work on the van! Forgotten just how rewarding a bit of joinery work is! Pics on the FB album as per norm!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — June 9, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    • Morning Graham, great pictures of the progress, though it’s got me thinking that possibly mine’s in the same state 😦 Never mind one the house is up and the new bulkhead and 200TDI fitted to the old girl I’ll get the Thomson in the shed and ‘investigate’. How I wish I was just waking up in it with a sore head after a night at 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 10, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      • Hopefully yours will be in a better condition Paul, I think that with mine being a later model and indeed the year before they went bust some things may have been scrimped on, I was a bit surprised that there did not appear to be any sealant around the front window rubber to frame which may have accounted for some of the damage. Still getting there now! Wish I had your shed to do it in though as we have not been as lucky with the weather the last week which has delayed some of the resealing work!
        The only way you will find out the extent of any problem is by removing the inner plywood, which was not glued in on mine so just popped out rather easily, no doubt you will do a great jobe when eventually you get the chance to get to it!
        Meanwhile it would be prudent to have it in the shed to stop any further deteriotation, although this may not be plausable with it being the packing station at the moment!
        I am sure it won’t be long till you next wake up in her with a banging headache having enjoyed a festival the night before! That malt can have a serious effect if not taken in moderation! My doc said to have a glass of the good stuff before bedtime each evening, when I explained it was given me a bit of a sore head in the mornings he did suggest I use a smaller glass, well how was I to know he originally did not mean for me to use a yard of ale tanker! lol
        Have a good day!

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — June 17, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

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