Life at the end of the road

June 24, 2012

Flat on my back :-( :-(

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, life off grid, listers, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:57 pm

No Blogging last night on account of the boys birthday, though he’d probably not acknowledge the fact that his parents sat down and watched a DVD with him cos he’s a teenager now 🙂 It takes a great deal to get me to sit in front of the TV and keep still for 90mins but with Daniel Radcliff was quite good 🙂

Or at least it would have been had not my mum in law not kept screaming and jumping through it 🙂

Seriously though, it was nice to sit down for a roast ham and pineapple dinner and do nothing for a change, especially after expecting a late finish that didn’t happen 🙂 My ‘back to back’ whom I’d been relieving for a wedding returned several hours early and let me away at 16:40. Though all the work I’d planned to do before dinner came to nought.

I know that many parts of England and Wales have been hit by exceptionally bad weather of late, even the east and south of Scotland has had wind and rain but we’ve seen precious little of either for months. Not that I’m complaining, the lawn has hardly needed cutting and the croft has recovered from a winter of pigs but it was pretty grim for a while last night.

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Though it didn’t start getting seriously wet until the Beallach Ruadh past Glame,

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nothing like they’d been getting in Manchester and Todmorden where something like five inches of rain in twenty four hours caused the River Calder to burst its banks. It had in fact not been a bad day up until then with a mix of sunshine and the odd shower, plus an energetic show by the Loch Sligachan dolphins.

slig dolphin

However by 17:30 the heavens had opened


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and yours truly got absolutely soaked on the short journey from car to house, leaving the pigs to go hungry until it stopped some time after 19:30.

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Whilst the pigs had to be coaxed out of their shelters by food the hens seemed little bothered by it all.

Cyril’s shed

Today, which was a good day, I spent finishing off in Cyril’s shed and wiring up the three ‘AC dumps’ properly using a 4 core SWA cable that my good mate the ‘Grumpy Digger Driver’ had given me.

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As you can see the drum is a little rotten, and working with ‘steel wire armoured’ cable can be tricky to say the least. It is always best to pull it straight of the drum using a metal bar through the centre but this drum was well past that. Needing some 30m off it I did the next best thing, pull four coils off it one way then turn the drum over and pull four coils off it the other way like I would have done with a roll of fencing wire. In retrospect three each way would have been better for this size of cable but it worked fine with no kinks.

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By late afternoon I’d got it all sorted and turned my attention to the trench that would carry the rerouted wind turbine cable, which is when my day went severely pear shaped. I dunno what I did but I put my back out and had return to the house stooped in agony, pop some Tramadol and lie down on the floor.

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Staring at the ceiling and the beams that came from the ‘Great Exhibition’ in Glasgow,_Scotland_1938 some 75 years ago. A spell flat on my back seemed to sort it and after a lovely ‘three bird’ roast dinner I went out to feed the pigs. All went just fine until I bent down to pet one of the curious hens and my back ‘went’.

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This time it was almost an hour of looking at the kitchen ceiling beams which reputedly came from a shipwreck called the ‘Caribbea’ or ‘Caribbean’ that sank off Rona in the nineteenth century.

When I finally managed to get up it was straight on the phone to  Catriona Purll at but she wasn’t in 😦

Having arranged to take two lots of piglets away tomorrow I cancelled that and decided to ‘take it easy’ 🙂



  1. Take it steady, mate… having done your back twice in a matter of hours, you don’t want to make it 3rd time really unlucky!

    Comment by ecobodger — June 25, 2012 @ 5:17 am

    • Morning EB, taking it steady as we speak, just heading off to work with another eccentric, the ‘beetleman’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 5:03 am

      • Not sure if you’re describing yourself or me as an eccentric, though either could easily be true! 🙂

        Comment by ecobodger — June 27, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

      • Me, the Beetleman and anyone who uses basalt wall ties 🙂 only joking I’d use them myself if I’d more money 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 28, 2012 @ 5:27 am

  2. Sorry to read about your back. Is it time for an Xray or scan? Hope dry weather has returned to the North End..

    Comment by SOTW — June 25, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    • Morning She, just spoke to a specialist, the NHS is now doing consultations over the phone 🙂 I’m going to Golspie for a jag in the spine 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 5:05 am

      • Should you be getting a spinal Injection without an Xray or Scan before hand ?

        Comment by SOTW — June 27, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

      • Should you be getting a spinal Injection without an Xray or Scan before hand ?

        I dunno She, I’m not a doctor 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      • Morning Arthur, I’ve been searching for a gas lamp glass for years, I’ll email you a picture of it as I’d be delighted to have them.

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 28, 2012 @ 5:25 am

      • Golspie ??? … according to my map that’s the other side of Scotland !!!

        Comment by cazinatutu — June 27, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

      • Yup, your map is dead right, somewhere north of Inverness, last time I was there was on the way to Orkney in 1981 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 28, 2012 @ 5:26 am

  3. Don’t over do it paul, youv’e a long haul in front of you with this house build

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — June 25, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    • Morning Steve, taking it easy for a full week now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 5:07 am

  4. Hope the back get sorted again soon Paul.
    The floods round here were horrendous, never seen river levels like it before. Double tragedy with the gas explosion where I live today, only 150yds away from my kids school. South Pennines arent doing so well at the moment 😦

    Comment by Simon — June 26, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

    • Sorry to hear about the explosion, I’ll Google it, take care, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  5. G’ afternoon Paul, Re. your heritage caravan. Does it have gas lighting? I have a gas light fitting inc. glass removed from an old ‘van + plus some mantles. If you want these FOC let me know. Dare I say it, they’re getting as scarce as hens’ teeth.

    Comment by arthur — June 27, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

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