Life at the end of the road

August 14, 2012

That’s not an egg, it’s a zeppelin!!

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:00 pm

I’m struggling with this new Lenovo but I’m determined to get to grips with it, so far I’ve managed to turn off all the inane beeps and stupid tunes it played every time  I did something but I still can’t get rid of all the ‘idiot boxes’ that keep popping up. The ‘desktop’ is now devoid of all the carp that Bill is trying to sell and I’ve managed to download LD_Calculator_setup.exe and CCleaner – Download but I’ve had enough of ‘puters for now so I’m just going to bash on with the old blog. If this fine bottle of red wine donated by Cazinatutu will allow Smile

Well it’s Tuesday  and the working week is over, I’ll not say ‘at last’ because it seldom drags, very little ‘drags’ at this time of life, the days, weeks, months and years just seem to fly by. What would once upon a time have been regarded as the drudgery of work passing every bit as quickly as a week in paradise, for that is what this place feels like at the moment. Long dry summer days at Arnish being as good, if not better than anywhere on the globe to spend quality time. No traffic, no passport, no queues and no MacDonald’s or Coca friggin Cola Smile  OK, we might get the odd nappy, halfwit tourist who can’t reverse two feet to the passing place they’ve just driven by but it sure beats the pants off the M5 or Heathrow.

Once more I think we had the best of the weather up here and it was at times uncomfortably hot, perhaps not for bikini’s on a beach but certainly for moving barrels of hydraulic oil and filling tanks in the engine room. With no wind, a white steel box with 700hp running flat out under your feet can get quite warm, even at sea.


Fortunately the day was not all like that, the drive south to work being nice and fresh with some fine views, and of course not one single other vehicle on the eleven mile journey Smile This being the one time manse at Holoman with its roofless church beside it, funny how the church is smaller than the ministers house, obviously he was more important than the deity himself Smile Certainly the minister had plenty of chimneys to keep him warm whilst the congregation froze, many of whom would have walked from Fladda, Arnish, Torran and beyond Sad smile  Call me cynical but I think the ‘first multinational’ had more interest in lining its pockets than looking after the congregation. It certainly did precious little to prevent the mass, almost enforced deportation of its subjects to the colonies in centuries past. In retrospect probably not such a bad thing for they were certainly better off in Canada, Australia, new Zealand and America than the peat bog and rock of Raasay, or at least the ones that survived were. The things that we do in the name of ‘progress’ Sad smile


There were probably no names scratched on the windows of Holoman church like those of Croick in Sutherland

One of forty ‘Parliamentary’ churches constructed in Scotland using government grant money, Croick church was built in 1827 to a design by Thomas Telford and, along with a single storey manse cost £1426 (10s. 11d). In 1843 many of the crofting tenants of Glencalvie estate, evicted during ‘The Clearences’ to make room for sheep, took refuge in Croick churchyard. Names scratched on the east window witness their distress and have turned the church into something of a ‘mecca’ for those fascinated by this turbulent period of Scottish history. Croick is 10 miles from Ardgay along the fertile glen (strath) of the river Carron.

but I’m sure many would have rather stayed.

The last day

So after finally getting to work it was on with the day of moving cars and finishing paperwork Smile


The largest load of the day being Fraser’s Scania and drag resplendent in its new metallic crimson paint job Smile


Apart from the regular business of conveying fare paying passengers to pay the bills we also checked some of the fire fighting gear and filled up the hydraulic tank with fresh oil.


Two barrels of DTE 13M going into our ‘ready use’ tank



and 100lts being pumped by hand into the service tank. It would have been much simpler to just pump the oil straight out of the barrel into the tank but doing it this way ensures that it gets filtered twice. Not that Mobil supply dirty oil but you never know what the previous clown has used the pump for Smile


That was it really at work, well apart from eating some fine saithe fried in breadcrumbs, doing heaps of paperwork and running around like a ‘blue a**** fly’ trying to get everything in order for my relief.  Who, I may add let me away early enabling me to get home before 18:30 and have a wee lie down before dinner. A fine offering of mince, tatties and dough balls by special request of the Dude who would be heading back to school and the hostel  tomorrow.  

Over 100 grams

Once home I was greeted, not only by the wife, family and dug but by a monster egg



a double yoked monster of 100.7 grams



that’s not an egg says I, that’s a friggin zeppelin Smile



  1. You seem to be getting a lot of free alcohol these days Paul, I was wondering whether you needed to declare it on your vat return 😉
    Can you not just put the computer on mute to so all of the silly noises?

    Comment by Simon. — August 14, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  2. That is a monster egg! Only need one of those with the bacon and sausage tomorrow morning! lol

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 14, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  3. Paul, in CCleaner select tools/startup and then you can control all the annoying progs that run automatically at startup, just check which ones you want and disable the ones that you don’t, makes a lot of annoying things stop!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 14, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

  4. The question is ‘whodunit ‘? What if the wrong cook gets the glory…..!

    Comment by SOTW — August 14, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    • That was to be chook not cook. Blame the spell check !

      Comment by SOTW — August 14, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    • Dunno ‘whodunnit’ She, but she laid another zeppelin the day after, boy she must be sore 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2012 @ 6:21 am

  5. Poor hen!

    Comment by heartlandroad — August 15, 2012 @ 6:38 am

  6. Sure a beauty of an egg – almost like it came from a Goose rather than a poor wee Hen. Perfect scrambling for one, perhaps! Doughballs…..haven’t had those for about 40 years, I’d say. An old Scottish standby.

    Comment by yractual — August 15, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  7. Poor old hen, bet that is the one wandering around with a rather “delicate” walk and a worried look that another large egg is on the way. Maybe that would have produced a 8 ft tall hen that would have frightened the c*** out of the package(nappy- lobbing) tourists :-). Must say your new camera/laptop combination is producing superb HD pictures.Computers,though, are meant to be annoying.I just consider their antics to be an opportunity to enrich my vocabulary through the medium of swearing.

    Comment by Andy — August 15, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  8. Morning Paul I havve been a reader for many years now it gives me a little taste of my home area!! A good download source for all these programmes you want is I use it oftain, it is reliable and everything is is one place.

    Comment by Iain — August 15, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    • Cheers for that link iain, that was the site that I got C cleaner from, will have another look.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2012 @ 6:19 am

  9. Paul ! Look out ! Your hand is shrinking.

    Comment by drgeo — August 15, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    • Excellent :-)).

      @Paul: LD_Calculator? Are you reinstating the Club At The End Of The Road? 🙂

      Comment by San — August 15, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  10. Hi Paul
    Your photo’s are showing a goods depth of field with the new camera and your eggs are outstanding, I’ll pay the post and the charge for the eggs, two dozen 100 gem size eggs please. Walter

    Comment by Polite Scouser — August 15, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

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