Life at the end of the road

August 17, 2012

Watching the grass grow, part III :-(

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:48 pm

I say part 3 because I’ve been at this three hours now and two attempts only to have my post disappear before my eyes, so I’ll make it brief. If it happens once more then that’s me finished, not for the night but forever because I’m sick of this. The first time it was an epic, loads of pictures and my amiable pros Smile All that was left on the page was a solitary ‘y’, two hours work just vanished, even the excellent search facility, far better than XP couldn’t find it. Well it could but the page was blank, how you van have a 4.86Mb blank page is beyond me, even a photograph of a white elephant in a snow storm is bigger than 4.86Mb. But there you have it, 23:00 and I’m starting again, trying to pick up where I left off, yet again, on Tuesday night.


Finally after installing 53 friggin updates I got to bed!!!! what on earth is all that about, is this operating system so unstable and insecure that it needs 53 updates adding in the 12 hours since I last used it??? Whatever they were they certainly didn’t fix the ‘Windows Live Writer’ glitch, I know I could just leave it to get on with it and go to bed but I like to switch off my modem and wireless adapter. They don’t use much but when you’re not connected to the grid and it’s not rained since April every watt is precious.

It was a night that we all needed a good sleep but didn’t get it, even my son, who’s last day it was of the summer holidays was rattling around at 3:30am before finally arising at 5:30. Don’t seem to remember me ever being so keen to get to school Smile he’d even packed his own bag the night before without being asked. The first we new about it being a rather loud “I’ve packed my bag for tomorrow”, to which wifey replied, “what about a towel” a negative kind of grunt floating down the stairs in reply, “have you got your toiletry bag”, another grunt, “what about your gym stuff” and so it went on Smile Still, it’s the thought that counts, and obviously our son was desperate to get away from his parents and back into the Portree hostel Smile


The early rise did at least mean the Dude could go out and scare some rabbits before school though, luckily for the rabbit and unluckily for us he missed. I could have got it with the shotgun but that would probably have meant a punctured water pipe as well as a shot filled bunny Sad smile I speak from previous experience, not only of punctured water pipes but also a hole in our flat roof Sad smile A little episode involving a rifle, a bedroom window and an unsuspecting bunny.

Anyway, once he was off it was head down for me and the dreaded VAT return, I could put it off no longer, well I’d been doing so for six weeks in the hope of some bad weather but it never arrived. A couple of hours later with all my unopened mail finally filed under one of the two B’s, that’ll be bin or bed and my online return done I got on with ‘proper stuff’.



Making brackets for fitting solar panels to the roof of my mates house being the next task.



This south easterly facing roof isn’t perfect but it’s pretty good, getting most of the available sun with only a little shading in the early morning and late evening. The three 230 watt REC panels would make a fine complement for the six BP Solar 85 watt ones above. Normally those six complement the Harris hydro turbine nicely and provide enough power for all but a group of long haired teenage girls with a liking for toast. However a normal summer this has not been and both his and my hydro turbines have been switched off for weeks Sad smile



The far from lush green vegetation behind the house giving a clue as to just how dry its been.


006 007

The plan to get all three at least mounted onto the wooden frame never came to pass and all too soon I had to return home to prepare for leaving on the last ferry.


010  008

Having to almost drag wifey ‘kicking and screaming’ away from her garden to escort me to hospital. Or at least to my parents on the mainland as my appointment was for 10:30 on Thursday morning and Golspie is 140 miles away Sad smile


But that’s it for now, it’s almost midnight and this is as far as I got with attempt number one, Loch Carron at 8:00am



  1. Hi Paul,
    NO NO NO you can’t give up! So many of us look forward to hearing about your goings on in paradise! Didn’t you have the rain yesterday morning that we had here at the YH? I’m sad that I’m leaving the island today, but spending the next week tootling about before going to the RUNRIG concert in Inverness next Saturday. Hope this (mainly) lovely weather continues for you for a while yet.

    Comment by Francesp — August 18, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    • Farewell and enjoy the gig Frances, Live Writer seems to be working fine today so no worries, I’m not giving up yet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 18, 2012 @ 8:08 am

  2. You don’t have to wait up for all the updates to install – you can go to bed and it will switch itself off automatically when it’s finished. I agree the message on screen could make that clearer – I used to wait up until one night I thought, oh to hell with it!

    Comment by neilking — August 18, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    • Duh! Didn’t read on to see why you don’t go to bed!! Please delete these two stupid comments of mine!

      Comment by neilking — August 18, 2012 @ 10:50 am

  3. Don’t leave us! We depend on you for our opportunity to vicariously live the good life.

    Comment by heartlandroad — August 18, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  4. Vanishing work is often caused by accidentally touching the mouse pad while typing – and that selects everything on the page. Once everything is selected, typing another letter (such as a y) will replace everything selected with the letter you’ve just typed. When that happens, just hit the undo button (ctrl-Z) and see if it doesn’t come back. It usually will. I hope this helps!

    Comment by jomegat — August 19, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    • Hi JG,

      Vanishing work is often caused by accidentally touching the mouse pad while typing – and that selects everything on the page. Once everything is selected, typing another letter (such as a y) will replace everything selected with the letter you’ve just typed. When that happens, just hit the undo button (ctrl-Z) and see if it doesn’t come back. It usually will. I hope this helps!

      I do hope you’re right as this has happened more than once. I don’t seem to have an ‘undo’ button but there is that option when I ‘right click’ is that the same thing ??

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 19, 2012 @ 6:43 am

      • Paul, do you actually use the touchpad or do you use a mouse … I use a mouse so my son disabled the touchpad for me as I often bumped it by accident and got weird things happening (in control panel, mouse, device settings, then disabled touchpad)

        Comment by cazinatutu — August 19, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      • Hi Caz, never been able to get to grips with a mouse, perhaps it’s time I learnt as I’m sure that has something to do with it.

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 19, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

      • You could test it out. Type some random junk, select a big block of it with the mouse, type a letter (that will replace the selected block) and then try the undo function. Control-Z is almost always mapped to the undo function, so if the right click doesn’t work, try that. But you say you don’t like the mouse, so maybe ctrl-Z should be your first line of offence.

        Comment by jomegat — August 20, 2012 @ 12:25 am

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