Life at the end of the road

August 31, 2012

Donald’s (rock) Garden :-)

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, shed/house, Trucks and plant, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:44 pm

Nearly half past nine and I’ve just sat down, shattered. The washing done, the dinner made and digested, the dishes done and a long hot bath just disappeared down the plughole Smile Can’t see this being very long tonight as I’ve to be up early and off to Portree tomorrow on the 8:55. The hens, pigs, teenager and bins will need dealing with before we leave here at 8:10 and I’m ‘nodding’ already Sad smile

After yesterday’s blue sky and sunshine the last day of summer was a bit of a damp squib, though not until after 9:00am, before that it was actually quite nice. Well it was at 4:00am when I got up due to not being able to sleep, no doubt something to do with Tramadol withdrawal Sad smile Anyway, after rattling about the house, wandering outside to try and photograph the full moon and plonking away on here I went back to bed. Big mistake, for I slept in and did not arise until 7:30, a good hour after the hens should have been let out. Realizing my error I rushed out in my PJ’s and slippers to let them out and clean out their nest boxes. The rest of the housing could wait until after lunch but the nests needed cleaning and filling up with fresh straw, the last thing I wanted was dirty ‘Arnish Eggs’ Sad smile 

That done it was back in the house for coffee and to get dressed before venturing forth to feed the pigs


and discovering a Hitachi 7.5t digger at the end of the road Smile Well it certainly wasn’t there when I fed last night at 18:30 so the GDD must have been up after that Smile The ‘Grumpy Digger Driver’ must see very little of Mrs GDD for he never stops.

As it looked like ‘Hugh Mackay Plant’ would be heading north today I quickly grabbed a bacon sandwich and headed up to the new house site to be there before him. This would give the impression that I worked almost as hard as him Smile 




My task for the day was to move all the electrics out of the  new barn and into the ‘lean to’ that I’d built on the back of it. It wasn’t a crucial task but this shed would ultimately house Harry the HR2, batteries and all the inverters so it seemed a logical move.

Sure enough a few moments after Molly and I had started removing all the gear I’d just fitted a few months ago Hugh turned up with his ‘pecker’ swinging from his bucket Smile



The ‘pecker’ in question being a Toku hydraulic rock breaker to deal with ‘Donald’s Garden’ and it needed a new chisel. A £200 plus chisel that was covered in black grease that Molly managed to get covered in Sad smile 



Whilst almost 50% of ‘Donald’s garden’ was proper soil (probably the only soil at the north end of Raasay) the bit where ‘yours truly’ wanted to put his house is rock, solid rock. Lewisian Gneiss that needed chiselling away inch by inch to make a level site.


Me, I spent the day moving this from here to



here and adding an electric meter so that I could see at a glance how much power I’d generated.



After that it was chooks, eggs, boy, shop, dinner, washing, bath, washing up, blog and now bed Smile


So, I’ll just leave you with the weather Smile




  1. Read your blog…I’m exhausted, your work schedule has left me wordless! I too must get to bed for a rest…!

    Comment by SOTW — August 31, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  2. I hope Molly getting covered in grease didn’t leave any evidence behind on someone’s side of the bed.

    Comment by drgeo — September 1, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    • Yup DrG the sheets need washing 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2012 @ 5:56 am

  3. Paul,

    Thanks for the details of Sandaysoft, will definitely be asking santa for one when I head north, not much point at the moment as too many neighbouring houses & trees. Funny how Raasay was so warm yesterday in comparison with with Kent 7oC @ 06:00 yesterday here.
    I would guess that if you were on grid for your electricity you would sell your ‘spare’ back to the electricity company?
    Never got to mention Pic of the laptop stone with the Storr behind yesterday, very good.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 1, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    • Morning Micheal, Kent hey, that is a long way away, wine was lovely by the way 🙂 You need to find a property that has water nearby for hydro, faces south for PV and is on top of a hill for wind, unless your in Kilmuir or Saffin which are always windy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2012 @ 5:55 am

      • You’re right there Paul, about Kilmuir and Staffin. We can still remmber the power of the winds in Connista by Duntulm head. Most impressive, the roof held in place by that old Island stalwart heavy wire and huge rocks!

        Comment by yractual — September 1, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      • Aye Iain, it may be windy here right now but it will probably knock you over in Kilmuir 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 3, 2012 @ 5:50 am

  4. Congratulations Paul nice bit of wiring very neat, I”ll give you an A.



    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — September 1, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    • Congratulations Paul nice bit of wiring very neat, I”ll give you an A.

      Cheers Dave, that means a lot coming from a proper electrician 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 3, 2012 @ 5:48 am

  5. Looks like Hooky is a keen gardener.That famous one finger salute must come in handy for pressing holes in the soil for planting seedlings 🙂

    Comment by Andy — September 1, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

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