Life at the end of the road

October 2, 2012

A nice walk :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:29 am

I’ve never been much good at following instructions so it will come as no surprise that I arrived at college this morning to discover that I don’t actually start until 13:00 Sad smile Not that that was a problem for I managed to wander down into the ‘toon’ and get my passport application sent off. I’m most dischuffed at this as it now means I’ve no longer an excuse to not go on holiday, not only that I’m £81 lighter in the pocket Smile

Though to be honest I’ll probably need one after this epic, give me hard labour on the croft anytime, I just feel like a fish out of water here. Must look like one too in my ‘redneck hillbilly’ jacket and broad smile, people won’t even look you in the eye here let alone smile, though I have managed to coax the odd ‘morning’ out of one or two regular ‘acquaintances’ on my walk to college Smile They probably think I’m ‘off my head’ with camouflage jacket, laptop bag and glasses perched on my nut Smile

Where was I


Well I was wishing I was back home,


with the hens, wife, child, dug and of course ‘Coffee Day’, just check out that cake Smile


My weeks absence had reduced the houses electricity consumption so much that wifey was struggling to use all the power on her own. As any excess is converted into heat the house has been inordinately warm so after the coffee day I went and turned off one of the hydro turbine nozzles to reduce the output.



A decent spell of weather had us all walking, yes walking not riding over to for what will hopefully be the ‘final cut’. It’s the boys job to keep this jungle under control but he needs a little help from dad Smile


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Me, I checked the Rolls batteries for electrolyte and ‘SG’ before draining off the fuel from the strimmer and walking back home.



Fuel does ‘go off’ and two stroke mix even more so as it’s unlikely to be used again I emptied the tank then ‘ran off’ the remainder in the carburettor before stowing it away.

Sunday I spent splitting the remainder of the firewood in the winter store prior to heading south on the 16:00 ferry, something I’ll not be doing again in a hurry, I’ve only just got rid of the headache after a twelve hour sleep, four mile walk and chicken sandwich Smile



So I’ll just leave you with one of the many ships that have been plying past my ‘front door’ the suction dredger ‘UKD Marlin’



  1. Glad to read you got to visit the family (and other animals), sure lot more opportunities to dive home will pop up to. Here an challenge / suggestion, Shields has a famous fish and chip shop (hidden away) and growing up in Whitby I feel qualified to talk on this subject, just interested what you “west coast” boys think of it (compared to is it the “lower deck” in Portree).

    Anyway dont know the streets of Shields I’d say its not on your way to anywhere but I can recommend you check out “Green Lane Fisheries” NE34 0TE.

    Also hows the rest of the MV Loch Striven boys finding geordie land?

    Comment by mike — October 2, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    • Hi Mike, quite a trek from here but I’ll check it out once we move to the river, for now we checked out and were severely impressed. Couldn’t help thinking of Whitby when I arrived and saw the ruined priory.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Each time I drain the strimmer, that action almost ensures a stretch of good weather during which the grass grows fervently and needs trimming again. May your autumn be lengthy and roads clear.

    Comment by drgeo — October 2, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  3. And as far as being out of fashion in your camo jacket…. when we visited Saint Andrews last May we learned all students must wear their scarlet cap and gown at all times. This was initiated in the 1500s in order to more easily catch students sneaking into bordellos. So wear your camo with pride in the trust bestowed upon you!

    Comment by drgeo — October 2, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    • Hi DrG, think I’ll be steering clear of bordellos 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  4. a passport !!! good grief, Paul, what on earth are you intending to get up to

    Comment by cazinatutu — October 2, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  5. Is that your ‘mega egg’ laying hen – She is eyeing up the WD40…..!

    Comment by SOTW — October 2, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    • Is that your ‘mega egg’ laying hen – She is eyeing up the WD40…..!

      I nearly fell off my chair She 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  6. ‘….camouflage jacket, laptop bag and glasses perched on my nut ….”
    no, there’s no eye contact because they think you’re a metrosexual.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — October 2, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

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