Life at the end of the road

December 7, 2012

Back on line :-) :-)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro, life off grid, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:09 pm

Well this is going to be quick I can tell you, I’m loaded with the first cold I’ve had in years and am now feeling like carp despite spending £40 on medicine Sad smile The worst thing was that it was a present

that I’d bought for someone, but after spending long hours with Ellie for her first farrowing and feeling the first wheezes of a cold I broke the seal Sad smile What else could I do, I’d just spent nine hours listening to ‘Whisky Galore’ and like the inhabitants of Todday Mhor and Todday Beag had convinced myself that a ‘wee dram’ could cure anything Smile


Of course it didn’t cure it but it certainly eased the symptoms and I’d little trouble facing a dark and wet Friday morning to take my son to school. A journey that was far easier this morning than it was last night, rising temperature throughout the night and a few good showers doing more work than a convoy of gritters could have done .

After dropping the boy off, spending almost an hour in the car park on my ‘dongle’ and dropping off six dozen Arnish eggs at the shop I tootled home


with the knowledge that the weather would be stopping no one today Smile  I know the picture is squint but I was hanging out of the Land Rover widow and dodging a shower, that’ll be the Crowlin islands to the right  and Kyle in the distance. Not wanting to stray too far from the house until Mr Q-sat had been I pottered about in the fresh and mainly dry north wind, checking the pigs regularly


and soaking up the fresh air. There is nothing worse than being stuck inside with a cold, you really can’t beat fresh air for clearing the head.

The engineer arrived, just like they said he would, around midday, after what sounded like a week circumnavigating Scotland in an anticlockwise direction from Thurso.



Once he’d sorted me out with a new ‘LNB’ I turned my attention to a burst pipe on the ‘Stream Engine’


006 007

after first diverting the water from the header tank.



These ‘Viking’ type couplings have given me no end of grief, for a pressurized system, as in a water main they’re probably first class, especially if buried, but for a hydro turbine penstock that runs downhill over wet grass disturbed by pigs they’re a pain. In all fairness, with the correct steel inserts inside they’d probably be better but they still have no real way of gripping what is notoriously slippy stuff Sad smile Not that I can complain, they’re over £50 each, I’ve got dozens and never bought one Smile Still at around £13 these compression fittings with ‘teeth’ that dig into the pipe have never failed me yet.


Though I did have to pull the pipes together with a ratchet strap first.





Anyway, that’s it, I’m off to bed, after a ‘wee dram’ of course Smile



  1. Have also followed the whisky route for colds and sore throats.A miracle cure with only a slight headache(sometimes) 🙂

    Comment by Andy — December 7, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    • Hi Andy, well it was £40 well spent, I’ve still got the cold but it aint half as bad 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  2. Hope your feeling better soon Paul, I used to work through the cold too, Planty fresh air and Scottish ‘honey’ will do the trick!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — December 7, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    • Hi Graham,

      well, funny enough that’s just what I did this morning. As I was driving, a few drams of the Rona malt were out, so it was strong coffee with lots of honey in and a walk around the ‘estate’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

      • Same reason I found that great recipe, when you drive for a living you have to look for the alcohol free alternative! 😉

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — December 10, 2012 @ 5:53 am

  3. Reducing the amount of blood in the alcohol stream is always a good way of getting rid of bugs and after the recent difficult days, no shame in that mate.

    Comment by Lloyd — December 8, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    • Hi Lloyd,

      Reducing the amount of blood in the alcohol stream now that had me in stitches and was worth at least ‘one good dram’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  4. Congratulations upon getting back on line, and well done for the cold cure…I’ll be quoting your advice from now on!
    All the best from Silly Sussex.

    Comment by Cogidubnus — December 8, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    • Hi Cog, I’ll give you a wave from the plane tomorrow, probably don’t actually go anywhere near Sussex but it’s all ‘sowf’ to me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  5. A hot toddy made with black tea, ginger, honey and a good dram will soon see you right … prefer OVD rum meself!
    You’ll be a happy man getting back on line, I know how bloody frustrating it can be when the net plays up, fortunately it doesnt happen too often but it took 1/2 an hour to get anywhere this morning!
    Grand to see the wee piggies looking so healthy!

    Comment by caadfael — December 8, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    • Hi Mike, I never thought of tea, used coffee instead, the first I’ve drunk in months, will have to try it with tea 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  6. hope you feel better soon Hows the work going on the new house site. Has it come to a stop now winter is here.

    Comment by rob — December 8, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    • Hi Rob, on the contrary it’s just started with the footings going in and me ordering the windows, we’ll just have to see what the weather does 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  7. Terrific the Q Sat guy actually showed up! Apparently the staff is stretched a little thin, especially when it comes to responding to their Facebook page. But perhaps I was too subtle when I looked up on Google all the MP’s representing Sinn Fein and called them “friends of mine”. The week I spent in Ireland ten years ago I found the whole country to be friendly, so I didn’t exactly lie. And hanging on my wall is a £1 certificate vouching I have kissed the Blarney stone. The latter is another good way to catch a cold, by the way. Plenty of liquids!

    Comment by drgeo — December 8, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    • Hi DrG,

      like your style 🙂 If I have any more liquid I’ll drown 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 8, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  8. Looking through this blog again I had to laugh! Now if memory serves correct, not my greatest strength, I thought they said that they would have to send an engineer from the south, yet emblazoned on the back of the van is Thurso, now I know I am not as great at geography as some but in my trucking days i remember distinctly that when driving to Thurso the needle on the trucks compass was always pointing North! Is there a Thurso down south too or have I missed something! 😉

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — December 9, 2012 @ 7:28 am

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