Life at the end of the road

December 23, 2012

Aching all over :-)

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, pigs, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:55 pm

Since my departure to southern climes in September the old back has been pretty good on the whole, the week in Holland had me almost forgetting all of my aches and pains. Well they came back big style this evening after just two days of light duty on the croft, the thing is, I don’t think it’s the work so much as the damp and humidity of the west coast. Methinks I should be living in the land of my father and his fathers Smile



The border of Liguria and Tuscany would, I’m sure be far better for my aches and pains, I think this west coast dampness just draws the heat and life out of my body Smile  Not that I’d even consider moving from here, nope the next time I move will be in a wooden box, well that is unless wifey ships me off to a care home Smile

Seriously though, it’s just great to be back amongst the mud, pigs, hens and mess of the croft, even if wifey wasn’t there for the first couple of days. The weather has been not too bad today really and I was awake much earlier than usual to make the most of the three extra seconds of daylight Smile 



Even though it was still dark Ellie’s eight little beauties were out charging about like a shoal of fish, all moving together as one. Knowing that their curiosity would get the better of them I sat down on a rock and waited.



Sure enough after a couple of minutes they came to investigate and I gave them a handful of weaner pellets, they really are a very quiet and well behaved litter.

After feeding everyone and eating the egg that I’d found on the ground outside the hen shed for breakfast I went up to the new barn to do some more preparation work on the floor prior to sealing it with PVA. I also fitted a two gang socket below the fuse box as I’d removed the original one some months ago when I shifted everything into the new generator shed. It was one of those jobs that I’d forgot that I’d not done, that was until last night when I realized I didn’t actually have any sockets whatsoever in either the barn or genny shed Sad smile 


Well, I do now, so can even plug in a hand lamp to see in the dark, not only that but now my builder, Lachie Gillies can plug his tools in Smile

Q-Sat or ‘Questionable-Sat’ ? certainly not ‘Quality-Sat’

Regular readers will remember my shenanigans with and how I was without internet for a month or so. Well I went over to use my mates and his too died, but because I wasn’t the ‘account holder’ they couldn’t fix it. Anyway an engineer sorted me out eventually and then my mate tried to get one to sort his, the engineer couldn’t go and fix his after doing mine because the fault hadn’t been reported by the account holder Sad smile Now my mates house is even more remote than mine and he told Q-Sat this, several times, he told them that arrangements would have to be made to ‘quad’ the engineer and his gear in, so could he please speak to the engineer. Not a chance said Q-Sat giving him exactly the same pish that they gave me “we don’t have the engineers phone number and have no way of contacting him” !!!!! How on earth can you send an engineer to fix a fault without having a contact number ???? Total oblox, yet that is exactly what they told me too. So my mate (several times) told them to tell the engineer to phone him as arrangements had been made to take him in. My mate never heard a cheep until the very day that the man was supposed to be on Raasay to fix his satellite broadband system. The engineer then phones him and says he can’t do it because he thought it was in Kyle !!!!! Of course they now cannot possibly get a man out until after the New Year, for a fault that I reported before I went to Holland over three weeks ago. Though of course because I’m not the account it doesn’t count Sad smile 

Anyway as my mate was hoping to do some work I went over to see if tweaking his dish would help, after first using a hand bearing compass on my dish to find out where it was pointing. Funnily enough there did appear to be a 5 degree variation between his and mine.




So after carefully marking the original position with a centre punch I moved it 5 degrees to the west, which only made things worse, I can only assume my corrugated iron roof was affecting the compass and after a few attempts we gave up. My mate and I had a satellite broadband contract for three or more years with with hardly any issues, since we were both forcibly migrated to in October the service has been diabolical Sad smile

Giving up on that, and with my son finally out of bed I turned my attention repairing the road up to our house.



A job that was made much easier by using my mates digger Smile



and of course my son Smile


This we did until light faded and animals needed fed, after which the dark closed around us and we called it a day, spending the next hour franticly tidying the house and putting up Christmas decorations before wife and MiL arrived off the 16:30 ferry.



  1. Paul,
    Take it easy with that back and no lifting Jamie lee over your shoulder.There may be some truth regarding the dampness but the physical stuff will not help. Though I bet you like me have not continued with the stretches/excercises. Excellent pictures of the little porkers.
    If you do not post tomorrow I hope you & the family have a lovely Christmas.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — December 23, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    • Morning ATB,

      Though I bet you like me have not continued with the stretches/excercises.

      how right you are Micheal, I just don’t seem to have the room or time in our ‘wee house’ 😦 Must really get back into them.

      Have a good one, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  2. Happy Christmas, Paul, to you and all your family (and other livestock) … glad to hear your MiL has come
    yes, the dampness isn’t kind to the joints but it’s the price you pay for living in your own little slice of heaven unfortunately

    Comment by cazinatutu — December 23, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  3. What do you think of this for a home generator system Paul? E bay 130822903256
    Its not mine and i am not selling it btw!! i was just wondering if it would be just the thing for living off the grid!
    I know what you mean about sore bits in the winter, my ankle is a pia offshore in the winter, i try and stay in the UAE in the winter!!
    Great blog btw, i am now a avid follower of it!

    Comment by robin galloway — December 23, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    • Good morning Robin and welcome,

      the UAE hey, sounds like the place to be 🙂 That generator truly is a cracker but at 32.5 HP it’ll be a little large for most applications and quite thirsty. Really depends on your requirements, it would certainly give years of service even running 24/7 but would be very expensive to run, well in this country at least, would be just fine in the UAE 🙂

      Good luck and happy Christmas, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2012 @ 8:32 am

  4. The dampness must be a cmmon theme where joint ill occurs. This little republic has a micro climate, what with the trees and all. They hold moisture like a sponge, so it’s damp here for longer than most. Anyway….
    A merry christmas and a happy new year to all. May 2013 be a good one and lets pray for a bit more dry weather.

    Me… I’m working Christmas day… But what an opertunity to grab some pics of a shut down cloud factory and create a post about the place… You all enjoy your day, cheers…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — December 23, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  5. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 to you and family. The piglets sure are cute!

    Comment by mimi — December 24, 2012 @ 3:38 am

  6. Happy Christmas to you and yours, not to mention Boxing Day. Perhaps it was just your camera angle, but The Dude appears to be longer than his photo from last summer.

    Comment by Drgeo — December 24, 2012 @ 4:01 am

    • Morning Texas 🙂 the Dude has grown and the wife shrunk 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2012 @ 8:35 am

  7. Best wishes to you all. Hope you do ‘warm ups’ before venturing out on the croft ..xx…and a hug for the Dude !

    Comment by SOTW — December 24, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    • Merry Christmas She and thanks for the pressies XXXX

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  8. Happy Christmas to you, your wife and your lad – enjoy the peace (relative to a town) and freedom of the end of the road.

    East Lancs is a very wet place right now, but it’s not too bad on the hills. Far too warm (5-6 degrees) however, for the good of the soil. I think we’ve had our one cold snap with an inch of snow that stopped eveything in its tracks.



    Comment by Sue — December 24, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    • Same to you Sue X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  9. Hi Paul, just to wish you and all your extended family a VERY JOYOUS, PEACEFUL AND HAPPY CHRISTMAS. And a very big thank you for all the wonderful blogs over the years. A most enjoyable read at all times. Regards Robert Findlay.

    Comment by Robert Findlay — December 24, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    • Thanks Rob, glad you’ve enjoyed my efforts, it means allot, Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  10. Hi Paul,

    I thought i may be a bit big, there are smaller (and bigger) ones from the same seller, he seems to have some great kit there!
    I used to be a motorman on the rigs and still work offshore and keep toying with the idea of a bug out place or somwhere to rebuild off the grid, so your blog is quite a inspiration!
    The only problem is i am bouncing all over the world with my work and will be for a good few years yet i hope, hopefully in the future i may do it though, somthing to retire in to perhaps?
    Keep up the good work and i wish you and yours a happy xmas and new year.

    Comment by robin galloway — December 24, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    • Morning and MERRY CHRISTMAS Robin, aye he certainly has some cracking sets there, all ex BT so little use and well looked after. Woolworths stores also had Listers in their stores and there’s allot of those about just now from 6 to 70kW

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  11. Dear LATEOTR ,
    Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and thank you for such a brilliant blog.
    Best wishes
    Chris & Chris

    Comment by chrisb — December 24, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    • Same to you Chris’s and all 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  12. Happy christmas Paul to you, your wife and dude. Now the jaunts are over time to tuck into that malt that will keep you warm and your aches away, have a good one Stan

    Comment by Stan — December 24, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    • Aye Stan, a Johnnie Walker gold label not opened yet, but soon will be, though if I was to wait for the ‘sun to go over the yardarm’ I’d be waiting a long time 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  13. A very merry Christmas to you and yours Paul…hope it’s not too cold or damp for that back of yours!

    All the best

    Dave from Silly Sussex

    Comment by Cogidubnus — December 24, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    • Thanks Dave in Silly Sussex, just taken a couple of Tramadol, first in months, the pain has gone but I’m feeling pretty vacant, think the Johnnie Walker will have to wait a while 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  14. Hi Paul,

    Hope you will sort out your back and sat dish soon.
    Enjoy the Holidays and in case you get bored, try for instance this clip explaining the difference between Holland and The Netherlands:

    Maybe this is also educational for a lot of the folks reading your blogs 😉 .

    Happy Blogging and ferrying in 2013,


    Comment by Leonard Fintelman — December 24, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    • Sheeeesh…pass the Valium !

      Comment by SOTW — December 24, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      • Sheeeesh ‘pass the Valium’ here She, that fixes my back 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    • priceless Leonard, much better than the wiki entry which incidentally I read before going but soon as both Amsterdam and Rotterdam are in the Hollands I figured I’d stick with it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  15. i wanted to thank you for all your concantenating creative energy and persevering optimism this year, wishing you and mrs. LATEOTR and master LATEOTR and miss molly, the chickens, the pigs and the wildlife of raasay a merry christmas from new mexico. tonight we light luminarias to guide the baby jesus into our homes.
    meanwhile, i’m reading this, very interesting. do you all cook any of this stuff?

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — December 24, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  16. Oh that’s priceless [] – love it – and I’ve learnt something.

    Wishing you, Mrs C, the Dude, the MiL and all the blog’s characters a happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

    Have a good one!

    Comment by Carrie — December 24, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    • Hi Carrie and Happy Christmas, wasn’t that video a cracker 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

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