Life at the end of the road

December 24, 2012

Digging and dumping :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:18 pm

A proper day of work on the croft at last Smile up early and out doing the rounds before heading to Tarbert to do some quarrying Smile Not like I have been doing for the past twenty odd years with a trailer and shovel but with a two ton digger and six ton dumper Smile It’s no wonder I’ve a bad back really, over the last twenty three years I must have shifted hundreds, if not thousands of tons of rock, gravel, sand and beach stones by hand.

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I even built my own wee extension to ‘Calum’s road’ over the course of a few months


Not quite all by hand like Calum for I used a quad and trailer but it was all loaded and loaded with a shovel Smile And again, unlike Calum I had many helpers along the way, Robert, Ryan, Aiden, the Dude and many more, even so I’ve certainly moved a whole lot of rock in my stay at the ‘north end’.

Anyway, today I was doing it the way it should be done when you’re nearer sixty than fifty.


My only helpers being Molly and Charlie Smile



whom I have to say are a bit of a nightmare as far as labourers go. Charlie just wants to pick up every stone with his mouth and Molly just sits there shivering and looking pathetic.

What I was doing was making some hard standing and extending a road into a field on the croft, though I was too involved to remember to actually take any pictures of my effort Smile Shame really for I was quite pleased with what I’d achieved.


The last time I had a go at this was in November with Hugh MacKay’s six ton dumper  it was full to the brim and


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I got it stuck Sad smile

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so today I kept the loads to just a couple of tons, for I hadn’t got anyone to rescue me Smile

Today my only hiccup was a flat battery or bad connection, I’m not sure which,



after stopping for lunch to give her a drink of fuel and a good greasing she wouldn’t start Sad smile


However wifey’s Nissan came to the rescue and I managed another couple of loads before darkness fell.

That was about it really, doesn’t sound like much but I’ve not stopped all day and it flew by, well it would really with only seven hours of daylight.


christmas eve weather

I know it says 8:17 hours of daylight on the weather station but it’s lying Smile

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Gosh it’s not even 20:30 and I’ve eaten, bathed and blogged, well it’s time to relax in front of the ‘one eyed monster’ with the family, something that I rarely do, but it’s Christmas eve after all.



  1. Paul,

    You need to get to bed, the guy in red will be with you shortly:
    Enjoy a restful 36 hrs, I am sure you will give ‘Paul’s road’ a miss tomorrow.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — December 24, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    • Morning ATB, you have no idea how hard it is to NOT go outside and do a couple of hours in the Komatsu 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:53 am

  2. Hi Paul Just wanted to wish you and the swineherd and son and all the animals a very Happy Christmas! Have a very good one and thanks for the blog – it really lightens up life!

    Comment by kirstentuggey — December 24, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    • Thanks Jo, glad you enjoy and a Merry Christmas to you all.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  3. Enjoy tomorrow Paul and have a restful day with family, after all your recent jaunts and hard craft you certaily do deserve it.
    All the very best for tomorrow and 2013 from Joan and I! 🙂

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — December 24, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    • Thanks Graham and the same to you and Joan.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  4. All the best for the festive season to you and your family.

    Comment by Irena Krasinska-Lobban — December 24, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

    • Have a good one yourself Irena X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  5. Look forward to reading your every blog. You have many gifts, among them is a real way with words. All the best over this festive season from us poor souls sweating our n*ts off here in NZ.

    Comment by Bob — December 24, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    • Is it Boxing Day yet Rob 🙂 Have a good one, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  6. Happy Christmas to you and your family – I always really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to getting the latest instalments from lateotr – couldn’t be more different to life here in landlocked South Yorkshire!

    Comment by Lisa E — December 24, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    • Merry Christmas Lisa X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  7. Looks like Christmas came early with some heavyweight toys :-). Merry Christmas.


    Comment by Andy — December 24, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    • Hi Andy, yup you’re dead right about Lachie’s Christmas present to me 🙂 Couldn’t have had a better one 🙂 Have a great one yourself and love to all your family too.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  8. Merry Christmas Paul to you and your family from Walter & my Rita.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — December 24, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    • Same to you and Rita Walter, hope all is well in the pub and you don’t work too hard.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  9. Here’s hoping Molly gets a sweater for Xmas!

    Comment by drgeo — December 24, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    • Sorry. meant to say a “jumper”!

      Comment by drgeo — December 24, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      • It was me that got the jumpers DrG 🙂 Molly got a new dish and a brush 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  10. Best regards Paul to you and yours. I hope you and the family have a nice, peaceful Christmas (with a few supporting drams) and a great new year. Quite a year for you to reflect back on. Well done.

    Comment by George Malone — December 25, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    • Best regards to you too George, quite a year indeed, the world may not have actually ended but it was a bit of a roller coaster 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

  11. A very Merry Xmas to you and yours Paul, lang may ye blog as I always look forward to it!
    Your blog is the best I’ve found for some research pointers in the way of renewable energy, It’s just such a shame that going grid tied that many folk are put off bu all the hoops and red tape, not to mention costs!!
    So many small farmers and smallholders of all sorts could benefit from your knowledge and expertise … maybe a self-help group of some sort?
    Anyway, offski to make the stuffing for the goose!
    Lang May Yer Lum Reek!

    Comment by caadfael — December 25, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    • Kind words indeed Caafael, thanks and good luck with the goose stuffing, we’re just pot roasting some beef and saving Christmas dinner until the 28th when more of the family can be here. I’m planning cotechino and scallops as a starter.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  12. Have a great time and if you need someone to drive the digger in my off time …….I used to drive (or operate) a jcb some years ago!!

    Comment by Robin Galloway — December 25, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  13. Hope you’re all having a good Christmas ateotr, and best wishes for a good 2013, and thanks for keeping us all up to date with what’s happening on the fabulous little island up north, I really enjoy reading your blog. Re the reference yesterday? to Scottish recipes, have you never heard of, or tried Cullen Skink? It’s basically fish soup, I’ve had it in the cafe/restaurant/hotel in the square in Portree, but dead easy to make oneself, too, and delicious!

    Comment by francesp — December 25, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    • Cullen Skink is an old favourite at the end of the road Frances, very traditional in these parts. Have a good one yourself X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  14. Merry Christmas to all at the end of the road!

    Comment by may cruickshank — December 25, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    • Thanks May, the same to you X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 28, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

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