Life at the end of the road

December 30, 2012

Willing helpers :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:10 pm

Well it’s been another wild day here on Raasay with west wind and serious showers, fortunately the icy rain, whilst ‘on and off’ all day seldom lasted more than a few minutes so we managed to stay dry. We being ‘Lightning MacLennan’ and myself initially, then the Dude after lunch, once he’d finally surfaced from his pit Smile Long gone are the days when I had an army of ‘willing helpers’, they’ve all become teenagers and moved onto ‘cooler’ stuff Smile Today however it was just like old times, my boy has a pal staying with him so today I made use of the extra pair of hands. To be honest I’d little choice, for unlike my son ‘Lightning’ was up at the crack of dawn and looking for action Smile

So I wasn’t going to disappoint, and after feeding everyone it was a quick lesson in the importance of regular greasing.





Then we did one final bucket load of rock before ‘tracking’ the Komatsu home to spread the piles of ‘sub base’







At 1.1 mph it took quite a while Sad smile

Time enough to stop film a waterfall going ‘up the way’ at Torran.



Once back home and with breakfast demolished we fitted a new nut and bolt to one of the bucket teeth.



Then started to spread out and level all the piles that I’d brought over in the dumper over the last few days.



I have to say, that I’m well pleased with the result, what was once a swamp and impossible to access with the Land Rover outside the ‘dry season’ is now a firm and level area that you could walk across in slippers, OK, perhaps not slippers Smile


It remains to be seen if they’re so keen to help me cut wood or service the wife’s car Smile 

That wee terror of a dog Charlie got so muddy in the morning that we tried to keep him in the house, but as soon as the front door was opened just a crack he was out.


042 043

The tinker ran round the back of the house, jumped through a hole in the shed door for the cats, and no amount of coaxing could get him back through it. In the end we gave up, opened the door then carried him back into the house, I was not having a repeat performance of black muddy dog charging over the carpets and beds Sad smile

Sixty five years today

With everything nicely flattened out we took the digger back, did one more load as well as re aligning the TV satellite dish to keep the wife happy and feeding the pigs. It’s not even 20:00 now but I’m going to call it a day after wishing John and Mavis a happy 65th wedding anniversary.

 john and mavis

John “The Caley” Nicolson and his wife Mavis have been married 65 years today, a big CONGATULATIONS from us all at the ‘north end’. Does he not just look ever so smart in that NLB uniform Smile

Just the weather


Not half as wild as yesterday but a stronger gust, this time over 60mph, though at the actual Proven wind turbine you can probably add 10 or more mph onto that.



  1. its nice to have helpers to help you out, many thanks for your blogs for 2012 see you in the new year for 2013 new blogs all the best from neil

    Comment by neil brooks — December 30, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    • Happy New Year to you too Neil.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:49 am

  2. Paul wishing you and family the best of luck for 2013 with breeding, blog and build.

    Comment by mi — December 30, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    • Thanks Mi, once we get sorted this could be a very good year indeed, here’s hoping 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:50 am

  3. Paul,
    There I was thinking waterfalls travelled downhill. I think most of that was going back across the hill. I take it from the past posts your house site is protected from much of the weather from the NE?
    All those loads of rock once spread out do not go far but certainly looks nice & level.
    Enjoy your early night.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — December 30, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  4. What is Hogmanay without many many hogs? May all your pigs be in clover for 2013!

    Comment by Drgeo — December 31, 2012 @ 4:34 am

  5. All good wishes for 2013, hope it will be a better year for you all.xx

    Comment by SOTW — December 31, 2012 @ 8:51 am

  6. New house, new boat what else could you wish for in 2013 Happy new year to you and your family Paul and keep on blogging I love it

    Comment by Stan — December 31, 2012 @ 10:56 am

  7. Best blog on the web Paul, keep it up!
    May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye’ll ivver see.
    May the moose ne’er lea’ yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
    May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye’r auld eneuch tae dee.
    May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.

    Comment by caadfael — December 31, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    • Have a great new year I wish I was back home myself but I have just arrived for 6 weeks roving in Saudi!

      Comment by v8mbo — December 31, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

      • Saudi hey Robin 🙂 well at least you won’t have to worry about rain and cold there 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  8. All the best to you and the family Paul and may yer lum aye reek

    Comment by jimmy mcmillan — December 31, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    • All the best to you and yours too Jimmy.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:52 am

  9. Paul, thanks for entertaining and enlightening us throughout 2012.
    All the best for 2013 – may it be peaceful and prosperous for you, your family, and all of your readers.

    Comment by Carrie — January 1, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    • Cheers, Carrie.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:53 am

  10. Still the best blog for life’s little spills & family action . All the Best a Happy and prosperous New Year to you your family and all your followers from Polite Scouser Walter & her indoors my Rita and Family.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — January 1, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    • Morning and a Happy New Year to you Rita and all Walter 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:58 am

  11. Two previous comments were on the nail – thank you for entertaining us all during 2012 and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

    Comment by IainMacb — January 1, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    • Morning Iain and the same to you 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 6:59 am

  12. Happy new year to you all at the end of Calum`s road.

    Comment by Andy — January 1, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    • Same to you and the family Andy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 7:00 am

  13. Hi Paul – With the same experience of teenagers as you (except garnered over a somewhat longer period!) I was pleasantly surprised to observe that Lightning MacLennan chap back on the cast…clearly a useful lad (bet he’s not as helpful in his own home though, ours certainly weren’t!)…It’s good to see progress – How long do you reckon before you’ll be resident in your new premises? (Clearly you’ve a great deal more energy than us anyway).

    Happy New Year to all of you…


    Comment by Cogidubnus — January 2, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    • Morning Cog, aye the teenagers are a breed apart right enough 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 7:01 am

  14. Hope all goes well in 2013 for you keep bloging when you have time, happy new year from west Cornwall .

    Comment by mike smith — January 2, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    • Morning Mike and welcome, have a good New Year yourself and I hope the weather improves for you this summer 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2013 @ 7:03 am

  15. Paul could be a case of DIY on the potholes .

    Comment by raasay — January 3, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: