Life at the end of the road

February 11, 2013

Farewell to the ‘pallet mountain’ :-)

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, shed/house, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:46 pm

Being away from home for so long has meant that things have started piling up, wee jobs have been postponed and the old homestead is starting once more to look like a scrap yard. Working ‘week on week off’ always gave me plenty of time to sort stuff out, but this five day week I’ve been working since September has really messed things up and it may as well be a seven day week when I’m in South Shields Sad smile  Anyway, with Easter and the house buying season just around the corner I figured I should be concentrating on making the old croft look respectable once more Smile Despite quite a bit of interest in ‘3 South Arnish’ last year we’ve still not sold the house. Not that I’m complaining, the thought of having wife and child living in a caravan for the winter whilst I’m away did not appeal. 

Anyway we arose to a fine February morning and I got tore straight into tidying up the various piles of junk that I’d acquired since my last ‘spring clean’ Smile Not really very photogenic, after all I don’t want to frighten off any prospective buyers but it did take a long while Smile


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No sooner had I removed an old oil tank from from behind the house when a chook moved into the dry earth beneath it for a bath Smile


This was the remains of a bonfire at 16:30 some four hours after it had been lit. I actually started piling stuff here to burn last summer but then the hens began laying in the middle of it so I never lit it Smile There was still one laying in there every day but I checked it before lighting, I did not want roast chicken for dinner so to speak. Pallets are fantastic things for making all manner of things out of, from pig housing to fencing but they do rot quite quickly so every few years we have to cremate them.




Of course, it goes without saying that I went up to the new house to see how ‘the boys’ were getting on.





The chaps were of course getting on just fine Smile





Anyway, that’s about it, I know it doesn’t sound like much but it was a busy old day and I’m whacked, not only that but I’ve to pack my bag, again Sad smile





Whoops, I almost forgot



just check out these two beauties at the bottom of the drive.



The one at the top there had just about the thickest antlers I’ve seen on an Arnish stag,



not a great picture but just look at those handlebars Smile


So I’ll just leave you with the weather.


  1. Greetings from the US! My last name is Rasey and my forefather came from the Isle of Raasay and lived in the Dunvegan Castle. I enjoy your pics and hope to see Raasay in person some day soon.

    Comment by katkeeter — February 11, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    • Hello Kat and welcome aboard, you’re in good company here we have Rasey’s from New York and Georgia who look in from time to time 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 11, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

  2. What a stag! Good to see your new home growing apace. Will look out for it when next at the north end. Meant to say after your previous blog – you made me remember the wonderful sound of my late ’30s Lister chugging into life when I lived in the no mains cottage in Dorset.




    Comment by Sue — February 11, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  3. cant beat a good bonfire, smell reminds me of childhood (didn’t grow up to be an arsonist)

    Comment by mike — February 11, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  4. Tomorrow is back at sea for you, mate. Perhaps Skye Brewery in Uig will have a sale?

    Comment by Drgeo — February 12, 2013 @ 4:32 am

  5. Hi Paul,
    The house is looking good! coming on very well, you will be in before you know it! I have just arrived In Bergen to join ship then off to Kirkwall then west of shetland for ROV operations, its ” Somewhat” chilly here !!!

    Comment by v8mbo — February 12, 2013 @ 6:56 am

  6. The Dowager Duchess of Deveonshire in her brilliant autobiography, said that she judged her many grandchildren on how they managed a bonfire. She liked the ones that got stuck in.
    Frances G

    Comment by Frances G — February 12, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  7. Nothing quite like a good bonfire! The lads are doing a grand job of the house and the roof is coming along at a great rate. Good to see the Stag’s what a great set of antlers.
    Have a good week at sea Paul

    Welcome aboard to Katkeeter, like the rest of us you will soon be hooked and enjoying Paul and the family’s Life At The End Of the Road.

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — February 12, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    • Aye Graham, nothing quite like a bonfire 🙂 don’t suppose you see many in the ‘toon’ these days hey, when I was a lad every street had their own.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 16, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

  8. the stag just wasn’t bothered by your shooting paul… the house looks like it’s coming on a treat…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — February 12, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    • He’ll be bothered when he gets a .243 in the chest 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 16, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

  9. By God Paul, those builders of yours don’t hang around do they? Great progress indeed.

    Wonderful Stag pics too…we don’t seem to see them looking like that around Bognor!

    All the best


    Comment by Cogidubnus — February 12, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    • It’s not just the speed Cog, it’s the quality 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 16, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  10. Love the way the new house even in its present state of silver foil and white wood etc still seems to blend with the landscape.Either that or my glasses have gone rose tinted overnight 🙂 Regards to Lachie & team.

    Comment by Andy — February 12, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    • ‘Rose tinted glasses’, as if 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 16, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  11. Dunvegan Castle is on Skye, not Raasay, isn’t it?

    Comment by Frances — February 13, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    • Aye Frances, Dunvegan Castle is on Skye, not Raasay, you’ll be right there 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 16, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

  12. Just found your Blog, and how it makes me miss the highlands. Left 20 yrs ago after working 3 yrs in Loch Kishorn on a salmon farm. Bright lights and a pub within stumbling distance lured me back south of the border.

    Perhaps one day I may fulfil my dream of living on a croft on the West coast.

    I will enjoy reading several years worth of posts

    Comment by Alistair — February 14, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    • You’re in for a treat :).

      When I did it, I think it was easiest to look month-by-month, and then change the month in the address bar. Oh no, that’s just so nerdy :(.

      Comment by San — February 15, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

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