Life at the end of the road

April 21, 2013

Giving it a ‘bump’

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, How I, pigs — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:45 pm

Sunday evening already and the bag is packed once more for the trip to Uig tomorrow after all too brief a stay at home. Having said that I’m quite pleased with what’s been achieved this weekend, especially considering the weather, which has been ‘April showers’ all weekend, though ‘April deluges’ would be more appropriate. I’m not kidding, suddenly the sky turns a heavy and menacing grey to the south, the temperature drops, a flurry of wind arrives, the heavens open and all in the ‘bat of an eye’. Nearly thirty years I’ve lived on the west coast and still I get caught out with these downpours, many is the time I’ve left a sunroof open and been nursing a wet ar5e for days. Today was no exception, I left my wellies outside the front door in sunshine to return five minutes later to a pair of green water jugs. One hot spell in the afternoon saw me removing my socks to get some air around my roasting feet only to end up with two dripping rags as soon as my back was turned.

Croft house for sale

When the sun was out it was lovely, when the rain was on it was foul and at times the showers lasted for hours rather than minutes. Still it gave me time to retire inside and recharge my batteries so to speak, it also gave me an opportunity to give the house a ‘bump’. That’s it been on the market a year now, not that we were complaining over the winter, wife and child in a caravan with me away from home would have been a little much to ask. Anyway despite much interest we still have a lovely wee hoose for sale so I though I’d ‘cast my net farther afield’ so to speak and put an advert in Greenshifters a site dedicated to smallholdings.


Starting the advert off using one of George Rankine’s excellent helicopter shots from a couple of years ago,



all those trees are away now and there’s a barn and house there Smile It’s not finished yet, I’ve much more to write and some better pictures to add but at least it’s a start, and it was far better than doing the VAT return.

Another indoor task was repairing the ‘Myti’ rubbish wire strainer an almost fantastic tool let down by poor materials and workmanship.


Basically it’s carp, but before it wore out (after about two hours) it was very effective, the problems being soft jaws and an an elongated pivot hole, the combination of which made gripping the thinner wires impossible.


So what I did was find some stainless steel inserts from a ‘Fenner coupling’ that were just a few millimetres too large and split one of them with a very thin cutting disc. I kept folding it around the bolt by squeezing it in the vice and cutting more out of it until it was a snug fit around the bolt.


Once happy with that I drilled the jaw out then pressed in the insert using the vice,



it worked a treat and I now have a working tool once more.

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Whilst trying it out on a bit of fence I spotted this,



ascaris or ‘large roundworm’ in some pig pooh Sad smile It is treatable with a proprietary wormer and we do dose the pigs regularly but one of them must have not got enough or been re infected as we injected them at six weeks, having said that the recommended dosing intervals on the powder we use on larger pigs is two months. The injection we give the pigs at weaning usually covers them right up to slaughter so this is unusual so we decided to dose all four of the finishers with the Flubenol we use on the adults.

  Flubenol Flubendazole Pig Wormer 600g

It’s a talc like powder that we usually administer in an apple or banana but this bunch of wee pigs are nuts and for some reason don’t like the only fruit we had, which was bananas Sad smile


In desperation I mixed up some molasses with layers pellets and that went down a treat,



not only with the pigs but the hens and dog too !!!! No worries I’m pretty sure its licenced for hens, dunno about wee dugs though Smile

Did many other things like repair the satellite dish so wifey could watch TV whilst I was away and I also managed to shoot a crow, which was probably more of a surprise to me than the crow for I was sat on the quad with the gun slung over my shoulder when it took off. They’re not normally so slow but methinks he misjudged a strong gust of wind that sent him over my head.

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I do like my Hatsan Escort semi auto shotgun with its seven round magazine it can do a lot of damage and if nothing else its so loud that it scares the crows and pigeons off for days Smile However I wouldn’t recommend one, it has a tendency to jam if you put more than five rounds in and has been know to fall apart in use Sad smile 

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Better buy a second hand Berretta or Mossberg Smile



  1. Paul,
    Maybe in a quiet moment you could make a new set of soft jaws for the vice.


    Comment by Kev — April 22, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    • Maybe in a quiet moment you could make a new set of soft jaws for the vice

      I’ll put it on the ‘to do’ list, I’ve had that vice 30 years and my father at least 10 before that, so I guess they’ve done well, it’s had them as long as I can remember.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2013 @ 5:18 am

  2. No crow stew for dinner then?

    Comment by Frances — April 22, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    • No crow stew for dinner then?

      Don’t think that it didn’t cross my mind 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2013 @ 5:19 am

  3. So how much longer are you leaving the wife home alone and the good ship Loch Striven, you wil have forgotten what a wonderful ship she is

    Comment by Stan — April 22, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    • Morning Stan, the only time I’ll be back on the Loch Striven is as a passenger, unless she returns to relieve the Hallaig for docking.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2013 @ 5:15 am

  4. If I was richer and healthier I’d be tempted to buy your croft 🙂 I do wonder if you might get more interest with some pictures of inside the rooms.

    Comment by knotrune — April 22, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    • Morning Knotrune, I’m guessing that you didn’t see this link on the page then 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2013 @ 5:14 am

      • No, I didn’t spot that 🙂 So either that’s not the problem, or other viewers didn’t spot it either. Otherwise I don’t know why it’s not sold, it looks so idyllic. Maybe they have read your blog about that road… try marketing it to boat owners! It could be more accessible from the sea 😉

        Comment by knotrune — April 23, 2013 @ 8:02 am

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