Life at the end of the road

October 27, 2013

Squidgy underfoot :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:55 pm

Only 20:00 on the ‘puters clock but my eyes say later so this is going to be quick and I’ll spare you the usual rants about altering the clocks. An extra hour in bed!!! am I the only person that gets up when he wakes up and not when the clock says so???

Anyway I was out early, determined to get some more work done on the dual purpose hen shed, and hopefully to get some concrete poured into the holes for the uprights. Fat chance of that as it turned out, the showers turned out to be very long and the dry bits in between very short and breezy.



The trenches that the Dude had dug just couldn’t cope with the deluge and any hope of pouring concrete vanished as the day progressed and the rain increased.


False hope reared its head occasionally in the form of blue sky and the odd rainbow but ten minutes was about as long as I got with the hood down and waterproofs unzipped. It may have been wet but it certainly wasn’t cold.



I just wish the showers had been just a little more widely spaced, all this water and rain was hindering progress something shocking.



As with many dual purpose things in life this hen shed plus solar panel mount is a bit of a compromise. The ideal angle for solar panels at this latitude is probably around 45degrees, however I wanted to make the hen shed no lower that 4’ at one end and my posts, after sinking into the ground only gave me 7’ at the high end. That’s a fall of 3’ over 8’ so around 20 degrees, it’ll lose me a couple of  kwh in January but gain me some in June, and to be honest I’ll probably have plenty of wind and hydro in January anyway.



Unable to get any concrete poured I concentrated on the 12’ long roof beams that were ex Raasay House,



a fantastic and free supply of 6” x "2” that needed much denailing Sad smile




Before being driven inside by the rain around 16:00 I managed to trim the uprights with the chainsaw and called it a day. Normally I’d have just used a regular saw but have you ever tried sawing waterlogged wood??


Well that’s probably it for now on the hen shed, I’ve enough wood left to finish the framing but pretty soon I’m going to have to start buying stuff Sad smile



  1. Would ducks be an option if the rain continues ? 🙂

    Comment by Andy — October 27, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    • Aye Andy, we kept ducks for years but the eggs aren’t so popular.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

  2. Looks like it’s going to be a real Hen Hoose, 5* at that. Andy above says what about Ducks, I think what about a pair of Geese, excellent scary value.

    Comment by Dave Grundy — October 28, 2013 @ 3:02 am

    • Hi Dave, I’ve had enough of geese, it’s a long story 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

  3. Good morning, Perhaps a stupid question, but is there much of a rat problem on Rassay? I appreciate that you have other thieving varmits, which we in the flat lands don’t, but poultry always seem to attract visitors which you don’t want. Richard.

    Comment by Richard. — October 28, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    • Hi Richard, I’ve never seen a rat at Arnish (yet) but they’ve certainly been a problem at Torran and on Fladda in the past. An old Raasay story tells of a barrel full of them being washed ashore on the tidal island of Fladda.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

  4. You’ve got your work cut out this time Paul especially the weather forecast pending and looking at the condition of the ground your having to trudge through, extra drainage work needs to be done to clear water run off.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — October 28, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  5. Hello Paul! I wanted to give you a “heads up” that I mentioned your blog when commenting on a Facebook posting by the BBC regarding Colum’s Road. You are an amazing blogger who brings your experiences to life on Raasay! Thank you!

    Comment by Vivian — October 28, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    • Thanks Vivian, Calum’s road is on BBC1 tonight on ‘Grand tours of the Scottish islands’ @ 7:30.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

  6. Fascinating blog. Came across your blog when trying search the internet for a clue to the ‘jumping pig’ road sign we saw on Raasay a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky enough to be there when the weather was beautiful. Too good to last! Hope it dries up for you soon.

    Comment by Mike Dunbar — October 28, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    • Good morning Mike and welcome, alas there were two more pig signs but one was removed by the council,

      pig on the rocks

      and one was vandalized 😦

      pig at the end of the road

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2013 @ 6:35 am

  7. The Dude was wise indeed to dig trenches near the hen hoose. Once the chickens are at home, the Dude can place a new egg in an egg cup and form a flotilla all the way to your new abode! Now if the turbine could just heat the water, they would arrive at the house already poached! That boy is a genius!

    Comment by Drgeo — October 29, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    • Morning drG,

      better still we’re going to use ‘roll away’ nest boxes that direct the eggs into the trench 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2013 @ 6:30 am

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