Life at the end of the road

January 6, 2014

Cheers Dido :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:09 pm

Of course it could be a pure coincidence but the phone has mysteriously started working again after I dropped Dido the CEO of Talk Talk a line. I could have laid it on thick in the email but I didnae, figuring that Dido would loose interest after the first paragraph. So I made it short, humorous and mentioned pigs, apparently she was raised on a pig farm Smile It goes without saying that I casually dropped in the 420,000 visitors last year and a link to . Expecting the usual standard reply I was surprised to receive one sent at 23:25

File:A Smiley.jpg

I am very sorry that you have had to contact me directly .   I have asked
one of my team to investigate this immediately, and we will be in touch
In the meantime, please accept my sincere apologies.
Best wishes

headed with a smiley. Now you don’t send smiley’s to irate customers so I’m guessing that she really did read it, and true to her word Mickey her executive manager was in touch at 13:25.

The phone has actually ‘fixed itself’ for a couple of days before, but it rang around 18:00 for the first time in weeks, and guess what, it was somebody trying to sell the wife life insurance Smile Smile I think she was so glad to hear a clear and crisp line that she spoke to him for much longer than the usual, ‘NO, I DON’T WANT ANY’ Smile 

Anyway, it’s early days yet but with a bit of luck I’ll be able to speak to the bank tomorrow and pay some bills, have you any idea how hard it is to pay anyone when you’ve no phone?

The ‘year of the house’

Normality is being restored after the festive break, for today it was back to some semblance of routine, the routine of taking the Dude to school. The routine of “have you got everything” to which he invariably replies “yes”. I then quiz the boy who is about to depart for a week in the hostel, “have you got a towel”, “no” he says, “have you got your shower gel”, “no”, and so it goes on Smile Anyway, I got him off on the 7:55 with all the other scholars from Raasay, the only difference being that they’d all be back home tonight Sad smile 

As soon as I got back home I led Rocky out onto the hill and then, with just the tiniest of difficulty I managed to separate Ellie from her wains and led her out too.


The pair of them followed the quad down to the lurve shack and as soon as he’d finished eating his breakfast he started trying to hump the poor girl.

Much to my delight, and just as promised, Lachie and his brother Donald turned up to restart work on the new house in earnest.



The weather was atrocious to say the least


but they were ‘hard at it’ until dark and the inevitable rush for the 17:30 ferry, I just hope it ran!!!


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If my sheltered anemometer is showing 47mph of south wind at 17:40 then you can bet it’s blowing much harder than that at the south end.

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I really must move this up to the new house to get a true reading of what the weather is doing.

Whilst the boys were busy fitting the soffits and facia boards I was working on the caravan, trying to sort a leak out and attempting to connect up to the septic tank.



As well as dealing with the hens, giving the freshly weaned piglets extra food, and of course feeding the ‘love birds’.


I just don’t get it

I have tried, I’ve even set up an account but this whole ‘Facebook’ thing is beyond me, I get a dozen ‘pokes’, ‘friend requests’ or messages a day from people I don’t know, or don’t want to know. It all started a few years ago when I kept getting ‘referrals’ to my blog from ‘Facecrook’  so I foolishly opened an account to see what the feck it was all about. Well, it’s beyond me ‘walls’, ‘pokes’, ‘likes’, I just don’t get it. OK, I’m a bit of a dinosaur on the technology front but after following hundreds of email links to dross I now delete all correspondence from them without even looking. I don’t want to play some stupid game with my sister in law, I’m not interested in some Ukrainian tart who’s ‘looking for a faithful man’ and I don’t give a fig about what some dude in Ohio thinks about Aerosmith.

Sure it’s great if you want to keep in touch with old pals from primary school, it’s fantastic if you live in a flat in Harringay and don’t like Coronation St and I’m sure it’s just boodly marvellous if your an expat in Bulgaria, but me, well, it’s beyond me Sad smile That is until today when I discovered Calum’s page, or whatever you call it , OK, I’ve still got Olga, Christina, Alenka, and Natasha in the sidebar.


For friths sake I’m 57, happily married and have never visited a porn site in my life, what the frig is all that about, does my fourteen year old son get the same offers of marriage from the former USSR ???

Anyway, Calum’s ‘Isle of Raasay’ page is well worth a ‘bookmark’

Photo: We had to save a porpoise yesterday! A baby porpoise washed up on the shore during an exceptionally high tide, and my poor father was tasked with carrying the poor thing quite a distance so we could lower it into some deeper water. It came ashore again, but after that it seemed to disappear. Hopefully it found it's way home! We didn't get many good photos, except this less than flattering photo of my dad resting as he carried it to the water -C

I guarantee that you’ll never find another picture ‘on the net’ of a ships master carrying a baby porpoise Smile Priceless, and the video from 1997 of the MV Raasay check it out now.


Not the same Dido I know but she’s Rollo’s brother from Faithless and they’re my favourite band of all time Smile Not only that but it’s great album and she’s sung with Faithless Smile


Then of course there’s Eminem,





  1. “it’s fantastic if you live in a flat in Harringay and don’t like Coronation St” … hahaha, yes I do Paul, but how did you know I don’t like Corrie ??

    Comment by cazinatutu — January 6, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    • “it’s fantastic if you live in a flat in Harringay and don’t like Coronation St” … hahaha, yes I do Paul, but how did you know I don’t like Corrie ??
      But do you have a Facebook account 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 6, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

      • yes I do Paul, for the same reason as Simon, to keep up with what my offspring are doing … but the kids also teach me how to “unfriend” people who insist on telling you what mood they’ve woken up in this morning, and I don’t know how they set the privacy controls but Svetlana doesn’t seem to see me (ask your son what to do)

        Comment by cazinatutu — January 7, 2014 @ 2:13 am

      • (ask your son what to do)
        Can he stop Natasha flashing her 42DD’s on the right hand side of the page or proposals of marriage from the Ukraine? You probably get targeted adds for Scottish holiday homes, Caribbean cruises or woolly underware 🙂 As for my son, well if I want to know I’ll ask him, not spy on him. He’s a friggin teenager full of testosterone and spots, the last thing he needs is his dad stalking him on Facecrook.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2014 @ 8:11 am

  2. Hey Paul
    I feel privileged to be one of your friends on facebook 🙂 Seriously it is good for spying on your teenage children if you need to! That picture with the baby porpoise could easily pass as porn on “specialist” websites, B-)

    Comment by Simon — January 6, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

    • It’s just beyond me Si, I follow some email link and it’s just the same old 5h1te, ‘5 messages and 1 poke’, what the feck is all that about? I check them out and some trout I’ve never heard of in Nova Scotia wants to be my friend and the wife’s sister in law wants to play some fecking stupid game. Do I really look like the kind of dude that wants to play ‘game of thrones’ or comment on the latest installment of ‘family guy’ ??? And I certainly don’t want to shag some tart from Azerbaijan.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 6, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

      • Just keep avoiding it. Ironically you little ‘rant’ has resulted in loads of people following the Isle of Raasay page over on Facebook 😉
        Funnily enough, I don’t ever seem to get any of the adverts that you mention despite being a regular user. Must be that Lancashire accent they go for !!

        Comment by Simon — January 8, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

      • I just cannae believe it Simon, I popped over there to see George’s page and got assaulted by Anastasia and a whole load of other ‘babes’, what’s all that about???

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

  3. Paul – a belated Happy New Year to you and yours….thanks for the Raasay Facebook tip – anything for us ‘southerners’ to hear Raasay news is a good thing! Hope the weather settles down and see you at Easter – any special requests from not too far from Accrington? Fiona x

    Comment by feemac — January 7, 2014 @ 12:09 am

  4. Always enjoy your great blog Paul, sometimes here in Spain, at home in The Pennines or on tour in Alba. Ever thought of pure internet banking – it’s dead easy? We were with Natwest for 40 years and got fed up with expense, poor service and constant sales pitches, Went to Smile (Co-ops internet brand) 7 years ago. Absolutely trouble-free ever since. Only thing you can’t do online is pay in, but you can pay cash or cheques in at any post office, or cheques only by Freepost. Never been in a bank building since 2006.

    Sun just up here. Cloudless sky. Love West Scotland but best in May/June for us.
    David & Margaret G

    Comment by David & Margaret Gartside — January 7, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    • Hi D&M,

      I do use internet banking but have you ever tried setting it up for a business account???? it’s a friggin nightmare, I’ve had three attempts and given up. Now I’ve got the phone working I’ll have another go.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 7, 2014 @ 8:03 am

  5. You know what I like about this blog?
    Diversity. 🙂

    Comment by basketbob — January 7, 2014 @ 9:07 am

  6. Thankyou for todays post you have fulfilled todays fix of dirty pleasure, no not Olga……………….Dido. Great voice.


    Comment by Alistair — January 7, 2014 @ 9:08 am

  7. Facebook: you need to go through your privacy settings first, then take a look at the FB Purity browser extension
    which “… is an anti-spam, browser extension for Facebook. It alters your view of Facebook to show only relevant information to you. It removes annoying and irrelevant stories from your newsfeed such as game and application spam, ads and sponsored stories. It also hides the boxes you don’t want to see on each side of the newsfeed.”

    I think “young people” 🙂 have moved on to Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp since their parents insisted on friending them on Facebook :).

    Comment by San — January 7, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  8. I was enjoying Dido, she has a nice clean, clear voice then that bloke came on started talking and spoiled it.
    Why do they have to spoil a decent song with that carp?
    Kev – (still stuck in the seventies)

    Comment by Kev — January 7, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    • Not a great fan of (c)rap myself Kev but Eminiem’s lyrics are deeply moving.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 8, 2014 @ 7:51 am

  9. Paul, why not use Skype over your internet connection to call the bank? You have to pay for calls to landlines, and it’s best done with a headset if you have one, but it should work a treat – and certainly beats standing in the rain!

    Comment by Patrick — January 8, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    • Hi Patrick and welcome,

      why not use Skype over your internet connection to call the bank?

      How does that work??

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 8, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    • Brilliant Patrick and thanks.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

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