Life at the end of the road

March 11, 2014

Ready for bed :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:56 pm

Not quite 20:30 and I’m ready for my bed, so there’ll be no epic prose tonight, it’s been a pure peach of a day, I haven’t stopped until now and I’m whacked.


I was up at ‘cock crow’, not that we’ve got one, but if we had then I’d have been awake before him. The day was true to it’s forecast of being a belter and I wanted to make the most of it so went round to the barn early and started cutting wood for the new hen shed.

I know the the old ‘solar powered hen shed’ is becoming a bit of a labour of love but as 90% of it is old and reclaimed stuff I spend longer removing nails and making 6 x 2’s into 3 x 2’s than actually building the thing.


Today it was extra timbers for the floor joists, some uprights to fasten the OSB to and supports for the rear wall sheeting. I didn’t have a whole lot to show for my days labour but I only stopped to have some liver, bacon and egg with Lachie who was busy at the block work.



You need something solid inside you for this kind of work and a nice fresh healthy piece of lightly fried liver takes some beating.



That’s it really, it’s not even 21:00 and I’m going to bed, after having done all the housework prior to wifey returning home I’ve had enough.



I’d really like to be carrying on with the shed but I’ve reached that stage now where I’m actually going to have to buy some wood for the flooring and front Sad smile So it’s Portree with the trailer tomorrow and I’ll leave you with some pictures of ‘an old flame’ sent to me today by David Fairclough.



The Loch Striven at Tarbert


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and here at Lochranza on Arran.



  1. Loch Striven. She’s often (ish) alongside here in Rothesay.

    Comment by Panomphaean — March 11, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Dear Paul,
    have you realised that you will this year install as much renewable power as you have installed over the last 8 yeas and with far less sweat capital, just a thought



    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — March 12, 2014 @ 6:29 am

    • Hi Dave,
      aye, and that’s only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 14, 2014 @ 3:31 am

  3. Paul
    I hope these southeners look after your old lady in the same way you did. All the best John (still in gdansk)

    Comment by john salton — March 12, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    • I hope Loch Striven finds a place back “up North” she has plenty of crossings still to do.

      Comment by Andy Mackechnie — March 12, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

      • Hi There in Corpach Andy,
        I hope the Loch Striven comes back up here for a while too, then people will realize how lucky they are having Hallaig 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 14, 2014 @ 3:23 am

    • Hi John,
      sadly the old Striven was showing her age when she left Raasay 😦 Enjoy Gdansk, I always meant to visit there as I used to have a Polish girlfriend, sadly she dumped me over the phone in favour of a dentist with a BMW 😦 Still, I met the hen lady ‘on the rebound’ and she’s the best thing that ever happened to me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 14, 2014 @ 3:31 am

  4. A man, his shed, his workmate, a few power tools and his dug. What more can a chap want?

    Comment by Phil Cook — March 12, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    • A man, his shed, his workmate, a few power tools and his dug. What more can a chap want?
      A ‘wee dram’ perhaps 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 14, 2014 @ 3:24 am

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