Life at the end of the road

April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:53 pm

Good indeed, in fact more like stupendous Friday with my son and I going ‘great guns’ on the ‘solar powered hen shed’ and fencing. So good that I only managed a few pictures with my phone, and they are, on the whole carp. There were one or two photographs of the hens but they’re on my Panasonic and I’m too tired to go outside and retrieve it from the Land Rover.

As has been the pattern of late, I was up early and out feeding well before 7:00, then armed with a diving cylinder, brush and some resin I went up to insert the final threaded rod into my turbine base.


I blew all the water out with compressed air then cleaned and dried it with a paint roller prior to injecting the two part resin. Clean is crucial but dry doesn’t really matter as you can actually use Hilti HIT RE500 resin under water, still, it didn’t seen right to have water in the hole. These two studs and the 10mm thick steel ‘angle iron’ are an addition of mine, the 29mm studs in the centre will provide a little extra strength to the base of the turbine. Not that it should need it, but better ‘safe than sorry’. I did something similar on my current turbine eight years ago and it just helped me sleep easier for the first couple of years. It’s hard to get to grips with the fact that your 700kg turbine and mast is only ‘glued’ to Scotland!!!

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At current temperature of the rock the resin remains workable for over an hour but takes 72 to cure fully so I cleaned off the excess resin and placed the angle over the stud whilst it was still soft. I did not fancy filing any more off that thick steel section Smile The other stud which had been inserted over three days ago was just torqued up to a ‘couple of hundred lbs/ft for good measure.

After that I returned home for a fried ‘Arnish egg’ before returning to my ‘fencing and decking’ until 9:30 when I attempted to waken my son.

After that I returned to my ‘fencing and decking’ until 10:30 when I attempted to waken my son.

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The Dude may not have been very ‘active’ but Molly and Charlie certainly where when I tried once more at 11:30. This time I managed to draw him out of bed with some porridge and a cup of tea, whereupon he excelled in the ‘decking department’.

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I can just see the hens now basking in the early morning sun on their timber ‘sun porch’ Smile Of course by the time this picture was taken the sun was well ‘over the yard arm’.

There is some serious effort going into this shed I can tell you, I hope the hens (and wife) appreciate it it Smile


The phone camera does not do the day justice, it was beautiful with proper heat, flying beasties, real sunshine, a pair of sparrow hawks and a pigeon each for my son and I. The Dude is turning into a pure ‘crack shot’ with the .22, me I prefer the ‘wide angle’ and ‘rapid fire’ approach of a semi auto shotgun. Sure it doesn’t have a great deal of finesse but it’s a great substitute for a low sperm count and far cheaper than a motorbike or sports car Smile




Once the decking was finished I trimmed around the bottom of the ‘Ryloc’ with the brushcutter prior to laying out and hanging the 1.8m chicken wire off the strained top wire. This seems to be the best way of getting the netting up in position with the minimum of kinks.


We managed to get all of the remaining chicken mesh up, though this long run still needs battening down, gates need to be made and current ones raised, but we’re getting there, slowly.



This is the old barn behind the house as we ‘wrapped up’ for the day with some strange wispy clouds above. I had little time for photography today but there were some awesome cloud formations, earlier in the afternoon when we returned home for pasta the clouds were just like mackerel markings.



Here is the same barn photographed in the 1970’s by Richard Moore of fame. It would appear from this picture that much of the eastern wall is missing, or at least wildly overgrown.

The ‘junk folder’

For some reason much of my mail seems to be ending up up in my ‘junk mail’ folder these days so i missed these two images of the Hebridean Princess  taken yesterday.




The ex Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Columba is now becoming a regular and welcome visitor to our new harbour, with its beautiful aspect and short walk to Raasay House . Many thanks to Angus for those belated shots, I just don’t get this ‘junk mail’ folder. OK, I mark mail for ‘block sender’ or you get unsolicited spam and it ends up there, but how is it that people in my ‘contacts’ keep getting diverted there??  I’m no ‘computer genius’ but surely if you move stuff from ‘junk’ to ‘in box’ and reply to it then it shouldn’t keep putting incoming mail from ‘safe senders’ there.



  1. Paul,

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the Hilti HIT – the wind turbine will be fine!!! We have been using it successfully for years on structures, in wet and in dry, from dry docks in Plymouth to the Forth Road Bridge and indeed your very own ferry terminal. Nothing has collapsed yet 🙂

    Comment by Iain MacPherson — April 18, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    • Thanks for the reassurance Iain, could have just done with some more of those stainless studs that you used on the fendering 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 19, 2014 @ 6:30 am

  2. Simply moving mail between folders does not set it as safe. You need to right click the mail and got to spam options and set sender to safe.

    Comment by Lynn R — April 19, 2014 @ 5:33 am

    • I just knew some fine follower would help me out, Thanks Lynn R.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 19, 2014 @ 6:28 am

  3. Good to hear form you yesterday for a catch up. I’m back up to date with your blog now to.

    Comment by MW — April 19, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

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