Life at the end of the road

June 8, 2014

Yet another oil tank

Almost 7:00am and I’ve just managed to lose a post that took me several hours to write, the phrase ‘spitting feathers’ springs to mind, I am not a ‘happy bunny’ Sad smile

So I’m not going to waste anymore of a precious day and will just stick the photos and video on before going out to feed.

First task yesterday after the early start was to go and help my good mate the GDD collect some stuff for the new house then hitch a lift in his rather large ERF 6 x 2 with 16 gears and a 420HP Cummings engine.


Whilst I was doing that Lachie and his son in law were busy at the block work



and fitting the window sills.


Most of my afternoon being taken up with yet another ‘oil tank mod’.

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I had taken one of these old tanks that I’d converted into pig housing up for the hens some weeks ago. Hens seem to love sheltering in them from the sun and rain, only trouble is, they seem to love laying in them too. That in itself isn’t a problem, what’s not so good is lifting it up to get the eggs out then putting it back down without trapping the ever curious chooks. The final straw was on Friday when I nearly decapitated one so I decided to put a door at the opposite end of another one then swap them over.

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This one is also flat on top so I can rest the egg tray on it whilst lifting them out.



Just as well, for when my son and I went to swap them over there were 17 eggs under the old one!!

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Far better to recycle ‘on site’ than put stuff away to the council Smile



A good use for the old washing machine shell Smile



  1. How about a cold smoker with your old washing machine.

    Comment by Andrew — June 8, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    • I have a cold smoker made from a barrel 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 9, 2014 @ 5:52 am

  2. Thank you for posting the video, it now puts the magnitude of Calum’s efforts in building his road into prospective. An unbelievable task that wouldn’t have happened anywhere else.

    Comment by Richard — June 8, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    • Glad you liked the vid Richard, it’s quite a trip in a truck 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 9, 2014 @ 5:52 am

  3. I see someone else has parked a caravan where you had yours for a while … is it (semi) permanent or just a visitor

    Comment by cazinatutu — June 8, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    • I see someone else has parked a caravan where you had yours for a while

      That’ll be our Thomson, it’s where I go when the wife throws me out 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 9, 2014 @ 5:51 am

  4. Loved the video – and what a day! Should have been travelling that road or similar myself this week but plans didn’t work out.


    Comment by Sue — June 9, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    • Thought it was about time we were seeing you Sue 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 10, 2014 @ 4:52 am

      • July 19 should see us on the 4.15 ferry from Sconser, loaded with Smidge and a bottle or two of good red wine….

        Comment by Sue — June 10, 2014 @ 7:03 am

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