Life at the end of the road

January 14, 2015

Very wintery

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 2:09 pm

Way too long a day for posting last night so I’ll make an effort during my lunch break here on the good ship Hallaig. A pot of soup bubbling away on the stove and me sitting down in the quiet warmth and luxury of the mess room. Tuesday was an early start at ‘past the end of the road’ and for the first time since arriving at Torran Schoolhouse I couldn’t here wind, rain or both on the bedroom window. You’re talking of needing a good hour to get to the ferry from Torran really, sure you could probably do it in half that but you never know what’s in store.

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Snow for instance, if it’s lying at sea level in Loch Arnish you can bet it’s a foot deep at Glam! Then there are the fallen trees, cows on the road and punctures, all of which have happened more than once on the journey from north to south.

Monday it was the snow that impeded progress and even the Land Rover slid into the verge of the unploughed or gritted road to Arnish. We did make it to the ferry on time though and my son ended his two day unscheduled leave from school and headed for his physics prelim.


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Me, I set off for the mainland and my parents house  where I was surprised to see a blaze of gorse at Dornie, sure you get a few out at this time of year. Indeed for much of the winter they are a most welcome splash of colour on the sombre hill, but this was a true riot of yellow. OK, I know it looks a bit drab but it was a pretty carpy day with frequent showers of the ‘white stuff’.

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I arrived just in time to meet my father and one of the excellent carers that looks after him for the day at Dornie. I dunno what it’s like in the toon but the Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers in Skye and Lochalsh get well looked after. I know my dear mum would really struggle without them.

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Definitely the right vehicle for the job, wifey phoned me to tell me Phoebe had slid into the verge at the same place as the ‘Old Girl’. However she’d failed to make it up the hill at Brochel so wifey turned her around and headed back home, even then she had to leave her at Tarbert and walk over a mile to Torran. Me I phoned up the Highland Council and complained nicely, It’s quite simple really, if the road is not gritted and ploughed we can’t get to work. If I don’t get to work the ferry doesn’t run and today Raasay has no mail because my wife could not get to work!

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Anyway, after chopping a few logs, taking the dog for a walk and changing the water filter  headed back to Sconser for the 15:00 sailing to Raasay and two weeks work.

Once the ferry was tied up for the night I headed home down a freshly ploughed and gritted road and was pleased to find Phoebe parked in her usual spot ‘at the end of the road’. The lights were also still blazing and the new house when I went up to collect the quad.

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Despite being well after 20:00, Lachie and Donald were still hard at it putting up the framing for the interior partitioning.

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After that I turned my attention to the power supply for ‘number 3’ and was pleased to see that the Proven 2.5kW wind turbine was belting out its full rated output and more.

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I saw it pass 50 amps several times whilst I was in the shed checking on the batteries and inverter. This must be due to the new springs I fitted after the last storm a month ago exactly. I guess at nine years old they were getting a little weak and I’d never noticed the performance gradually decrease, I’ve never seen it over 40 amps for quite a while.

By the time I finally reached The Old Schoolhouse it was heading for 21:00 and I was knackered. Still after a good sleep I arose the wrong side of 6:00am and headed for work, finding the snow plough heading for Arnish as I went south.


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The day was not always like this!! Smile



  1. Apparently Lachie has a worse cable connection to the Internet than you do. The DIY channel is full of Canadian Mike Holmes erecting houses with pink and blue lumber (mold and fire resistant) plus house wrap that breathes and absorbs out gassing. And everything is insulated with purple foam. Very colorful!

    Comment by drgeo111 — January 14, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    • Morning Dr G, wondered where you were 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2015 @ 6:12 am

    • OMG,must be bad if your fed up with the weather,us in in the city are saying the same 🙂

      Comment by Duncan Boyle — January 17, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    • hi
      you had a site for farms for sale,i,m sure I seen it on your blog.can you send me a link

      Comment by Duncan Boyle — January 17, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Glad you dad has excellent care. That is so important for him and your mom. My dad passed away on December 4, just a few weeks before his 83rd bday, due to the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Until he started taking medication for that awful disease 4 years ago, he had never been on any sort of medication his entire life. I think we would have made it to 90 had he not had Alzheimer’s. Your dad looks like he’s ready for a good long walk and I hope he still has many ahead.

    Comment by Morgan — January 15, 2015 @ 2:03 am

    • Sorry to hear about your dad Morgan, mine was 86 on the 6th, at least he still has his health.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 15, 2015 @ 6:11 am

  3. Phones are live ere matey,, panic over !

    Comment by bw — January 15, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

  4. I am interested in why the partitioning is mounted on what appears to be blocks. Is that to allow for a deep cement screed or maybe protection of the partitioning in the event of accidental flooding or maybe to do away with skirting boards.

    Great to see you are still blogging, was a little worried a few weeks ago.

    Comment by Tedgo — January 15, 2015 @ 2:47 pm

  5. looks like a gap for under floor heating to me, as you say lay the pipes then screed over the top, How about this for off the grid Paul? though with work you could get the path quad or small 4×4 passable, I have admired it for years!! Mind you, full refurb and no truck access, landing craft ok though : )

    Comment by v8mbo — January 16, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

  6. click on enlarge and the pics come back to life!

    Comment by v8mbo — January 16, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

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