Life at the end of the road

February 16, 2015

Smooth as :-)

Having sorted Lachie’s tipping trailer yesterday I wasted no time in testing it. Dragging my son out of his bed early we fed the hens, hitched up the trailer and headed for the 8:55 ferry. I was planning a visit to my parents on the mainland anyway so it made good sense to take the trailer as far as the Sconser quarry and deposit it there until our return.

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All my life I’ve loved quarries and mines, for as long as I can remember I’ve been ferreting about disused workings all over the country. Be they flooded slate pits in the Lake district, lead mines in the borders or diatomite mines on Skye, I just love them. So it was no chore to call in there at 9:30 and get a beard trim!!!!

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Les the manager had called me a tramp when I walked through the door and offered me the use of his beard trimmer. It’s not often you can get a free shave with two tons of 20mm stone chips Smile

Anyway, I left the trailer there until mid afternoon, when, after visiting my parents and doing some shopping I returned for the trailer and chips.

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I just love all this ‘serious’ machinery,


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that’ll be a good load in the trailer then

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all I had to do now was pay for it, and I didn’t even get charged for the shave Smile

Catching the 15:00 ferry back to Raasay, we were at Arnish just after 16:00 and got straight into testing the trailer proper.


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Well it goes up just fine

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and my son made a fine job of spreading it

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Three more loads should sort it.

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Satellite broadband is REALLY pish, do not ever be conned into signing up for it until you have explored 3g or some wireless link like we have now. I keep getting these messages, I dare not watch videos for fear of using the pathetic allowance, pages fail to load, don’t refresh and it drops out in poor weather. If you have nothing else it’s better than ‘dial up’ but only just Sad smile

My son needs to do an 18Gb update for his XBox, that would be SIX MONTHS allowance on this connection!!! or it at least it would on the package I had for £40 or £50 a month. He’ll be doing it via our ‘Applenet’ connection tomorrow hopefully, be interesting to see how that goes.



  1. The chips’ll fairly finish off around the shed Paul, I did some around my shed & house but wished I’d used some o that ‘geotextile’ cloth stuff – stops the chips mixing with the material underneath and keeps the weeds down too, a bit pricey tho.

    Comment by George — February 16, 2015 @ 10:29 pm

    • Morning George, yes I would normally use Terram but it’s pretty much solid rock under the chips there. I’ll be using some for the next load though.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 17, 2015 @ 7:01 am

  2. Now all these months I have been reading this blog you usually go to the end of the road and pick up a pile of stones to make paths. What’s happened you gone soft in your old age.

    Comment by Alistair — February 17, 2015 @ 8:19 am

  3. In the US they often use Lister engines for those rock screeners.

    Comment by mick — February 17, 2015 @ 10:44 am

  4. Paul, have you been following what’s happening at Ardnamurchan

    Comment by cazinatutu — February 20, 2015 @ 11:05 am

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