Life at the end of the road

March 23, 2015

So much for ‘taking it easy’

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:53 am

I’d promised myself that I’d ‘take it easy’ today, it being the Sabbath and the only day that wifey gets off work. I even managed to get off to a fine start by staying bed until 7:00am, though that was more to do with the cider induced headache than actually sleeping in. I was still awake at 6:00am and thinking that I’d better hurry up and go and ‘do the hens’, hens, just like pigs and sheep ‘don’t take Sunday’s off’. I’d even convinced myself that I could just nip over on the quad and then and then come back to Torran for that ‘leisurely day’ I’d promised the family.

Of course that didn’t happen, the cold blustery south wind woke me up big style and once my chores were done I started work on my window sills.

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The triple glazed Interorm windows needed their aluminium sills trimming where they met the mullion.

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Luckily my 25 year old DeWalt 250mm chop saw is well up to the job and produces a lovely clean cut.

So far so good, it only took me a couple of hours and I headed back to the Schoolhouse fully intending to keep my promise. I’ll just take a trailer load of material for the road I told myself, pointless going back ‘empty handed’ I thought.

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Next thing, before I could stop myself I was patching up the road big style.

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The ‘just one load’ turned into three and before I realized the morning had turned into the afternoon and even my son was out of bed.

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After a bite to eat I spent a few hours making some space in the barn as we shall be vacating the Schoolhouse at the end of April and I need to make some room for all our carp. Serious enquiries will be made tomorrow for an 8’ X 10’ shipping container, there’s a nice spot for it right next to our feed store Smile

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Yup, right there by that spade, it’ll look lovely Smile 

Whilst I was making progress in the barn my son was busy sweeping out the house,

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all this has to be finished next week for the ‘taping and filling’ Smile

I did promise wifey that I’d be home early for Sunday dinner, I just had one more ‘wee job’ to do.

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OK, two, I had to finish this bit of the track and fit a gate post,

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OK, three, check out ‘little and large’ Smile


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Well I managed it


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and got home in time for the chicken Smile

So much for satellite technology

Two hours I tried to post this last night and I kept getting a message telling my ‘the upload has been unexpectedly terminated’ or something similar. Satellite broadband really is the pits, I dare not watch any videos or listen to the radio, my son is banned from plating games or updating his Xbox. Some pages just will not load or update and I’m sick of watching that little blue circle spinning round for what seems like an age. Worst of all it costs a fortune, dunno what the ‘package’ is here at the Schoolhouse but mine was £40 or £50 for some pathetic speeds and a 3gb monthly cap.

By contrast my wireless link at Sonas and the rest of Arnish costs £18 a month is unlimited and positively ‘interstellar’ by comparison. Now I only mention this because that clown Osborne announced ‘a significant investment in satellite technology to proved ‘hyperfast broadband’ to remote consumers!!!!!    



  1. What? You mean technology has over promised and under delivered? Well, there’s a novelty – NOT! Interesting to see how you’ve got on (or rather, not) with satellite tech. Thanks for the update.

    Comment by Andrew J Ditton — March 23, 2015 @ 11:28 am

    • I’m posting this on my cheap as chips super reliable wireless based Internet at twice the speed of anyone else on Raasay, four times quicker than satellite and a quarter of the price. I dread going back to use the QSat pish 😦 Two men fitted my system in a day and no one had to send a rocket into orbit, you couldn’t make this lunacy up!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 23, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

  2. I’m guessing that one of your chickens was walking ‘a bit funny’ that morning…!

    Comment by Michael — March 23, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    • That reminds me of the cracker joke in “The Good Life”…

      …The Oh-Ah bird is so called because it lays square eggs. 🙂

      Comment by Phil Cook — March 23, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

      • We say OO Ar Phil 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2015 @ 5:58 am

    • After the week I’ve had, I’m walking a bit funny!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2015 @ 5:58 am

  3. you will need a rest with all that work

    Comment by Duncan Boyle — March 23, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

    • I’ll get a rest at work Duncan 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2015 @ 5:57 am

  4. Looks like things are comming on nicely. And the path to to old schoolhouse is looking way better. It must be something in the water that creates the road building itch

    Comment by Kevin — May 13, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

    • Morning Kevin,

      aye the Torran path is coming on nicely, it’s been a bit of a ‘community effort’ with all the locals doing a bit.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2015 @ 6:22 am

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