Life at the end of the road

March 23, 2015

The usual rush

Monday ‘number 2’ already and yours truly will be back aboard Hallaig tomorrow, so as per usual I’ve been rushing round demented. Starting at 5:30 when I started catching up on some paperwork then dragging my son out of his bed to get him off to the school. That would be via the hens of course, who ‘true to form’ are getting more and more active as the daylight lengthens, 60 eggs being a regular tally for the day.

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Down to the 7:55 ferry and an exceptional tide

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and a crossing that was ‘par for the day’, lots of sun interspersed with ‘short sharp’ showers. Great March weather with sun, water and wind to keep the batteries topped up.

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No great trip to Skye for shopping,  just a quick visit to the quarry for more ‘chuckies’ whilst I had the use of Lachie’s tipping trailer.

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The Sconser quarry was considerably quieter than the last time I visited, the ‘big blast’ done and with everything crushed the machinery was leaving.

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Well, the big stuff at any rate Smile

Though they don’t start quite so young at Sconser.

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Grant’s lovely old Foden just beat me to the weigh bridge Smile

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And, as I only had 1.6T of ‘chuckies’ on board I took half a ton of coal up to Arnish too.

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Lachie was busy preparing the ‘lean too’ base for the concrete tomorrow so I gave him a hand with some ducting for the power and water.


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The water duct, a 110mm salmon cage pipe was a little reluctant to go through the wall so Lachie gave it a wee push with the digger.

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Then a little ‘sub base’

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To make a good earth I laid several meters of copper braid under the base then out through the wall to bury in the water pipe trench.

There was more, much more but it’s 19:30 and I’m ready for bed!!! Well perhaps I’ll just have a shower first and see if that wakes me up Smile

Excess on Excel

Amazing what a cold shower and even colder bottle of Magners can do, OK, the shower wasn’t actually cold, but the room was. Someone in the family had obviously got carried away with the afternoon sun and left a window open Sad smile Anyway the ‘quest for power’ has taken a turn for the better with my 54kWh per day beaten (just), for the first time in 10 days.



So far my daily average production has been 51.5kWh, 3.5kWh short of my ‘Daily av req’ but that figure included the chalet and assumes insulation to current building regs and three adults at home. Our insulation is well above even the latest regs and there are only two of us for most of the week so I think we are well ‘on course’ and we still have another wind turbine ‘on the cards’. Having said that, the days we are short there was little in the way of wind or sun on some occasions.

Of course as soon as we deplete the battery bank to 50% then Harry the Lister HR2 12kW generator will start up but my ‘mission’ is to have a totally renewable house and retire my 1978 Lister for all but emergency use. Having said that I should really run him up every month for a few hours just to exercise his legs and keep the diesel fresh Smile 

And don’t for one minute think I had anything to do with that ‘spread sheet’ my seasoned Excel guru and ‘back to back’ is coaching me Smile

Nissan Almera for sale

Now if you want a totally reliable car that is never going to get stolen then look no further than a Nissan Almera 1.5 SVE petrol. A completely ordinary car that will not get noticed by anyone, probably the ideal car for a bank robbery Smile Anyway, when I finally get around to it I’m going to put it in the WHFP or Gumtree, only 82k and with 12 months MOT and I guess it must be a 2004, well it’s yours for £800.

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It’s got ‘all the toys’, air con, electric sunroof, 15”alloys, climate control, dog guard, sat nav, electric windows, super locking (whatever that is!), power steering and it’s still ‘dull as dishwater’ Smile



  1. Great stuff, thanks for all you efforts to keep the blog going

    Comment by tonylucas63 — March 25, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    • Morning Arizona, wondered where you’d been Tony, when our house is finally finished, if we have any money left I’d love to visit the desert once more.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2015 @ 5:56 am

      • We would love to have you stop by and visit

        Comment by tonylucas63 — March 30, 2015 @ 2:22 am

  2. Hi Paul
    I am interested in your Nissan for my student daughter to get to work How can I contact you ?

    Comment by Heather MacDonald — March 25, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

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