Life at the end of the road

April 10, 2015

Taped and filled :-)

Filed under: Land Rover, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:11 pm

Well this is going to be quick, it might even be in two or three posts. I know it’s been a while but the weather’s been good and I’m struggling to access my emails thanks to the ‘Blue Circle’ Internet here.


Not only is Nial Quinn’s ‘satellite broadband’ like slow curing concrete, I can’t seem to get past that blue spinning circle every time I try and open a new page. It’s not just the ex footballers company that is ‘pants’


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the whole technology is flawed. Sure it’s better than ‘dial up’ but only just, and there are far better ways of getting internet via wireless. It’s not just slow, slow I could live with, some pages it will just NOT load, it freezes, it’s expensive, the allowance is abysmal (3gB a month here) and it uses all sorts of tricks to make you think it’s faster than it actually is.

So, where was I?

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Saw the first lamb on Raasay last week, just by Holoman House, there’s always some earlier near the old iron ore pier but I’ve not been down that way in a while.


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Up until recently the weather has been boodly freezing, with the growing grass and budding trees ‘stalled’ for a fortnight. They’re back on course now right enough with a spurt brought on by the recent sunshine.

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There’s been a few breezy days and I’m glad I’m n o longer a fish farmer! The boys at Marine Harvest in Sconser got a fair battering that day.

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Early morning stag.

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More ‘pods’ for Raasay house.

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A new van for the postie.

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A beautiful and delicious cake from a grateful customer Smile It did not last long and was well appreciated.

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Our ‘as new’ 8 x 8 shipping container arrived from Campbell Plant and it was better than described.

My good mate arrived for a weeks ‘cover’ as ‘seaman purser’ in his ‘Teuchter Wagon’ the ‘Ninja’

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He was staying in our caravan so we took it in turns to commute, I can feel a TD5 conversion coming on.

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My other pal from Mull bought a chicken coop from ‘Donald the Hen’ and the ‘Ninja’ took it to Oban.

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Still, not as impressive as the load on the back of my ‘Teuchter Wagon’ in 2012, the photograph on the right being taken by a cyclist that overtook me!!


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First thing I did upon finishing work on Tuesday was unload my container.

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And, on Wednesday I gave it a couple of coats of paint underneath.

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All the while, Jason my ‘taper and filler’ was grafting away in the new hoose.

Sure there was more, much more but it’s 20:50 now and it’ll probably take me an hour to upload this Sad smile



  1. your blog sets me up for the weekend 🙂

    Comment by Duncan Boyle — April 10, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

    • Your cups keep me topped up with tea 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 11, 2015 @ 6:01 am

  2. Scary thing is my boss is moving the office to our workshops, in the middle of nowhere, and is planning on using satellite broadband to run 7 PCs, a server………

    Comment by Ali — April 10, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

    • Morning Ali, he’s obviously had the ‘hard sell’ speak to anyone who’s actually used ‘real broadband’ and they’ll tell you it’s 5h1te. The entire satellite capability for western Europe is about the same as the telephone exchange in a small town. Due to the contention they use all sorts of tricks to try and speed it up, like compressing images and not automatically loading pages, it is in a word PISH. Wireless is the way to go, all you need is ‘line of sight’ to a good connection, or someone like me who will power up a mast and ‘bounce’ the signal your way. We serve the northern end of the Applecross peninsula using a system installed by these chaps

      broadband mast

      It is the most reliable and fastest broadband on Raasay, and whilst I get ‘unlimited’ for free for powering the mast, the other subscribers only pay £18 a month!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 11, 2015 @ 6:00 am

      • Sadly I don’t think he has actually done any research yet……. we currently have a pretty dire 6mb broadband connection but at least it works….. I so cannot see a satellite link working. We are on the Somerset Levels but too far from an exchange at the new office. I cannot see the move taking place but I hope I am wrong!

        Comment by Ali — April 11, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

  3. Great to see you back, mate.
    Why the carp broadband when you have only moved fifty feet or so?

    Comment by Lloyd — April 10, 2015 @ 11:08 pm

    • Hi Lloyd, we’re in the Schoolhouse, the broadband at the house is ‘interstellar. Sadly the SH is hard up against the rocks so has no ‘line of sight’ to the repeater, backhaul or our house. That’s what’s so annoying, during the day I take my laptop to the caravan to do important stuff when I could be working outside.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 11, 2015 @ 5:47 am

  4. Hi Paul good to hear from you again, I thought you were moving out of the schoolhouse and into caravan. I bet your missus is pleased with her new van.

    Comment by Stan — April 11, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    • Hi Stan,

      yup, the container is in position and we’ll start moving out tomorrow I guess. We don’t have to be out for a couple of weeks but I’m quite looking forward to it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 11, 2015 @ 3:29 pm

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