Life at the end of the road

April 11, 2015

A dozen attempts :-(

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:01 pm

Well WordPress say it only took 15 minutes to upload last night’s effort, don’t believe a word of it, I was at it for hours. OK, perhaps not hours but certainly double their estimate.

Anyway, I’m over at ‘Sonas’ right now sheltering from a hail shower, resting my back and frying a steak.

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Bit OTT for a lunchtime snack I know but Jason the plasterer left one of Lidl’s finest for me and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not really a ‘steak person’, restrict mine to a couple of times a year at the companies expense. I guess I’ve been spoiled  with home grown pork, lamb and beasts off the hill, but most of the steaks I’ve had were a bit of a disappointment. The Bute beef I tried at the Victoria hotel in Rothesay being the exception, I even asked for the chef and gave him a fiver, well my employer picked up the tab. Five quid out of my own pocket for the nicest, most tender and rare steak I’ve had seemed like a bargain. The one I’ve just demolished from Lidl wasnae bad either, cheers Jason.

Anyway, talking of meat, the weather has been mince, one minute the sun’s out and the next it’s either pishing with rain, sleet or hail.

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That was yesterday, taken from ‘the Hill of the Hind’ above Tarbert, a little different to say the least. Friday was a very productive day, amongst other things I wired up an extractor fan in my ‘Power Station’.

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I’d already fitted a powerful blower to force cold air from the bottom of the door into the shed.

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There’s a ‘ring main’ in there that’s only live when the generator is running so both fans are just plugged into that, so they only run when Harry starts. I think I got a little carried away with the insulation when I was building the shed. Batteries perform much better if kept above freezing point, however when the Lister HR2 is running it gets mighty hot in there despite having a fully lagged exhaust.

Of course the plan is to not have the generator running at all if possible but the last week Jason had some heaters and lights going in the house so it came on a couple of times.

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The wife, son, SiL and MiL had made a splendid job of power washing the hen shed then going over it with a blow lamp to remove any ‘beasties’. I took up the fresh litter for the floor which we buy from Harbro, something I was loath to do at first. However now we don’t cut wood anymore and this stuff is actually much better. I think it costs about £8 but there’s actually much more in the bag than you think and even with our huge hen hoose, one bag last for ages.

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Anyway, I’ll leave you with the MV Hallaig, it’s 17:00 now and I’ve not even touched on today’s work but we’re off out for dinner tonight and I’ve to do the hens yet. I’ll tell you all about the bottle of vodka and the van stuck at Brochel tomorrow Smile At least this will not take me a dozen attempts to post!!!



  1. Your bales marked “Harbro” look like they might be wood shavings. Around here they come in either “fine” or “flake.” As a product of the housing industry, they collect odd bits and throw the bits into a grinder. As housing starts decline,the shavings grow more expensive. One way I deal with that is wait until there is the twice annual 25% off sale and buy a year’s worth. Then I stow that in a separate out building, away from dangers of fire. Lucky for me the spare out building was already here, because I pay $1 less per bale and the math would not allow a new building.

    Comment by drgeo111 — April 11, 2015 @ 7:26 pm

  2. You don’t cut wood any more?……wotwotwot????

    Comment by Lloyd — April 11, 2015 @ 10:41 pm

    • Hi ATB, Lloyd,

      You don’t cut wood any more?……wotwotwot????

      Nah, given it up, no stove in the new house.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 12, 2015 @ 9:32 am

  3. Paul,
    Glad to see the weather has begun to improve and spring is trying to spring despite the snow/hail. The last picture is a real cracker, the BBC news website has a section that is constantly changing with pictures from around Scotland, you might want to email the Beeb some of yours……………..uploading speed allowing.
    No stove in your new house??
    I have missed the ‘on ship’ communal meal foody pictures, I was beginning to think you were living on fresh air, looking forward to seeing the 8×8 installation, is that going to be onto a concrete slab?

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — April 12, 2015 @ 6:27 am

  4. What a stunning photo is that on Skye we have not seen that view before have we ? thanks I do enjoy your pictures in particular if it is not a rude question is there anyone coming south that would like their fuel paid for those batteries if they are still about best wishes Patrick .

    Comment by Patricka — April 13, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

  5. Utter carp about the sluggish speeds. In case it’s of any use, I found my EE 3G service was pretty good when camping there. OK for when you’re at work but obviously not much good for home. Still, that info may be useful to you one day 🙂

    Comment by Andrew J Ditton — April 24, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    • Hi Andrew, the EE 3G has been off for fourteen days now at Sconser/Raasay !!!!!!!!!!!! one of the reasons why you’ve not heard from me.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

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