Life at the end of the road

May 12, 2015

Lots of dust :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:40 pm

Well this is going to be extremely short, it’s almost 23:00 and I’ve not long finished me chores. A spell of concrete grinding until 21:00 then a shower and lots of messing about on the internet. I came in looking like the abominable snowman and wifey looked very fetching in her oversize Cal Mac overalls Smile

This concrete polishing is turning into a bit of an epic, and whilst Lachie and I are heaving 40kg of polisher around for hours on end I’m sure we’re both regretting the decision to do it. However, I’m sure it will look just amazing when it’s finished, and even now with no heating on it’s almost 4 degrees warmer than the floor in the barn.

We’ve been taking it in turns to do a couple of hours each on the grinder then go and collect stones for Norman who is busy with the gable end.

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I’ve been going up to North Arnish collecting corner stones from around the ruins there. I just can’t bear to remove any stones from the actual ruins but there are plenty lying on the ground, the only problem is lifting them onto the quad.


I just can’t help thinking how lucky I am to Skye’s best tradesmen working on my house, just look at that wall, awesome Smile 

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As the mobile phone reception is pish in the caravan I moved the Land Rover to the top of a hill and now use it as my ‘office’. The phone works from there and I can use a pen and paper without getting soaked Smile


It took me two hours to get two stones for Norman, it took Lachie about half an hour to get a pallet load and trim them to size Sad smile

Anyway, that’s it ‘I’m off’, I’ve got a plane to catch tomorrow Smile



  1. You off on your Hols? or have you treated yourself to a flying lesson ?

    Comment by Alistair — May 13, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    • It’s like a TV serial: always leave the audience wanting to know what happens next 🙂

      Comment by San — May 13, 2015 @ 11:36 am

      • Aye San,

        that’s just how we feel 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2015 @ 6:24 am

    • Off in the microlite Alistair, will tell you all about it later 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2015 @ 6:27 am

      • I thought as much you said you wanted a go in one.

        Comment by Alistair — May 14, 2015 @ 7:19 am

  2. Paul your house is looking swell, hope the weather settles down so your Master Mason can finnish his/your external work as dry as possible.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 13, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    • Morning Walter,

      think that’s the mason work stopped until next week 😦 forecast isn’t great and ‘Stormin’ Norman’ has other things to do.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2015 @ 6:23 am

  3. the stone work is beautiful, glad you’re going for it. some years back i remember your disquisition on dry stone walls (?) being built down at the raasay dock area, what a kick you got out of those. so did we. happy to think you’re getting some lovely stone work of your own.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — May 14, 2015 @ 4:33 am

    • Morning Jeannette,

      yes, I do love my stones 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 14, 2015 @ 6:20 am

  4. true craftsman, that random stone wall looks amazing….. i was always told that you must work in threes to make it random…. ask the lads if this is true?

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — May 14, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

  5. Hey Paul, wonderful shots of Fearns, many thanks. Doesn’t it look different from above. More than a little envious of the your palace too. Best, Leo.

    Comment by leo — May 17, 2015 @ 9:40 am

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