Life at the end of the road

September 12, 2015

The X Factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:29 pm

20:15 now and the nights are certainly drawing in that’s for sure, it’s not dark but it will be shortly. I came in as it was getting too dark to continue painting. Sadly the arrival of MiL and SiL means I entered the caravan to Simon Cowell’s slimy and smug tones Sad smile I nearly turned right around and went back into the shed but was saved by my son and a pair of his headphones Smile So now I’m nodding away and stamping my feet, much to the amusement of the ‘ladies in the house’. Believe me Underworld are far better than a bunch of wannabes trying to line Simon Cowell’s pockets with some recording contract they can’t get out of. Why do we put up with this pish!!

Saw them at T in the Park 2000 and Creamfields a couple of years later, awesome and certainly loud enough Smile

Well, the Indian Summer came to an abrupt end this morning, though not until a couple of hours after this.

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True to the old adage ‘Red sky in the morning shepherds warning’, the wind blew and the rain came. Before that however I took advantage of the fine start and ‘quiet time’ by taking Molly over the hill to Tarbert and the pigs.

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This once well trod path is fast disappearing into the heather, with just ourselves and the deer making use of it, sadly the deer only use this part of it just behind our house.


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The last section down to Tarbert itself have long since vanished when the Council adopted ‘Calum’s road’ and managed to obliterate the final decent to the road.

At this point I was wearing sandals and still had dry feet!!! I kid you not the warm east wind of late had not even allowed any dew to form. Probably be the last time this year that they get used right enough.

The ubiquitous voltmeter

If there is one thing that you really need living ‘off grid’ it’s a voltmeter in a prominent place, it will tell you when the wind blows, the generator starts (or not) and it will give you a good idea of the health of your batteries or if your son is playing his Xbox. Seriously, it’s an absolute must, giving indication  of say a blocked hydro turbine or blown fuse long before the batteries get depleted and the generator starts.

Knowing that I’d be fitting one in Sonas I’d already run two lengths of 5 core armoured cable. One from the ‘power station’ to the back of the house and one from inside the house into the kitchen. At the time I couldn’t connect them up because the ‘bunker’ hadn’t been built and there was no hole in the wall. Two core cable would do for just a voltmeter but I also plan a manual generator start facility from with the house too.

Even with the cable already laid it took me the best part of the entire day to connect it all up and fit the meter.

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I used a double electrical socket box to leave some room for a generator manual start switch for the one in the kitchen. I also started making another one for the spare battery bank in the bunker,

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that one will be going into a single box using the same piece of hardwood from an old drawer for the facia.

Anyway, that’s both Underworld and the X Factor finished so I’ll leave you for now as I’m just getting right into Orbital at Glastonbury and an Australian Shiraz Smile



  1. I almost feel Hiraeth (Google it – its Welsh.) reading this Paul. Three? years ago or thereabouts we were with you with the nights that don’t go totally dark, the Northern Lights, the Whales…………..

    Comment by Lloyd — September 12, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Autumn coming here too. Biked the Nantes Brest canel footpath for a few miles with the dogs this morning everything changing colour fast. Our first ceps this weekend yum. Best to you and yours.

    Comment by Andrew — September 14, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

    • Morning Finisterre 🙂

      if anything it’s a little later here, was just saying that to darling wife as we walked back from the ‘wee darlings’ last night. I’d say the bracken is dying back a couple of weeks behind. Then everything was late in arriving so I suppose it’s to be expected.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2015 @ 6:18 am

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