Life at the end of the road

September 14, 2015

The power is on :-)

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

After 23:00 now so this will be short, I’m ‘two glasses down the hatch’ or ‘three sheets to the wind’ so not really fit to be posting but it’s been a momentous day. For a start the pigs returned home, just look at the ‘wee darlings’ all snuggled up in  the bracken at the Tarbert fank Smile That was 7:00am this morning as I was preparing to take my son to school on what promised to be a ‘pure peach of a day’.

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The Storr looking pure magnificent in the morning sun.

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After depositing the Dude on the 7:55 I returned home to get on with installing a bracket on the gable end of the house for our broadband ‘nano station’.

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The station needs to have clear ‘line of sight’ to the highest point on the horizon which is the best part of a mile away. At the moment it’s set up for the caravan on a fence post behind the barn, but with a bit of luck the caravan will be away shortly and we’ll be in the house Smile


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And that came a step nearer today when Jamie of  arrived off the first ferry to ‘power up’ the house.

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That all went swimmingly well and he informed me that I had an amazing earth, better than the SSE in fact Smile Well that’ll be the dirty great big copper bar and cable buried under the barn I said.

So our house has the best provisional EPC that my architect has ever seen, the best airtightness result reading on Skye (bar a Passivehaus) and a great earth, I am ‘well chuffed’ Smile

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Happy hens queuing up to lay happy eggs.

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Fine stonework at the ‘happy pig enclosure’

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and the sun going down at feeding time.

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The lights burning brightly at Sonas thanks to Jamie Smile



  1. Oh Paul, the sight of all those lights burning in the dark must warm your heart! It’s been a long journey but you’re close to the end. Congratulations, it looks wonderful.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — September 14, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

    • Indeed Anne, I just keep wandering about the house turning lights on and off 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2015 @ 6:12 am

  2. A man and his earth eh 😏 Congratulations!

    Comment by Panomphaean — September 15, 2015 @ 1:07 am

    • I just wish I knew what he was talking about John 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2015 @ 6:11 am

  3. Congratulations my man to you and all the team. I fine effort from all and well deserved.

    Comment by SEAN Maloy — September 15, 2015 @ 1:36 am

    • Morning Sean,

      wondered where you’d been, still in the US ?

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2015 @ 6:10 am

      • Still here in Texas Sir. Heading up the Hylomar company in the NAFTA area. Really happy to see the progress your making with the nest. Sprinkled with the past life of demonic dancing to high volume techno music into the early hours of many a morning. Ah! brings back the memories. Keep well all of you and remember if you need any product just holler. Peace brother!

        Comment by SEAN MALOY — September 16, 2015 @ 4:19 pm

      • Cheers Sean, glad you’re still ‘keeping up’.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 17, 2015 @ 11:18 am

  4. Well done, I’m always amazed at what you get done!

    Comment by gareth — September 15, 2015 @ 7:41 am

  5. (From Spain) Great to see the progress Paul. Lovely morning down here again, but nothing beats The Isles on the (occasional) fine morning. Best wishes with completion,

    Comment by David & Margaret Gartside — September 15, 2015 @ 7:42 am

  6. Just brilliant – and I’m glad about the pigs, too.


    Comment by Sue — September 15, 2015 @ 8:01 am

  7. Well done Mr Volt!

    Comment by leo — September 15, 2015 @ 8:08 am

  8. Hi Paul, I’m just about to attend an all day event discussing quality and standards in the UK energy efficiency industry, I think I will just refer to your blog to show how it should be done.

    Looking forward to getting back to balmeanach sometime.


    Comment by stephen millward — September 15, 2015 @ 8:59 am

  9. Excellent work Paul. The rest of the world could do with your expertise ( ) though it does seem to be occasionally moving in the right direction.

    Comment by englishjim — September 15, 2015 @ 10:32 am

  10. Cracking Paul well done.

    Comment by Andrew — September 15, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

  11. Well done Paul. Dying to see it to the end

    Comment by Eileen — September 15, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

  12. Hi Paul
    Awesome, the end is in sight. An incredible acheivement by you and your team, You deserve an epic housewarming to celebrate. Thank you so much for sharing ‘The Sonas Story’ and all its challenges with us. Now you deserve a rest! Best regards Sally

    Comment by Sally — September 15, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

    • Rest!!!! that’ll be the day Sally 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 17, 2015 @ 11:19 am

      • Well yes I know, but maybe not quite so frantic! I don’t know how you pack so much in. I take my hat off to you.sco

        Comment by Sally — September 17, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

  13. well done looks great

    Comment by Eileen — September 17, 2015 @ 8:01 am

    • Thanks Eileen.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 17, 2015 @ 11:17 am

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