Life at the end of the road

January 30, 2016

The magic ‘Ton’ :-)

One thing about Gertrude and her ‘passing wind’ was that she certainly filled our turnip with energy. After yet another virtually silent night behind thick walls a concrete floor and triple glazing I awoke to the full fury of a westerly gale, at least I think it was westerly it’s well dark when I surface in the mornings. Apart from the sudden drop in temperature and the associated conversion of rain to hail, it was much like yesterday. The house may be super insulated but it was definitely cooler inside than normal. A quick look at the outside temperature sensor on the roof mounted solar hot water tubes indicated just 2 degrees outside. Hardly freezing but a good bit cooler than the previous days 6 or 7 degrees. We only manually switch the heating on for a couple of hours in the evening, partly because we’re ‘off grid’ and economy of electricity usage is now second nature, but mainly cos I can’t work the controller Smile

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Must get around to reading the manual one of these days Smile Anyway between all the wind, water and even sunshine Gertrude gave us 100kWh of energy yesterday and 101kWh today, if only we were getting paid for it all. Bizarrely you can actually claim the ‘Feed in Tariff’ even if you are ‘off grid’ like us but that means getting someone who is ‘MCS registered’ to do the installation with new gear. me I like to do stuff myself and much of my gear is second hand, seconds, or not ‘MCS approved. A new turnip like ours would set you back best part of £20K with the ground works, mine was £800 plus around £400 worth of diesel to collect it from Yorkshire.

Sure I fitted the later blades and a new set of springs to it, but that was cos old ones got damaged whilst it was awaiting to be raised and was my fault. The last two days, thanks to Gertrude the thing has produced 64kWh and 62kWh so I’m ‘well chuffed’.

Just like a garage

Today’s main tasks apart from paying the Inland Revenue, helping wifey with her tax return and doing all the paperwork associated with moving pigs was to continue working on the Subaru.

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The rear offside wheel bearing having turned into a bit of an epic. Everything was seized, I had to cut the long 14mm bolts that hold the track control arms onto the hubs and use all manner of bodges and pullers to remove the complete hub carriers, drive shafts and bearings form both sides.

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Having had to cut through both of the 240mm long 14mm bolts that secure the hub carrier to the lower arms I then had to remove them with a puller made from a large socket and some threaded bar. All in all a three hour job turned into a three day one!!!

In between the frequent hail showers it was out collecting bedding for the pigs.


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Then a couple of hours spent sorting out the rear lights on my trailer ready for the trip to Munro’s tomorrow. Normally

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we’d be taking them in on a Monday but I think Henry will be hot on Gertrude’s heals then Sad smile


Methinks my son will be missing another day off school Sad smile

That was it really, most of the day was spent in the barn under the wife’s car so pretty dull really.


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Seems strange without the telehandler and caravan, I’ll really miss the former, would have liked to get another ‘Fred Flintstone’  table and chairs outside the hoose Smile



  1. Can we get a pic of the north gable to let us see the stonework please. A turnip…???x

    Comment by SOTW — January 30, 2016 @ 11:51 pm

  2. Surprised not to see a pictorial account of squeezing mink oil from the mink, or at least a photo of the hen lady in her new mink gloves. Glad to have you back online and good to know the older generation are still feeling their oats. Haven’t heard how Molly is enjoying the new house…more responsibility and new noises to attend to. Perhaps one day the clouds will clear and we can see the stunning views that you think routine by now. Welcome back.

    Comment by drgeo111 — January 31, 2016 @ 12:32 am

  3. And a new Subaru for the egg lady, what happened to Daihatsu? Good to see you posting again.

    Comment by v8mbo — January 31, 2016 @ 8:30 am

  4. Welcome back Paul, you’ve been sorely missed. It felt like I had lost someone close to me, hope you’re all well and settling in to your new place. The Hallaig seems to being having a lot of time off, more than the Striven?

    Comment by Stan — January 31, 2016 @ 8:38 am

  5. Paul,

    Great to see that you are back on line at the end of the road and that Sonas is doing well through her ‘storm trials’, even if the Subaru has not coped with the salty conditions.
    Take it easy and once again, great to have you posting again.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — January 31, 2016 @ 8:39 am

  6. That’s a serious amount of energy harvest. You must surely have one of the most diverse and best equipped renewable energy homes in the UK?

    Comment by Panomphaean — January 31, 2016 @ 8:47 am

  7. Well on the way normal service then with posts about pigs cars and turbines, just need a few pics of food and things will be back to normal

    Comment by Alistair — January 31, 2016 @ 11:58 am

  8. Glad to see you posting again, thanks

    Comment by tony — January 31, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

  9. Paul do you have a fetish for drive shafts & break shoes or the roads up there just take the hell out of your cars?
    Now if it had been a skunk could have done a deal with you.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — January 31, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

  10. hi Paul have missed your Blog welcome back cheers this townie
    up no end

    Comment by duncan boyle — January 31, 2016 @ 7:24 pm

  11. Really good to have you back again.

    Comment by dawsonscott — February 1, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

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