Life at the end of the road

September 1, 2016

Who needs a digger :-)

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:03 pm

Long has a 2 or 2.5ton mini digger been on my ‘must have’ list and I sorely miss both Hooky’s and Lachie’s around the croft. Not to mention my old favourite the JCB Telehandler, how I wish I still had that 9ton beast about the place. Still, though I say it myself, I did ‘damn fine splendid’ this last couple of days with nothing more than a mattock, shovel and rake. To say I’m feeling pretty smug and chuffed with myself would be something of an understatement. Sure I’ve been starting the day off with one Tramadol and then popping Paracetamol  like Smarties and my hands are covered in blisters, but what a job I’ve done Smile

As my new regime of ‘taking it easy’ dictates though, I never started at ‘stupid o clock’ but after 9:00 once I’d dealt with the hens and spent an hour or two on here. Five hens are far easier to deal with than 90 that’s for sure and we seem to have killed, or at least discouraged the local mink, for now at least. As I let the ‘girls’ out this one rushed through my legs to go and lay an egg in this clump of rushes guarded by a ‘jaggy thistle’.

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Seems to be working as the crows haven’t found the nest yet, mind you it’s the ‘Devil’s own job’ getting the egg out without getting pricked.

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By 9:30 I was ‘onsite’ at Tarbert and managed about one and a half hours in the rain.

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It wasn’t your proper rain right enough so progress was good until around 11:00 when I went home for a break.

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The ‘digging’ was pretty easy if I’m honest, with only the odd large rock and another couple of hours so good progress.


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After another break I returned to finish off in the late afternoon and got the quad down there with ease. This should make the job of keeping the pigs there much easier Smile

The dud charger

With all this excess energy we’ve been producing of late I wanted to top up my ‘reserve’ 48V battery bank.


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This is unused at the moment and very much ‘work in progress’ at some point it will be a complete ‘back up’ system with its own OutBack GVX3048E inverter.


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For now however I just keep the bank topped up with a 48V charger, or at least I did until it died the other day.

So after dinner I removed the charger and pulled it apart in the hope of finding an internal fuse.

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Sure enough there were two Smile but none of them had blown Sad smile Funnily though when I put it back together it worked Smile

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For about 10 minutes!!! Methinks I need to get the Outback sorted!!



  1. That NEVER happens to me … whenever I pull things apart to see what’s wrong its without question an end of life solution. On the plus side I’m fairly sure that anything that could go wrong is too scared due to my overenthusiastic need to fettle. It’s been an age since I last fired up the soldering iron!

    Kudos on the back breaking work. Not sure I’d be able to drive a quad let alone wield a mattock after popping Tramadol!

    If only the chicken knew that it was hedging it’s bets to end up next on the plate!

    Comment by madmort — September 1, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    • Hi Mort,

      I gave up on the Tramadol a couple of years ago, mental stuff. However the old back has been acting up so I’m just on ‘one a day’ first thing. Means I can actually bend my back in the morning now.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2016 @ 8:13 am

      • Whatever gets you through the day I say … mind you I think a whisky before breakfast may well be frowned upon so I best stick with toast until society is more accepting.

        I’ll be honest I’ve been looking forward to another ‘mink escapade’ … not wishing them on your hens but it does make great reading. I’ve heard of folk using high powered air rifles with a decent scope much in the same way I dispatched rats as a teenager on the farm I worked at. Possibly cheaper than your current (more than a little entertaining) approach…

        Comment by madmort — September 2, 2016 @ 10:12 am

  2. Great work on the track to the new frank. Some work went into that ‘back in the day’. Am sure that the track will look even better with a dry stone wall running down either side of it. 😂😂.
    Look forward to seeing the new wearers arrive.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 1, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

    • Aye Matey, can’t wait to get the ‘wee porkers’ just not quite the same without some grunters about the place.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2016 @ 8:14 am

  3. Congratulations on the mink front. Will you be increasing the flock? As always Paul great to read about your doings.

    Comment by Andrew — September 2, 2016 @ 5:38 am

    • Morning Sweden, Finisterre sounded a bit ‘final’ 🙂 Think we’ll be just sticking with what we’ve got for the mo Andrew. Going to do some work on their runs first, better drainage, cut the rushes and perhaps corrugated sheeting around the bottom of the fence.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2016 @ 8:04 am

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