Life at the end of the road

April 15, 2017

Baltic for Easter :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:48 am

Awoke to a fresh dusting of snow on the Storr this morning and it’s only 5 degrees outside !!!!


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OK, it is still April and 23 degrees inside the house despite the heating being off but it rarely got this cold in winter. Just typical really innit, all the great spell of weather we’ve had in February and March, then come Easter and it’s pure Baltic.

Clearing up

The physical effort of yesterday had left me aching like I’ve not done in a long while. My regime of taking it easy, doing exercises  for my back every morning and just taking one Tramadol in the morning had paid off. I’ve not had any bother with my back for months. The spell of ‘Tirfing’ up the 15M Hutchinson mast had ‘put paid’ to that though so on Friday I was a little less ‘physical’ and just pottered about clearing up initially.


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Of course Calum the Kubota KX71-3 helps and makes light work of removing the ‘gin poles’ from the mast.

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These I marked at the ‘point of balance’ for future reference, bolted together and swung out of the way in a place where they were easy to lift and swing back into position without having to move the digger again.


Whilst I was there I stuck the 9” bucket on and dug a hole for a strainer post for the 12’ gate that’ll be going here. Again, Calum made light work of a back breaking job.

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The hardest thing I did all day was mix the concrete for the two gate post but even that wasn’t too much of a chore, my son loaded up the trailer from my ‘stock pile’ with the machine Smile Every household should have at least one small digger Smile

The day was far better than predicted but yet again the ‘April showers’ were ferocious but came with plenty of warning.

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This one actually just missed us as it headed in a WSW direction towards Torran.


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This one later did not and was laden with hail.



  1. Hi Paul missed a few of your post’s then hey presto your back, one I didn’t expect to read about was the loss of your dad, please accept our sincere condolences to you and your family for his loss.
    But Life is like that and now that spring is in the air I hope the rest of your year you can look forward to the completion on all the outstanding jobs. Plus the start of others that you seem to eat up with relish regardless of pain or bad back.
    Looking foreword to your writings.
    Walter and family.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — April 15, 2017 @ 7:16 am

    • Cheers Walter, good to have you back, got ‘distracted’ there for a while.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 15, 2017 @ 9:49 am

  2. I have just put my back out again, and that was simply mowing the lawn. Your showers look quite squally, we do not have that bad down south. We had a week in Glen Elg, just south of Skye a couple of years ago, beautiful part of the country. We were going to climb the five sisters but the weather said no, so they are still on my list.

    I was sorry to hear the news about your father, it’s always a shock even when you know it’s coming.

    Comment by Charles — April 15, 2017 @ 8:13 am

    • Hi Charles and welcome, Glen Elg is a bonny spot right enough, was even thinking of going for a meal there tomorrow but opted for the ‘Whistle Stop Cafe’ in Kinlochewe.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 15, 2017 @ 9:49 am

  3. Hi Paul,

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Condolences and a tip of the wine glass to your mom. Now that your new mast is making plenty of hot water, perhaps your back would appreciate a hot tub! The digger photo was the first time Ross has stuck his mug into the frame for a few years. Is he 32 now? 🙂


    Comment by drgeo — April 16, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

    • Well, he’s about 3.2m tall Dr G 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 19, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

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