Life at the end of the road

December 13, 2017

Guerrilla ditching :-)

Filed under: pigs, The daily pothole, Trucks and plant — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:47 pm

Almost 20:00 and that’s me just in from doing an oil change on Calum, the Kubota KX71-3 digger that’s been doing sterling work this last week or so. A new oil filter Mann W81/80 and 5lts of 10/30 engine oil was what was recommended but I gave him 15/40 same as the Land Rover and dumper, just about everything I own needs a different oil and I’m sick of it. I have containers marked, Subaru, Daihatsu, Honda Quad, Yamaha and that’s not including the various two stroke lubricants for the Tohatsu, chainsaws and Yamaha outboards. I’m sure the wee Kubota won’t mind oil a little thicker, it rarely gets really cold here Smile


Been working him pretty hard this last couple of days shifting some serious rocks to try and repair, or at least arrest the undermining of the old Arnish fish farm slip. Having said that the majority of my loads have just been regular ballast for the chalet site. The ‘Stonehenge’ size boulders being nothing but a hindrance until I found a home for them, my wife won’t let me take any more up to the house Sad smile Shame really cos I just love big rocks.

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This last one was a bit hairy to say the least, it residing in one of the drains at the side of the road near ‘snow plough corner’ at Tarbert, must have been well over a ton. It was all I could do to coax Calum into lifting it, even had to use the blade to get it high enough for the dumper.

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Twas a good job well done though and I was well chuffed with my efforts, managed to get a few rocks under the concrete slab too. Hopefully, if I can get some larger ones at the bottom the sea will content itself with resettling the ones higher up, to which I can just keep adding to.

They’ll be fast asleep now

The whole day I was going back and fore Cilla and Lulu kept following me,

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they must have walked miles, stopping every now and then for a wee sleep in the dead bracken but never for long, as soon as they saw me again they’d come charging after me.


It was only when the council pickup turned up that they chose to vanish, though the driver was asking where they were. Last time he’d met them they ate the wiring on his rear lights Smile


For a moment I thought they were repairing the road but he was just washing salt off his boots having done some ‘manual gritting’ with the spade Smile That was me finished with the dumper for the day having split yet another fuel pipe, this time the return to the tank was leaking so I parked it up and took the wee dug to collect Calum.


I couldn’t resist a little ‘guerrilla ditching’ on the way back though.


This minor landslide has been blocking the ditch for several years now. Every time it rains it turns this section of the road into a river, so, as I was passing I dug it out.

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Got a bit carried away right enough, and had it not been getting dark so soon I’d have done a lot more.

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This was what it was like a couple of days ago  Sad smile


  1. I’m just wondering what my local council would say if I tried to fix the shoddy jobs they keep doing on our small back roads. I’d probably get a firing squad!

    Comment by Matt — December 13, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

  2. Should give you a wee contract Paul doing the ditches. I always enjoy your blog will sadly miss Ali Macleods now.

    Comment by DONALD MACDONALD — December 14, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

    • Morning Donald, aye, the new ditch got a good testing yesterday right enough. Unbelievable showers on the way home from Sconser quarry last night. Made a change not to be driving through a river at Tarbert. I’ll miss Ali, his blog and excellent pictures too but at least now they found him, sad business indeed.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 15, 2017 @ 7:48 am

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