Life at the end of the road

December 31, 2017

Hogmanay it is :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:44 pm

So that’s it, 2017 is drawing to a close and it’s not that long since I got used to writing 2017 on cheques and the like. No kidding, some places still take them, PITA that they are. Sadly I still have to use the things now and then cos I’m not very good with cash, keys, pens, glasses or penknives. Don’t ever give me any of the former cos I’ll loose them and I suppose I should have hearing aids to the list, I’ve only had em two weeks and already I’ve lost one Sad smile

As I mentioned previously it’s been a whole ten years on here, which means it’s a decade since and the epic Hogmanay at Torran.


Whilst the old croft house is sadly missing dearest Jessie this year,


most of the clan Nicolson are there and methinks that is where we’ll be heading tonight Smile There is gonna be an epic sesh down at the Raasay boatshed with my crewmates providing sustenance, music, craic and jollification. Sure, we are torn between the two but it’s a case of stay sober and drive 20miles in the Land Rover or get wrecked and bounce along the Torran track on the quad with the wife on the back Smile Pretty sure it’s gonna be pure kickin’ at the boatshed

it certainly was last year Smile

However, I finished work this morning and came home to do a little ‘guerrilla road works’

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on ‘Calum’s road’. These puddles have just been getting larger and larger with all the rain and snow. Sure the Council should be sorting it but there excuse is lack of money, well it took me 10 minutes with a shovel and it’s the suspension on my cars that get fecked due to their lack of maintenance.

My son too was on the roadwork’s,

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he took Calum the Kubota down the Torran track and did some ditching.


He’s pretty damn good at it too, the Dude has the patience inherited from his mother Smile

Six months in the cage Sad smile

The poor ‘wee dug’ has been confined to a cage for six months in the hope her detached ligament will repair.


As you can see, she is far from impressed Sad smile

No more work this year Smile

So that’s about it really, the last couple of days at work were a little manic, especially getting in there with the treacherous roads but our local contractor managed to keep them clear, so no disruption on that front, unlike other places on the mainland and Skye. Much as I moan about HRC, considering all the financial cuts we get a pretty good service really compared to some.

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Ben Tianavaig, Dun Caan and Dun Caan covered in cloud.


That’ll be Emby and Ali gettin’ a little carried away with a pre 2018 clear up Smile Won’t be able to find a feckin thing next year Smile


  1. Have a great new year Paul, all the best

    Comment by alexmcgarvie — December 31, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

  2. All the Best Paul & your family for tonight. Sorry to hear about wee dug, but you know best for her recuperation. Here’s looking to a superb start to 2018. 👍🍻👍

    Comment by Polite Scouser — December 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

  3. Happy New Year to you and yours, Paul

    Comment by cazinatutu — December 31, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

  4. Can they not operate on the little ‘uns leg? 6 months in a cage for a Jack is gonna be purgatory!

    Comment by Alison Hall — December 31, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

    • Aye they can Alison but it would be in Inverness, cost an ‘arm and a leg’, still require a long rest and not be guaranteed to sort it 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

  5. Good luck Molly. Our 75 Lb pit bull had both knees done about 6 months apart in 2015 and healed nicely after 6 months of rest after each surgery. He was able to run and jump afterwards. Sadly he passed in late November after a short bout with an aggressive cancer. Give Molly a big hug for me.

    Comment by Morgan — January 3, 2018 @ 3:19 am

  6. sorry to think my little friend is unwell. you can keep her amused, though, there’s lots of good advice on line.

    Comment by Jeannette Smyth — January 17, 2018 @ 1:26 am

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