Life at the end of the road

May 7, 2018

Missing her already :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:16 pm

The best part of the day has arrived and it’s just turned 17:00, so much for hottest day of the year, blah, blah, it’s been boodly miserable since I last posted. Sure, I am actually wearing the new shorts bought me for my 62nd birthday but that’s only cos I’ve got my overalls on. Still, yesterday’s ‘Scotch mist’ has at least gone and I’ve been mainly dry today.

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This boodly dreich weather is worse than the pishing rain, it lulls you into a false sense of security, makes no noise on a tin roof, is invisible when viewed through a window from inside but soaks you nonetheless. Trying to work outside yesterday was a freakin nightmare, me needing to use all kinds of power tools for working on the old fish farm slip and every time I sat down on the quad I got a wet arse. And as my good friend ‘Willie Eyre’ says, “the trouble with a wet arse is that it follows you around all day”. Well Willie sure was right about that Smile 

Prepping for the concrete

The last couple of days have been spent getting ready for the next ‘big mix’ down at the old fish farm slip,

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the second slab is seriously undermined so every rock I can get under it prior to mixing is a little less work and cost for the concrete. For that part the cool damp weather was actually a help.

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It’s trying to use power tools when it becomes a real PITA.

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Of  course it doesn’t help when the tide is rising too Sad smile Luckily it was calm, the neap tide wasn’t moving much and the mice hadn’t eaten any holes in my waders.

I marked the girders drilled them with my magnetic drill then once set in position drilled into the old slab with a long 22mm bit on me 38mm Hitachi breaker. I’ve had this 1100W drill/breaker for over thirty years and boy, has it done some work (including wrecking two Seiko divers watches Sad smile ). Parts are still readily available for the drill but all I’ve ever need for it have been brushes.

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I got a couple of the steel support in position yesterday and also drilled and pinned much of the concrete and rock ready for the next pour. This Hilti HIT RE500 resin is what I use to fasten wind turbines to Scotland so it’s plenty strong enough for this application.

That done I started to remove some of the shuttering,

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I also gave up on trying to keep my tools dry and pressed the wee Daihatsu into service as a mobile shed. Nowhere near as good as the ‘Old Girl’ but much better than trying to cover everything with old jackets.

I was in bed just after 21:00 pure wrecked (tired no drunk) and managed to stay in bed until after 6:30 whereupon I arose to some lovely pressies Smile



As is usual on a work day, I hitched a lift with darling wife and walked back from Tarbert with the dugs.


A wee bit of work on the new garden.


Then back to the slip

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to attach more steel and a 5m length of 9” X 3” to take the next lot of shuttering.

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More resin and anchors for the steel and wood.

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And that was it for now,


so I’m just gonna have a slice of birthday cake and head off back out to enjoy what’s obviously the best part of the day Smile


Blue sky at last, OK, not enough to ‘make a sailors trousers’ but at least it’s warm and dry.


  1. Some amount of work you get through, even at your age 😏 Hope you had a good birthday.

    Comment by John Rushworth — May 7, 2018 @ 5:22 pm

    • That’s it John, three weeks into my month off and I’m ‘running out of steam’. Time to slow down methinks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 8, 2018 @ 7:15 am

  2. Happy birthday

    Comment by alexmcgarvie — May 7, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

    • Cheers Alex.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 8, 2018 @ 7:14 am

  3. It’s looking good … interested in that Hilti Resin. Never used the stuff but I think I may have a job for it. How far down will the repairs be going as your obviously more limited on time the further you go?

    Happy Birthday… I hope there was a bottle of something nice in there. If it’s really nice let me know and I’ll fix my old girl double quick and help you get through it as a loyal supporter of yours!

    Comment by Matt — May 7, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

    • Aye Matt, that Hilti resin is brilliant stuff and whilst it does cost ‘an arm and a leg’ it can be had quite cheaply on eBay just past or near its ‘use by’ date. First time I used it was on my 2.5kW Proven in 2005. I hired the resin gun then, it was only a few quid, since then I’ve bought a couple, again off eBlag. Word of caution though, there are two sizes, 330ml and 500ml and two ratios, 4:1 and 3:1 so be careful if you buy a gun, the HIT 200 packs won’t fit the HIT 500 guns 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 8, 2018 @ 7:13 am

      • Cheers chap I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that … If it all goes wrong worse case scenario I’ll use it to glue the kids to the wall where I know they’re not getting into anything they shouldn’t in my garage …. again…

        Comment by Matt — May 8, 2018 @ 7:56 am

  4. Happy Birthday!! Must be wonderful to waken up to that view irrespective of the weather. I do so envy you and I’m also thrilled knowing that Arnish is still inhabited. My Great Auntie Sheilag’s was a holiday trip that my brother and I delighted in. We were so fond of her family and I do miss cousin Charlie’s letters, full of news and observations. Enjoy your home but just a wee word of caution from one who is a mere 3 years older. Be careful of the ‘wet bum’ syndrome – mr. Arthur(itus) is no respecter of position! Could do with incontince pads on those days…..just saying.😊😊😃😃

    Comment by seonagh53 — May 8, 2018 @ 5:20 am

    • Aye Seonagh,thanks, you probably remember our house site as ‘Donald’s garden’ then, the best potatoes and finest views on Raasay 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 8, 2018 @ 7:07 am

  5. Aye, Penblwydd Hapus 🙂

    Comment by San — May 8, 2018 @ 6:43 am

  6. Happy Birthday Paul, looks like you had an excellent day 🙂

    Comment by Tigger — May 8, 2018 @ 7:20 am

  7. A late happy birthday Paul – didn’t pick this up till this morning since I was trying to catch up on garden clearing and planting potatoes that had to be put off till the weather got better. Looks like your weather up there was like my stay on the island last June when there was a heatwave everywhere but the NW of Scotland – got back to people the colour of lobsters, an overgrown garden and smug comments about spending holidays on a small island way up north. Told them I’d rather have rain on Raasay than boiling sun in Bacup, any day.

    Comment by Sue — May 8, 2018 @ 7:36 am

  8. Once again Paul Happpy Birthday 🎂, I notice you waste no time even on your Birthday 🍰😋.
    One question is, when you complete the renevasion of the slip, will you be charging for a slip launch?

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 8, 2018 @ 9:50 am

  9. Belated Happy Birthday to you.

    Comment by Eileen Scott — May 9, 2018 @ 12:17 am

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