Life at the end of the road

July 4, 2018

Another ‘off grid’ paradise :-)

Another fine day here in paradise, another fine day everywhere else by the look of it, and already people, myself included are looking back towards the ‘summer of 76’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_United_Kingdom_heat_wave I remember it well, tarmac melting, reservoirs empty and cruising the Yorkshire Dales in my 1962 MG Midget Smile It’s almost 8:30 though and I’m stuck in the house with a panty liner on my head!!!! I kid you not!!!!

Panty liner

Me scleritis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scleritis flared up again yesterday and I’m awaiting a lift to the Wednesday surgery on Raasay. It started around seven years ago when I got thwacked in the eye with a hawthorn bush and flared up every 12 months or so for the next couple of years. It’s been fine for the last two or three years so I’m puzzled by this sudden recurrence. Perhaps the intense hay fever I’ve had has brought it on, who knows, but I cannae see out of it now and it’s boodly sore. It is also not the first time I’ve used sanitary products as a temporary repair. Once used a Tampon to fix a cylinder head water leak on said MG Midget in the ‘Summer of 76’ Smile

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Mk1 Midget, notice no side windows or door handles!!! it was pretty basic!!! Was even more basic when the heater didn’t work cos it had a Tampax in the inlet valve right enough. Not that was ever a problem in the ‘Summer of 76’. Anyway, (as usual) I digress, it’s even hard work typing with one eye, I keep hitting the key to the left Sad smile

Tonight

Sorry, got distracted there, it’s now 21:00 and I ended up in Portree after seeing the Doc, she was quite worried and got me an appointment in Inverness on Friday. Meanwhile I have to stick steroid drops in me left eyeball every hour. Seems to be working OK cos I’ve no longer got a sanitary towel on my head and can almost see through the fog in my left eye Smile

Yesterday

I did fully intend some serious blogging yesterday but the day was long and it ended up a late one. First off it was out with wife and the dugs for a wee romp through the woods, half hoping to collect some chanterelles on the way. It’s been far too dry really and my eyesight isn’t just keen enough with this malady, which the doc informs me now post traumatic uveitis. Well that was a relief the other thing sounded pretty serious and I’ve not taken the time to ‘Google’ this one yet, probably never will truth be known, I’m a great believer in ‘ignorance is bliss’. Sure, if it was the Land Rover, car, boiler, inverter, wind turbine or a gazillion other mechanical objects I’d want a full report or post mortem. As for my body, I just want it to work and then get fixed when it goes into the surgery Smile 

As expected, it was pretty grim on the ‘shroom front but they went into the prawn stir fry anyway.

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Having lost my digger driver yesterday I took on the mantle of chief road builder myself.

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Burying a power cable before I built a track over it, something I should have done several years ago. This track is going through one (the main) hen run as it’s quite soft here during the winter and would be way too risky bringing a digger or dumper for much of the year. I did start it early on in the year right enough and yes it is possible to just keep ‘tipping and spreading’ to make the track as you. The problem with that is that you really need two diggers, one to load and one to spread.

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Doing it when the ground is hard means you can start at the far away end then dump your load going ‘back the way’, then just bring the digger up to spread all the ‘cow pats’ you’ve dumped.

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It would have benefitted from a few more loads had I been planning heavy traffic but it’s only really for walking and the quad.

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Having said that, I did widen the gate to just over 5’ so I can track the digger through if I want.

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At least now I can get the quad and trailer up to easily change the pigs bedding, move the ark and a whole heap of other stuff.

Today

Most of the day was spent in the Raasay surgery or in Portree on ‘eye business’. Portree was not as mobbed as expected and I managed to get home for 14:30.

MV Stardust II another ‘Wildcat 40’ https://www.skyeboat-trips.co.uk/boat-trips/our-boats just returning to Portree from Holoman Island on Raasay.

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I don’t recognize this one moored at Brochel but her passengers were very much enjoying the walk along Calum’s Road.

Once home and with my eyes almost working I got on with creosoting my extended gate.

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Fed the animals and then spent some quality time with the pigs.

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That hen is REALLY pushing her luck Smile

It was whilst I was painting the gate that the pigs came round for a play, I wish I’d have got pictures but it was a bit boisterous for that. Pigs really are great fun, we had a great game of me scratching them and they rolling over onto my legs. Seriously, if folk knew more about pigs they’d no be so keen on cheap bacon, pigs are far too sentient to be farmed industrially, they deserve respect Smile 

If I had to move, it would be here!

I had a surprise email from my good friend Jamie Robinson of Alternative Engineering http://www.alternativeengineering.co.uk/   the other day saying he was ‘selling up’ having been offered the ‘job to die for’ in Gloucester heading a team that repair old wooden boats. Not just yer regular 13’ clinker but the likes of HMS Victory and the RS Discovery. Jamie lives in what can only be described as one of the few locations that I’m envious of, the Knoydart Peninsula  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoydart

For the price of a broom cupboard in Knightsbridge or a semi Slough you could have all this!!!!!! https://www.galbraithgroup.com/property/inv180068-doune-knoydart-mallaig-ph41-4pl

Amongst Jamie’s many hats he’s an expert in renewables and I know from corresponding with himself and Hugh Piggott that this place is ‘fully sorted’. I could just see my own Avon Searider on that mooring were I not a slave to CalMac Smile

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7 Comments »

  1. Paul, many (many) posts ago you mentioned one of the Majestic Line vessels…. we eventually got round to sailing with them and had a fantastic time last week, so thanks for mentioning them.

    For a long time follower of your blog, it was a nice surprise to see the Loch Stiven moored up in Oban on our return. Quite a surprise, almost as much as getting sunburn from the fine weather…

    An amazing part of the world you live in, can’t wait to return. At least I bought the waterproofs…. Hope the eye problem gets sorted soon.

    Comment by Chris — July 4, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

  2. Great to see you back mate. Liking the look of Jamie’s place, Its a lot of home for the right person, for sure. Hope you are binocular again soon 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — July 4, 2018 @ 11:10 pm

  3. The boat at Brochel looks like it could be Antares Chart’s Otter: http://www.antarescharts.co.uk/index_files/Making_the_charts.htm

    Comment by Mark B — July 5, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

    • Hi Mark and welcome,

      yes, I think you are spot on, just Googled it and found a better image.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 5, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

      • Thanks. I’ll admit I’ve been ghosting along being entertained here for quite a number of years!

        We had a talk at the Leith Sailing School from Bob at Antares Charts – the charting he does is pretty impressive.

        Mark

        Comment by Mark B — July 5, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

      • Hi paul that boat was called slendour at brochel. She came into portree after

        Comment by Neil w — July 6, 2018 @ 8:25 pm

      • Cheers Neil, there was a name or logo on the side but I couldn’t make it out, strange though cos it looks alarmingly like the Otter.
        Otter

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 7, 2018 @ 11:37 am


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