Life at the end of the road

September 25, 2018

Concrete here we come :-)

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:26 am

Been a while hey, truth is I’ve just not been enthused enough to put ‘pen to paper so to speak. Sure I’ve been busy and much has happened, not that I can actually remember what but in reality it’s been no more than usual. Anyway, thought it was about time I ‘got back on the case’ so to speak. I am halfway through my ‘off shift’ and haven’t really got a great deal done yet. It’s been one of those weeks that you get when your getting on in years, weeks when you waste half the day on visiting doctors, opticians, dentists, solicitors and the vet. I kid you not, I’ve spent almost as much time on the ferry travelling to Skye and back as if I was working on it Smile

The weekend was quite productive right enough, managed some serious work up in the hen and wind turbine fields in preparation for the impending arrival of piglets. It’s been many a year since we had any of those born on Raasay for sure Smile


The two pig arcs had to be collected from Tarbert and Arnish and carried to their new homes on the croft, an area I’d previously prepped with Calum the Kubota.

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The flooring needed repairing with larch boards cut by Callum at the Raasay Sawmill. Actually that’s my next task, to go out and finish one of them. The main job today is concreting down at the slipway but it’s high tide just now and I’ll not be able to start pouring until 11:00ish.

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Was down there yesterday drilling and pinning the bedrock with galvanized bolts and rebar until the tide caught me out around 17:00.


Bugger, now it’s daylight it looks there’s too much motion for concreting below the high water mark Sad smile Was hoping the good blast of south wind we’d had through the night would nock the stuffing out of it. Judging by all that white fluffy stuff around Grian a Sgier, it’s not happened, still, I can bond all those bolts and rebar into position with Hilti resin and make up some shuttering, meanwhile I’ll bash on with my pig arc flooring.

So what’s been happening this last month?


Well someone who shall remain nameless fastened their jet ski to a ring on the pier when the tide was coming in Smile Had we not phone them from the ferry methinks it would have been an insurance claim Smile

Ode To A Jet-Ski Person

Jet-ski person, selfish fink,
May your silly jet-ski sink,
May you hit a pile of rocks,
Oh Hoonish, summer, coastal pox.

Noisy, smoking, dickhead fool
On your loathsome leisure tool,
Give us all a jolly lark
And sink beside a hungry shark.

Scream as in its fangs you go,
Your last attention-seeking show,
While on the beach we all join in
With ‘Three cheers for the dorsal fin!’

– Michael Leunig –

Whenever I see a jet ski I just can’t help thinking of Australian poet Michael Leunig’s amusing ditty Smile though I’m sure not all jet skiers are ‘dickhead fools’ Smile

The slipway got an unofficial testing and we launched and recovered a Pioner Maxi with the Subaru Smile


My son and I did some more salvage work on anchors and moorings.

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And of course Norman and Iona got married and what a good bash that was. The bride arrived in a six ton dumper and the bridesmaids in the back of a ‘red neck hillbilly pickup’ awesome.


  Gotta go, see you later.


  1. Hi Paul

    Good to see you back on the case. Great news about impending piglets! Long time indeed since reading about the births of earlier litters. Hope all goes well.



    Comment by Sue — September 25, 2018 @ 10:24 am

  2. Good to see you posting again. Home produced piglets you not any of those at the new house.

    Comment by Alistair Gray — September 25, 2018 @ 10:25 am

  3. So good to see you back! And busy as always of course… Landy home yet?

    Comment by Matt — September 25, 2018 @ 10:36 am

    • I wish Matt, lost without her 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 26, 2018 @ 6:48 am

      • Know the feeling … mines still in my garage I just don’t have the time to sort her at the rate I’d like to. Hope at least one of us gets their 110 soon!

        Comment by Matt — September 26, 2018 @ 8:23 am

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