Life at the end of the road

October 29, 2018

Seven more cube :-)

Only 6:00PM, but black as pitch outside and me in for the night. No work in the shed, no wine, just a quiet night in with the dugs and early to bed. Though I guess the ‘early’ is debatable with all this messing around with clocks and the quiet bit isn’t exactly relaxing cos I had the heating on for an hour and it upsets Leah!!!

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First off she went in her air raid shelter, a covered dog cage hidden amongst some furniture in a bedroom, someone suggested that she needs a safe place to call her own. That was fine until I went for a shower whereupon she followed me and curled up in a corner of the bathroom shivering. It can’t be the heat she dislikes cos we do not heat any rooms other than the bathroom and living area and the bathroom floor really is warm.


Then it was a spot of whinging and shaking under the table whilst I was on me laptop before sulking in a corner of the room and finally settling down under the sink!!


I finally gave in and switched it off at 18:30, sure it’s not cold anyway, 22 inside and 4 out but it would be nice to use it once in a while without the dug getting all neurotic Smile

The BIG pour

Well, it really was the perfect day for concreting at the foot of the slip, I could see that right from the moment dawn broke.

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The Royal stag was out there when I fed the animals at 7:00 but light wasn’t that great for pictures and he was moving amongst the trees.

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However, the Storr, Old Man of Storr and Brothers Point kept still enough for a couple of shots whilst I had my bacon sandwich for breakfast.

Then it was off to Tarbert for a walk with the dugs to collect the dumper,

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I just love the swirls of ancient volcanic rock along this section of Calum’s road, often wet and south facing so they grow no moss they look truly beautiful in the sun.


Rainey’s Wall built to keep the tenants on the most unfertile ground and save the rest for game.

On the way back Molly hitched a lift and Leah brought up the rear. I never noticed this morning but that’s her just found my ‘sports exhaust’ which must have fallen off the dumper (again) Smile

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With the dumper down at the slip I dumped and spread its load and started working on the turning area whilst waiting for Lachie and Ross who I’d rebooked on the 11:25. Much to my surprise (and delight) they caught the 10:25.

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Sure it was an hour too early for the tide but it gave us chance to have a coffee and get set up. Plan being to fill the dumper bucket on the road, reverse down, turn in my turning spot then dump as directed. Ross operated the batcher, Lachie did all the hard work and I wet my pants driving the dumper Smile

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The pigs came along to keep an eye on things and assist with ‘car marshalling’.


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The ‘swivel tip’ made life easier but there were still one or two hairy moments turning the dumper with a full bucket.

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Ross had done a nice stiff 50 Newton mix with fibre glass strands in it and we added reinforcing mesh at the bottom for good measure.

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All the while the two professionals poking and then tamping the mix into every crevice.

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The last couple of loads went down bucket first which was easier  and by 14:30 we were done, the boys having laid some 7 cubic meters of concrete in the time it takes me to mix a few barrow loads in the Belle Smile That would be some 15 tons lighter in Eyre Plant’s Scania as Ross headed for the 15:30 ferry after washing his batcher and my dumper Smile


All I need now is my Land Rover back to use the slip Smile Methinks I’ll be fitting a tow ball to the blade of Calum meanwhile Smile


  1. Interesting mix. Boy, you don’t half get through stuff. All I did was Calmac across the Clyde and take Elektra’s sails off. Now berthed in the land yacht in Largs marina, or yacht haven if we are being posh…

    Comment by Panomphaean — October 29, 2018 @ 7:34 pm

    • I’ve slowed down a lot John and am working on slowing down more 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

  2. Fantastic job! All worked out even better than expected by the looks. Well done 🙂

    Comment by Matt — October 29, 2018 @ 7:34 pm

    • Aye Matt, I can usually muddle through but the likes of Lachie and Ross are what make it. That strong footing is, I hope the key to its longevity and I’m pure delighted that they got it done before any serious weather arrives.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2018 @ 7:58 pm

      • Well you put the graft in and although there ain’t no promises with mother nature having a go it looks like it will do its job for a long time to come.

        Comment by Matt — October 29, 2018 @ 8:46 pm

  3. We are having a loft conversion done and one of my springers has decided to take up residence in a wardrobe built under the stairs or in the shower in the en suite. They are funny creatures dogs, mind the fireworks aren’t helping.

    Comment by Alistair Gray — October 30, 2018 @ 9:49 am

    • Aye Alistair, funny indeed, even Molly went a little odd yesterday.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2018 @ 10:55 am

  4. With regards to the slipway, clearly you have done all the work so that you can launch and recover your own boat, is it likely that others will cotton on to the facility, or is it so out of the way others won’t come anywhere near it?

    Comment by Richard — October 30, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

  5. Could there be whining from the water pump vibrating the pipe that the dog hears? Would explain it not upsetting her in other rooms. Use a rod to conduct sound from ground to ear.

    Comment by Ron — October 30, 2018 @ 6:34 pm

  6. Hi, just a thought but have you had Leah checked for Cushings? I have had 2 cushingoid dogs and they disliked the heat. Being very hungry, drinking a lot of water and panting a lot are other symptoms. They can do an ACTH Stim test to check for it.

    Comment by Alison Hall — November 1, 2018 @ 12:57 pm

    • Hi Alison,

      don’t think she has anything other than being institutionalised by my Mum who led a very ordered life. Molly has been brought up with the chaos of irregular meal times and the likes of a four mile walk one day then being shut in the house for ten hours the next. Leah was used to being fed at exactly 16:00, walked at 13:00 and encouraged to bark at everyone and everything that came up the drive in Ratagan. She can’t get used to Barbara working shifts and starts whining and panting about 40 minutes before she arrives home. So much so that I’ve stopped trying to go to bed early as it’s pointless until Wifey gets home. I don’t think it has anything to do with the actual heat as my Mums house was like an oven during the day with the heating cranked up and the Rayburn on 24/7. I’m sure she can just hear the pump running and doesn’t know what it is or like it. Neither Barbara or I can hear or feel it, why would we, both pumps are in the shed outside!!! Whatever it is, it really unsettles the poor dog.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 2, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

  7. I’m wondering like Ron about the noise – you can get some additive – anticavitation? for heating systems that stops aeration, maybe that would help. Well done on the slip, an investment in work that should repay in leisure!

    Comment by skyeent — November 1, 2018 @ 9:42 pm

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