Life at the end of the road

November 12, 2018

incommunicado :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:12 pm

Well, that’s it, a whole month by with already, where did it go? tonight will be my ‘last sleep’ before returning to Hallaig after four weeks off and I gotta say, I’m feeling pretty smug. Tis almost 20:00 now, around 12 hours since I left here (the laptop that is) and I’m pretty chuffed at what I got done today too. Sure, I’ll have most of tomorrow off too but I won’t see much of that at Arnish. Officially I don’t actually start back until Wednesday morning but I’ll let my relief away tomorrow cos he’s a long way to travel and I’ll be heading to Portree in the morning anyway. The ‘wee dug’ is needing her rear offside foot looked at and we’ll be needing pig feed for the two darlings.


I’m really gonna miss these two but they’ll be hams, salami, chorizo, cotechino, black pudding and bacon this time next month. Shock horror, well, if you are gonna eat meat then better you know it’s had a full and happy life is what I say and these two certainly have. They are actually the first two of the dozens we’ve raised that we’ve not named. People often recommend or at least avoid naming then so as not to get too attached to them. We didnae name them cos we’ve done so many that we couldn’t think of any more names Sad smile I was gonna call the one on the left Boadicea cos she’s an ‘Iron Age’ pig which is a cross between a wild boar and a Tamworth, allegedly the closest thing you can get to the very first domesticated pig. However, it doesn’t really ‘roll off the tongue’ does it Smile 

I mean, it would have been nice to catch a week or two in the sun but darling wife only had a week off her work at the Isle of Raasay Distillery and most of that was set aside for the Girvan trip. OK, I may not have been enamoured with that but I did get hunners done at home before and after. The Subaru got welded and MOT’d, the slip got concreted, the Bug fixed and all manner of work got done with Calum and the dumper. All in all it’s been a damn fine splendid holiday that’s gone out with a bang!

The last full day

After the usual ritual of many cups of tea, breakfast, animal feeding and dug walking I turned my attention once more to Lachie’s 500kg tracked dumper


refitting the hardware I’d removed to fit the micro switches, giving a good greasing then testing it in action.

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What better way to test it than use it to fill in some of the boggy ground through that gate out of the hen enclosure. I had made that gate wide enough to ‘track’ Calum through but it was only just wide enough so using the tracked barrow was a wise move really.

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If nothing else it would give the barrow a good testing even if it wasn’t as quick as using the digger.

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Though I did use Calum in the end, he was wide enough to stop the pigs getting into the hen field.


Methinks one of these would make a nice ‘stocking filler’ Smile I do like it.

Back to the ‘Bug’

With the HT500 dumper given the ‘seal of approval’ it was ‘back to the Bug’ and a good testing down to the village. The camper had a couple of minor issues that would need a good run to sort out and I’d some work to do for Callum at the Raasay Sawmill too. Not only that but all the phones had stopped working and the Internet was down so I figured that at least I’d be able to speak to someone if I headed south. The ‘wee dug’ needed the vet and I needed to order stuff for the ‘Bug’, Lachie’s dumper and the pigs.

When I finally did ‘break radio silence’ it seems that there’s been a big landslide on Skye that’s put the power out. This obviously includes many mobile phone masts and the Applenet Internet masts Sad smile Still, apart from our lack of Internet I cannae say it’s a problem, we’ve not had a power cut in thirty years Smile The joys of living ‘off grid’ Smile

The Isle of Raasay Distillery

After tinkering around with the accelerator pump on the Bug’s Solex carburettor

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I headed for the Isle of Raasay Distillery . The Camper had a little ‘flat spot’ so altered the stroke on the accelerator pump to give it a little more fuel which seemed to sort it. Darling wife was at work there and I wanted to let Norman, the manager have a shot in the ‘souped up bug’. Fatal mistake that cos he ‘suckered’ me into fixing their fork lift whilst I was there Sad smile

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The ‘intrinsically safe’ Mitsubishi forklift was needing a new alternator belt and ‘could I just fit one whilst I was there’ Smile Hardly a chore really cos it smells just lovely in there (hence the need for an ‘intrinsically safe’ fork lift) not only that but darling wife was working in the warehouse too, sampling.

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I’m not sure exactly what she was up to but it was fascinating and looked awfully technical. That barrel was a red wine cask and you could see the whisky had already taken on a pinkish hue.

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Once the forklift was fettled I headed for the Raasay Sawmill and Callum’s ‘skid steer’ loader that was very reluctant to start. Now, I have a vested interest in this cos he’s cutting wood for the car/boat shelter Smile

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Anyways, after much grubbing about methinks it just needs a new battery and a few cables making up.

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The battery was organised by Callum and I’ve just made up some new cables in me shed. Dunno when this’ll get posted right enough cos I’ve still no Internet. It’s 21:20 now and I’m ready for bed bed but I cannae go cos Wifey is till at work so it’s pointless cos the friggin dugs will bark like mad when she gets home Sad smile


  1. Been a while since I last read HHGttG … Not watched it on TV in any form. Maybe something when I’m forced to rest for a month starting next week…

    I’d love to work in a Distillery… sure the wife would be constantly pestering me for samples mind!

    Right … back to work. Although I’m left wondering what you’d have to make a Xmas Stocking out of to hang a tacked barrow in it?!?

    Comment by Matt — November 13, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    • It was a radio programme to begin with. Here it is at
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      Comment by San — November 13, 2018 @ 6:04 pm

      • Cheers I’d forgotten about the radio version. I might see about listening to that whilst I’m in hospital. Thanks again.

        Comment by Matt — November 13, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      • Nice one San, bookmarked ready for the next trip to Girvan 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 13, 2018 @ 8:09 pm

  2. Comment by San — November 13, 2018 @ 5:57 pm

    • 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 13, 2018 @ 8:07 pm

  3. Ah Paul, re: Naming the sausage machines: You were almost there. Bo and Dudley? 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd Owen-Reece — November 13, 2018 @ 7:32 pm

  4. Re naming pigs, my cousin had 2 hens. He called them Sam and Ella. Say that out loud if its not making sense.

    Comment by Willie — November 16, 2018 @ 10:53 pm

    • 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 17, 2018 @ 5:52 am

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