Life at the end of the road

January 6, 2019

Concrete by moonlight :-)

Filed under: animals, Avon Searider, daily doings, How I, shed/house, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:35 pm

Well that was a quick day by with and I definitely prefer them that way, retirement cannot come too quickly for me, then perhaps I can start doing things I dislike to stave off the arrival of the Grim Reaper Smile Yup, keeping busy and doing things you enjoy definitely makes the days fly by, perhaps I’m just easily satisfied Smile Anyway after retrieving the Searider I headed home for first breakfast and awaited the arrival of daylight, fixing myself some crab on toast and using Baileys in my tea instead of milk.

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Most things seem to go down better with the help of some Baileys and fresh crab on toast is no exception. Armed with my Internal glow fortified by breakfast number one I went back to the slip to bring the Searider home.

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I then gave it boodly good wash and flushed out the engine with freshwater, this is just so much easier than having to drive over ten miles to the sowf end to launch and recover her. Not only that but all the best dive sites are up this end of the island too and it’s so much nicer having the boat swinging on the mooring on my doorstep so to speak.

After a second breakfast of porridge with fruit honey and yet more Baileys, I kid you not, Baileys in porridge is even nicer than  Baileys in tea or coffee Smile After that and with an even nicer ‘glow on’ I took the dogs for a walk to Torran in the hope of blagging a nice strong cup of Italian percolated coffee with me mate.

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Well, that never happened cos I couldnae find him, so we all walked back home whereupon Molly and Leah did a disappearing act, turning up some while later covered in muck and licking their lips. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do with dead things, the dugs seem to find them (usually weeks later) these days. I had buried the two pig carcasses nice and deep with Calum the Kubota but somehow Molly had managed to find the spot. Not only that but they’d both puked in the house when I got em back inside.

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Well, they’ll have to dig awful deep this time to find em Smile 

With the pig bones now ‘six foot under’ I turned my attention to the mountings for the boat shelter, the Hilti HIT RE500 would be nicely set by now so it was time to ‘torque em up’.

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I tightened the plate mounts down with the impact wrench then tried out the four upright mounting studs on my dummy upright. A few minor adjustments can be made using washers or shims to get them perfectly perpendicular once the time comes.

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Then it was mixing, pouring and poking concrete until well after dark. Truth is, had I started this job and hour or so sooner I’d have got it all finished. As it was ‘poor light stopped play’ and I had to clean up all my tools and work area as I was making a right mess in the dark.


Worst of it was that most of the concrete needed to go at the other side of the fence which meant I had to tip it down a small hole this side then ‘poke’ it to the other side with the vibrating poker. Not a hard task but not so easy in the dark, methinks that’ll be tomorrow’s project Smile

So at around 18:00 I came in for chicken pie and called it a day,


MiL was packing up ready to leave tomorrow and Charlie was making sure she didn’t go without him Smile


The chicken pie was awesome even without any Baileys Smile

He’s gone :-( She’s out :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:48 am

8:00am now, still not daylight but heading in the right direction and looking like a promising day, may even get some concrete poured today with a bit of luck. Long day and early night yesterday taking our son to Inverness to catch the train. Sure he could have caught the bus but we’ll no be seeing him for a while and it was chance to pick some ‘odds and ends’ up from Screwfix. Shame cos it was a fine day here by the look of it and with me heading back to work next week there’s still a mountain on the ‘to do’ list.


Mainly cos I’ve not really done great deal this last fortnight. One thing about a sedentary life style it sure makes time pass slowly, I feel like I’ve been off work for a month. Methinks there is much to be said for taking a leaf out of Dunbar’s book, that’ll be corporal Dunbar from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch 22 Dunbar was always doing boring and mindless things that he hated in order to make his life seem longer. There’s a lot to be said for it, this really, really has been a long spell off work Smile

She’s out

So, that’s it, we bade our son farewell, did some shopping and managed to catch the 17:30 ferry home, by the time we’d reheated the Chinese takeaway purchased in Kyle it would be almost 20:00. Shortly after that I was in my bed with a good book on account of this morning’s ‘early start’. Time and tide wait for no man and high water was at 7:00am and I wanted to be early to catch it.

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The forecast aint great for tomorrow so it was down to Calum and the slipway to haul her out for the very first time.

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Piece of cake really Smile

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