Life at the end of the road

January 25, 2019

Staying calm :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:18 pm

Well, I finally got the tax return done and off to HMRC so there’s call for a celebration if ever there was one and the Belgian lager is going down a treat by way of a reward. Having said that I’d a huge glug of Bailey’s in the coffee that escorted me into the office as I prepared to do battle with the online form. That got off to a grim start even before my three unsuccessful attempts to login.

As with the VAT return, I have rituals that help me get in the mood, starting with sharpening my pencil, finding the rubber and reorganizing my desk so I can actually sit down at it. This usually involves removing around 3 months worth of clutter that gradually migrates from the kitchen table to the office as we have to clear that weekly to be able to eat. I am a great believer of eating at the table and not on the sofa watching the ‘one eyed monster’. Of course that means that I often eat alone as darling wife digests Emmerdale along with her pasta and my son disappears into his room. Still the TV appears to be broken just now or at least I think it is cos I cannae actually work it!!! I tried switching it on last night to watch Les Misérables on iPlayer but gave up and had to wait for the wife to come home from work.

It was whilst clearing carp away from under the desk so I could actually sit at it that I noticed Leah had eaten one of my laptop bags!!! The daft dug goes and hides whenever we put the heating on and is getting worse not better. We kinda thought that she’d eventually get used to it, not a chance, for a large ‘black lab’ you would be amazed at the small places she can hide and under my office table is a new one on me. I knew it would do no good but I lost the plot with her anyway and after a few minutes shouting and ranting calmed down enough to do my tax return.

That done and with the office ‘spick and span’ I went to eat my reheated pasta from last night only to discover the daft dug had been hiding behind the freezer and eaten another laptop bag. This one being an expensive one and it got worse, she’d also chewed up another bag that I use daily to take food and clothes into work. To say I was friggin livid would be something of an understatement Smile

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She’s lying over my feet just now under the table as if to say sorry but an hour ago she was cowering under our bed where I discovered a chewed up bag for putting the Christmas tree in. Methinks this dug is outstandingly insecure Sad smile That or she doesn’t like laptop bags Smile

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She was happy enough this morning rolling about like a wee dafty on the driveway Smile

A spectacular ham

Well, it was a ‘late one’ last night as darling wife and I demolished the anniversary Malbec that had been ‘on hold’ whilst I was working. Two episodes of Les Misérables turning me into an emotional wreck needing more wine and so it was almost 1:00 afore we turned in. After the previous night’s late working I was stuck in my bed until after 8:00 this morning and decidedly ‘difficult to start’. That due in no small measure to my promise to myself to do the tax return today. However, a quick look at XC weather (which told me it would be fine until 13:00) managed to convince me that I could put off the tax until later.

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So, I went outdoors and removed my ham from the dustbin where it had been lying submerged for 30 days in a mixture of cider, apple juice, pineapple juice, various sugars, spices, salt and wine. I hauled the 10kg lump out of the delicious smelling brine, wiped of the juice, star anise, cloves and cinnamon then hung it in the bunker.

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Once it’s dried out a bit methinks I’ll hack it up into two or three more manageable lumps that can be soaked overnight prior to cooking. Meanwhile I’ve left a knife handy so I can hack slices off and eat then fresh Smile A bit salty ‘as is’ right enough but you can really taste all the sugars and spices in the marinade, it’s gonna be deeeelicious , that is if I don’t eat it all raw first Smile

That done, I turned my attention back to the ‘boat/car port’

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and removed the mounting plates I’d bonded to the concrete pad. This was so I could seal them round the edges with extra resin I’d acquired and bond in two of the M12 studs I’d missed previously. I’d emptied the last resin pack when fitting the studs a few weeks ago and did not want to open another for just two studs. With all the previously fitted studs now well cured I was happy to open a couple more packs of the Hilti HIT RE500 v3 resin to finish the job. I had hoped to get them painted to but ‘rain stopped play’ at 13:00 just like XC said Sad smile

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Still, that didn’t stop me doing some repairs to my Ifor William’s tipping trailer, the 3mm steel sheets on the bed had got aggregate under them so I removed them, cleaned up and replaced them.


  1. Hope you escaping the storm

    Comment by SOTW — January 26, 2019 @ 9:51 pm

    • What storm? we doon in the ‘toon house’ after an excellent haggis supper at the Isle of Raasay Distillery 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 26, 2019 @ 11:29 pm

  2. You may have seen this already but I dont recognise some of the tracks to the North

    Comment by Ron — January 27, 2019 @ 5:05 pm

    • Oops.

      Comment by Ron — January 27, 2019 @ 5:05 pm

      • No Ron, I’ve not seen that one. I have seen one later that looks very similar but it shows North Arnish whereas this one does not. The tracks from Arnish to the eastern side and the one between the two lochs are there still but hard to find and I have never seen them marked, though the iron gate posts are still there, little remains of the paths.
        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 27, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

  3. Hi Paul,

    Brief discussion of dogs and UFH on BuildHub so I mentioned your not-so-wee dug’s problem. Still happening? The suggestions there are from some noise too high or low for humans to hear, perhaps from a turned down flow valve.


    Comment by Ed Davies — January 27, 2019 @ 9:07 pm

    • Good morning Ed,
      long time no hear and hope your are nicely settled in now. Will try playing around with the valves thanks, the dug just doesn’t seem to be settling at all.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 28, 2019 @ 8:19 am

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