Life at the end of the road

February 4, 2019

A well earned rum :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, life off grid, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:14 pm

That’s me just showered, and poured myself a stiff, well earned, Kraken rum Smile 20:40 is the time and I guess I must have been indoors just after eight feeling like I’d worked exceedingly hard and late, which I had for me Smile Me, I’m very much a ‘morning person’ and go rapidly down hill after lunch, a creature of habit I like to be fed and watered around 18:00 then rarely venture back outside at this time of year. I’ve done all this working till ‘stupid O clock’ in days gone by and have the diaries to prove it, but now, well into my sixties and preparing for retirement I’m ‘taking it easy’. Today however, I made an exception, probably cos ‘darling wife’ is once more in the ‘toon hoose’ and I’m here with two daft dugs enjoying yet another TV less evening Smile Gosh, I do love the silence, the only thing I can hear, if I hold my breath, is the clock ticking. Leah is sat on my feet under the table and Molly is sat on the bed, it doesn’t get much better than this after a hard day’s graft.


Sure, I know it’s been February for long enough but it really feels like we’ve ‘turned the corner’ as far as winter goes, sure it’s still snowy and icy but the days are really stretching and the solar power has really started producing once more, a good 6kWh today, not much by ‘home counties’ standard but ‘damn fine splendid’ for here at Arnish. Sunrise at 8:15 and sunset at 17:00 makes all the difference too, another week and it’ll be nearer 18:00. Sure we can get some pretty heavy dumps of snow, gales and ice but it never seems quite so bad in daylight Smile

When I last posted the frame for the new boat/car port had just gone up, the ground was covered in snow and I was deep in the ‘brown stuff’ for not going to Inverness on Friday afternoon. Selfish prick that I am, I chose to put up me shed with Callum rather than take darling wife shopping in Inverness. Redemption came on Saturday however when we headed off on the first ferry and bought a nice bedroom suite for the ‘toon hoose’ from the Blythewood charity shop on harbour road.



Not to mention curtain poles, from B&Q and a gazillion ‘bits an bobs’ from Screwfix. Anyway’s, we made it back for the 17:30 ferry along with a Chinese takeaway from Kyle. With the TV mercifully broken we watched ‘Night Train to Lisbon’

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on Netflix or Amazon Prime or something I was suitably impressed and reduced to a gibbering wreck. Despite getting panned by Hollywood critics I thought it was a really good film.


Well, Sunday was a kinda leisurely day from what I recall, we went out for a walk with the dugs to Screapadale

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and then I set up some shuttering in front of the boat/car port. That big square thing is a huge rock that must have become detached from the cliffs millennia ago. Methinks it’s called ‘Church Rock’ or something, whatever it’s called it’s boodly spectacular Smile


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Once I’d got the shuttering in place for the ramp I filled it in with ballast and also came up with the idea of extending me shelter. I figured the slope would give me enough height to get the digger or dumper in there as well as the boat if I was ‘canny’ with the concreting Smile

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Well, that went rather well and after filling the shuttering with ballast the tamping it down with Callum’s grading bucket I reckoned that I could extend me shelter another 3m and have enough height for the digger at least. All I had to do was get more cement and mount some more studs for the extra uprights. Well that and ‘run it by’ my ‘shed guru’ Callum at the Raasay Sawmill Smile

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Well, it seemed ‘fine in principle’ so I made up a mounting plate anyway.

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Another nice thick steel plate from Hallaig’s bottom providing the base for the potential upright.

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Better to put it in now and not use it than to wish I’d done so later Smile

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The ‘Old Girl’

For those of you that have been following regularly you may remember the ‘Old Girl’, my 1986 110 CSW Land Rover that I left at Tayside Land Rover some time ago for a new galvanized chassis, bulkhead, B posts and doors, well things are  definitely progressing.

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The ‘Old Girl’ is definitely ‘on the mend’ Smile


That was a pretty ‘feckered’ bulkhead hey.

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