Life at the end of the road

February 6, 2019

San Pellegrino tonight :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, life off grid, shed/house — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:45 pm

Eight PM and that’s me just through the door from work and sat down in front of the puter with a glass of San Pellegrino, there’ll be no rum tonight Sad smile Still, I arrived back home freshly showered and fed thanks to the luxury of MV Hallaig and the generosity of my ‘back to back’ who left me a bowl of leak and potato soup as an afternoon snack and a pan full of spag bog for dinner. Another glass or two of sparkling water once I’ve done on here and that’ll be me off to bed, more likely than not before 21:00. The first day back at work always passes quickly cos it’s inevitably only a short one. By the time I’ve read all the handover notes, trawled through two weeks emails and read the ‘End Of Trip Report’ left by the previous crew the day is usually done and today was no exception.

Home Alone

With darling wife in the ‘toon hoose’ once more I’ve had a couple of girls sharing my bed,


dunno how this is gonna go down when the wife returns Smile I must hasten to add that I ALWAYS make the bed, I always have but after watching Admiral William McRaven, I do it with a smile Smile

Anyway’s, just like every other ‘final day’ it was a mad rush finishing stuff off and tidying stuff away. This morning I gave the digger a good clean and grease, moved a dumper load of ballast ready for the next project in a fortnights time, a long overdue pipe burial.

Most of our water supply pipe is well buried, my diligent son did it over the course of around a year by hand. No mean feat as it’s 250m and some of it is quite stony. However there is a 15m section that runs over solid rock which he covered with turfs and this works just fine to prevent the pipe freezing. Unfortunately every batch of pigs we fatten seem to take great delight in removing them and exposing the pipe. This lot were no exception so I formulated a plan to put a large drainage pipe in the burn behind the house then bury the pipe deeply with the digger. Sure a sensible person would have done this in the summer but ‘you know me’ Smile

Whilst reassessing this plan I took the opportunity to go and check our supply up the hill.

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I discovered this ‘secret well’ 6 or 7 years ago when looking for a suitable water supply for the house. It resides in an old enclosure and is a proper walled well that has never run dry in all the time I’ve been monitoring it. Granted that is only 5 or 6 years but more or less as soon as I hound it, I put a pipe in it and ran it the 250m down to what was then just the shed and house site and it has always had a trickle of water coming out of it. The water is piped from the well into this 1000lt settling tank then flows into the 3000lt storage tank which is 20 or 30m above the house so gives us great water pressure.

After checking the settling tank, which was its usual peaty hue I went to check the well.


Sadly, there must have been a landslip recently and this huge rock was covering it, shame, cos it really is a pretty well.

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You could see where the rocks had come from and it must have been fairly recently.

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I dunno whether this enclosure was for sheep or hens or both but there are the remains of a shelter up there too. Again, that could have been for shepherds or hens, whatever, it is a lovely spot up there.


That was it really, I took the dugs for a walk, got my trailer ready for tomorrows oil delivery and went to work.


And I REALLY did make that bed Smile

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