Life at the end of the road

February 25, 2019

Off to the vet :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, food, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:06 pm

Ten past seven and that’s me in for the night with a large black dug between my feet.

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At least she’s not chewing things up when she’s laid on my feet Smile But then I have shut all the doors in the house and moved everything chewable off ground level. I swear she only chews my stuff, don’t think she has ever eaten anything belonging to Darling Wife, Jacob’s cream cracker box excepted but to be fair, we both ate them Smile The beggar even dragged a ‘weighty tome’ out of me nautical bookcase ‘British Battleships of World War II’ by Alan Raven A book I have had since new some forty years ago and she chewed that whilst completely ignoring Wifey’s Terry Pratchet novels Sad smile

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It’s not too bad right enough but it’ll never worth over £100 again Smile

Anyway’s we arose early, not as early as Darling Wife right enough, she was gone before 5:30 but soon enough to spend a little time on here, walk the dugs and still catch the 7:55 ferry. Leah wasn’t booked in to see Rhona the vet until 9:40 but I had some other errands to do and wanted to get back ASAP to get on with the shelter/shed.

After a trip to Jewson’s, Harbro, Macgregor Industrial Supplies, Macrae’s garage and the Co-op it was off to see Rhona


and Leah was the model of good behaviour allowing Rhona to check her over and draw blood for tests. Though I’m supposed to get a urine sample from her too, that should be a laugh Smile

Back to the shed

Managed to get back home around midday and got straight to work on the shed/shelter.

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Fitting the second ‘window’ made from some translucent PVC sheets I’ve had for yonks. The easiest way I have found to cut it without breaking it is to use a fine hand saw at a very shallow angle. A jig saw tends to shatter it unless you are doing a lot of sheets together and clamp it tightly.

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Then I made up panels of cladding for the back wall, again with small gaps to let the air through the panels and a large gap at the bottom. The shelter is also going to double as a clothes drier. Having  had experience of a ‘Mull dryer’ in the past I know how well they work on the West Coast where our inclement weather makes drying washing challenging outdoors.

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By the time I’d knocked up the 3m x 1m panels they were quite heavy and needed jacking into place but it went very well considering I was on my own. I just had to come inside around 16:00 to eat, as I had a Dexter rump steak that needed attention. Truth is, I had the same last night and this was a ‘left over’ but it was delicious and I’d been thinking about it for hours, having not actually eaten anything since the morning when I had a crumpet on the ferry.

Steak polished off, I went back out, fitted the second panel, tidied up and ‘called it a day’


And now the dug is trembling in a corner cos I’ve switched the heating on, not that it’s actually cold but just to warm my feet when I come out of the shower Smile Hope she doesn’t start eating those sockets while I’m gone Smile


The ‘organic’ shed :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, food, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:48 am

Well, ‘stupid o clock’ on Monday just now and I’m just trying to scribble a few lines down before yet another journey off the island Sad smile That’s all I seem to be doing this ‘rest period’. Anyway, I’m taking Leah to the vet, not cos I’m actually convinced that there is anything wrong with her but cos Darling Wife has talked me into it. Me, I just think the dog is mentally unstable and missing me dear old Mam who died just a year ago. Anyway the large black dug has taken to hiding in daft places again and chewing up anything she can get in there with her, usually a bag of some description.


That’ll be her just dragged out from under a shelf in the utility room having eaten a pair of overalls. Not content with that, in the time it took me to put a few board up on me shed she managed to eat a leather briefcase, large diving bag, thick polythene bag, cardboard box and Jacobs cracker box!!! Each one of them dragged into a small dark corner and chewed to bits Sad smile I was not best pleased. So on the ‘off chance’ that she has got earache, toothache or bellyache and this his her bizarre way of telling me, I’m gonna let the vet have a look at her.

Anyway, where was I, well Saturday saw us in Inverness collecting furniture for the ‘toon hoose’

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and that wasn’t straight forward. It was boodly wild with a good gale of south wind and spring tide so despite being down at the ferry for 7:45 we didn’t actually get off the island until 10:55. Choosing instead to drive back home, have some breakfast and collect a house key for the ‘toon hoose’ that we’d both forgot Sad smile As it happened the Hallaig actually sailed at 9:55 so we could have got away an hour earlier. Still, we were not actually needing to go shopping in Stressness so five to eleven was OK.


The Inverness trip went well and we even managed to collect a friend who was meant to be catching the 17:35 bus to Sconser. She treated us to fish and chips and got home three hours earlier with us Smile

Sunday was a pure peach of a day and I managed to get some work done on the shed/shelter.

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First job being to assemble the new stand for my saw.

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Fifty quid well spent on an Evolution stand for my Evolution radial arm saw from Screwfix ‘click and collect’, saves much bending down and wear & tear on the knees.

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Also decided to put some windows in the first two bays and leave the last one open, mainly cos I found 3 x 3m lengths of clear corrugated plastic sheeting in my shed, along with a box of fixing screws Smile 

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Reluctantly I left the shed to go and take the dugs for a walk and do some DIY in the ‘toon hoose’,

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though the dugs enjoyed the wander down to Screapadale.


And I did manage to get a little bit more done before it got dark and I turned my attention to one of Donnie Oliphant’s Dexter’s.


A fine rump steak from the Raasay Stores which Darling Wife seared in olive oil with pepper then served up with tomatoes and melted blue cheese. A boodly awesome Sunday dish Smile

So that’s it really. 6:45 now and I’d better be off, gotta walk the dugs and catch a ferry.

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