Life at the end of the road

February 28, 2019

It’s getting longer :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, food, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:18 am

Been somewhat distracted this last few days with ‘Callum’s shed’ so been working late then going to bed early with a good book and falling asleep after just a few pages. Last night was no exception only I awoke this morning at 2:30 ‘wired’. The sensible thing would have been to make myself a cup of hot chocolate and eat a banana. I kid you not it really works, me dear old Mammy used to swear by it when she couldn’t sleep. Me I’ve tried it once or twice too and it seems to have the desired effect on myself also. That would have been the wise thing to do, what I in fact did was pour myself a glass of wine and sit down on here Smile I figured it was about time I updated the world on me ‘daily doings’, not that the ‘World’ will be particularly interested just that I like to ‘get it down on paper’ so to speak.

I’ve been keeping diaries, logbooks and latterly doing this blog since the seventies so I guess it must have some in built need to do it. Perhaps cos the rest of my life is chaos, you should see my office and filing cabinet Smile Anyway, as you have probably figured out the new shelter, boat park, car port or whatever it is has a new name, from now on it will henceforth be known as ‘Callum’s shed’, not to be confused with ‘Calum’ the digger who will now be able to fit inside it Smile Callum being the ‘sole proprietor’ of the Raasay Sawmill and genius who designed and built the locally grown kit that now sits in front of Sonas.

The ‘Organic shed’ has not only grown from 3 bays to 4 but will be getting yet another 3m extension just as soon as I can cast another base Smile

Unseasonal weather

I guess the main reason I opted for the wine and not the drinking chocolate was the weather, apparently the unseasonable spell is gonna end today and I want to be out at first light to make the most of what is left. Sure we’ve not had the soaring temperatures experienced by much of the UK but things are in bloom that shouldn’t be and the grass has barely stopped growing all winter. I guess the Luddites, Torygraph readers and Trump’s Republicans would see this as a minor hiccup and not a portent of gloom. Me, well I’m 63 and have never seen anything like it and I have been keeping diaries for forty years Smile But then I also subscribe to the opinion that the oil is gonna run out and there are not huge untapped resources west of Shetland, perhaps I’m just a ‘wine glass’ half empty type Smile

So where was I

Well, I got on with making the panels for the back of the shed, again with a gap between each board to let the wind through.

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They were boodly heavy so had to be lifted into place with an hydraulic jack and axle stands.

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The ‘shed guru’ Callum arrived with the first extension to take us from 3 bays to 4.

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I got on with levelling the posts and burning the bases with a blow lamp, this is an old Japanese method of treating timber and stops it soaking up water apparently.

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When ‘section four’ was all bolted up and squared off we set about the roofing and got a couple of bays covered.

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Callum left at a sensible time but ‘yours truly’ continued until he could not see what he was doing


before retiring indoors to cotechino and a tomato salad.

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Having assisted in making this cotechino, which is just basically pork rind, fat, poor meat herbs and spices wrapped in a pigs stomach I couldn’t believe how good it was. There was however enough left for lunch today where I fried up some slices with salami and dinner tonight when I fried up the rest and served it with broccoli and asparagus.

Delivery to your door

Today was not only warm but we actually saw some sunshine and after finishing off panel number four on ‘Callum’s shed’ I used ‘Calum the digger’ to move a cooker.

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I lifted the cooker on its pallet then screwed the pallet to the base of the trailer. With the cooker then strapped to the trailer I lifted the whole lot off the ground and adjusted the trailer wheel bearings before repacking them with grease. I guess I should have done this before but it wasn’t until I dropped the 127kg cooker onto the trailer that I noticed the wheels ‘complaining’ Smile

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With some help from Ewen and Callum we got the cooker delivered then Callum and I got on with the roofing sheets.

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A door from me Mam’s old house was then fitted at one end


and I continued with the cladding Smile Perhaps now I can get a couple of hours sleep before daylight Smile


  1. I have shed envy.

    Comment by Giles — February 28, 2019 @ 10:07 am

    • I know a man who could help you with that condition Giles 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2019 @ 10:24 am

      • Think it might be out of my budget, and he’s rather far away!

        Comment by Giles — February 28, 2019 @ 2:35 pm

  2. Hi, that’s a fabulous job you are doing there. I do worry a little about you doing those potentially hazardous jobs on your own. I hope you have done a health & safety assessment! 🙂 Seriously be careful and have an emergency plan for if you were unlucky enough to have an accident when you are there on your own.

    Comment by herst2536 — February 28, 2019 @ 10:15 am

    • Not very good with the ‘elfin safety’ Matey, dunno how I ever managed to reach 63 with all my digits and limbs to be honest. Sometimes I look back and shudder.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2019 @ 10:26 am

  3. Hi Paul,

    >>I figured it was about time I updated the world on me ‘daily doings’, not that the ‘World’ will be particularly interested

    There’s a small part of the world that is always interested, keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by 63ian — February 28, 2019 @ 10:18 am

    • Why thanks Ian.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2019 @ 10:27 am

    • Here here to that. Your posts are always smashing. I’m 64 with back trouble, and don’t know how you do it, you’re an inspiration to me Paul.
      Good luck with the projects, and thanks for taking time to blog, and take all the pictures!

      Comment by Sally — February 28, 2019 @ 5:41 pm

  4. Hi Paul,
    I’m a bit confused, Why have you put a skylight roof on Callum if your covering it with solar panels?

    Comment by Ray (green van man) — February 28, 2019 @ 2:17 pm

    • OK, perhaps not ‘cover’, just 3.2kW, it’s a big roof.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2019 @ 2:34 pm

  5. Really enjoy your blog, the laurentic went down in Lough swilly which is the Republic of Ireland and not Northern Ireland .

    Comment by Darren kelly — March 1, 2019 @ 10:04 pm

    • Thanks for that Darren.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 1, 2019 @ 10:58 pm

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