Life at the end of the road

March 1, 2019

Just me and me shed :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:44 am

Gosh, I’ve just realised I’ve not seen a single human being today bar the postie. Darling wife is in the ‘toon hoose’ on early shift and Callum the ‘shed guru’ is away for the weekend, it’s just been me and the two dugs enjoying yet another fine and unseasonally warm day, I even took my hat off!!! A younger person would have been in a T shirt I’m sure but me, well, I’m a wimp in that department Smile

Sure, I did get back to bed for a couple of hours but was still up before 7:00 and out before breakfast working on ‘Callum’s shed’

The first job being to finish off the facings on the front and then fitting the roof flashings.

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I left all those purlins and beams sticking out on the right hand side cos there is going to be another bay going on the end. The slope on the ground may even mean it will be possible to get the dumper inside, especially if Callum’s scheme for a 6m bay with the end boarded up comes off.

I do like the idea of this, especially with the western end closed off but it means I’d have to push the 7m long trailer in at rather an acute angle. Methinks I’ll stick a fence post in the ground 6m away from the end as it is now and see if I can do it. The Searider is over 2m wide and the shed 2.9 between the posts inside so I guess it is possible but methinks spragging the tracks on the digger to get the acute angle will make a mess of my drive. Work in progress as they say, perhaps a door on the end but that would have to be some size of door!

There’s a ghost in my shed

Anyway, it’s 6:00am now and I’ve been up since 5:00 cleaning the house and doing the washing prior to Wifey’s return from the ‘Toon Hoose’ this weekend. I didn’t get in until 21:00 last night, made myself some smoked haddock served with asparagus and fresh butter and went to bed. I was even too tired for a glass of wine or chapter of ‘We own Laurentic’ 

On the 23 January 1917, the 14,892-ton liner LAURENTIC, which had been converted into an Armed Auxiliary Cruiser, hit a mine off the coast of Northern Ireland. In her strong rooms were 43 tons of gold, in 3211 separate gold ingots, valued then at more than £5 million, being taken to the United States to pay for food, steel, and munitions which Britain needed to continue the war against Germany. The LAURENTIC sank so swiftly that 354 of 745 men aboard were lost and there was certainly no time to worry about the strong room.

A White Star liner serving as an auxiliary cruiser which was mined 102 years ago last month off Lough Swilley in Northern Ireland. Most of the gold was recovered over the years but 25 bars remain unaccounted for. Perhaps a summer project for Ross and I in the Searider Smile

Bizarrely I was awakened at 2:30 by talking outside the bedroom and a light on in me shed!!!


I could have sworn I switched the power off when I left, was I really so tired when I went to bed that I never noticed the light on right outside my bedroom window with no blinds drawn!! or is there a ‘Ghost in my house’ Smile

Anyway’s, it was a very productive day,

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I got the flashing on the front and the facia board on the back,


and that was no easy task with my toes perched on the concrete slab and nail gun in hand. Common sense would have me take that fence down and use the wood elsewhere but I’ll leave that for another day.

I also managed to get pretty much all the eastern end sealed off.

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Managed to squeeze a couple of small off cuts of the translucent PVC in there too.

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Bhrusda is here

One thing I did notice yesterday whilst up on the roof was a dull roar that over a period of an hour or so got louder and louder. Turned out to be the MV Loch Bhrusda heading from Leverburgh to Raasay to relieve Hallaig. I swear I could hear her V12 Cummins engines the whole way

That is one noisy mother of a boat Smile Better get me caravan serviced ready for the trip to Lochaline next week Smile


Nice picture John Smile

Right, that’s it, 6:45 now, time to hand out the washing, apparently it’s gonna be dry until it gets dark.


  1. That’s one very impressive shed and wife and I loved the blast from the past ‘Ghost in my House’ – haven’t heard that for a very long time.

    Any news on your Land Rover I wonder? – I’ve just bought an old Discovery TD5, it’s a matching Epsom green to my 90, I’m presently exploring it’s rear chassis ….hoping it’s not to similar to one of your sunken wrecks!

    Comment by David Brodie — March 1, 2019 @ 7:20 am

  2. We saw a ghost of a man carrying a creel of peats disappear right by your new house. This was while Callum was still constructing the road. On reflection it might well have been Callum himself turning the corner. I was probably only 10 but Dad swears it wasn’t Callum. If anywhere deserves ghosts it is Raasay. Alex heard ghostly drum beats at Hallaig. I get spooked but don’t believe in them, if you know what I mean. Highly envious of the shed. If that blows away, the storm will be worth writing a book about.

    Comment by Leo — March 1, 2019 @ 10:26 am

  3. Hi Paul, perhaps something like this mover may help move that boat?

    Comment by Ray (green van man) — March 2, 2019 @ 9:09 am

    • I like it Ray 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 2, 2019 @ 9:35 am

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