Life at the end of the road

March 31, 2019

The eleven hour pour :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food, How I, shed/house — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:56 pm

A cracking few days behind me, in which I have achieved much, mainly on account of having no Internet Smile We lost it the day after I last posted, which I guess must have been Thursday, sorry I cannae be more specific but it has been a bit of a blur. Sure I missed it but to be quite honest I doubt I would have got the 20M square slab for the 5m extension to ‘Callum’s shed’ poured on Friday had I been able to get ‘online’. At least I wouldn’t have been able to mix the 2.5 cubic metres AND go and see Willie Campbell playing at the Isle of Raasay Distillery https://raasaydistillery.com/

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As it was I managed to start mixing concrete at 6:30 and had it finished by 17:30, leaving me just enough time to get cleaned up and get to the gig for around 8:00pm. This just gave us enough time to order a couple of lemon juices and sit back in a cosy corner of the lounge and listen to Willie’s first hour long set. I was driving and Darling Wife would be doing an early shift so it wasn’t going to be a ‘full on sesh’. No, it was just a great night of Willie’s eclectic mix, a few of his own tunes and songs, some country and western, a little traditional, a dash of Gaelic and the odd ‘sing along’. A ‘perfect end to a perfect day’, tis a sad person indeed that considers mixing concrete for eleven hours ‘perfect’ Smile

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Sure, a 20m square slab 125mm thick is a little ambitious for one man approaching retirement with a Belle mixer but conditions were ideal. It was mild and damp to stop the concrete cracking, a gale of south west wind kept the mixer happily churning away for the whole day on wind energy Smile The mixer was parked in the shed out of the wind so no eyes full of cement and I kept the trailer fed with aggregate from my stockpile with ‘Calum the Kubota’.

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Barring the tuna salad I had for lunch I never stopped and was well pleased with my effort Smile Sure I was mightily miffed I couldn’t tell anyone about it on Facecloth or check for the likelihood of a downpour ruining my handiwork on XC Weather, but had I done that then I’d have probably missed Willie.

Draught proofing

Despite the visit to the distillery I did manage to get in bed at a sensible time and arise early without a headache thanks to the St Hellier lemonade   http://www.sthelierfruitbeverages.com/product-2#about-st-helier I’d been drinking all night. Saturday was a cracking day and I set about making a windbreak for the wee garden. I had knocked one up last year using netting and steel poles but the winter’s gales had bent all the poles and the netting was full of holes from rubbing on the poles. Still, it had served it’s purpose and allowed Darling Wife to establish the makings of a lovely wee garden.

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I’d drilled the rocks to support the original 6mm steel posts and most of them were now actually stuck into the rocks so I just cut the poles leaving around 75mm sticking up. I then drilled the bottom of some 75mm square posts and hammered them in. Sounds far simpler than it actually was cos none of them lined up and there was a great deal of messing about. However by making up custom brackets, drilling more holes in the rocks etc. etc. I got on just fine.

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That cheap Evolution mitre saw from Screwfix cuts steel just as well as plastic conduit and wood https://www.screwfix.com/p/evolution-r255sms-255mm-single-bevel-sliding-mitre-saw-220-240v/1062x Methinks that’s a newer model than mine as mine was under £100 but worth every penny of £125 they’re asking for it now.

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It took me just about the whole day to do that

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and I managed to finish it before starting to at last paint Sonas Smile

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Sure, I didn’t get very far before having to pack up, get cleaned up and head of to Raasay House https://www.raasay-house.co.uk/dining-raasay-restaurant-skye for our 16:30 ‘table for two’. This week I had roast pork belly and Darling Wife roast beef, both of us choosing a starter rather than dessert, me going for a hot smoked salmon salad whilst herself had haggis fritters. It was all totally delicious as usual and well presented by courteous staff but I gotta say the haggis fritters were pure amazing.

That ‘time of year again’

How I hate this feckin around with the clocks business, I don’t really care who’s time we are on, BST, GMT, UTC or CET but can we just stop changing the feckin things. I’m gonna spend the next six weeks or so feeling hungry at ‘stupid O clock’, the dugs will be following me about wanting fed at the wrong time, the hens won’t know what is going on and I’m bound to forget to alter at least one clock!

Anyway, that’s it, it’s 8:00 PM which is really 7:00 PM so I’d better go and shut the hens in an hour later Sad smile Whatever, I’m going to bed, but it’s only 19:00, guess I’ll be up at 4:00 tomorrow Smile

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Still, at least the clocks moved the right way Smile

7 Comments »

  1. 100% with you on the clock change; it’s a good job my phone remembered this year as I’d forgotten due to celebrating my wife’s birthday and Mother’s Day heartily on Sat evening.

    Comment by David Brodie — April 1, 2019 @ 2:12 am

  2. I have never met a single person, farmer or otherwise that appreciates the clocks moving. I’m sure they’re out there but in my 40 years I’ve not met a single one!

    Nice work by the way. People think I’m nuts when I suggest mixing cement from the back of a trailer. It just makes sense to me and my ageing bones. But I’ve watched people tip the trailer next to the mixer then take the trouble to park it out of the way only to go and collect it to load it an hour later. Madness!

    Comment by Matt — April 1, 2019 @ 9:03 am

    • Aye Matt, it’s quite easy out of the trailer and the 3mm galvanized steel cover over the 19mm phenolic ply bed means it’s nice, flat and shovel proof 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 2, 2019 @ 11:52 am

  3. Good work. It’s very satisfying to complete a job stage like that. Ditto on the time change. Spring time is easier that autumn. The dogs are quite happy to eat a hour earlier!

    Comment by skyeent — April 2, 2019 @ 8:51 am

    • Aye, the spring one is always easier and always one of the year’s better milestones but I still get awful confused with the tides, meal times and sleep 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 2, 2019 @ 11:54 am

  4. It may have been the last clock change!

    Under a new EU Directive that’s gone into effect, all EU countries have the option of making one more change in October, but that’s it — including us. That is to say, countries will decide to stay in their natural time zone or in +1, with no more clock changes after.

    Comment by Dan Grey — April 27, 2019 @ 5:57 pm

    • PS I’d prefer we stayed in GMT, the sun should be halfway across the sky at midday!

      Comment by Dan Grey — April 27, 2019 @ 5:58 pm


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