Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2019

An exhausting day :-)

Filed under: Discovery, life off grid, pigs — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:14 pm

Well, it was ‘SAS related’ Smile  I left you this morning fed the pigs near my neighbours house and went to ‘weigh up’ the situation. They’d phoned last night when I was in my pyjamas saying one of their guests was stuck!!!! Well, they were right about that, but to be fair, I did the same myself when I first bought the house thirty years ago Smile


One thing for sure, it wouldn’t be coming out under its ‘own steam’ or with the help of my Disco.


It was time to go back to Sonas and get ‘Calum the Kubota’ Smile I did try lifting it out out backwards first, simply cos we could find no sign of a front towing eye, the driver had no handbook and Mr Google wasnae working there Sad smile Well, it certainly wasn’t for coming out backwards but we did manage to move it far enough to at least see the front wishbones. They were of course lying in deep mud but in the absence of anything better to pull it with they would have to suffice. So, very gingerly I tracked ahead of it, extended the boom and dipper, put the blade down and we managed to ease her out with the driver helping.


He was very happy Smile and to be fair, so was I, we’d managed to extricate it from a very difficult spot with minimal damage to Disco and none to Calum Smile


The neighbours drain will need a little ‘remedial work’ right enough but it could have been much worse Smile Of course I now know where the towing eye is located which would have saved me getting rather muddy and not made my shower tray look like I’d taken ‘a dump’ in it Smile


After shower, muesli and break I set off to Torran to re route the Lister generator exhaust and clear out the fridge.


Adam the Polish builder had had to remove the exhaust to build the shed and in his haste to leave had left behind all kind of Polish treats with unpronounceable names. The cherry tomatoes, butter, smoked mackerel and Greek yoghurt I’d already had away, well, ‘waste not want not’ Smile However, there was other stuff that looked edible and I was at a bit of a ‘loose end’ on the cooking front.

First job though was to knock a hole in the wall to let the exhaust pipe through,

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very quickly establishing the fact that my 24v Hitachi was not ‘man enough’ for the job. Sure it’s quite adequate for drilling a couple of holes but the NiMH batteries just don’t ‘cut the mustard like lithium ion ones. Reluctantly I went back home to get my 110V 38mm Hitachi breaker and transformer.

The next challenge was rotating the rusted fittings and removing the old exhaust pipe, which without the blowlamp would probably have ‘ended in tears’ with a broken cast iron manifold.

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I had to do another trip home to cut and thread the tail pipe to clear the eaves and there’s still a little ‘tidying up’ to be done but before I ‘called it a day’ Mr Lister was chugging away nicely Smile

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Time to head home for a Polish treat.


Roast sweet potato, broccoli, beans and asparagus with some tinned pork Sad smile Well I just had to eat it hey Smile Can’t remember the last time I had tinned pork, ham or Spam, it’s better than I remember Smile Gonna try and fry what’s left in the morning once the muesli ‘runs out of steam’.



  1. Nice job on the recovery. I agree that a pair of soft straps on the D3/4 around the lower suspension is a better option than the eye for stuck fast recovery. If you crack one yes ok it’s not cheap but hot metal glueing on a replacement eye and repairing all the damage as it came out is much worse than a cracked bit of suspension and an hours garage time!

    I’m surprised you don’t use Mapp Gaz rather than Butane. Always found it get’s things warmed more quickly. I tend to use Butane when I want something kept warm for a while…

    Love that last shot. Perfect fella 😎

    Comment by Matt — October 26, 2019 @ 7:37 pm

    • Golly gosh Matt, had to Google Mapp gas never ever heard of it. To be fair the stuff I was using was a propane/butane mix so a bit hotter than just butane but no substitute for ‘bottles of red and black’ or ‘the hot spanner’ as we used to call them. She was only the welders daughter but she had acetylene tits 🙂 I do keep meaning to buy some oxy/acetylene but it’s not the kind of thing you can buy online and get delivered to Raasay 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 27, 2019 @ 8:23 am

      • Hahahaaaa … You think your old enough to have heard them all but the welders daughter was new to me.

        Mapp gas is a portable hot spanner. Not nearly as good but you can add oxygen in a small kit and then it becomes quite a serious contender! I won’t use acetylene these days after I saw the damage the stuff can cause if an untrained monkey gets too close (worlds full of them). I have been eyeing up oxy/propylene as an alternative since I mostly use the stuff in and around the garage and Mapp can quickly get expensive if you’re working on an old Landy for instance.

        Comment by Matt — October 27, 2019 @ 9:05 am

      • Aye Matt, right enough I’ve seen a serious ‘near miss’ with acetylene. In a garage where I worked someone was welding, spatter or hot metal burnt through the acetylene pipe which set on fire, which in itself wasn’t to serious, until the acetylene fire burnt through the oxygen pipe 😦 Again ‘not the end of the world had the welder had the good sense to finish what he started to do, which was shut off the acetylene but by this time the flailing flame thrower had come to rest pointing directly at the base of the acetylene cylinder so he ran off, still clutching the bottle key. By the time the heroes from the Greater Manchester Fire Department turned up (around 20 minutes later) the base of the cylinder was white hot and throbbing!!!! An officer, with no PPE got out of his car, casually walked up to it and wound down the regulator until the gas stopped. The crew then put three ladders together in the shape of a triangle on the ground, placed a tarpaulin in the middle, filled it with water then dumped the cylinder in it. I was well impressed 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am

      • Good heavens! OK you win that really is impressive! There’s genuinely the brave surrounded by the stupid in this world isn’t there…

        Comment by Matt — October 27, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

  2. Interesting in that we ate loads of PEK chopped pork when I was a kid 🙂 It must have disappeared largely from the shops these days.

    Comment by finniedog — October 26, 2019 @ 7:49 pm

  3. Well done on the rescue. Heck, your life is never boring.

    Comment by Uff — October 26, 2019 @ 8:20 pm

    • Aye Uff, don’t think I’ve ever been bored since I left school 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 26, 2019 @ 9:38 pm

  4. Comment by Geo — October 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

    • Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, lovely Spam 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2019 @ 7:26 pm

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