Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2020

Ready for action :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:26 am

That’s it, the start of a new week and me almost half way through my holiday’s. The clocks have gone back and I’m in an inexplicably good mood, bouncing out of bed this morning at the rather sane time of 6:30!!!. The beautiful red glow of Venus in the first glint of dawn just obliterated by yet another boodly rain shower Sad smile


Still, I attacked my morning stretches with a new vigour going for thirty of each rather than the regular twenty and lacing the strong black coffee That starts my day with three spoons of sugar!!! I haven’t taken sugar in anything for forty years or more!! In fact I rarely have it in the house. However this particular pot had been sat on the hotplate all night and was so strong it seemed to look and smell like coal tar. By the time I’d finished sugaring it it had the constituency of crude oil Smile It was great.


The beginning of GMT always fills me with dread, seeming to amplify the nights and shorten the days. Of course it doesn’t but that’s how it feels to me and my body clock is pure fecked until Christmas at least. Still, it dig give me more time to marinade my haunch of venison that I’d planned for Sunday dinner.


I’d forgotten to do it on Saturday night so diced it and stuck it in half a bottle of port along with five cloves of garlic and three bay leaves. It was 6:00am so would get a good six hours before going in a low oven for several more

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At 7:00 with dawn breaking I dragged Molly outdoors to feed the pigs and chooks before settling down to some work in the shed. A satisfying little job repairing a heat exchanger for a friend’s fishing boat. Taking me right up to the arrival of my dinner guest it heralded the end of ‘shed work’ for the day Smile

That was it really for the Sabbath, a nice meal, good company and a wee walk between showers with the dugs. Before turning in at the unheard of late hour of around 22:00 I wandered around the croft with a torch looking at all the blocked drains and making a mental note to deal with them today. The whole area around the house being waterlogged Sad smile


  1. Molly is getting good at taking the pictures.
    We are now on Greenwich mean time, set as a standard for navigation and it revolutionised travel the world over, another great invention/standard that we brits came up with.
    British time should be set permanently to GMT and not messed about with in summertime.

    Comment by Kev — October 26, 2020 @ 9:56 am

    • Well, that was after the arrival of ‘Railway time’ right enough Kev and I think it was more a case of the travel influencing the time than the ‘Brits’ inventing it 🙂 and the standard for navigation is UTC not GMT not that the odd second makes a whole lot of difference, not even to my biological clock 🙂 But absolutely, let’s stop fecking around with the clocks UTC, GMT, CET or whatever, just leave the feckin’ things alone 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 26, 2020 @ 10:58 am

      • Well I would argue that it was a need for accurate time keeping that led to the GMT standard (british) that led to John Harrison (british) inventing the first accurate watch which made long overseas voyages possible and also accurate mapping.
        GMT came before railway time, it’s just they didn’t have a way of getting clocks across country quick enough before railways, then the telegraph was invented and GMT became the standard.

        Comment by Kev — October 26, 2020 @ 11:58 am

  2. Ha! Got me there for a moment, I read straight past the ‘red glow of Venus’ and it was 15 seconds before the ??? bell went.

    Comment by englishjim — October 26, 2020 @ 10:03 am

  3. Hi Paul and Kev. See link. Highly recommend the book ‘Longitude’ by Dava Sopel. The story of how John Harrison built is 18th century maritime clocks. Harrison 1V (4) gave huge tactical advantage to the British Navy, enabling us to dominate the seas and found colonies around the world. Ultimately leading to world dominance of the English language, spread from our small islands.

    Comment by David Gartside — October 26, 2020 @ 9:24 pm

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