Life at the end of the road

October 29, 2020

More of the same and indoors at last :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:39 am

4:27 now and as yet I’ve failed to capture the awesome 95% full moon heading for Portree with Venus sitting in the sky above it Apparently it’ll be a Blue Hunters Moon and will fall on Halloween.

The next full Moon will occur on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 10:49 AM ET, and is known as the Full Hunter’s Moon.

This full Moon will fall on Halloween night in all time zones, something that hasn’t happened since 1944, making it a super fun rare treat. And because it’s the second full Moon in the month, it also earns the moniker of “Blue Moon” (one of two definitions). That makes this full Moon a mouthful: a rare Halloween Hunter’s Blue Moon!

Probably why my enthusiasm is returning and I’m once more rising at ‘stupid o clock’, today being a ridiculously early one even for me. Though I gotta say, the awesome heavenly bodies and everchanging cloud about them were ample compensation. Probably pay for it later right enough by falling asleep before nine pm but I live alone and the ‘wee dug’ is quite happy to let me on ‘her bed’ at such an hour Smile 


At some point in the not too distant future I’m gonna have to disturb her to retrieve my clothes right enough but she’ll have warmed them nicely as well as depositing white hairs all over them and the bed Sad smile 

I know it was Wednesday yesterday cos I just Googled it but really it was pretty much the same as the rest of the week so far, me messing around with Land Rover whilst trying to dodge frequent and heavy showers. The clock changing nonsense has unsettled me, the dug, pigs and hens and the one thing I really ‘got stuck into’ (the Landy wiring) has been thwarted at times by the boodly rain but not enough for me to start another project less weather dependent. What I really should be doing is replacing my tired 800Ah Rolls batteries with 1000Ah of forklift traction batteries sitting in the shed just crying out to be working. Alas I’ve not quite worked up enough of the elusive enthusiasm to tackle that job just yet, but I do feel it is not that far away.

I suppose it got a little closer when I actually moved the traction cells from the trailer into the shed on Tuesday. Whilst that did improve the likelihood of a battery bank exchange it also meant that I could move the digger and trailer away from my shed door, which was my second task of Wednesday, the first one being to collect my tools and ladders from next door.



Yup, I’d finally given up on ‘The lumb’ which for those not following my dull life is the blockage in my friend’s chimney that I’ve been trying to clear for months. My many and varied crackpot schemes having come to nought Sad smile The internal avalanche of rock and rubble has finally beaten me and I’ll be passing it back to The Oxford Building Company who will more than likely take out the blockage through the gable end. A major task indeed but I’ve seen much of their other work and they are well capable, if not a little too far to go ‘home for lunch’ Smile


It was whilst heading over to get my gear that I noticed a Type 23 frigate what turned out to be HMS Kent . Dunno what she was doing there but whatever it was, she moved little and was there for most of the day.

Having donned my all in one waterproof Andy Pandy suit I then spent several hours outdoors in the pishing rain underneath the ‘Old Girl’ making exhaust brackets and checking all the oil levels, of which there are many on a Land Rover, most of them requiring a different type and viscosity of oil Sad smile

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And finally,


with Calum the Kubota, trailer and batteries out of the way

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I got her in the shed, a sure sign that the weather will now vastly improve.

As for the rest of the day, much of that was spent looking for my boodly phone which I’d managed to convince myself was either in the shed, over at the Schoolhouse or on top of a fence post out in the pishing rain, after two days of fruitless searching it turned up under the bed!!!! Well, it’s 5:30 now and whilst it’s pitch black outdoors, the waxing gibbous moon having been lost behind  thick  cloud, it is light in my shed Winking smile I’m off.


  1. It’s going to be mahoosive full moon. I cought a glimpse of it yesterday very late afternoon, the sun had quite gone down, but it was one of the biggest I have ever seen.

    Comment by artimaginguk — October 29, 2020 @ 7:56 am

  2. In that third exhaust picture I notice an exhaust bracket I’ve not seen before. Two in fact in the same photo. Did you make them from scratch and if so I’m intrigued.

    The only, I mean ONLY good thing about having a smart watch is that it can find where the bloody hell you left your phone this time!!

    Comment by Matt — October 29, 2020 @ 12:15 pm

    • Aye Matt,
      The only, I mean ONLY good thing about having a smart watch is that it can find where the bloody hell you left your phone this time!! Unless it can find your phone in areas of no reception Matt, it wouldn’t be much use to me. All home-made, or at least heavily modified Matey and certainly not cost effective, just quicker than ordering online and driving to the Post Office unless it happens to be a Thursday or Saturday when I get mail 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2020 @ 12:27 pm

      • It works off bluetooth as well so I find just wondering around does the trick. It just sends a command to your phone to make an annoying noise. Also with the addition of that ruddy great bit EE mast I assume you’ll have excellent cover shortly?

        I forget you have to drive to the post office. Mines a five minute walk away. Quite the luxury.

        Comment by Matt — October 29, 2020 @ 12:45 pm

      • It works off Bluetooth as well that would work for me, it’s never far away 🙂 Wonders if they do Bluetooth glasses, wallets, keys, pens and pocket knives too ?

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2020 @ 1:17 pm

    • “Bluestring” (baler twine) at least 6 foot attached to each item.

      Comment by Andy — October 29, 2020 @ 2:34 pm

      • He’s not getting married but he’ll sound like it wondering around with those dragging behind him!

        Comment by Matt — October 29, 2020 @ 2:48 pm

      • about time Molly became a tracker dog

        Comment by cazinatutu — October 30, 2020 @ 10:51 am

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