Life at the end of the road

November 7, 2020

High as a kite :-)

Filed under: daily doings, How I, Land Rover — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 1:49 am

Well, not now but I was yesterday (Thursday) when I spent much of what turned out to be a beautiful day sniffing glue in the back of me Land Rover.

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The previous day’s ‘brain twisting’ electrical work having been abandoned in favour of some interior trimming. The liberal use of contact adhesive in such a confined space putting me ‘into a spin’ on more than one occasion. Removing the seats and undoing much of the work done by Tayside Land Rover to redo it in a way more suited to my OCD leanings. So out came the seat mountings, seat belts and various trimmings to be cleaned, painted or just plain replacing the many nuts and bolts with stainless steel ones. Luckily the weather was good and the wind fresh so wee dug got plenty of walks in-between coats of paint and glue.


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Firstly to check on the hydro turbine inlet and wander round the old ruined township of South Arnish.

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The houses now long abandoned but at least one garden well tended


though not as well as it would have been at the time this was taken around 1885.

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The fireplace on the left not having belched any peaty smoke as in the 19th century image in decades.

Friday did see me returning to the ‘spaghetti’ though I must confess to a feeling of gong backwards at times. Having got all the rear lights bar the reversing ones working the day before. I then lost my rear fog lamp, ignition lamp, side light indicator lamp and a few other things Sad smile

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Managing to restore all bar the ignition lamp by ‘close of play’ yesterday Smile



Friday, at least most of it, was yet another pleasure to behold despite loosing the sun until next year Sad smile

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There will still be brief afternoon rays on the croft and plenty visible from inside Sonas. There will even be afternoon solar radiation on some of the 9kW of installed solar panels but there will be precious little on the house now until February.

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Unlike my neighbours at Torran who’s solar panels and house will be catching sunshine all year Smile In search of some colour, Molly and I wandered down to the holly tree in front of our house to admire the riot of berries as the last gales have removed most of the colour from my garden. The rosehips, fuchsias, daisies, hydrangea  and purple buddleias scattered by autumnal gales.


Still, I should have no shortage of holly for my Christmas decorations Smile

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And ultimately I was quite pleased with what I’d achieved in the back of the ‘Old Girl’, even if it did take days to do just a couple of hours work.

Well, that’s it really, not sure whether to call it early or late, the clock says 01:33 and I’ve been up since just before midnight when I arose for a hot chocolate and banana, probably as a result of far too much coffee throughout the day. So methinks I’ll turn in now for a chapter with HMS Rodney before arising early to listen to more Trump buffoonery on the World Service at ‘stupid o clock’. You couldn’t make it up could you, the leader of the free world, a feckin’ reality TV star throwing his toys out of the pram. The two enduring memories I’ll have of the American election campaign have to be senator John Marcain’s 2008 speech (God rest his true Republican soul)


and Donald Trump’s ‘spiritual advisor’ Paul White’s prayer for him.

You really could not make this stuff up hey.


  1. You need to do the wiring before you do the glue, man
    Remember Land Rover saying no 1 – “It’s probably a bad earth”

    Comment by Kev — November 7, 2020 @ 9:02 am

    • Remember Land Rover saying no 1 – “It’s probably a bad earth” 🙂 Aye Kev, I’ve put earths on my earths and then some more to be on the safe side 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 7, 2020 @ 10:23 am

  2. What a depressing thought, no sun on the house until February. I know you see plenty of sun in your view but all the same. Does the lack of sun on the outside of the house affect how warm the building is or does your super insulation deal with that.

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 7, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

    • Aye Caz, I’ve been living with “no sun until February” for over thirty years, it was even more pronounced at ‘Number 3’ where I had a solar powered crystal mobile in the living room window. When the sun finally hit it around Valentine’s day little rainbows flashed around the living room and it was cause for great celebration 🙂 At least here I never loose sight of the sun and the house is so well insulated that the body heat from four people and three dogs is enough for me to turn off the heating at Christmas!!! And believe me, I do not like being cold. Just spare a thought for the folk of Sconser, the whole village will be in the shade of Glamaig until even later 😦 In Norway it would be called “the poor side of the fjord”, the wealthy people living on the south facing side 🙂 That’s why I built my house here in what was known as ‘Donald’s garden’ for Donald had is garden in the spot that got the most sun 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 8, 2020 @ 6:32 am

  3. Those old houses must have been toasty in the day given those walls and the thatch. Would that have been straw or reed?

    Well done on the Landy. Mines due some fettling now works wrapping up. Might have to dig out my old tank commander winter liner onesie if it gets much colder an I’m just sat in one spot for hours fiddling with the seemingly endless tasks on a rebuild!

    Hope your getting your vitamin D in chap. I’ll not be watching those videos. Very pleased Biden won but I can’t stand anything to do with Trump. Good riddance I say!

    Comment by Matt — November 7, 2020 @ 9:21 pm

    • Aye Matt had one of those olive green onesies meself for under the drysuit, seldom took it off in the winter 🙂 🙂 Getting an unusual amount of sunshine too, long may it continue 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 8, 2020 @ 6:20 am

      • Here Here!!

        Comment by Matt — November 8, 2020 @ 10:04 am

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