Life at the end of the road

November 10, 2020

A simple job, aye right :-)

Filed under: animals, Land Rover, pigs — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:02 am

I stopped giving ‘wee dug’ bones years ago cos Molly just doesn’t no when to stop, no matter how big the bone is she’ll gnaw away at it until it’s vanished, growling fiercely if you try and remove it from her vice like grip. Now I guess that’s quite normal behaviour and for a regular sized dug would be fine but she would literally chew away until she burst or at least chew away until she was the size of and as hard as a small barrel Smile She would then become constipated and be unable to pooh for days. Sure she would try but nothing would come out and when it did, after several days I’d marvel at the size of her deposit Smile Hope you’re no reading this over breakfast and if you are I apologise. Anyway the bone from Sunday’s lamb roast was just too good not to share with my faithful companion so much to her delight I gave it to her yesterday afternoon outside. At least then she’d not be eating it on my bed or sofa and I could remove it from her and put it in an outside bin before she went solid about the waist.

Apart from her vanishing with it, this seemed to go to plan and I manged to find her and distract her long enough to remove the bone by loosing off a few rounds with a shotgun. The one thing Molly loves above all else is the prospect of me shooting something, the very act of unlocking my gun cabinet will usually have her by my side whining in seconds. Obviously cos she was outdoors somewhere I actually had to fire the gun at some fictitious pigeon before for she came charging round the house whereupon I retraced her steps and deposited the remnants of Sunday dinner in the bin.

Trouble is wee dug has been getting up every couple of hours since and whining at the back door to go and look for her bone Sad smile Still, there’s some bits of meat left from my ‘left over’ feast last night that I can add into her dinner tonight, hopefully that’ll give me peace and a better night’s sleep. Not that I’d have had a great one anyway, I seldom do, especially the night before returning to work. I’m actually quite excited about the prospect, barring my fortnight in dry dock I’ve not worked for months, between broken ribs, docking and holidays I’ve not actually worked on the Raasay route since August!!! Not that that is unusual for the rest of the country with furlough and all but it does feel strange. Hope I can remember how to shutdown the ferry tonight then start her up in the morning Smile

Turned into an epic

I’ll not be ‘turning to’ until late afternoon right enough so I’ll have time to do a few more Land Rover, croft related tasks, the first of which will be to find Rodney, Bismarck and Tirpitz who spent the night ‘off the radar’ and never came home last night. Then I guess I’ll clear up the bomb site that is my workshop, yesterday’s simple task of getting my front lights working turning into ‘major surgery’.

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The day getting off to a fine if not greyish start which set the tone for the day so I didn’t feel so bad at being inside the shed all day working on my lights.

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The left hand side loom to the front I’d already joined to the original one yesterday so before refitting the headlamps I buffed up the Perspex lens with toothpaste. Basically cos that is all I could find, the best thing I’ve found for repairing glazed plastic headlamps is Duraglit  or Brasso

Duraglit Wadding Metal Cleaner and Polish 75g BRASSO 5601014015018 | eBay

but I had neither. You need something that is ever so slightly abrasive and I’ve found Duraglit ideal for removing tiny scratches on glasses, lenses and CD’s that jump. T cut also works but after hours of fruitlessly searching for mine (I have now just remembered where it is) I went and raided my bathroom for some toothpaste, it too is like a very fine abrasive paste and I’ve used it in the past for gently lapping in diving compressor valves. Sure you can actually buy special kits for refurbishing faded headlamps but I guess they’re just rebranded metal polish or something.

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All that went ‘damn fine splendid’ until I came to the drivers side where I couldn’t easily remove the old loom to join it to the new one. It was only a few inches short right enough and I could have just spliced in a new section but I’d planned to fit a new outer wing anyway. The old one had a dent in it which would have meant removing it to repair and I wanted to get rid of the side repeater lamp and it’s hole. Rather than fiddle about blind with spanners I just cut the wing off at the seam and removed the now easily accessible nuts and bolts with a socket and ratchet or grinder if they were seized, which one or two were.

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It was once the outer wing was removed that I noticed the large hole in the galvanised inner wing so I removed that with a view to repairing it. Another boodly epic cos you have to remove everything that is attached to it in the engine bay first. I gotta say, I was tempted to fit new ones. The later plastic ones are about £110 each but I figured I could effect a reasonable and invisible repair by welding them (chances are the left hand one is the same) then giving them a good painting prior to refitting.

Almost 9:00am now, found the wee piggy’s about half a mile away grubbing about in the birch wood looking very pleased to see me, or at least the feed bucket.

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Molly greeted them by trying to bite their ears and well all trundled back to the croft,

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the crows having stolen another three apples and the deer watching on with amusement Smile


  1. Ella’s the same with a bone. I thought I’d cure her by stuffing the biggest bone the butcher could find from the bin. She managed half(!!!) then hid it in random places till it was a festering mess. I gave up after that.

    I was going to make a comment about being brave to weld galv but there’s not much left on that inner is there. Keep an eye out on the bay for plastic inners. There’s always some going somewhere.

    Comment by Matt — November 10, 2020 @ 11:01 am

  2. You had me laughing when you had to fire a gun to distract the dog, I was trying to think how fast I would end up in court here in Sunny Birkenhead, and what my explanation to the judge might sound like….

    Comment by smalltopcircus — November 11, 2020 @ 12:24 am

  3. We had to stop giving our jack russell bones. Settling into bed at night your feet would come into contact with one the little hound had put there. Much cursing would result. Great dog though, he has stuck to the wife like glue during her cancer treatment (when allowed) and subsequent recovery.

    Comment by Andy — November 11, 2020 @ 7:44 pm

  4. So How did you get the “Old Girl ” back in the end?

    Comment by v8mb0 — November 21, 2020 @ 9:23 am

    • I just went and got it Robin 🙂 It was always gonna be ready ‘at the end of the month’ of course the ‘end of the month’ never came so I just went and collected it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 21, 2020 @ 7:51 pm

      • Quite right! What a useless bunch of ***** !! did they do ANY work?

        Comment by v8mb0 — November 21, 2020 @ 8:58 pm

  5. Are you trapped under the old girl haven’t heard from you for a while

    Comment by MW — December 5, 2020 @ 7:18 pm

  6. Evening Paul. I’m sure you many followers will join me in wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas (yes even in these strange times!) and a Peaceful New Year.Hope all is well at the end of the road. Stay safe, take care. All the best. Sally

    Comment by Sally — December 22, 2020 @ 7:59 pm

    • Hear, hear. Well put, thanks.

      Comment by David G — December 23, 2020 @ 6:23 pm

  7. As the snow starts here and I look forward to a deep blanket of white in the morning, I’m warm and well fed, have a lovely husband, family and two dugs, a nice home and am blessed….i am still jealous of the souls lucky enough to live on Raasay. Thank you for enjoying your life and relishing every day enough to be able to share with us all occasionally. Merry Christmas to you and yours and the wee dug too.

    Comment by Laura Winkler — December 25, 2020 @ 1:52 am

  8. Hope you are OK haven’t heard from you for a while. Hope 2021 is a better year for you.

    Comment by eileen1929 — December 27, 2020 @ 11:40 am

  9. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021 Paul.
    Morgan in Northern California

    Comment by Morgan Will — January 7, 2021 @ 7:34 pm

  10. Hi there. Just noticed that you have a spot either on your lens or somewhere in your camera. It is around the centre of the image horizontally just above vertical centre.

    Comment by Magnus — February 3, 2021 @ 2:18 pm

  11. hey folks think ive found whats keeping paul busy try checking out this link

    Comment by gavin ferguson — February 9, 2021 @ 2:30 pm

  12. With Pauls impending retirement maybe he’s planning on taking a lead with this, hence silence on here. BTW does anyone know if Paul is still around or ok? Calmac ? other media. Last years record silence was over six months, so don’t hold ‘yer breath folks! Serioously hope he’s ok.

    Comment by Sally — February 12, 2021 @ 11:06 am

  13. I hope all is well with Paul. I miss his posts

    Comment by dreamsofthedragonfly — February 15, 2021 @ 4:54 pm

  14. Hi Paul, just to echo everyone’s comments above – I hope all is well with you. Best Wishes, John B.

    Comment by John Bo — March 12, 2021 @ 8:53 am

  15. Presume he is ill as so little comment the alternative he is ignoring the people who followed the exploits and that would be rude which doesn’t sound like Paul

    Comment by Bill ainsworth — March 13, 2021 @ 7:42 am

  16. Although it’s not my place to speak for him just so folk know Paul is OK just rather busy. He’s hoping to find free time soon 😊

    Comment by Matt — March 13, 2021 @ 12:35 pm

    • Aye, sorry peeps, just a bit overwhelmed at the mo, much going on and got a dose of ‘writers block’ 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2021 @ 6:48 pm

      • Glad to hear all is well….being too busy to blog can only be a good thing in my opinion! Stay safe and I’ll look forward to an update as and when you have time 🙂

        Comment by John B — March 14, 2021 @ 10:58 am

  17. Hi Paul

    Just checking all is ok as I’ve not seen a blog this year yet. Let us all know you and yours are fine.


    Comment by Ian — April 2, 2021 @ 9:52 am

    • Hi Ian, all is rosy at “The end of the road”, just can’t seem to ‘put pen to paper’ and I have tried. Perhaps the longer days will help 😉 Hope so, been missing you all. Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 4, 2021 @ 6:22 am

      • Relieved that you are well. A teeny bit sad that you have writers block, miss your posts. But as I experience the same constantly, I’ll just say “be well”. Enjoy your days.

        Comment by Laura Winkler — May 12, 2021 @ 11:53 pm

  18. Paul – I am refurbshing an old house and want some advice on heating and ventilation. Have you someone you would recommend?

    Comment by Tessa — April 10, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

  19. Thanks
    ps – can’t wait for the next installment

    Comment by Tessa — April 10, 2021 @ 6:31 pm

  20. Hi Paul – How are things at The End of the Road? Missiing your news, but couple of sentences will keep us happy. Best wishes from the cool Pennines.

    Comment by David Gartside — May 10, 2021 @ 12:11 pm

    • Thank you David, agree wholeheartedly. Paul has now passed previous record silences by 2 weeks (April/Aug 2019 & Feb/April 2020). We hope all is well, and understand the blog is something Paul has been willing to share with us and is voluntary. Maybe with three long absences in 3 years Paul is having a change of heart, but as you say David, a brief update and nod to the future would be lovley to see. Best wishes Paul and family. Sally

      Comment by Sally — May 18, 2021 @ 9:30 am

      • Thanks Sally, peeps, thinking about it 🙂 P

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2021 @ 5:07 am

  21. Nice to hear from you Paul 🙂

    Comment by Dan Grey — May 21, 2021 @ 3:03 pm

  22. Looking forward to hearing your stories again, Paul. Miss seeing you here!

    Comment by dreamsofthedragonfly — July 29, 2021 @ 2:21 am

  23. He is too busy keeping the only working Calmac ferry at sea!

    Comment by Derek — July 29, 2021 @ 6:30 am

  24. With the approach of 9 postless months, I want to thank Paul for all of his previous posts, pictures, and sharing his life, family, Molly, countless animals, and Raasay with us. I live 5,500 miles from Raasay in the San Francisco Bay Area and Paul’s posts have kept me connected to a place my family discovered by accident 15 years ago on our first trip to Scotland. My youngest took his bride to Raasay for their 1 year wedding anniversary and they climbed Dun Caan. Raasay has made an impact on me and my family and reminds us how different and similar the world is. While I have checked the blog almost daily since 2008 hoping for another spectacular picture or story, I can’t thank Paul enough for all he has given us with his time, wit, outlook on life, and how many brands of black pudding exist and the laptops and countless cameras that have been sacrificed for our entertainment and sanity. Yes, the posts provide a sense of calm, adventure, and sanity when we check in and give us hope. A magical place.
    Thank you Paul. May you and yours be well during these crazy times.
    All the best,
    Morgan in Northern California

    Comment by Morgan Will — August 6, 2021 @ 8:13 pm

    • What a smashing post. I’m humbled as you’ve even more of a connection whilst living so far away. Thanks for sharing this and I know Paul will read it and enjoy everything within. All the best Morgan 😊

      Comment by Matt Allen — August 6, 2021 @ 8:33 pm

  25. Morgan. Thank you for a lovley and heartfelt post. Your thoughts clearly echo those of Pauls many followers, whether they have been fortunate (like me) to visit Rassay or not, it is truly a magical place. We hope all is well with Paul and his famly, but as you say, thanks for the blog over many years are in order. Hopefully Paul will feel able to indicate the way forward soon. Best wishes to Paul and his family. Sally

    Comment by Sally — August 8, 2021 @ 10:22 am

  26. Hi Paul, hope you read this. It has been a while my friend. I hope all is well. If I still had your number I would call 😦

    Comment by Lloyd Owen-Reece — September 1, 2021 @ 5:38 pm

    • Hi Lloyd, still here and all is good, just can’t seem to write 😦 I have tried, a few times.

      Cheers, P

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2021 @ 5:12 am

      • Perhaps some guest writers from around the area might be something interesting for a while?

        Comment by Matt Allen — September 2, 2021 @ 10:41 am

      • Hmmm, good idea Matt. I have new neighbours, perhaps I should ask them to start their ‘New life at the end of the road’ 🙂 🙂

        Good to hear from you Pal

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 5, 2021 @ 6:37 am

  27. In an idle moment I checked The Old Girl’s MOT history and found she passed on the 26th of August with NO advisories. Well done Paul!!!

    Comment by Phil Cook — September 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

    • Aye Phil, that’s where I’ve been this past year, buried under her and frying my brain getting three different wiring looms all to talk to each other 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 5, 2021 @ 6:34 am

  28. So glad to have checked the blog today and find all is, evidently, well with you, Paul. So much miss your posts!

    Comment by XRay — September 6, 2021 @ 1:47 pm

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