Life at the end of the road

November 25, 2021

Going for a new roof :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:16 am

I suppose in the grand scale of things my first day off work was a little underwhelming, cos all I did was go over to Sconser to collect roofing sheets for my latest project. That will be the ‘lean to’ that I’m building on the south side of my barn. Actually it’ll be the south west side if I’m being pedantic but who really cares anyway Smile In fact the whole sanity of what I’m doing is actually questionable if I’m honest with myself. Do I really need somewhere else to fill with yet even more crap Smile Probably not, but it keeps me out of trouble and I love sheds, you can never have too many sheds Smile Especially on the west coast of Scotland where it’s constantly pishing with rain. Luckily I managed to miss most of that yesterday but boy there were some fierce showers in between the sunshine as was evident by the days many rainbows


Anyway, after getting my uprights set in concrete last time I was off work I set about trying to locate a reasonable supplier of roof sheets and boy was I in for a shock. It’s only three years since I put up my last shed

and boy the price of everything has gone through the roof. I certainly wouldn’t like to be building a house these days. So after trying the local suppliers and being informed I’d be lucky to get them this year I phoned up Planwell Roofing in Buckie for a quote and was given one £100 cheaper than the local builders merchants. When I phoned them to ask about delivery they told me that was included in the price Surprised smile as were 300 plus roofing screws. When I paid for it I asked when it would be arriving, to be told early next week and we’ll phone you. Sure enough at 8:10 yesterday morning Colin phoned me and informed me he’d be at Sconser in twenty minutes. Golly gosh I said “you must have set off early” to which he replied “I’ve already been to Dunvegan” Surprised smile

Well there was no way I was going to be able to meet him there before 9:00AM so I asked a friend to help and headed over on the 9:55 to collect them with another friend’s trailer.

P1190662 P1190663

Loading them at Sconser with the help of two lady friends I was back on the returning 10:25 Smile

P1190664 P1190665

Passing a few more rainbows on the way home with my precious cargo in tow.

P1190666 P1190667

Though it really was nice in between showers,


Brochel Castle looking lovely in the morning sun.

Once home and with my cargo unloaded and well lashed down against the forecast northerly gale I went over to Torran.


I was needing to take a template down to the Raasay Sawmill for Callum to cut the rafters. As it was his trailer I’d borrowed and I was returning it I thought it would be a good idea to do it with his trailerWinking smile

The last cotechino

With the trailer returned, pigs and dugs fed I turned my attention to feeding myself. Having already removed the final cotechino from the freezer in the morning.


I guess a Cotechino is a bit like an Italian haggis made from pig instead of sheep and using chopped up rind and poorer cuts of meat instead of whatever goes into a haggis. Whatever, it is all wrapped up in the stomach, boiled for hours


and tastes delicious.

In Italy it’s a traditional New Year’s dish served with lentils, me I had it with spuds, beans and mushrooms.


The butter was a year past it’s ‘sell by’ so I thought I’d better use that too Surprised smile The other packs in my fridge being July 2020 so I guess I’ll be doing a lot of cooking with butter for a while. Hmmm can’t imagine that doing my blood pressure much good and I’ve enough of the cotechino left to slice and fry up tonight for my dinner. In butter of course Smile

Well, it’s almost 7:30 now so I’d better think about feeding my future cotechino’s outside Smile


  1. S’truth your new shed is nearly as big as some people’s houses! We used Planwell when we re-roofed the very large garage and as you say Paul the price was good and service second to none.

    Comment by glenelgadventure — November 25, 2021 @ 8:53 am

    • Aye, I have dealt with them before but was seriously impressed with their service this time.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 25, 2021 @ 9:58 am

  2. What is it with building supplies at the moment? A few people have mentioned HS2 being the issue as supplies of just about everything seems to be going into that project. I even had trouble ordering new boots and had to go for some random brand which have turned up nice for how cheap they were.

    Some cracking pictures chap and I’m very keen to try that Cotechino.

    Comment by Matt — November 25, 2021 @ 9:01 am

    • Have you bought any silicone sealant lately Matt? I bought 24 tubes recently and had a fit at the price. It had gone up by £2 per tube.

      Comment by glenelgadventure — November 25, 2021 @ 9:49 am

      • £2 a tube :-O they only used to cost that much not so long ago!

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 25, 2021 @ 10:12 am

      • When I picked myself up off the floor I was told it was because there is oil in the product and a surcharge has been put on it!

        Comment by glenelgadventure — November 25, 2021 @ 10:36 am

      • Ahh don’t say that… I need to restock on Wurth Bond & Seal 👀

        Comment by Matt — November 25, 2021 @ 12:43 pm

    • Just got some cotechino from Swaledale butchers online. Haven’t tried it yet, but the other stuff I got at the same time has been good.

      Recipe here, which is where I heard of Swaledale.

      Comment by San — November 25, 2021 @ 11:08 am

      • Interesting links San, got me hungry now, methinks some fried Rooster potatoes and a slice of cotechino will do nicely 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 25, 2021 @ 12:04 pm

  3. I’m told by various suppliers that there’s a couple of causes of the price rises, but the big one is brexit triggered import paperwork and expense, followed by a shortage of lorry drivers and containers. Mainly I think it is really standard price rises from stock shortages, not helped by the Chinese buying more steel.

    Comment by englishjim — November 25, 2021 @ 10:11 am

    • Aye Jim feckin Brexit nonsense.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 25, 2021 @ 10:15 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: