Life at the end of the road

November 30, 2021

Older and wiser?

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover, stonework — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:04 am

An all together more settled morning greeted me today, not that I could tell from inside the house, were it not for my multitude of sensors in and around Sonas. The warm concrete floor, triple glazing and total blackness out side insulating me from the world outdoors.

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I even got up too late to hear the shipping forecast and turned the Radio off as the news started belching out the same old mince. The BBC reporting that Boris the buffoon is now accused of acting too quickly in attempts to deal with yet another COVID variant, which I see has now been named after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. I wonder if this an attempt to make it sound like we’ve already beaten the fourteen previous  mutations Smile Or perhaps it’s just Boris showing off his classical education Smile Whatever, it certainly makes a change from his self serving cronies being accused of not acting quickly enough, you gotta laugh really Smile

Well yesterday I started the day off by taking Bonzo for a walk with the Mule. I wanted to take the rest of Callum’s Raasay Sawmill timber over to Torran so let Bonzo chase me down the track rather than walking him Smile 


Exercising a caution totally out of character I made three trips to finish taking the rafters and sarking boards over. I think old age has finally endowed me with some common sense when it comes to doing things on my own. Either that or my various tumbles and rolling incidents have finally knocked some sense into me Smile


Having finally finished with the Mule and digger along at Torran I thought it was about time I repaired the wall that I’d knocked down earlier in the year.

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It was the last job for ‘Calum the Kubota’ before I tracked him back to Arnish.

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Not one that I’m particularly proud of but at least it’s better than it was Sad smile 

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And with that done I woke Bonzo and we started tracking Calum back to Arnish.

The rest of my day being spent pottering in the shed and taking Callum’s trailer back to the Raasay Sawmill. The latter job being done purely to test the ‘Old Girl’s’ new intercooler and fuel mods whilst pulling a heavy trailer down ‘Calum’s Road’. I gotta say that I was very pleased with the results, the large twin axle Ifor Williams trailer being barely noticeable behind the Land Rover. I just need to try it with two tons of aggregate on the back now Smile


  1. Hmm.. A bit like why does my back always hurt reason number 42. Older and wiser indeed.

    Nice repair job. Wish I’d had a Calum when I was fixing an old barn wall in France as a teenager. Think that was reason number 9 by that point.

    Comment by Matt — November 30, 2021 @ 9:29 am

    • Aye Matt, wish I’d had Calum twenty years ago, my back would be in much better shape 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 30, 2021 @ 8:53 pm

  2. Dn’t worry about slowing up a bit. Back on the farm, 60 years ago we had a very old, very slow crawler, an international TD14 I think
    It’s all in the song…
    Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes
    But when the day is done
    And the sun goes down
    And the moonlight’s shining through
    Then like a sinner before the gates of Heaven
    I’ll come crawling on back to you.

    I could do with a Calum for the rocks in the garden.

    Comment by englishjim — November 30, 2021 @ 12:07 pm

    • Aye Jim, I’m kinda enjoying the slower pace of life and my back is much better since I bought Calum 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 30, 2021 @ 8:52 pm

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