Life at the end of the road

November 9, 2020

Three apples!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:23 am

Another fine day ahead methinks, perhaps not sunny but mild and dry by the look of it. Orion greeted me this morning as I awoke at the sane time of just before 6:00 minus the usual weight of ‘wee dug’ on top of my clean quilt cover. Dunno if she doesn’t like the smell of t he new fabric conditioner or she just wanted to be near the remnants of yesterday’s roast lamb, which, thanks to my neighbours and dinner guest was served with an abundance of mint sauce Smile Obviously someone had been reading my blog, perhaps after this and the anchovy episode I should post my shopping lists on here more frequently Smile Many thanks to all concerned Winking smile

The normal ‘hot water bottle’ that resides by my feet


being curled up in the living room, rather than on Klimt’s The Kiss


Or perhaps she felt threatened by the presence of Orion outside the bedroom window. Anyway, I’ve done my morning stretching, demolished a pot of coffee and ‘wee dug’ has still not stirred, I guess she’ll be saving her energy for pig feeding shortly, whereupon she’ll accompany me in an attempt to steal their food, talking of which.


My dinner guest brought me a box of apples yesterday for Rodney, Tirpitz and Bismarck so I deposited one in each of their troughs before going to let them back on the croft for the night. I guess I was a little early as they were not waiting for me by the gate and like me are still a little ‘confused’ by the clock changing nonsense. By the time I’d found them and led them to their dishes and tasty apples, the apples had gone!!!!! all three of them and without a trace!! Sure it must have been Murdo and John my two resident hoodies but how the feck does a hooded crow fly off with a whole apple? Sure I’ve seen them lift eggs and even dig up spuds and peck at them on the ground but how on earth do they lift and fly with an apple in their claws or beak. Not only that but there’s only two of them, so one must have returned for the third apple. Gotta try and get a picture of this after leaving more apples for them today Smile

It works Smile


Before basting my lamb shoulder in finely chopped garlic, rosemary and olive oil for its spell in the oven I returned back to yesterday’s conundrum, the low fuel warning light. After bypassing that wee ‘secret’ PCB taped inside the instrument cluster loom and replacing it with a wire that now went all the way back to the red (rearmost) connection on the tank sender unit.

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After that it was time to set about the front light wiring harness which was also an amalgam of two different ones but a much more straight forward task of simply connecting like to like using crimps and ‘shrink wrap’. The mini blow torch proving better than the heat gun when it came to multiple individual connections rather than larger sections.

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Amazing what a difference 20 minutes can make hey, there’s the moon at 8:00am and the Storr at 8:20, now it’s time for first breakfast Smile

November 8, 2020

Taking Calum for a walk :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, food, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:30 am

Not much in the way of stars this morning, black, mild and dry outside, no sign of yesterday’s spectacular star studded sky and numerous constellations many of which are only visible during the winter. Not that I know many of them but Orion and Pleiades are at least two that you only see at this time of year and both were showing off the previous evening. It was a ‘pure peach’ of a day on Saturday but before I realised just how lovely it was gonna be I spent some time on the Land Rover ‘spaghetti’.

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My goal being to get the instrument cluster and various warning lights working but as is often the case, something that seems relatively straight forward on the surface turned into an epic. Sure the gauges and their backlighting was straight forward enough but trying to get the ‘low fuel warning light’ to work sent my brain into a spin. Sure, it’s really easy, there are three wires on the sender unit in the tank, one goes to the warning light, one to the fuel gauge and one to earth. That’s what it shows in all three wiring diagrams that cover the three different looms in my Landy, so a simple task of utilising one of the 20 wires I’ve run through the chassis that is not already spoken for and then connecting it to the white and slate coloured wire that goes to the warning light. Not a chance, after much trawling of the Internet after giving up on all the wiring diagrams in the Haynes manual I discover these threads, ,

and this little PCB taped into the instrument cluster loom. This appears in no wiring diagrams or parts books and was buried in the wiring loom I had bought off eBay to replace the one lost by Tayside Land Rover. Whereas early Defenders use a simple three wire system later ones have three wires on the sender unit but the white and slate one that goes to the low fuel light does not actually go there!!! no, in fact it does not go anywhere!!! it just ends inside the loom around the bulkhead. The ‘low fuel warning light’ being controlled by this little secret module that turns on the light when the fuel gauge (green and black) wire reaches a certain resistance value that corresponds to a few litres of fuel in the tank. Sure, it’s a good idea, just wish they didn’t keep it secret Smile Luckily, it was a pure peach of a day so I gave up on the fuel light for a while and took Molly and Calum the Kubota over to Torran after giving him a good greasing, filling with fuel and loading his spare buckets into a trailer.

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I had some drains to clear and some exploration to do to find the course of a water pipe and had had enough of being stuck inside a shed on such a fine day.

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Surprisingly enough the pigs didn’t follow and after twenty minute of bouncing down the track at less than walking pace Molly abandoned me too.

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It is much further than the sign suggests Smile Only ten minutes walk right enough but a good half hour in the digger.

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Keenly watched by a golden eagle Molly and I walked back to get the buckets before I spent the afternoon fruitlessly trying to get my fuel light working. It being far too nice to go inside and consult the Internet. Something I should have done much earlier in the day, it would have saved me hours that I could have spent in the sunshine Smile

Anyway, it’s well after 8:00 now, the pigs have been fed and let out, Molly and I have done our exercises


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the ‘first breakfast’ is almost eaten and the second pot of coffee made. Time to go and attack my fuel light once more before I return inside to have ‘second breakfast’ and put my leg of lamb in the oven. No marinade today, methinks I’ll just rub some olive oil, garlic and rosemary over it then cook it ‘low and slow’. Thought it was beef when I dug it out the freezer and I’ve no mint sauce Sad smile

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