Life at the end of the road

October 2, 2018

Aching all over :-(

Filed under: animals, daily doings, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:44 am

7:00am and that’s me just out of bed after almost 11 hours in it and I’m as ‘stiff as a board’. Still, three cups of tea, feed the animals, walk the dugs and have me breakfast then I’ll be ‘ready for action’. I was pure wrecked last night after a hard days road building, much of it in the pishing rain. The rain was forecast right enough and in truth the cast was actually worse than what pertained. In fact for most of the day it was no bad at all.

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My morning walk over the hill to feed the pigs had me encountering four hinds and in the distance atop Ravens Crag a couple of stags. I dunno the Gaelic name for that hill but it’s bound to have one. I have called it Raven’s crag for many years now due the large black cawing inhabitants that once frequented it. Dunno what happened to them cos I’ve no heard them in 10 years. I know the pictures are carp but I only had me wee Nikon.

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I kept bumping into this chap, a fine young stag who seemed to have been following me about this last couple of days. In truth he’ll be sniffing the tempting scent of those girls but is too young to know what it actually means, a bit like teenage angst I guess Smile

More road building

The carp forecast had decided me to get on with some road building or to be more precise ‘a pig damage reduction strategy’. With the possibility of piglets on the way and the requirement to bring the sows onto the croft to farrow I wanted to make a drain ‘pig proof’.

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This would mean piping a good length of existing drain and widening the track up to the 3.2kw wind turbine. It would mean a lot of quarried materiel and a lot of levelling by hand Sad smile Normally you would do it between tips with the digger but Calum would be twenty minutes away in the quarry so it was down to me with a mattock and tarmac rake.

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It was slow but satisfying work and the resultant ‘pig proof’ drain got well tested as the incessant rain arrived late afternoon.

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Along with the rain but not put off by the slightest by it came Mike and Margie Hird from California. Timing was perfect as the wife had just arrived home after her early shift and I was soaked to the skin needing tea and cake. Mike, a Yorkshire expat  being pleased to see Yorkshire Tea being served up. Darling wife and I being pleased to see the fine bottle of Chianti left in their wake Smile

After the brief and welcome distraction I togged up again and crawled under the dumper to fix the exhaust again!!

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The thing keeps breaking at the flexible section, so after what is now my third repair I decided to get rid of it and go for a ‘sports exhaust’ and ear defenders. The joys of not having neighbours nearby to complain Smile

Anyway, that’s it, tis getting light now, time to feed the animals, walk the dogs then bash on with a few more loads. Last night I was in bed whacked before 20:30. Tonight I’ll have not long been in by then for I’ll be back on the Hallaig this afternoon getting ready for dry dock.

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September 29, 2018

More rainbows less rain :-)

Filed under: boats, pigs, shed/house, weather — Tags: , , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:27 am

On the face of it today’s forecast wasn’t as good as yesterday’s but it got off to a great start and just got better. Even the dogs had a spring in their step today and when we got back in from our 7:00am walk it was fully light and the first breakfast of last night’s baked potato fried up with an Arnish egg went down a treat. Fatally I didn’t go out straight away cos I kept getting distracted.

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Well you would wouldn’t you with a view from the breakfast table like this hey Smile 

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And it just kept getting better. Rainbows there may have been a plenty but the actual rain never really arrived and I managed to get well stuck into my shelter foundations.

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First job was to finish the shuttering then seal the smallest of gaps with expanding foam. Normally the foam wouldn’t be required but I’d be using the vibrating poker on this job to ensure a good bond into all the nooks and crannies. Whilst out side doing that I found a few good pieces of steel so hacked them up and threw them in the founds. Next it was down to the shore to drag up some reinforcing mesh to add into the founds.

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For this I had the company of our pigs who were quite clearly on heat Smile The wee beggars followed me all the way home then proceeded to eat my newly injected foam Sad smile

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Me, I got on with cutting up the mesh then mixing concrete, the vibrating poker turning the large cow pats of stiff and strong mix into a lovely soup that flows into all the voids and air spaces. Trouble is yer concrete don’t go anywhere near as far Sad smile Still it’ll be really strong.

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The me of not that long ago would have kept going until I finished but with the distiller being home and hungry at around 15:30 I joined her for some lovely fresh haddock around 17:30 then cleared up the mess and came in just as the MV Albatross https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Albatros  was departing Portree.

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All lit up with the Trotternish ridge behind, it was pretty poor light by then and she was a long way away.

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http://photo-natur.de/ Better picture of the 1970’s beauty from Andreas Trepte on Wikipedia. Probably one of the last cruise ships of the 2018 I would guess, It’ll October soon.

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So that’s it, almost 7:30 now and my plant beckons Smile

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