Life at the end of the road

March 1, 2019

Just me and me shed :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:44 am

Gosh, I’ve just realised I’ve not seen a single human being today bar the postie. Darling wife is in the ‘toon hoose’ on early shift and Callum the ‘shed guru’ is away for the weekend, it’s just been me and the two dugs enjoying yet another fine and unseasonally warm day, I even took my hat off!!! A younger person would have been in a T shirt I’m sure but me, well, I’m a wimp in that department Smile

Sure, I did get back to bed for a couple of hours but was still up before 7:00 and out before breakfast working on ‘Callum’s shed’

The first job being to finish off the facings on the front and then fitting the roof flashings.

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I left all those purlins and beams sticking out on the right hand side cos there is going to be another bay going on the end. The slope on the ground may even mean it will be possible to get the dumper inside, especially if Callum’s scheme for a 6m bay with the end boarded up comes off.

I do like the idea of this, especially with the western end closed off but it means I’d have to push the 7m long trailer in at rather an acute angle. Methinks I’ll stick a fence post in the ground 6m away from the end as it is now and see if I can do it. The Searider is over 2m wide and the shed 2.9 between the posts inside so I guess it is possible but methinks spragging the tracks on the digger to get the acute angle will make a mess of my drive. Work in progress as they say, perhaps a door on the end but that would have to be some size of door!

There’s a ghost in my shed

Anyway, it’s 6:00am now and I’ve been up since 5:00 cleaning the house and doing the washing prior to Wifey’s return from the ‘Toon Hoose’ this weekend. I didn’t get in until 21:00 last night, made myself some smoked haddock served with asparagus and fresh butter and went to bed. I was even too tired for a glass of wine or chapter of ‘We own Laurentic’ 

On the 23 January 1917, the 14,892-ton liner LAURENTIC, which had been converted into an Armed Auxiliary Cruiser, hit a mine off the coast of Northern Ireland. In her strong rooms were 43 tons of gold, in 3211 separate gold ingots, valued then at more than £5 million, being taken to the United States to pay for food, steel, and munitions which Britain needed to continue the war against Germany. The LAURENTIC sank so swiftly that 354 of 745 men aboard were lost and there was certainly no time to worry about the strong room.

A White Star liner serving as an auxiliary cruiser which was mined 102 years ago last month off Lough Swilley in Northern Ireland. Most of the gold was recovered over the years but 25 bars remain unaccounted for. Perhaps a summer project for Ross and I in the Searider Smile

Bizarrely I was awakened at 2:30 by talking outside the bedroom and a light on in me shed!!!


I could have sworn I switched the power off when I left, was I really so tired when I went to bed that I never noticed the light on right outside my bedroom window with no blinds drawn!! or is there a ‘Ghost in my house’ Smile

Anyway’s, it was a very productive day,

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I got the flashing on the front and the facia board on the back,


and that was no easy task with my toes perched on the concrete slab and nail gun in hand. Common sense would have me take that fence down and use the wood elsewhere but I’ll leave that for another day.

I also managed to get pretty much all the eastern end sealed off.

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Managed to squeeze a couple of small off cuts of the translucent PVC in there too.

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Bhrusda is here

One thing I did notice yesterday whilst up on the roof was a dull roar that over a period of an hour or so got louder and louder. Turned out to be the MV Loch Bhrusda heading from Leverburgh to Raasay to relieve Hallaig. I swear I could hear her V12 Cummins engines the whole way

That is one noisy mother of a boat Smile Better get me caravan serviced ready for the trip to Lochaline next week Smile


Nice picture John Smile

Right, that’s it, 6:45 now, time to hand out the washing, apparently it’s gonna be dry until it gets dark.

February 28, 2019

It’s getting longer :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, food, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:18 am

Been somewhat distracted this last few days with ‘Callum’s shed’ so been working late then going to bed early with a good book and falling asleep after just a few pages. Last night was no exception only I awoke this morning at 2:30 ‘wired’. The sensible thing would have been to make myself a cup of hot chocolate and eat a banana. I kid you not it really works, me dear old Mammy used to swear by it when she couldn’t sleep. Me I’ve tried it once or twice too and it seems to have the desired effect on myself also. That would have been the wise thing to do, what I in fact did was pour myself a glass of wine and sit down on here Smile I figured it was about time I updated the world on me ‘daily doings’, not that the ‘World’ will be particularly interested just that I like to ‘get it down on paper’ so to speak.

I’ve been keeping diaries, logbooks and latterly doing this blog since the seventies so I guess it must have some in built need to do it. Perhaps cos the rest of my life is chaos, you should see my office and filing cabinet Smile Anyway, as you have probably figured out the new shelter, boat park, car port or whatever it is has a new name, from now on it will henceforth be known as ‘Callum’s shed’, not to be confused with ‘Calum’ the digger who will now be able to fit inside it Smile Callum being the ‘sole proprietor’ of the Raasay Sawmill and genius who designed and built the locally grown kit that now sits in front of Sonas.

The ‘Organic shed’ has not only grown from 3 bays to 4 but will be getting yet another 3m extension just as soon as I can cast another base Smile

Unseasonal weather

I guess the main reason I opted for the wine and not the drinking chocolate was the weather, apparently the unseasonable spell is gonna end today and I want to be out at first light to make the most of what is left. Sure we’ve not had the soaring temperatures experienced by much of the UK but things are in bloom that shouldn’t be and the grass has barely stopped growing all winter. I guess the Luddites, Torygraph readers and Trump’s Republicans would see this as a minor hiccup and not a portent of gloom. Me, well I’m 63 and have never seen anything like it and I have been keeping diaries for forty years Smile But then I also subscribe to the opinion that the oil is gonna run out and there are not huge untapped resources west of Shetland, perhaps I’m just a ‘wine glass’ half empty type Smile

So where was I

Well, I got on with making the panels for the back of the shed, again with a gap between each board to let the wind through.

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They were boodly heavy so had to be lifted into place with an hydraulic jack and axle stands.

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The ‘shed guru’ Callum arrived with the first extension to take us from 3 bays to 4.

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I got on with levelling the posts and burning the bases with a blow lamp, this is an old Japanese method of treating timber and stops it soaking up water apparently.

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When ‘section four’ was all bolted up and squared off we set about the roofing and got a couple of bays covered.

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Callum left at a sensible time but ‘yours truly’ continued until he could not see what he was doing


before retiring indoors to cotechino and a tomato salad.

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Having assisted in making this cotechino, which is just basically pork rind, fat, poor meat herbs and spices wrapped in a pigs stomach I couldn’t believe how good it was. There was however enough left for lunch today where I fried up some slices with salami and dinner tonight when I fried up the rest and served it with broccoli and asparagus.

Delivery to your door

Today was not only warm but we actually saw some sunshine and after finishing off panel number four on ‘Callum’s shed’ I used ‘Calum the digger’ to move a cooker.

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I lifted the cooker on its pallet then screwed the pallet to the base of the trailer. With the cooker then strapped to the trailer I lifted the whole lot off the ground and adjusted the trailer wheel bearings before repacking them with grease. I guess I should have done this before but it wasn’t until I dropped the 127kg cooker onto the trailer that I noticed the wheels ‘complaining’ Smile

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With some help from Ewen and Callum we got the cooker delivered then Callum and I got on with the roofing sheets.

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A door from me Mam’s old house was then fitted at one end


and I continued with the cladding Smile Perhaps now I can get a couple of hours sleep before daylight Smile

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