Life at the end of the road

July 24, 2015


Yesterday’s post ‘ A fine show’ never got finished, in truth I barely started it and the show wasn’t mentioned at all. Shame really because that was the best bit, a free matinee of dolphins playing around the Hallaig in great style, back flips, belly flops, dives, the lot, and what a view you get from up on deck 5 or the bridge. Of course I only had the seriously tough Olympus Stylus with me so couldn’t get ‘up close’ like I would have done with Panasonic DMC-FZ 48, but then then old Panasonic won’t fit in my overall pocket!

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Trust me, I know the pictures are rubbish but it pretty spectacular and accompanied most of the afternoon sailings.

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What amazed us all was the size of some of them, they were no larger than a big salmon and it was as if the parents were teaching them tricks. The wains were always right next to an adult and did, or at least tried to do everything the larger creature did. Don’t believe that any of us had seen dolphins or porpoises so small, it was a rare treat and I am not easily excited by such sights.

The MVHR is here

What was more exciting for me than the miracle of nature that we beheld in the afternoon was the arrival of my MHVR unit on ‘Billy Fixaleak’s’ trailer.


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Billy being Billy Shanks, formally of ‘Kenny Montgomery’ plumbing of Dunvegan, Kenny has retired so his ‘right hand man’ Billy took over the business and it’s now ‘Shanks Plumbing and Renewables’. He doesn’t have a website but I guess that’s because he doesn’t need one, Billy’s reputation is good enough.

With no chimney, extractor fans or window trickle vents our house should be virtually air tight, which may well keep it very warm but makes for high CO2 levels, poor air quality, condensation and mould. MVHR, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery is the cure. Basically it takes out the warm, moist and stale air from the likes of the bathrooms, kitchen and utility room and replaces it with clean, fresh cool air from out side. The clever bit is that it passes the stale air over a heat exchanger which in turn heats up the incoming air. The net result (with efficiencies of over 80%) is outstanding air quality within the house and very little loss of heat.


Of course I could just leave the windows open and turn up the heating, however as our house will be totally powered by our own generated renewable electricity we’re trying to keep consumption to a minimum and this is the best way of doing it. Not only that it acts as ‘air con’ in the summer so we won’t get any midge  in the hoose Smile


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It’s a Genvex and only uses around 160w

Energy Heat Recovery Ventilation Appliance - figures based at 300m3/h

Other Stuff




Well, there was a rather nice shiny new Scania belonging to Eyre Plant Hire on the ferry.


What looks like a brand new landing craft arrived at the Sconser fish farm, it’s called Beinn Eibhne and has Colonsay as it’s ‘home port’ so I’m guessing that’s the highest hill there.



Something that’s been in short supply of late



a couple of rainbows on the way home.

July 23, 2015

A fine show

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:11 pm

Almost 21:00 now, I did try posting yesterday but it just didn’t happen. I’d like to say that it was because I was working hard or working late, but in truth, that would be a lie. My builder Lachie Gillies was doing all that, me I was just distracting him by talking.

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He’d been doing some of the ‘smooth render’ and fitting scaffolding to the stone gable, me, I’d just spent the day trying to get some paint on Hallaig in between the wintery showers. I ‘kid you not’ there were even showers of hail on Skye Smile 

We chose the smooth render rather than the more traditional ‘roughcast’ after much deliberation. Firstly it’s far far easier to paint, a major consideration for old age and secondly we figured that it would contrast nicely with the natural stone gable. Anyway, we’re well pleased with the results so far.

Sorry, it’s 22:30 now, and one of the serious disadvantages of living in a caravan, the total lack of space, has left me watching ‘The second best exotic Marigold hotel’ so totally incapable of blogging for 90 minutes!

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Anyway, I’m back, I’ve dried my eyes, had a glass of wine and am now totally focused (aye right).

A very busy harbour

So, where was I, well, judging by the pictures heading for work Smile


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That’ll be the ‘Golden cliff’, nesting place of sea eagles below the peak of Ben Tianavaig,

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many is the clam that Willie Eyre and I have lifted from below there.

A little while later I was at work

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along with four other craft, all of them pouring much needed revenue into the local coffers. Dunno about the MV Harvest Caroline II and MV Loch Bhrusda but the Hallaig pays around £400 a night to tie up on Raasay pier!!!

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Once at work I made a valiant attempt at painting but every hour or so the heavens opened, the wind freshened and I scurried down below like a mole.

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Life ‘went on’ on Raasay, a company called Horsebridge came over and fitted a Tooway satellite dish which is going to give us a ‘seamless’  reliable and fast internet connection on the ferry and at the terminals Smile Aye right, ‘been there, got the book, video and Tee shirt’ satellite internet is pish.


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The Raasay based FV Lustre landed prawns to Scotwest at Sconser.


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That’s it, sorry, I’m off to bed!

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