Life at the end of the road

April 4, 2008

Nothing too taxing (well apart from the newts)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro, life off grid — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:51 pm

Being how it was another fine day today and I didn’t want to waste it by by not getting stuck into anything, I figured that cutting and splitting logs would be a safe bet. Yesterday I just couldn’t get stuck into anything so a good dose of cutting and splitting wood would leave me something tangible to see for my days labour and would get whatever it was that was making me feel a little lethargic out of my system. Of course as with most things I attempt I got a little distracted along the way, firstly by clearing out the old coal shed to give me increased storage for my split logs and secondly by a couple of bags of goat dung that I found in there. It’s 15 years since I sold Rosie and Hazel my ‘council’ goats, I say council but they were actually Saanen goats, I just called them council goats because at the first spot of rain they ran for the shed! anyway weather or not this dung was any good or not after 15 years it went into the raised bed along with all the other poo’s and seaweed so I’m expecting something very tasty out of this 10 ton digger track.

goat shit in track

I bet this box could tell a tale or two The other thing I found in there was this old oak compass box, the compass long gone but all the important courses neatly written in pencil under the lid.

compass box Harking back to the days long before ‘Calum’s road when the north end of Raasay was well populated and most travel and commerce was by sea it quite clearly says. NExE 1/4 E Fladda rinns to Eilean Tigh.

Well I’m really pissed off I’ve just spent hours typing this post and posting photo’s only to have them swallowed up by some internet gremlin!!!!! a full list of courses and some pictures of newts have just vanished so sorry chaps I’m off to bed.

6:30am saturday

Having slept on it and only having half a hangover I’ll have another go. Next on the lid of the box is, WxN 3/4N, Kyleakin light to south end of Eilean ( it’s smudged but perhaps one of the Crowlin islands). The next course is, Rubh na Leac (near Hallaig) to Castle (Brochel) NORTH. After that comes Grian a Sgier (the sunny islands west of Fladda) to Sgier Buidh (the yellow rock, though I’m not sure which one but I will ask) Next is the course from Rona light to Portree and is listed as SWxW though I suspect that would put you well to the north of Portree and it was probably custom to follow the shore southwards and lastly there is a course from Caolas Chrolin ( the narrow strip of water between the Crowlin Islands) to Kyle light and that’s given as S 1/2 smudge!

What struck me is the shear size of the area covered by these jottings as I’m sure it would have been used in quite a small boat with a sail and oars. I’ve done all these journeys in a 24′ fishing boat with all the mod cons of radar and GPS and wouldn’t feel comfortable in anything smaller, they really were hardy in those days. Over the years my sheds have turned up many interesting things from wedding invites to seamans discharge books. I wonder if anyone will be looking through my old diving logs and the log from the ‘Conqueror’ in 50 years time. I really must dig them out as they are full of ‘polytunnel’ Willy’s pearls of wisdom and would make interesting reading.

More water woes

It’s that time of year when everything is growing and the water supplies are getting blocked with various creatures. Ours was usually tadpoles, worms and the odd eel. My neighbours went off yesterday just as she was cooking dinner so I went to investigate and found this chap stuck in the ball cock that feeds her tank.

Followed 10 mins later by his mum

None of whom seemed any the worse for their half mile trip down a 25mm water pipe.

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