Life at the end of the road

October 22, 2008

The first pour

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:43 pm

I never really got past yesterday lunchtime with my last post as I was pure knackered and I’ll probably not finish this one either because I’m even more wrecked today! As for my first day on the winter timetable we had three extra sailings and almost an extra one after 17:30! The day got off to a most promising start with the low but bright morning sun giving all the workers traveling on the ferry a little more enthusiasm than normal.

Rainbow on Goat island

Rainbow on Goat island

The reddish light from the sun making even the shower  behind this rainbow to the north look appealing as it headed towards the harbour works.

The 'happy' workers

The 'happy' workers

Now this photo may seem exceedingly dull being as how it’s the back of 25 people mainly in ‘Hi Viz’ jackets walking up the slipway, but seeing all this activity on Raasay on a sunny autumn morning made me feel quite upbeat. Especially as all I hear these days is doom and gloom.

80 cubic meters of concrete poured into the sea!

The extra run in the morning meant an exceedingly short lunch break so I never had time to go and see the village hall ‘Ground source’ heating system being commissioned which is a shame because it’s something I’m very interested in. I did however get chance to take a couple of pics from up the ‘Battery’ of the harbour works. The ‘Battery’ being Raasay’s contribution to the nations defenses against a French invasion.

Kobelco CKE 1800

Kobelco CKE 1800

The 185ton Kobelco crawler crane had arrived, was being assembled and just look how small that cement mixer looks next to it. This crane was taken in pieces on several large lorries to the old ‘Howard Doris’ yard at kishorn for partial assembly before being transported by sea to Raasay, there’s pics here https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/raasay-pier-is-almost-finished/ of it at Kishorn. All this activity was in preparation for the first pour of concrete into the shutters ( that big square yellow thing between the orange boat and crane ) that had been placed on the sea bed as a base for the blocks that were made at Kishorn ( check out the above link )

Golden Emblem 22/10/08

Golden Emblem 22/10/08

And speaking of French invaders, Louis had been busy on the Golden Emblem and was paneling the outside of his galley.  The afternoon was just as busy as the morning and I heard by around 15:00 that about 80 cubic meters of concrete had been poured into the first section of shuttering on the sea bed, and that’s about it it’s not even 10:00pm and I’m off to my bed!

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