Life at the end of the road

October 29, 2008

And now the real work begins!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:13 am

Due in no small part to all this ‘messing around with clocks’ a late night with a Frenchman and another late night plying my nieghbour with cider, Morgans spiced rum and venison, in an attempt to gain her favour after some of our pigs took up residence under her chalet, I’ve been a day behind with all my posts. Tuesday arrived with a bit of a bang in so much as I opened our north westerly facing door to an icy blast and a flurry of snow. It was still an hour before I usually set off for work so I ran down to the ‘Old girl’ my 1986 Land Rover and switched on the ‘Eberspacher’ diesel cab heater. These are often fitted in the cabs of lorries, boats and the like. It’s like having a small jet engine in your cab that blasts out hot air, it runs off the fuel from the tank normally but I’ve got a separate tank for it so I can use red diesel instead. Even if I leave it running all week it only uses a couple of gallons if turned down low and the pleasure of climbing into a warm ice free vehicle when all around is frost and snow has to be done to be appreciated. Though we only had one frost here last year so it’s a couple of years since I’ve left it running for days on end. Anyway eventually I set off down ‘Calum’s road’ which did have a light dusting of snow here and there where it had been driven by the chill wind. Taking the low road past the hotel I stopped in the growing light to look at the harbour works.

Harbour works 28/10/08

Harbour works 28/10/08

The day was again very busy with a couple of extra runs to clear traffic so no time for any visits to the ‘Golden Emblem’, Willy Eyre or the harbour as I was finishing off my weeks paperwork and getting ready for my relief.

Serene

Serene

The ‘Serene’ was back on her mooring at Sconser after having had a paint and varnish job and she was looking splendid. This large wooden creel boat was built locally by Alan Edmondson of Broadford and is the first large wooden boat built on Skye for many a year. And that was about it my relief arrived, I went home and had an early night in preparation for the weeks labours.

1 deliver 800lts kerosene to

http://www.unique-cottages.co.uk/cottages/westcoast/skye/raasay_schoolhouse which half a mile down a track from here.

2 make my nieghbours chalet pig proof.

3 do the dreaded VAT return and get my books ready for the accountant

4 separate the 5 ‘spotty’ pigs from the herd on the hill and take them on a trip to Dingwall 😦

5 help Louis get the ‘Golden Emblem’ sitting on an even keel

Plus a hundred and one other things that will crop up along the way, so now I’d better stop plonking away on here and get stuck in!

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