Life at the end of the road

October 31, 2008

The vampire and the wooden leg!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:37 pm

Well the weather today here on Raasay was pretty much a re run of yesterday without the frost, though it could well have been frosty at the south end as we quite often miss it here for some reason. Anyway I awoke with my usual enthusiasm for the day despite the most excellent glass or two of ‘Mission Peak’ red wine that we had with the chilli and chips! OK I know it’s not the most cordon blue of dishes but I got 4 bags of oven chips yesterday in Portree for the new freezer and whilst you can’t beat our own home grown ‘Golden wonder’ spuds I am partial to the odd helping of those limp reconstituted finger shaped thing that you just bung in the oven. First job after the usual round of feeding was to unload the 25 bags of feed out of the Land Rover and put them in the feed store, then round to my nieghbours chalet with the wood for ‘pig proofing’ her basement. The time now was around 9:00am, the sun was up and the red deer stags were still bellowing away to each other across the valley.

They never did stuff like this in my school

With my ‘Old girl’ unloaded I headed into the woods on my next mission which was to find 4 x 7′ long straightish lengths of wood for the Raasay primary school. Or to be more precise for Leon Durbin of

http://www.wildwoodbushcraft.com/ who was coming to Raasay today to give the pupils of Raasay and Carbost schools a lesson in shelter building and bushcraft.

4 stick and 3 pigs

4 stick and 3 pigs

As is quite often the case when working in the wood I had some little helpers who just looked beautiful in the low, bright autumn sun. Now Leon is well capable of cutting his own wood but as time was precious, he’d never been to Raasay before and Highland regional council probably need him to fill in several hundred forms to take children wandering around the wood with a deadly saw it was far simpler for me to do it in my own wood and take the sticks down for him.

Leon Durbin

Leon Durbin

The Raasay primary school is fortunate in that it has it’s own little wood right outside the classroom and this is where I found Leon preparing for his lesson with a selection of tools for cutting wood and starting fires. We spoke for a while and I’d have loved to stay longer but the first set of pupils were waiting eagerly and I had to go down to the ‘Golden Emblem’

The wooden leg

If you read yesterdays offering you’ll know that we squared up the ‘Golden Emblem’ well todays project was to make up legs for her so she could be pulled further down the beach on the next big tide and not fall over when it went out. We made the two but could only fit the starboard side leg as there’s a large bank of stones and rubbish on her port side. However once she’s floating and pulled clear fitting the second one should be a doddle.

The wooden leg

The wooden leg

With leg solidly bolted to one of the ‘Emlem’s’ many ribs

The 'rib cage'

The 'rib cage'

Then we set about silencing the VERY noisy diesel generator with a wind turbine!

Aeolus 300w turbine

Aeolus 300w turbine

It was quite straight forward to assemble and just before it went dark we had it up, running and charging batteries!

Up and running

Up and running

The Vampire

Now I hate all this Halloween carry on, not the kids going out and having fun but all this cra4p we import from China in the form of masks, brooms, plastic eyeballs, and rubbish that will be in the dustbin tomorrow. What’s wrong with a pumpkin and a bit of imagination? why do we have to drag all this rubbish halfway round the planet to put it in a landfill? OK I know I’m miserable but I just needed to get that off my chest. Whilst I may well be an old f4rt the post lady isn’t and she got well into the spirit of things today by putting on red eye makeup, black lipstick, and hanging a vampire bat around her neck! so I hope she didn’t give anyone a fright and for anyone who didn’t notice the bat or the date SHE WAS NOT BEATEN UP by her husband!

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