Life at the end of the road

November 22, 2008

Gathering winter fuel

Filed under: daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:54 pm

After a late night yesterday surfing the net on my 90cm satellite dish I was up again at 5:00am and straight into the ether in search of a regulator for Louis’s wind turbine. That great repository of all knowledge renewable Navitron’s Forums – Index had given me a few pointers that suggested one off a motorcycle might do the trick.

spot the difference

spot the difference

The one on the left is from the 300w wind turbine the one on the screen from a small motor bike and after hours of trawling the internet I think that if I find one off a bike/quad or even outboard motor that has a 500w alternator, 5 wires and is 12v then we’re sorted. And please if I’ve got it wrong will someone please tell me before I fry Louis’s wind turbine and he brains me with a sack of onions! but don’t tell me to just go and buy the right one because I’ve tried. I sent 3 emails to China (and I’m now awaiting an inbox full of spam) and 1 to an importer and the only reply I’ve as yet received is from zhangDoris in Hong Kong

.hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } Good morning Paul.

Sorry to know that the regular was broken. Indeed, the Aeolus turbine needs improvment. We stop selling it now.  There is a turbine HWG400 is very good at quality, much, much better than the Aeolus300. Attached please find the introduction for your reference. Tks. The price is 540USD/unit. Adding the air freight cost, total is 740USD. Will you think of buying one for a test? We are full of confidence that a sample order will ensure you the business is worthwhile.

If ordering one HWG400 turbine, we will send the regular of Aeolus300 freely.

Looking forward to your comments.

Best regards,


Doris also sent me the manual for the HWG 400 which does indeed seem to be a ‘little’ improvement on the Aeolus 300 and if your interested you can email her at

Dawn at last

After a few hours of slaving over a hot laptop it finally got light enough to venture outside and feed everyone and with that done and my bowl of museli inside me I set off down ‘Calum’s road’ with my trailer to collect all the dustbins I’d taken down the other day. I usually do this when I’m working but as I’m on holiday the bins were getting pretty stuffed. They will come up for them if I ask but it seems a bit bonkers to drag 2 guys and a 20t bin lorry on a 20 mile round trip if I’m going down with a trailer anyway. As well as the bins I’d coal to pick up for my neighbour, a spare tyre and some large bits of metal work off the top of hydro poles. The day was quite fresh, and though the sting had gone out of the fierce overnight northerly by the time we headed down, there was still a good sea running. The new ferry terminal site being well sheltered from the north still had divers working with a large air lift

Air lift 1

Air lift 1

I say ‘had divers working with a large air lift’ but I’m only guessing because of the ‘A flag’, that blue and white board above the right hand red buoy which is the international sign for ‘I have a diver down keep well clear’.

Air lift 2

Air lift 2

Well that and the fact that I’ve spent hours if not days on the end of one sucking everything from sand to rotting salmon. The air lift is the most simple of tools yet it enables vast amounts of anything that will fit up your pipe to be moved very quickly basically it’s a long tube with a air supply fed into the bottom. The diver controls the air supply and moves the pipe around. The longer and wider the pipe and the more air fed into it the more powerful it is. The only problem with them being if the ever get a blockage and you can’t turn the air supply off, then your huge tube suddenly becomes a Trident missile and heads for the sky!! 🙂 well all the ones I worked with did but that was many moons ago and there’s probably reams of health and safety legislation attached to them nowadays. Whilst the harbour is behind it’s original target completion date of Easter 2009 and is now scheduled for July for which it is well on course. Raasay houses muliti million pound make over is well on and looks like it will be open for business at Easter with one of the first functions being the wedding of Bradhain ( John William Gillies ) and Katherine Raybole and I hope I’ve got that right and they’re not getting married in the village hall or I’ll get lynched!

The rear of Raasay house and it's garden

The rear of Raasay house and it's garden


I’ve just re read my post and realized that firstly I was talking about a regulator that may or may not work, then an air lift that may or may not have been and a wedding that may or may not take place at Raasay house! so please don’t hold me responsible for any cock ups that may occur if you believe any of the above!

So leaving all this guess work behind I headed home with my cargo, stopping briefly to watch this fine, if not a little fuzzy stag near our house.

Fuzzy stag

Fuzzy stag

Then with my keen young helper who was staying the weekend with us we set about taking half a ton of coal over to and a couple of bags around to our neighbour at Birch Wood Cottage. Once the coal bunkers were full we got on with filling up the wood store and then cutting bedding for the wee piggies that were going to the abattior on Monday, and that was about it. 🙂


  1. Hi Lateotr,
    I think you are on MORE 4 tonight with Hugh FW “River Cottage Gone Fishing” in the Hebrides at 7.55

    Who did you send in to clean out The Little Darlings ?

    Enjoy your holiday. I expect it will be busy

    Chris x2

    Comment by chrisb — November 23, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

  2. Hi Chris,

    I really must watch it sometime 🙂 and that’s me holiday well past the half way mark and I’ve not got a quarter done yet 😦

    Cheers, Paul and family

    Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 23, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

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