Life at the end of the road

December 27, 2008

365 days, 349 posts and 89,998 hits!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:38 pm

Well guys it’s a few days since I posted as it’s been a little hectic this last 5 days, to be honest I wouldn’t be posting today but I just felt I had to since it’s exactly  a year since I ditched the diary in favour of this on line carry on. I only started this blog because I was too disorganised to buy a diary and little did I think that it would be read from St Lucia to South Africa and that 3 or 400 people would tune in every day to the ramblings from ‘the end of the road’  firstly can I thank everybody that took the trouble to read it and secondly can I appologise if I’ve offended anyone, there’s stuff on there I’d probably have kept to myself had I realised that anyone was actually going to read it but that’s life and I am who I am 🙂 so here’s a quick resume of the last few days ( well as much as I can remember! )

Christmas Eve

Well actually the 23rd, my last day at work was spent running manically around the Loch Striven cleaning and trying to sort out wee snags from the dry docking. The finish of our shift being celebrated in true highland fashion with a wee dram so no posting on that night! Wednesday ( Christmas eve ) was a pure peach of a day and I spent it repairing a wind turbine.

bridge rectifier

bridge rectifier

This 300w Chinese wind turbine is imported under various names ‘Navitron’ , ‘Aeolus’ , etc and whilst I’m sure it would work fine in Sussex or Hong Kong this particular one managed all of two weeks on Raasay before the voltage regulator burnt out. None of the importers or even the manufacturer were interested in supplying anything other than a complete turbine, however the internet is a wonderful thing and between the http://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/ and ebay I found someone who’d supply the various bits with a wiring diagram, http://energistar.com/ supplied the three rectifiers and all the info needed at lightning speed for £20 and whilst I’m sure I could have got them for a fraction of the price elsewhere you have to bear in mind that I’m electronically inept so the instuctions alone where worth the price!

Original regulator

Original regulator

£20 ebay jobbie

£20 ebay jobbie

OK I had to make up a heat sink and connect a few terminals but it all seemed to work and is as we speak charging up 2 x 100ah batteries.

Christmas day

After erecting the wind turbine it becomes a bit of a blur until Christmas day! not because of any particular excess but just because I’ve got a memory like a hen! My parents arrived, a little preparation was done on the guinea fowl for Christmas dinner and stockings were filled in preparation for the big day. By some miracle the 9 year old boy of the house did not wake until 8:30! and a good day was had by all.

A fine job for Christmas day!

A fine job for Christmas day!

And even the 80 year old ‘elder statesman’ didn’t object when I roped him into cleaning out the odd pig ark before Christmas dinner!

Boxing day

Was even nicer than Christmas day and I spent much of it making stock and soup from the remains of Christmas dinner with a little time spent fixing the brakes on wifey’s temporary steed, a Vauxhall Astra purchased to keep her mobile until I can fit another engine into her wee Daihatsu. Today was even better than Boxing day, so I’ll just leave you with a few pictures.

'Calum's cairn' at daybreak

'Calum's cairn' at daybreak

The day’s might be getting longer but that’s 9:00am!

Winter chenterelles, 27/12/08

Winter chenterelles, 27/12/08

I just wish we’d found these two days ago as they’d have made a perfect addition to the guinea fowl stuffing. We found about half a kilo in the woods near ‘Glen Lodge’ and they must surely be the last of this years mushroom harvest.

Buzzard on mine building

Buzzard on mine building

And whilst buzzards are  a common site on Raasay

Koala bear, Raasay 27/12/08

Koala bear, Raasay 27/12/08

Koala bears are not and as far as I know this is the only one on Raasay, though there are at least 3 other eucalyptus trees!

I see from a recent comment by FL ‘down under’ that there are some disbelievers that the above pic was not genuine! well I can assure you that the lonely koala bear is not the only unusual wildlife to be found on Raasay.

Other Raasay wildlife!

Other Raasay wildlife!

Here are some of the koala’s pals which can be found near the bottom of his tree on the Glen road!

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