Life at the end of the road

March 3, 2009

A very itchy start

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:48 pm

Fortunately yesterdays lack of enthusiasm didn’t last and despite the rain lashing down on the bedroom window I leapt out of bed at 5:45 ready for action! Yes honestly, well at least it was rain and not snow beating down on the window, but best of all it was Tuesday and my last day at work 🙂 As usual being the sad kind of person I am the first thing I did was fire up ‘Lister’ my laptop to see how many hits on the old blog, OK, I know it’s anorakish ( is there really such a word ?, I suppose there must be because my spell check’s not put red dots under it! ) but at my age I’m past all the fast cars and macho stuff  so get my adrenalin rush from watching the graph on my blog stats! Well it’s better than the TV! anyway if your interested it was 482 which is kind of the average for midweek and whilst not in the ‘Britney Spears’ league aint bad for a sad old git living in the middle of nowhere, so thanks to you all for taking the time to read. Actually I’ve just had a thought it’s probably my mum making multiple visits just to make me feel better!

Not quite so bad

Anyway after doing the usual visit to my own blog I checked out the UKWind to find that the snow had been downgraded to rain which was just fine by me, so after my usual bucket full of coffee I headed south for work, realizing as I stepped out of the front door that the T shirt I was wearing was the same one that I’d been wearing when I was scalped last week. It’s not that I’ve got a great memory and a different T shirt for every day of the week, on the contrary my memory is rubbish and the dozen or so T shirts I posses are all grey and have http://www.calmac.co.uk emblazoned on the chest. It’s just that our washing machine is rubbish and had obviously left half my hair inside the T shirt! Thinking that it would soon go away I continued on my way which turned out to be a mistake because while the hairs did move they like me headed south and ended up in my boxers by lunchtime!

Speaking of Lister

As you’ve probably noticed I named my laptop after a diesel engine as I’m a great fan of these engines as they’ve been producing reliable power for my house for over 30 years and the Loch Striven for over 20. Anyway as the day was fairly quiet and I’d finished all the weekly and monthly jobs I set about repairing the machinary gaurd on the port generator.

Port/aft number 1 generator

Port/aft number 1 generator

The circular gaurd on the front had broken a weld or two and come loose so I removed the gaurd to repair it, of course whilst the gaurd was off I discovered a wee problem with another bracket that needed attending to so I sorted that also. There are two of these 67.8 HP Lister HRW6 generators on board

67.8HP @ 1500 RPM

67.8HP @ 1500 RPM

each one capable of supplying the entire electrical needs of the ship. They are run week about so there’s always one waiting in the wings if one fails, though even if they both fail all systems can be operated manually or with other diesel engined pumps or generators.

50hz 42kw 55amps

50hz 42kw 55amps

As I had to run the genny up to test it and it was nearing it’s 500h service I did that as well, it was about 30 hours early but I was full of enthusiasm and it seemed like a good idea 🙂

A passing princess

This took me nicely to lunchtime when I wandered along to the village hall to remove some more aluminium sheet, windows and insulation from the old caravan there. I know I get well paid and insulation is cheap, I’ll probably never use half the windows or the aluminium but I just hate seeing good stuff go to waste ( just ask anyone who’s seen me eat 🙂 ) I only spent 15 or 20 mins there but every little helps and I’ll soon have it stripped.

Landscaping

Landscaping

The picture does not do it justice but there’s been a real improvement over the last two days and once the grass grows Lachie’s handiwork will look really impressive. All too soon  it was back to work, though a familier sight in the mist hinted at the begining of the tourist season.

The Princess and the Sabre

The Princess and the Sabre

The former Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Hebrides, now renamed Hebridean Princess of http://www.hebridean.co.uk was heading this way and the tiny boat in front of it is the ‘Sabre II’ a clam diving boat belonging to my mate Charlie Macliesh of ‘Island Divers’

Island Divers

Kyle Industrial Estate
Kyle
IV40 8AX
Ross Shire

Tel: 01599 530300
Fax: 01599 530301

Who can supply fine ‘Hand picked scallops’ retail or wholesale

Hebridean Princess

Hebridean Princess

10 minuets and one fried potatoe sandwich later she was just ahead of the Loch Striven with Sconser in the background.

Sharp princess and misty Glamaig

Sharp princess and misty Glamaig

A few seconds later she was infront of Glamaig

Heading for Scalpay

Heading for Scalpay

And pretty soon she was gone! So that was about it really, my relief  turned up after battling through 4″ 0f snow at Glen Garry, the white stuff  never really arrived here with any vigour and now I’m at home with a bottle of red and half a dozen oysters, what more can I say! apart from by the time I got home the hairs were in my socks and I’d got itchy feet, so the moral of this story is always wear an apron when getting a hair cut!

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