Life at the end of the road

March 12, 2009

The end of an era

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:40 pm

A change in wind direction to westerly brought a drier if not colder day with some heavy showers interspersed with radiant sunshine. I left home, again a little early to go and see the new ferry terminal works at what would be a higher tide than yesterday and to dump some rubbish in the community skip that had appeared on Tuesday. To get stuff into this skip before it fills you have to be really quick as it seems to fill by itself. I could be wrong but I think the council provide 4 or 6 a year, leaving it just behind the fire station in the village of Inverarish, and usually it’s filled within a day or so. Perhaps due to the recession this one was not filled yesterday it even had room in it this morning and as far as I could see there was only one bike in it today! Usually there’s quite a few which always makes me wish they had skips like this when I was a lad 🙂 Anyway whilst the level of rubbish in the skip was not very high the level of water in the sea was!

Kobelco awash

Kobelco awash

As you can see the big Kobelco is well awash

Hard at it

Hard at it

But even by 7:00am they were all hard at it with lots of activity going on in the bay and some shuttering assembled on the temporary quay.

The first ferry back from Sconser was quite busy and the 4 deer pooh counters were already waiting in the queue when we arrived there.

Happy at their work!

Happy at their work!

I have to say that I’ve never seen a bunch of guys so eager to get to work or was it to finish the job either way they were verry happy. They work for a company called  Strath Caulaidh Ltd http://www.strathcaulaidh.com/ a company who specialize in doing environmental impact surveys, their site is interesting reading and from what I can gather they are pioneers in the deer pooh to head ratio feild. Seriously I’m not taking the mickey this is facinating stuff and I wish I could have spent more time learning about it but I’d a wee project going on in the engine room.

A sad day

After a most excellent lunch of Scallops and ‘Ritchies of Aultbea’ black pudding

The finest black pudding on the Scottish mainland!

The finest black pudding on the Scottish mainland!

And if you have any kind of heart condition or cohlesterol problem ‘do not try this at home’ but here’s what I do first of all you prepare the frying pan several hours earlier by cooking some smokey bacon in it and eating a bacon butty then when that has been well digested and you have got the munchies again get your ‘Ritchie’s’ black pudding, scallops and just a few slivers of smokey bacon. Add some butter to the already warm pan that still has the mornings juice in and heat, slice the black pud, chop off the scallop roes and give them a really good cooking along with the slivers of smokey bacon. Place the black pudding in and cook for a few minuets each side and the scallop muscles for just a minuet each side or even less. Serve with mushy peas or crusty bread and it’s devine 🙂 OK if your a couch potatoe and smoke it will probably knock several years off your life expectancy but anyone who’s reasonably active should be quite safe! With lunch out of the way and the Loch Striven fired up for the afternoon shift it was time to load up the traffic which on the first run of the afternoon inculded a removals van and two cars belonging to the minister and his wife. The Reverend Dr James Tallach and his wife Marion were leaving for Stornoway after 25 years dedicated service to Raasay. The Reverend Dr providing on occaision medical help as well as constant spiritual guidance to his flock on Raasay and his good wife Marion being a pillar in the school for many years. They will be sorely missed by all.

Friday morning 5:30

Believe it or not it took me thre hours to write that post as me satlink’s playing up again 😦 Other things did happen but but I kept losing my connection so gave up. The most significant being the moving of wifey’s Daihatsu under it’s own steam! regular followers will recall this epic which started in Broadford around the 11th of December and involved me buying a 2nd hand engine off fleabay. You may also recall it took me the best part of a week to actually get the engine in and that it has since been lying idle in various places as I’ve been unable to get it running. Despite changing all the sensors, spending hours on the internet and phone I’ve been unable to get it to run for more than a few seconds. I’ve spent the best part of two and a half months trying and failed so in desperation I phoned up Highland motors of Borve

http://www.highlandmotors.co.uk/ who agreed to recover it from Sconser and have a look at it, just getting the car down ‘Calum’s road’ was an epic in itself and it’s been sat at the ferry terminal awaiting a suitable moment to send it over. Anyway as it’s been lying for 3 months it was a bit of a mess so yesterday I gave it a wash and today I hoovered it out and charged up the battery figuring I’d send it over on Saturday or Sunday when the ferry was quiet. Just as I’d finished I turned the key and the frigging thing started!!!!

It runs!!!!!!!!!!1

It runs!!!!!!!!!!

I could not believe it, it ran as sweet as a nut, I drove to Eyre, left it running for ages, switched it off, restarted it and it ran perfectly 🙂 of course when I stopped it for 10 mins and went to restert it it wouldn’t go 😦 but at least I know the engine’s OK!

Marie Bhan IV at speed

Marie Bhan IV at speed

Marie Bhan IV

Marie Bhan IV

And that’s it I’m off to work and my wee project in the engine room 🙂

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