Life at the end of the road

April 22, 2009

Life’s too short

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:58 pm

If I can’t find a quicker way of doing this I swear I’m going to pack it in! almost two and three quarter hours to get this far! This page has been stuck at 96% loaded for a good 10 mins now so who knows if this will even post! I was in a really good mood till I tried to update this blog the best part of three hours ago! The day got off to a fine start and I did at last solve the mystery of where all the piglets on the hill were sleeping.

seven into one

The whole 7 of them were squeezed into that tine wee house made for for 4 small piglets! One of the Tamworths even had its head stuck out of the door because there was no room. It’s not like there is no more accommodation available, I just think they like to be in one big gang despite the difference in size. So after feeding these guys I headed for work, taking the low road so I could take some pics of the big crane on it’s platform on top of the new harbour wall

Kobelcco 185 ton crane

RIGHT, THAT’S IT, I’M GOING TO BED, this is driving me mad the frigging pages won’t load the pics won’t post and I have to be up in 6 hours time.



Having lost the plot yesterday with the lack of progress in the IT department and gone off to bed in a huff I’ll bring you up to date during my lunch break on the high seas. Well not so much the high seas as alongside the old iron ore pier on Raasay from the luxury of the Loch Striven’s mess room. So as I was saying yesterday the big Kobelco was sat on it’s platform ready to lift that yellow shuttering that’s in front of it, which I think is the shuttering for the base of the slipway but I could be wrong. Once this is done it should start placing the other large concrete blocks on the pier base, then lifting the steel platform which is in three sections from behind to infront and then track forward one section at a time building the harbour wall as it goes along. Now this may well be standard practice in civil engineering projects of this type but to me it’s pure genius. I did have close up shots but not on this clockwork IBM I’m using at the moment, but if I can get a decent connection tonight I’ll post them. The first day back was pretty busy with a smattering of tourist traffic, the library van and the shiny new bin lorry that collects the blue recycling bins. I did take a photo of the shiny bin lorry but I’m not going to post that as whilst I thought it was quite cool I’m sure most readers will have seen plenty of bin lorries and would think I was a real ‘anorak’ if I started showing interest in the humble ‘scuffy wagon’ as it’s called in these parts. And whilst I am a great fan of recycling I think that collecting old plastic bottles, newspapers and tin cans then shipping them to China to make more crap to send half way round the planet is not the answer to the worlds problems, especially when most of it ends up back here as free bits of tack to encourage children to buy the Beano or parents to buy ‘Happy Meals’. Me I think we should just buy less rubbish to start with 🙂

Twins at last!

The bonny weather put me in a painting mood so I set about doing some prep work around the new aft ‘spurling pipe’ (boatspeak for  tube that anchor chain runs through) that was fitted in dry dock last year. However the freshening southerly wind put a temporary halt to that so I buised myself with routine stuff until the last sailing which was in fact empty meaning we could go straight into our berth at the pier. Arriving home 5 minuets earlier than usual the sheperdess informed me that one of our Soay sheep was missing and she’d been unable to find her on the croft. Knowing she was about to lamb any moment I set off in search of her and after checking all the usual hiding places, ditches, ruins and under caravans I finlly found her behind an old barn with two beautiful lambs,with long gangly legs one black and one brown, pure Soay through and through so it looks like Shaun the tup was not a dud after all!

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