Life at the end of the road

May 9, 2009

Where’s Raasay gone?

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:34 pm

Already it’s after 22:00 and I’m needing my bed, it’s been a long day which seems to have at some point contained all 4 seasons. What looked like a promising spring  start to the day soon went decidedly wintery with a hail shower at Sconser that had me wearing ear defenders to protect my ears from the barrage of little balls of ice. It was however preceeded by the fastest rainbow that I’ve ever seen

Hi speed rainbow

Hi speed rainbow

that came racing down Loch Sligachan like an express train replacing the sunshine with this.

Hard at it :-)

Hard at it 🙂

Though it didn’t put the man from Gourock of his task in hand, unlike me who went racing down the nice warm engine room to polish my bilge!

Sea main and emergency battery charger

Sea main and emergency battery charger

The big green snake is the ‘sea main crossover’ that feeds the generator cooling systems and fire pumps. The small green diesel engine is a ‘Lister LT1’ driving a 24v 80 amp alternator that can if needed charge up the emergency and main engine starting battery banks. Having given up trying to dodge the ferocious showers on deck I spent the day lifting the deck plates and cleaning both them and the bilge. I dunno why I have this bilge obsession, I was the same with my fishing boats, having said that the bilge on a fishing boat has a unique odour of rotting fish, diesel and engine oil that if left unchecked can be quite overwhelming on a hot day. The Loch Striven’s bilge however is quite hygenic by comparison 🙂

8 little piggies

That was about it really on the ferry front, the bin lorry came, the bin lorry went, walkers walked and canoeists paddled. However on the crofting front things were much more exciting, Bramble had produced 8 healthy piglets which I could not wait to see when I got home after work. She’d actually had 11 but two were dead and one got squashed during the day.

worn out Bramble

worn out Bramble

I was a little concerned when I arrived home to find her lying on her teats and refusing to feed them

A great mother

A great mother

However I need not have worried, pretty soon she got up, went outside to do a monster pooh and have a drink, then came back into the ark and gave them a feed. After spending some time with them I went in for dinner of monkfish and boiled potatoes with a white sauce. I also had a look for

http://www.raasay.com/

which seems to have vanished off the face of the earth 😦  Raasay. com, the islands website has been replaced by ‘error 404’ page not found. I hope they sort it out soon because it sends me quite allot of traffic which is good for propping up my ego, which at 53 years old needs all the help it can get 🙂

Sorry there’s not more but my ego is not the only thing that’s taken a battering, so has my stamina and I’m off to bed 🙂

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