Life at the end of the road

May 2, 2010

A bad day for Raasay FC :-(

Filed under: daily doings, listers, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:18 pm

Right, so here we are, It’s now Saturday and I’ll try and cast my mind back to Friday, the day after the gig at the Raasay village hall and the day before today. A task that is somewhat hindered by three ‘wee boys’ peering over my shoulder and several glasses of cider 🙂 Anyway as far as I can remember Friday was not a bad day and we headed off to Kyle on the 8:55 ferry for an appointment with the optician. A sure sign of old age when one requires regular hearing and eye tests 😦

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The appointment was not until 10:30 so we’d plenty of time for a wander down to the harbour to watch the coaster ‘Scot Isles’ discharging timber.

Once my eyesight was tested, confirmed as deteriorating but not enough to require different reading glasses we headed east to my parents on the mainland.

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Stopping briefly on the way to admire some magnificent stone work, in these days of timber frame, concrete block and kit houses it’s refreshing to see that some of the traditional methods are still in use.

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It may not be the quickest method of construction but I could gaze at those stones forever

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even the garden wall is a masterpiece 🙂

After the usual spectacular home cooked ‘mom’s’ lunch we returned to Raasay, pigs that needed feeding, sheep that needed rounding up and fences that wanted repairing. This left me too tired to post on here as an early start was required for today, the first day of the football season. Or at least the first day that involved me taking my boy to one of the many tournaments held throughout the summer.

Raasay primary were to play 6 ten minute matches at Portree high school today, ( well actually it was yesterday as I went to bed before finishing this post 😦 )

Anyway, Saturday dawned damp and miserable but by the time we arrived at Portree High the weather had cleared up and the ‘Astro turf’ was dry enough to sit on.

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So after a few words of encouragement from their coach the team played ‘Portree C’ for a no score draw. Next they played ‘Broadford B’ where if my memory serves me correctly Gabriel Carslaw scored two goals.

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Match three was against ‘Portree B’ and another no score draw (I think)

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though young Ryan Maclennan (number 6) had a few good try’s. Portree B were the third team played, again nil, nil but Ewan Gillies did put what looked like a ball in the net to me when playing Dunvegan in the next match.

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But then I have just been for an eye test 🙂


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Young Ryan scored the only goal in the next match against ‘Portree A’ whilst the final match against ‘Portree C’ was a disaster.  Portree scored the only goal but that was whilst Alistair McGowan was injured  after which Ross Camilli also took a ball to the stomach and had to retire. Despite all this the team were in good spirits and quite pleased with the result. Though time and wine have probably ensured that I’ve got it all mixed up 😦

Finishing just a little too late to make the 13:00 ferry back to Raasay we opted for a ‘fish supper’ at Dan’s chippy on the pier before heading for the 15:00 from Sconser.

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Once home I set about doing an oil change on ‘Twinny’ my Lister ST2 7Kw back up generator. Not a big job as I have a tap on the sump and just drain the oil into a container outside.

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This Lister used to be my main source of power for many years, clocking up on average 50 hours a week but since the the installation of the 2.5Kw Proven wind turbine and Harry (the HR2 Lister) it’s only clocked up 250h in 5 years and most of that has been in the last two months since Harry’s voltage regulator failed. This particular Lister, number two in my collection is of 1978 vintage and I got it when it was a mere 18 years old. For 18 years it had powered an estate in Loch Hourn for 12 hours a day and to my knowledge has never even had the heads off!!!!!

Anyway that’s it for now peeps, I know it’s rubbish but since the back was fixed I’ve been working pretty hard and like I said the memory is rubbish so if I don’t write it down straight away I forgets it 😦 So I’m gonna post this then get on with Sunday’s effort whilst it’s still fresh in my head.



  1. It could do with a damn good paint

    Comment by thinfourth — May 3, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    • It has been on the ‘to do’ list for about 15 years :-)and I have just found a supplier of ‘Lister green’ though it will probably take me another 10 years to get around to buying it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2010 @ 6:52 am

  2. thinfourth I was going to say the same thing, and add the words scruffy bugger, but when I thought about it I realised that painting go faster stripes all over it was not going to make it work any better.

    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — May 3, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  3. Great blog & photos.Just to let you know the “Scot Isles” was loading timber not discharging!Should maybe have taken the photo after being at the optician!.

    Comment by grasscutter — May 3, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    • I wondered what all those empty lorries were doing LEAVING the pier 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  4. Hi Paul, what proportion of your electrickery comes from the turnip and what from the weasels over a year? Bit difficult to say, I guess, as it depends on how much of the turnip power which is dumped into heating the house you count as useful. Still, it would be interesting if you have a rough idea.

    (No longer ‘EA’, by the way; got completely fed up with political carp on the navi-forum and deleted my account the other night.)

    Comment by Ed Davies — May 3, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    • Hi Ed,

      If you read my meters, one to the house and one on the genny output you would be led to believe that it’s 50 50. Of course that does not take into account charging deficit or running the generator purely for other loads like a welder or diving compressor. It also does not measure the output to the dump loads, which even though it heats the house, quite often does so at inconvenient times 🙂 A well educated guess would say about 75% turnip 25% Lister.

      If we were to ditch the tumble drier, wash a little less and forgo the toaster we could do much better, we also have electric ovens and grill but gas is much dearer than wind or diesel 🙂 With the new build, some PV and once the ‘Stream Engine’ is online I think Mr Lister will be all but redundant 😦

      Know what you mean about the cr4p, me I just look at ‘wind’, ‘hydro’ and ‘batteries and inverters’ 🙂

      Good luck in your quest, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 3, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

      • Thanks for the reply.

        75% wind is pretty good, I’d have thought, even on the west coast. Well done. I guess you’re all pretty adept at running the heavy loads when the wind blows. As you say, a bit of PV to fill the gaps should about do it. Having water power pretty much continuously as well will be a big bonus.

        I imagine tumble driers are probably worth doing without if at all possible. Avoiding one is one of the uses I have in mind for an attached greenhouse – maybe the conservatory in the corner of your L can be justified just for that?

        Comment by Ed Davies — May 3, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

      • Morning Ed,

        I think our lack of dishwasher and central heating has much to do with the high percentage of wind. Without going out to check the meter I can’t say exactly but I’m pretty sure our average since November 05 (when the meter was fitted) is 1800Kwh pa with input from the genny of around 3000Kwh total.

        A good ‘Mull drier’ would go a long way to making the tumble drier obsolete but I’ve just never got around to building one 😦

        I’m absolutely sure that Mrs C would love to fill a conservatory with tomatoes, peppers and chili plants 🙂 Billi, Baz and Daftlad are trying to talk me into it 🙂

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 4, 2010 @ 4:15 am

  5. Hi! We did wonder what was going on at the high school on Saturday! Looked like a very busy wee match day when we passed in the bus on our way out to Dunvegan.
    Spent a lovely weekend in Portree, found it very difficult to come home today! Shall be back for sure!
    Fingers crossed that Raasay FC win their next set of games!

    Comment by spottedblacksheep — May 3, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    • Hi Susi,

      I’m the opposite, I find it very hard to leave 🙂 never mind there’s another bank holiday just around the corner 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 4, 2010 @ 4:18 am

      • Morning! Well, home is central Scotland so leaving the scenery of the Islands to return to the grey commuter land down here is such a hardship!
        Next bank holiday for us will be spent at Knockengorroch, rather looking forward to it!
        One day we won’t have to leave any more!

        Comment by Susi — May 4, 2010 @ 7:48 am

      • Morning Susi,

        enjoy the festie, I cant wait for Rockness two weeks later 🙂

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2010 @ 5:16 am

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