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 😦
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’ http://www.scotline.co.uk/hohebank.html 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.
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.
It may not be the quickest method of construction but I could gaze at those stones forever
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.
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.
Match three was against ‘Portree B’ and another no score draw (I think)
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.
But then I have just been for an eye test 🙂
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.
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.
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.