A sad and hectic last day of my first three week leave of 2010 left me in no mood and too tired to post last night. Sad because it was the day that Jessie Ann Macleod was laid to rest and hectic trying to get everything on the croft running smoothly for wifey whilst I’m at work.
The day started without the wall to wall sunshine that UKWind had promised, instead low cloud and a dampness that withered the spirit but did little to fill our depleted water tanks. The checking of which is now a daily routine after feeding the pigs. That done I took my son down to the 8:55 ferry to join the rest of his classmates for the Raasay primary schools annual trip, which this year would be a visit to Glenfinnan and an overnight sleep on board the train that would take them to there via Malaig. That done it was back home then out to sea to lift and bait my lobster pots before bringing the boat ashore for the week. The fishing, like the day was poor and it was with a heavy heart that I had a 2” bath and donned my only suit for Jessie Ann’s funeral at 13:00
Arriving at the packed church just before one it was difficult to park, as from what I could see most of the island and many people from far and wide were already there. The service was led by the Reverend Dr James Tallach, now of Lewis but who had for many years been Raasay’s minister. Shortly afterwards the hearse led the long crocodile of cars up to the cemetery where Jessie Ann was laid to rest on what turned out to be a beautiful summers afternoon. It was as if, as one of her three daughters said “ the sun has come out for mum”.
Returning home my first and unscheduled job was to repair Harry, Harry being the HR2 Lister 12kw generator that charges the battery banks when wind and hydro are not enough.
Harry had run out of diesel but it took my befuddled brain a while to realize this and even longer to bleed the system and get him back on line.
Meanwhile using the 7Kw ST 2 Lister to charge up the batteries via that white box on the left, a 50 amp 48v charger that I purchased off the internet.
Next job was to repair my mates Stihl FS55 brushcutter, a relatively straight forward job of replacing the fuel and stripping the carburettor. Two strokes are prone to gumming up with stale fuel as the oil separates out and causes the valves and diaphragm in the carburettor to stick. once that was cleaned out a quick ‘Google’ found me the mixture screw settings and the thing ran like new. Well enough for me to test it on a load of rushes that I cut for bedding for the pigs, my next job.
Genny’s working, beds changed, dinner made and eaten I settled down with a glass of wine in front of the TV, well I did until 22:20 when I saw the rocks on the hill opposite turn red, a sure sign of an amazing sunset.
So Molly and I went out to investigate,
what can I say,
one day I will build a house where I can watch this without leaving the comfort of my own home,
priceless 🙂 It may be hard work living here but it does have its compensations 🙂
And now with the promise of rain to top up the tanks and wind to fill the batteries I’m off to bed after my ‘hard day at the office’