Life at the end of the road

September 26, 2010

Making the most of it

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:36 pm

What a day it’s been here on Raasay, pure peachy as I’m always saying 🙂 Of course being a Sunday it’s always peachy, Sunday is my favourite day on board the good ship Loch Striven as means that Saturday is history and i get a chance to see the pigs 🙂 It also means a wee lie in before I go out to feed everyone and do the now twice daily ritual of checking the output of my hydro turbine. Which was down a little at 300w but that’s still 7.2Kwh per day and your average house requires around 9kwh so pretty good, especially as there was no wind 🙂

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With all the morning chores done I set off down ‘Calum’s road’ on a day that would have done June proud and the first day this shift in full and glorious daylight. My daily commute will be in darkness for the next six months, apart of course from Sunday’s 🙂 though in December and January I’ll need my lights even on the Sabbath 😦


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But that’s a whole season away and so far (only two days in) autumn has been ‘peachy’ 🙂

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Not only that but the midge has vanished 🙂

The day onboard consisted of the usual bout of cleaning after the first sailing then a drill, today’s being ‘terrorist alert or bomb warning’, well you never know. Anyway once the imaginary passengers were mustered on the top deck the real coastguard informed and we’d searched the ship from stem to stern we knocked off for lunch leaving the imaginary passengers with their imaginary life jackets basking in the sun whilst we ate a sausage sandwich 🙂 After which I got on with the most important task of the day, an oil change, on the Land Rover 🙂


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I am something of a sad case when it comes to the Old Girl, changing her oil every 3000 miles and filter every 6000, she’s 24 years old and does everything I require from a vehicle so I look after her 🙂 No stupid immobilizers that mean if you loose the keys it’s cheaper to scrap the car, no silly electronics that require a £gazillion machine at a main dealer to fix a flashing light on your dash. If this baby breaks down I can fix her 🙂

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Anyway after giving her the fortnightly clean and power wash then doing some painting on deck in the sunshine and a few odd jobs in the engine room it was time for off. Off as in the 16:00 from Raasay which was unusually busy

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with a ‘swap over’ of children visiting, the group just leaving had had some fine sailing weather and it looks like the group just arriving will be in for a good spell too, at least according to UKWind

Before long I was back on the croft and made the most of it by cutting fresh bedding whilst wifey cleaned out the arcs,

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though I did have a little help from Bracken and her five wains 🙂

Once everyone, including myself was fed I headed over to to switch the ‘Harris turbine’ onto a smaller nozzle.

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It would be empty for a few days so there was no point boiling the batteries or heating the water.


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Actually I just wanted an excuse to admire the views over Loch Arnish 🙂


  1. all the photos are gorgeous but those gloaming ones over loch arnish, with the sea kind of peaceful and yet moving, must be what heaven is like. thanks.

    Comment by jeannette — September 27, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    • Hi Jeanette,

      glad you appreciate the pics.


      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 28, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  2. Your Land Rover must be the only one on the planet that you could eat your dinner off the chassis. 🙂
    By ‘eck it looks lovely.

    Did you take the sunset pics after a glass of the red pop? The horizon looks distinctly wonky to me. 🙂
    Nice colours though.

    Comment by Rienza — September 27, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  3. PS After 2 years I’ve finally found out how to put smileys on here. 🙂

    Comment by Rienza — September 27, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    • Well done with the 🙂

      No I took the picture whilst driving a quad single handed and with no spirit level on my camera 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 28, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  4. Beautiful photos. i have just found your blog and will read more about you tonight.

    Comment by Sue — September 28, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  5. I always did my oil changes (when I still had my Old Girl) at 3000 miles as well 🙂

    but I changed the filter at the same time too 😀

    Comment by Helen — September 28, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

    • Now that’s dedication Helen 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 28, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

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