Well that’s it, my 21st New Year at the ‘end of the road’ is about to happen. Not being a native Scot and being middle aged and teetotal from 18 to 36 I never really saw the point until relatively late in life. Most of my Hogmanay’s being spent babysitting for people that did see the attraction, leaving me and my then partner to suffer all the cr4p that could be had on 3 or 4 TV channels with only a cup of coffee to bring in the New Year 😦
I’m not complaining because abstinence and ‘common sense’ saw me pay off my first mortgage at the age of 30. However I’ve now grown up, don’t have to work tomorrow and am going to get trashed 🙂 The options are somewhat limited as there are only three dwellings at the north end of Raasay occupied tonight but I’m not going to let that stop me 🙂
I suppose it’s traditional for most media like the TV, radio and newspapers to reflect over the years news but since I rarely watch, listen or read you’ll have to make do with some pictures from December 31st last year.
A Raasay house that was still being cleared after the fire of 18/1/2009 and now twelve months on has stalled due to the collapse of ROK 😦
A harbour that was barely discernable and is now a fine place to berth and a welcoming place for visitors 🙂
Anyway, as with last year I had to work this Hogmanay so I’m pretty whacked, especially after my days labours, don’t laugh, seriously I’ve been busy. Just like last year https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/i-did-try/ the good ship Loch Striven came back from dock in a bit of a state. Now don’t get me wrong both http://www.ardmaleishboatbuilding.co.uk/ and the relief crews did a fine job of repairing and returning her, but just like my 24 year old Land Rover I like to keep my 24 year old boat pristine 🙂 And whilst the ‘topsides’ were ‘minted’ the engine room was a bit of a riot. Pretty good considering the major surgery she’d gone through but a mess nonetheless.
This is the engine room looking aft, as you can see everything is in its place with the nice new 4.4 TGM Perkins generator purring away but it does look a tad grubby. The forward view was pretty much the same but I’ve spent the last three days sorting it out.
And I have to say that I’m pretty ‘chuffed’ with my efforts 🙂
It still needs the pipe work painting and is only about one quarter of the actual engine room but you’ve got to admit it looks pretty good 🙂
And you’d hardly believe that Ewan Ferguson’s team had cut a hole in the deck to remove the old Lister HRW 6s and replace them with the 4 cylinder Perkins units.
I’m a huge fan of Lister’s but the HRW series was not one of their better efforts, it remains to be seen if the smaller more powerful Perkins units perform better but for now at least they seem the ‘dogs danglies’.
So now at 22:30 I’m just going to leave you with today’s weather and go and surprise my neighbours with some coal and oysters 🙂