Life at the end of the road

March 7, 2011

Well attended :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, hydro, life off grid, shed/house, stonework, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:30 am

Another disjointed effort tonight I’m afraid 🙂 it’s almost 23:00 and we’re just in from an excellent night out at where we were treated to a choice of two scrumptious chicken curries at a very reasonable price. Not only that but the indecisive amongst us could have the option of a half portion of each, 50/50 of creamy chicken with coconut and veg and chicken and chick pea in a tomato sauce with spinach 🙂 I was not alone in the ‘bit of each’ department 🙂 though I was alone in not being able to manage a suite afterwards 🙂

Prior to that it had been a day spent mainly in Kyle taking the boy swimming and meeting up with my parents for lunch.


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The SD Omagh was alongside at the pier, no doubt something to do with HMS Astute that is still undergoing trials in the Inner Sound. Returning back to Raasay on the 15:00 ferry we wasted no time and went straight out to continue our quest for more water to supply my hydro scheme.

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We found a likely looking source near the Torran schoolhouse that gave at least 1lt/sec but had to abandon our quest for the source due to the appointment.

A late night and several glasses of wine prevented posting on Saturday and I’ve been, trying without success to catch up ever since. Anyway it’s almost 7:00am on Monday now and I was in my bed at 8:30 last night so here’s a few pictures from the intervening period and you’ll just have to use your imagination 🙂

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Gathering pig pooh with a trowel 🙂

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plucking Sunday dinner after washing hands from gathering pig pooh 🙂

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Removing excess feathers from Sunday dinner with blow lamp 🙂

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Aird Torran and Loch Arnish from above Torran Schoolhouse and Mission house.

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The old sheep fank below ‘Calum’s crag’ at North Arnish and just look how that huge rock to the right of the door has been incorporated in the structure.


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A fine section of the old drystone wall that divided the North Arnish grazing from that of Torran before they were incorporated into one.


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There was a great deal more to the weekend than this, bedding was cut, pigs cleaned out, a visit to the shed site by the man formally known as ‘Grumpy Digger Driver’ to give me a price for putting in a road and levelling.

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I also spent an hour trying to reconfigure the dump load set points on my charge controller but was only partially successful.

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I’m wanting to adjust D1 and D2 to the values of R2 and R3 so the my loads come on in this order R1,R2,R3,D1, and lastly D2. I managed to disable D1 and D2 and get R1 to operate at D1s values but gave up after that as I could not get the voltage high enough, I need a very wet and windy day 🙂



  1. What’s the badge on your woolly hat Paul?


    Comment by Rich — March 7, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    • That will be the old Caledonian MacBrayne logo Rich, the ‘lion rampant’ now we are ‘rebranded’ to, very exciting hey 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2011 @ 6:18 am

  2. Hi Paul

    From where did you take the photo of the Schoolhouse and all that lies beyond it? It’s amazing how close the end of the island looks, but as all who have walked it know, it takes a good couple of hours to get there (unless I was very slow).



    Comment by Sue — March 7, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    • Morning Sue,

      that would have been taken from ‘Meal Dearg Arnish’ (the red rock (hill) of Arnish) looking west.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2011 @ 6:22 am

  3. Hi Paul

    That is the wrong bin for recycling feathers, it should be the blue one!!

    Nice pictures of the North End, reminds me o my walk up there a few weeks back.

    Hope you dont mind a shameless plug by me, I have started blogging my little adventures with the kids for a company called Little Trekkers that sells outdoor for kids. I can only dream of web hits like you 🙂 🙂

    Comment by Simon — March 7, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    • Good luck with the blog Simon,

      really I should have been turning those feathers into something useful, pillows, fishing flies, or the like 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2011 @ 6:24 am

  4. Was that the pretty Maran, now long gone, I suspect?!

    Comment by Iain — March 22, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    • Morning Iain,

      the Maran gave us three good meals and the nicest soup I’ve tasted, proper dark brown meat on the legs and you actually had to use your teeth on it. Do people my age not remember what chicken used to taste like ???? If they did they wouldn’t put up with the tasteless watery stuff that passes for chicken nowadays.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 23, 2011 @ 6:01 am

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