Life at the end of the road

April 9, 2011

All we need now is the cuckoo :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:00 pm

It’s been a while since I was on here, not through any lack of stuff to write about but purely because I’ve been knackered. Spring seems to have hit us with a bang here on Raasay after an early April that seemed to be one long shower and gale. All well and good for making electricity with the wind and hydro turbines but apart from being able to lots of washing, tumble drying, baking and charging batteries it’s not been much use on the croft or ferry.

Thursday promised to be much better,

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though when I drove to work you’d hardly have believed it 😦

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Radio 4 was busy telling me how hot it was in London and UKWind was saying it was going to be lovely but I was not convinced 🙂

Well at least it wasn’t raining and once at work I got stuck into a project that had been bugging me for months,

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the ‘buoyant apparatus’ rack on top of the funnel casing. This steel frame that holds three rafts held in place until the ship sinks 😦 has been getting rather rusty. Well it would wouldn’t it, sat up there patiently waiting to discharge its cargo for years on end via a special ‘hydrostatic’ release that cuts the securing ropes at a pre determined depth. The coupling is replaced regularly and the rafts checked annually but the frame has been a little neglected, however the addition this week of a ‘fourth man’ to our crew gave us chance to lift out the floats and give a good going over.

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As well as that there was a capstan valve to be changed during the lunch time break

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and some cracks in the forward ramp to be welded up by Simon of who has taken over where Donald MacLeod left off 🙂

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Having worked my lunch break I went for a ‘wee sleep’ only to be rudely awakened by the sludge tanker half an hour later at Sconser 😦 No sweat, that only takes ten minutes to suck out the waste oil so I attended to that and went back to sleep, for about ten minutes, I’d curled up nice and snug on the mess room bench with my nose too close to my personal gas detector. The CO2 from my breathing setting off the alarm and telling me I was about to die 😦


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Friday was a much better day, most of which I spent on the funnel but which was quite busy on the traffic front with holiday makers and a 44 ton lorry load of blocks for a new house.

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And ‘Wullie’ certainly is on the ball because it’s cheaper to buy blocks from on Uist and get them delivered to Raasay than it is to get them from Jewson’s in Portree !!!

The good weather, mood and activity just about wore me out so I was in my bed for 20:30 on Friday night without a bath or even turning the laptop on.

Saturday has been a ‘pure peach’ of a day but I’ll have to tell you about it tomorrow because it’s almost midnight and I’m wrecked 😦


  1. Funny, which fruit a day will be: ‘peach of a day’, or ‘pear-shaped.’:)
    OK, for us foreigners,’Raasay’ pronunciation; rhymes sort of with ‘jazzy’, ‘jazz’-long A, or what?

    Comment by Flora — April 9, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    • Flora, it’s a bit like ‘sassy’ but with a longer ‘a’ as in ‘baa’

      Comment by Fiona — April 10, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    • Morning Flora, Fiona sums it up nicely on this fine sunny ‘banana day’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am

  2. what banana skins did you slip on today, Paul ?

    Comment by carina — April 10, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    • Morning Carina,

      every day at work is a ‘banana’ day 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 12, 2011 @ 5:02 am

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