Life at the end of the road

June 26, 2011

Four in one :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:50 am

I’m really not going to be able to do today’s momentous event justice, for it’s already 21:30 and I’m ready for my bed. They say you need less sleep as you get older, well not in my case. I did have a half hearted attempt at getting yesterday’s doings down on paper so to speak but got bogged down trying to edit and upload some videos that all went pear shaped on me.

Anyway, whilst I can still vaguely recall what happened I’ll give it a go, starting with Friday, which was not half as nice a day as UKWind led me to believe 😦 After seeing my new 12 year old off to school at 7:15 and feeding the pigs I spent a couple of hours on the roof of the house with the power washer removing the old flaking paint off our corrugated iron roof, a task which is proving to be much harder than I anticipated and one that I’m beginning to regret starting.

I re roofed the house around twenty years ago and have painted it regularly every two to four years ever since. Unfortunately the last time that I did it was during a rare west coast heat wave and the paint on the south side has started to lift 😦 It seems like the only solution is to remove it all and start again and it’s not proving easy, even with a 200bar petrol driven pressure washer 😦 Two hours was enough for my ears, limbs and water supply, so when wifey called me in for second breakfast I called it a day and moved onto her car.

Three years of ‘Calum’s road’ and Highland region’s failure to maintain it have started to take their toll on wifey’s little Daihatsu YRV Fourtrak.  The other week it was the alternator and front offside wheel bearing, this week it was the inner nearside CV joint gaiter 😦 In fairness to the little car the suspension has held up better than every vehicle we’ve possessed apart from the Land Rover, Peugot, Renault, Audi, Fiat and even Daihatsu Jeep, the road has destroyed them all 🙂

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It’s not a big job but as usual I managed to turn it into a marathon 😦 The part supplied was incorrect, something that living in civilization would have just involved bending someone’s ear and nipping down to the garage to swap it. Friday afternoon, ten miles and a ferry ride from anywhere meant that was not an option so I just had to improvise with a Stanley knife to make it smaller and use the old clips 😦 Still, one thing that living here teaches you is to ‘make do and mend’

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and if that wasn’t bad enough, after taking this picture I forgot to refit the circlip that holds the joint on the shaft 😦 The net result of which was that I had to strip it all down again when I realized 😦

The two hour job turned into a four hour job and wifey had to go and pick up the boy and his pals from school in the ‘Old Girl’. Apart from the fact that she can’t see over the bonnet this is not normally a problem, the Land Rover seems to know its own way down ‘Calum’s road’ 🙂 However, yours truly had left it in low ratio after a spot of rock shifting and she’d never noticed, no wonder she was nearly late for the ferry 🙂

Once I’d got the wee ‘pocket rocket’ back together I went to join them and took the boys to see JST loading up the MV Fingal with Raasay’s forest.





Which is why I never got around to posting last night because I spent all night trying to edit these small clips into one on but it wouldn’t have it 😦 I’ve done it in the past without too much problem but last night it would just not work, probably because it was filmed in HD. Even uploading the short clips to YouTube proved to be an epic and took around ten hours with all the ‘upload failed due to unknown error’ messages 😦 I know this kind of stuff goes on all the time and is hardly ‘riveting stuff’ but it’s a pleasure to watch these guys at work, they’re just so professional.

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After that we headed home via the youth hostel road

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which looked like this four days ago !!!!!


Apart from feeding the pigs and shooting a couple of ‘flying rats’ with my newly repaired Hatsan Escort semi automatic shotgun that was about it for Friday. One or two pigeons I don’t mind but when they descend in droves to steal the hen, bird, pig and sheep food then cr4p all over roof it’s time to dispatch a few 🙂 I do like eating pigeon but these are not the wild large and tasty wood pigeon but the scavengers that hang around town centres and landfills. How they found there way over to Arnish is a bit of a mystery as I’ve never seen them in these numbers at the south end.

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Saturday started with the usual round of feeding, our Soay tup lamb for some reason was in the wheelbarrow and not the feed trough 🙂 These sheep certainly don’t need feeding at this time of year but I like to keep them in the habit of visiting the croft daily, they only get a handful between the four of them but it’s enough to keep them tame enough to catch for worming etc.

I think it’s a record 🙂

With a Land Rover full of children we set off early for the 8:55 ferry and the football tournament in Portree. Now I can’t pretend that I’m a fan of ‘the beautiful game’ but when your only child is playing it becomes a whole lot more appealing 🙂

The venue was the Portree shinty club and Raasay primary had four matches to play against teams from much larger schools on Skye. Basically if your in the school you’re in the team as soon as big enough to kick a ball 🙂 The first match was against ‘Portree B’ a school that can draw on almost 200 pupils for its players but young Ryan MacLennan scored a fine goal to beat them 1 nil.

Game number two was against the ‘Staffin Flyers’ and Raasay once again triumphed with a 3 nil victory, two goals to Robin Macleod and another to ‘Lightning MacLennan’.

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In all fairness to the ‘Flyers’ they were a much smaller team and put a brave fight against our team that included all the P7 boys.

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Though both teams had nimble girls on their side 🙂

Game number three was against Kyleakin and young Robin Macleod scored our only goal


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and here he is putting it past a very surprised goalie 🙂

The final match against Dunvegan had Robin scoring yet another two goals and Ryan one taking them to a 3 nil victory that could very easily have been 4 nil. Robin may have been the top scorer but player of the match title had to go to his fearless little sister who scored a spectacular goal that was disallowed because her foot was inside the something or other at the front of the goal 🙂


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This excellent days performance in which Raasay’s goalie Gabriel Carslaw saved every single try put our team firmly at the top of the division 🙂

Then it was back to Sconser with it’s rather sad looking phone box for the 13:00 ferry and I only post this picture in the hope that someone sees fit to put roller shutter doors on our new store there 🙂


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  1. Paul

    Point taken about roller shutters! If I had any influence on the design anymore, I’d make sure they were there but the Council are in the process of changing designers and its not me anymore, which is a scunner, but there you go.



    Comment by Alan M — June 26, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    • Good morning Alan, sounds about right for the council, pay some one for doing a good job then pay some one else for doing it again 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2011 @ 6:11 am

  2. Loved your lamb in a wheelbarrow picture … she’s cute.

    Comment by Mary F — June 26, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    • Morning Mary, I hate to bring this up but a ‘tup’ is a boy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  3. Hi Paul

    Well done Raasay foorballers – you can’t beat good small island stock! What happened to the telephone box – wind and decay?

    It’s boiling hot here – would rather be on Raasay in the rain.



    Comment by Sue — June 27, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    • Sorry – typo – footballers!

      Comment by Sue — June 27, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    • Morning Sue,

      the telephone box was ‘Sconsered’ 🙂 that is blown over several times by the wind 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 29, 2011 @ 5:13 am

  4. i love it that the raasay ravishers played four games so very successfully. and here’s to nimble little sisters (and daft wee dugs) everywhere.

    Comment by jeannette — June 28, 2011 @ 2:08 am

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