Life at the end of the road

September 21, 2011

More Lister’s

Filed under: boats, daily doings, hydro, listers, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:59 pm

Now this is going to be a lightning quick post, already 21:30, the first full day back at work and a house full of family and dogs means there’s little prospect of anything ‘deep and meaningful’ 🙂 As if there ever is 🙂

Anyway, back to yesterday, Tuesday or ‘rushing day’ as I call it, Tuesday’s are always a rush, rushing at work to get everything finished for my ‘back to back’ and rushing at home to get everything finished for wifey. It was a nice enough day with enough sunshine to boost the serotonin and just enough rain to prevent the lawn being cut.

The day started with being unable to rouse the boy for school, or at least being unable to do it without having him walk about like a half shut knife so we left him in bed where he stayed for an extra two hours. My son is not lazy, is good at getting up and wants to go to school but I refuse to send him half asleep. Fortunately we received word later in the day that the council had at last seen sense and granted him a place at the hostel. The effect of this news being like a great weight being lifted off our shoulders and more welcome than a lottery win.

It’s taken since July to achieve and we could not have done done it without the support of several doctors writing letters, two councillors fighting our corner, the area education chief, school and community council. Thanks to all that helped, it is REALY appreciated.

It’s a gas

I can’t really remember doing anything major as Tuesday is more of a ‘buttoning up’ kind of day but the first thing that springs to mind (via my camera) is repairing my neighbours gas leak.

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This, with the aid of some washing up liquid I traced to a corroded connector on the regulator. Of course it needs a new part and of course it should be fitted by a CORGI installer but this is Arnish and we’re not exactly on the ‘beaten track’ so I had to improvise. After all she arrives tomorrow and without gas she’s no lights or cooker.

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Not exactly pretty but a little work with a hacksaw, new washer and much PTFE tape had it sorted, testing with more washing up liquid revealed no leaks so I wrapped it all in ‘Denzotape’ and put it back together. It will do just fine until the new part arrives and if it blows up she can sue me 🙂


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No ‘day off’ would be complete without trekking over the hills messing about with the lunatic hydro scheme, so just in case I can’t get ‘plan D’ to work. Plan D being the purple route that I did on Friday which is a modification of the yellow route which is a modification of the green route 😦 Just in case that turns out to be unworkable we, the Dude and I looked for an alternative, coming up with the black route down a steep gully and ending up in that spot above. To be honest for the amount of cable that it would save I’d be tempted to go for the red route (plan A) it’s more direct for the penstock, more accessible and visible from the road, or at least the outlet would be with binoculars.


plan d and e

Anyway after all that we went to retrieve the trusty Honda priming pump from the loch

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which was considerably rougher than the sea

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and was not without incident 🙂 whoops!

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It was also not without the reward of some fine views over to my mates house at Torran.


The first full day back on the Loch Striven had the misfortune of being the first day that I’ve set off for work with the lights on, well before sunrise which was at 7:06. It was also the most miserable morning we’ve had in a long while with a strong south westerly and lashing rain.

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Though that didn’t stop the clam diving boat Donna Marie poking her nose out and looking for a sheltered corner to work.

My day was spent investigating an oil leak on the aft main engine, which I found but could do nothing about until the engine was shut down for a while.

Lunch break had me driving over to see Simon at for Calor gas and a look at his Lister’s that are for sale (or at least they were, think they’ve been sold now)

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Two fine 1933 CS18/2’s that used to power Raasay House via some DC generators.

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Rated at 21HP at 1000RPM these two beauties would make a fine CHP plant for someone with a good supply of chip fat, lard or waste cooking oil 🙂

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Anyway, that’s it, I’m off to bed I’ve already spent more time on here than I should, so I’ll just leave you with the weather, of which there was plenty 🙂

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  1. Good news about the hostel, Paul. You’ll all be pleased! It was worth the effort. I’m going to be over on Raasay next week, so may run into you. Looking forward to the new ferry route. Does it take longer?
    Cheers, Carolyn

    Comment by Carolyn — September 21, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    • Morning Carolyn,

      yes, great news indeed, at least now he’ll be able to put a full week in and hopefully catch up at school, it is as if a great weight has been lifted off our shoulders 🙂 Aye the new crossing does take a little longer but we don’t charge you for the extra 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 22, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  2. Paul, thats good news about the hostel … and thank heavens you achieved it before any really bad weather sets in … I know you’re both going to miss him but he should have a chance to shine now that he’s going to be awake

    Comment by carina — September 21, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    • Aye Carina, that’s the worst of it, we don’t want to loose him but it’s in the lads best interest.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 22, 2011 @ 5:05 am

  3. Aye, good news about Junior. At last they’ve seen – been bashed into ’em maybe – sense! Those two old Listers don’t look a patch on your new, old one! The internals of yours look like new! Best.

    Comment by Iain — September 22, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    • Aye Iain, great news indeed especially if the long range forecast is to be believed. We’re already stockpiling wood for the for the days when the wind don’t blow or the water flow 🙂 Hopefully it will be a wild wet and windy one and not a dry frosty calm one 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 23, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  4. Yes, great news that your boy has at last got a place in the hostel. Lets hope that he has a great time there with all the other kids. The ‘gas bottle’ story sounds familiar to me – I am involved with a youth hostel in S Wales that has gas lights and cooking facilities, but our gas connections are in a better state than your neighbours! Hope you don’t mind doing a bit of advertising for us –


    Comment by francesp — September 22, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    • Hope you did your ‘risk assessment’ Frances 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 23, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  5. That is great news about the lad’s school Paul. Hope you dont miss him too much. At least he can easily get back when he needs to, unlike some of the kids who live on the Small Isles.

    Comment by Simon — September 22, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    • Hi Simon, great news indeed but perhaps he’ll not want to come back after sampling the ‘big city’ 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 23, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

      • Aye Paul, once he samples the delights of the ‘Prince of India’ he will not want boring old lobster again 😉

        Comment by Simon — September 23, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

      • He won’t touch lobster anyway Simon, though he does love a good curry 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 24, 2011 @ 5:04 am

  6. Glad to hear you’ve at last got a place ar the hostel, Paul even if you’ll miss him a lot. Will he get home for the weekends – Friday night to Monday morning?

    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — September 22, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    • Yes Anne, we have him back now until Monday morning, which will be the big test, a full four days of speaking to my wife 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 23, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

  7. Hi Paul

    Good news about the hostel. I remember quite a regime there as far as studying time and lights out. What time is lights out nowadays?


    Comment by Jan — September 22, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  8. i’m not sure i understand the whole logistics and meaning of the hostel — i’m happy your son got a place there and can concentrate on work and friends instead of sleepwalking. maybe he’ll do a guest post about life away from the end of the road?

    Comment by jeannette — September 23, 2011 @ 1:29 am

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