Life at the end of the road

October 28, 2011

Living with the ‘Loggit’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, pigs, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:34 pm

Friday already, It’s only 20:00 and I’m whacked 😦 Yesterday had me up at a ridiculous hour and charging around in the dark looking for piglets. Every morning I go out and feed the herd and every morning the three ‘wee boys’ are screaming at the gate. Initially that didn’t bother me as I could get round the rest of the herd in peace. Bracken and Rocky being the only ones on the croft, Jamie Lea and Bramble up at the house site and the three spotties, well the three spotties could be anywhere but they soon turn up at the sound of the quad 🙂

The two boars and one gilt that we’re fattening are real nomads and you never know where they’re going to appear from. They did start off several weeks ago in an ark on the croft but after leaving the gate open so they could wander about through the day they seem to have abandoned it, preferring instead the old net shed, Land Rover hard top, or any number of the Balmoral oil tanks dotted about the hill. I think yesterday they were cuddled up in one of the oil tanks for after feeding Bramble and JL they came galloping through the heather from that general direction. Not that I could actually see them in the dark but I could certainly hear them 🙂

Anyway after feeding that lot I headed back to the croft to feed the ‘Tamworth three’ who were still fast asleep, though not where I expected. I’d actually fed them last (Wednesday) night in the trailer that would be taking them away, just to get them used to going in it really but I thought that they may have stayed the night after dinner 🙂 No such luck, they were at the other end of the croft but soon came once I’d roused them, hard at my heels and screaming like, well like pigs 🙂

A scoop of feed had them trotting into the trailer and once we’d gathered all the paperwork and shopping list we set off almost an hour before the ferry was due to sail. It took me thirty minutes to drive to the ferry for over twenty years, twenty five at a push and twenty two in an emergency. Now it takes me a good forty, longer if I don’t want to make the pigs sick 😦

 

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This road is a friggin disgrace, here it is worn right down to the original stones that Calum himself laid all those years ago, the council should be ashamed.

 

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And despite driving at around 10mph or even less on some of the spots,

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the wee boys were traumatized 😦

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Thankfully the road to their new home on Skye was in far better repair and we covered three times the mileage in the same time, arriving with three much happier pigs 🙂

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After dropping off the three boys, running into Dunvegan for ammo, Portree for feed and shopping we returned home on the 15:00.

Friday

and I’ll finish this off later,

Later

About half an hour later actually, I’m just out of the bath 🙂

Where was I?? Well I arrived home an hour or so later just in time to have a fresh cup of coffee with the man who had been patiently nibbling away at the very hard rock up at Arnish.

 

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Of course he greeted me and the ‘wee dug’ in his traditional fashion 🙂 Who said that he was a ‘Grumpy digger driver’ 🙂 Shortly afterwards the heavens opened so both he and I called it a day, he headed south, I fed the pigs, had my dinner and was in bed at 22:00 without even switching the computer on.

A very wet, dark and windy Friday greeted me this morning, perfect for doing the dreaded VAT return,

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but by the time dawn arrived it had dried up and off I went to feed everyone. Sadly the VAT return never got past the sorting invoices stage as I cannot bear being inside the house if it’s fine and light.

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How could I possibly stay inside with all this going on 🙂

The mighty ‘Loggit’

I did have a few jobs pencilled in for today, the first one being to try out Simon Whitehead’s ‘Loggit’.

  

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Simon of Raasay Engineering http://www.raasayengineering.co.uk/ had kindly offered me a loan of his new invention to ‘evaluate’ it.

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It’s an extremely sturdy galvanized steel frame for holding logs and has been sat outside for a week awaiting use 🙂

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I have to say that I had been putting off this ‘testing’ for a while as I thought that it would be more suited to the regular shaped conifers lying under that mountain of birch. How wrong was I, the mighty ‘Loggit’ seemed just as happy to grip the gnarled and stunted hardwood as it did the straight pine.

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The jaws are fully adjustable and whilst Simon gave me exact instructions on how to line them up to the size of the log I found that after one or two you very quickly got an eye for it. The birch, which is a nightmare to get in a regular ‘saw horse’ proved particularly easy to do.

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With a little practice you soon got into the knack of ‘loading’ it

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and pretty soon we had a good pile for the wood store 🙂 At £245 inc VAT it’s not cheap but it is sturdy, safe, well made, will last a lifetime and he’s not getting this one back 🙂 I’ve been struggling cutting wood for over twenty years, usually on the ground which is probably one of the reasons I’ve a bad back, this is the first thing that I’ve found that will grip a bent stick right up to the final cut without bending down or a second pair of hands. How I wish I’d had one years ago 🙂

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Honda 350 TRX left hand rear wheel bearing

The next job was to replace the left hand rear wheel bearing on my Honda 350 quad, it’s an easy enough job, just a case of undoing the large 30mm nut, the four wheel nuts and the four bolts that hold the axle tube on.

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The bearing is cheap enough at £6.44 from http://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/index.php?gclid=CNLy-pG3jKwCFRRc4QodN0urlw part number 60/32.2RS.EU and the seal 42x58x10_TC at around £2.48, both plus VAT and postage. This does seem a bit of a weakness on the Honda as this will be the third one I’ve replaced, however in fairness it does get severely abused 🙂

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That done I gave the Honda a good testing up the new road 🙂

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15 Comments »

  1. Hi Paul,
    Hope any relatives you have in La Spezia area are safe after the recent floods

    Comment by chrisb — October 28, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    • Floods, La Spezia, I really must pay more attention to the news Chris, my relatives are up in the hills so hopefully are OK, but I must find out.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2011 @ 8:08 am

  2. I am going to recommend the Loggit to my friend who lives at point of sleat. Thanks for all the grand pics!
    Carolyn

    Comment by Carolyn — October 28, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    • Morning Carolyn,

      must dash got more loggit’ing to do 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2011 @ 8:09 am

  3. Paul, all the Loggit needs now is an appropriately shaped wheelbarrow or trailer to catch the logs so that you don’t have to bed to pick them up

    Comment by carina — October 29, 2011 @ 8:03 am

    • I think I’ll patent an appropriately shaped wheelbarrow with a mesh bottom to let out the wood shavings 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2011 @ 8:10 am

      • and a tray under the mesh to collect the shavings which you need for smoking and other stuff

        Comment by carina — October 30, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      • And a brolly to keep the rain off Carina 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 31, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  4. The Loggit looks like a pretty useful bit of kit. Hang on to it, Paul. In Sweden we used one of those 3-phase circular bladed things, where you stick your metre length of wood on the platform and simply push the whole thing together to meet the blade. Very good, easy to use and, in Sweden, expensive! But of course always dependant to a large extent on the girth of the logs and size of the blade!

    Comment by Iain — October 29, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    • Aye Iain, I’ll certainly be hanging on to it

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  5. Mornin Paul. Simon showed me his impressive loggit too. We have been using http://www.jocemetal.co.uk/page2.htm for a few years and although looks like a toy has had many tons through it of all shapes and sizes. Keep meaning to forward link to simon too. I hope the tourist track to fearns has not deteriorated further as it was pretty close to the vwgolf envelope limit. Not sure if the council will respond to an english accent with a russian name but I shall give them a prod. Silly that the potholes are not contracted out to somebody on Raasay. If they were repaired at 10% of their eventual size at 1/2 the cost of bringing labour over…………….??!! Its us what pay. Not to mention our own vehicle damage/wear. Very exciting about your house. Bloody good spot. All the best Leo

    Comment by anoldtractorinasmallwood — October 29, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    • Morning Leo,

      good looking bit of kit http://www.jocemetal.co.uk/page2.htm and like all good ideas, simple. Looks easier to load than the ‘Loggit’ but I prefer the Loggit’s working height. Rumor has it that they have done some work on the Fearns road but I’ve not been that way for yonks. Anne MacDonald was down recently and reckoned it was still bad. A letter is called for I think matey 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 30, 2011 @ 8:15 am

  6. That loggit looks like a pretty good idea Paul, a wee platform for a helper to stand on, opposite side from the logs would allow for longer/heavier logs .. I’m sure your ingenutiy is up to that!
    A wide sloping wooden trough to catch the logs as they fall would be handy too .. save that bad back of yours, just wheech them into the barra!

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — October 29, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  7. A nine bladed chainsaw and a log stacking Jack Russell should now aid the wood cutting nicely 🙂 Certainly a useful looking bit of kit that.Good to see the muckshifting under way.See the sign language is of its usual standard 🙂

    Andy

    Comment by Andy — October 30, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  8. The Loggit certainly looks like a good pice of kit and is no doubt helping the back problem in use. Great to see there are still some great inventors making things in Scotland!

    State of the roads – re comment about an islander doing this work, Iwould be in agreement with him. In this present time of cutbacks it makes sense that a local person could do the job at afraction of the present cost and by so doing early repair would save even more as well as helping with the local economy as well. Not to mention the saving in costs of claims during the summer months for damage to vehicles visiting the island! Something that the community council could possibly consider broaching if not already on the agenda.

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — April 1, 2012 @ 3:27 pm


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