Life at the end of the road

November 8, 2011

One year on

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:42 pm


What a spell of weather we’re having up here, best in the country from what I can gather and it looks set to continue. Well that’s just fine by me as I’ve just started my three weeks holiday and my next working day will more than likely be on the island of Bute in the Clyde. There was little chance of any sense out of me last night so I didn’t even try.

It had been a busy enough start to the week with lots of commercials and I’d a major service to do on one of the Perkins 4.4TGM generators.

081111 002

The forty minute commute south rewarding me with much more deer than of late, a few woodcock and a snipe or two. The parking spot on the pier costing me nothing and is  just a few steps from the Loch Striven, I left the Old girl unlocked with the keys in, which is normal and the windows wide open which isn’t 🙂 Couldn’t have done that in Accrington 🙂

081111 011

It took me pretty much the whole morning to do the 1000 hour service on the generator which is a major one involving all the filters, tappets, belts and water pump impeller. Not that that was all I did, for there was much to do on deck also.

081111 009

Timber for the new houses at School Park, a large skip in and out for Raasay House,

081111 010

‘The antiques road show’ as this driver commented 🙂

081111 012

Two fine hard working trucks with a combined age of 27 and both still looking good, the Scania having just passed an MOT 🙂


081111 016

We also had an articulated Volvo and a council tipper full of road salt, though I dread to think what state Raasay’s roads will be in after the gritter has been up and down them once or twice 😦

 081111 014 081111 015

These two fine old 1930s Lister’s left for their new home at 

081111 019

and the Serene steamed home with prawns 🙂

The hydraulic shower 🙂

I arose this morning full of enthusiasm, no doubt due to it being my last day on the ferry and the good forecast ahead.

081111 021

Something confirmed by the lightening sky to the east as I left home at 6:30, as is usual for the last day of shift it flew by. Or at least it did until lunchtime when I started the ‘simple’ job of changing a hydraulic solenoid valve.


081111 022

A job I’ve done on many occasions,

081111 023

only this time it went a little ‘pear shaped’

081111 024

thanks to a split O ring

081111 025

that gave me a nice shower of hydraulic oil that I can still taste now 😦 It also gave my Panasonic DMC FZ 38 a complete bath.

081111 028

Well at least someone thought it was funny 🙂 seriously though, it still works, which says allot for it, as not only has it been doused in oil but it fell in a bog earlier in the year and I ran over it with the quad!!!!

081111 032 

I’m hard on cameras having destroyed some six or seven Fuji’s, each in less than twelve months but this little Japanese number is bombproof. OK it smells a bit and I can’t grip it because it’s so oily but it still works,

081111 030

even in the dark at Calum’s cairn 🙂

Twelve months on

Yes, it really is, exactly since ROK, the original Raasay House contractor went bust and today the first serious squad of workers from Mansell construction arrived. There has of course been plenty of activity behind the scenes, clearing and securing the site etc but it seems that at last work is to start in earnest 🙂



  1. Looks like the good weather has returned now that I’m back from my two weeks on a very windy, wet South Uist! When we passed Sconser 2 weeks ago yesterday, the ferry was on the way to Raasay so couldn’t come and say hello! Felt a bit ‘Raasay sick’ that I wasn’t going on it. It’s good that work has begun on Raasay House again, hope it will be finished if/when I come up next year, and also that the council will have mended the roads, they look AWFUL!!!!

    Comment by francesp — November 8, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    • Morning Frances, aint that just typical of the weather 😦 Still tis all peachy for my ‘jollies’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2011 @ 6:46 am

  2. You should always oil your camera and Denso tape it in your case :-). Good to see Raasay House under repair again.


    Comment by Andy — November 9, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    • Denso tape, pure genius Andy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2011 @ 5:34 am

  3. On that last picture of the cairn, Jupiter and the Moon: have a close look at the full-size original picture as I expect you’ll be able to see Jupiter’s moons as well. I looked at it through my 18×50 binoculars at about the same time and they were really clear and well spread out.

    Comment by Ed — November 9, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    • Morning Ed, fine morning for the stars here at 5:00amn with the almost full moon heading west towards Skye. No sign of Jupiter’s moon on the original due to hydraulic oil on the lens 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2011 @ 5:36 am

  4. Have a great holiday! Typical of Emby and CallumDon to be laughing at your misfortune, but then you have the last laugh now that you’re on your way to Bute. Not a patch on Raasay though. There is nowhere in the world like Raasay. Oh and when you see the two rascals who dared to laugh at you give them my regards!!!!!

    Comment by Joan A MacLennan — November 9, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    • Morning Joan,

      Calum Don is always laughing at my misfortune, I only put up with it because he so good at picking flowers, cards and chocolates for the wife 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2011 @ 5:40 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: