Life at the end of the road

November 13, 2011

The highlight of the year :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, food, hydro, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:42 pm

Despite the best efforts of the wind and rain, yesterday’s Raasay Primary ‘Coffee day’ was a brilliant success. There was just one blip in the long fine dry spell of unseasonal weather that we’re having on the west coast and it just had to arrive yesterday 😦

I lingered in my bed a little longer than usual due to the gale force wind, that touched 44mph around 7:00am, the ‘Coffee Day’ would prevent any serious work in the morning so I just watched the day get a little brighter before stirring. The rain wasn’t due until after 9:00am so there was no great rush, though when I did poke my head out of the door at 7:45 it got wet, the forecast had lied 😦 Perhaps it too was confused by the clock change two weeks ago 🙂

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Well it must have been windy during the night for I found my spare oil tank on the road 😦 luckily no harm done and I went on my rounds.

There wasn’t much time before leaving but I did manage a trip down to the newly installed Powerspout hydro turbine to fit this bodged up coupling.

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I was needing a 1 1/2” BSP valve to fit onto a 1 1/4” BSP fitting on my penstock pipe but had no adaptor. I’d decided to fit this ball valve mainly because I had it and not because it was absolutely necessary. It would go between the turbine and the gate valve Teed on to the penstock. The idea being that I could keep the Powerspout stationary whilst still having water running through the penstock (handy with a troublesome siphon) and I could use it to purge silt or air out of the system.

I didn’t have the required reducer but I did have an old broken gate valve that I took the gubbins out of and plugged the shaft hole with a nut bolt and washers. That done, the valve fitted and the trailer loaded with an IBC and barrels for oil we headed south very slowly.

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The BIG day out

To the uninitiated the event of the year on Raasay may seem a little lame, it is after all only the school coffee day. It is however anything but, an event of epic proportions in which pretty much the whole island participates. The staff and pupils put so much effort into it and the community support it so well that every year it’s a roaring success. Unlike many similar events, festivals and gala’s which seem to run out of steam after a few years the Raasay Primary Coffee Day seems to go from strength to strength.

The pouring rain did little to dampen the spirits,

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pretty much all the adults got their cars washed, and for some this is the only time they’ve had it done since last year 🙂

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And pretty much all the children had a go on the days most popular event ‘The Raasay Digger Challenge’ which involves dropping a buoy into a tyre against the clock.

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First, second and third place going to Robert Gillies and fourth to Ryan MacLennan, both of whom have been well trained at Arnish 🙂


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The grub was, as ever top quality, Anne Macleod’s macaroni being mine and the wife’s first choice, well we did make the other two dishes on the menu 🙂 There were raffles, auctions, bottle stalls, home baking, face painting and much more, with everyone digging deep into their pockets.


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Here’s a list of what they did last year with the monies received,


no wonder they get favourable reports from the schools inspector 🙂 full article here I only hope that Portree High is half as good as Raasay Primary 🙂

And now for something completely different

We left before the auction and raffle as we’d much to do before darkness fell and it had at last stopped raining.


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I don’t know what the view is like from the Scoraig school but I imagine it being similar, and in a small way contributes to their excellent report 🙂


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We did manage a little work on the water turbine,


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cutting a fish cage float that I’d found on the shore,

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removing the polystyrene

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and making it into a shelter for the turbine.

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A quick run down to the turbine to try out it’s new hat for size led us past this fine chap,

a fine head

a good winter will see him with nine or ten points next year 🙂

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And hopefully Rocky will work out shortly that he’s supposed to be on top 🙂



  1. That Lightning’s a very helpful lad…clearly a brilliant mate for your lad.

    Comment by cogidubnus — November 14, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    • Morning Cog, they’re all a far sight more helpful than my own boy 🙂 It’s just everyday stuff to him so he doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for it. Sure he’s a big help right enough, and fearless on the quad but he quite often stays behind in the house quite happily if we’re short of transport.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 15, 2011 @ 5:32 am

  2. literacy! numeracy! mac, cheese and piggy hijinx! what a read.

    Comment by jeannette — November 16, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    • Good morning New Mexico 🙂 and thank you for that link Jeannette 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 17, 2011 @ 8:23 am

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