Life at the end of the road

February 11, 2012

The light of day :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:44 pm

Safely tied up alongside our new pier on what’s been a lovely day and I’ve barely seen any of it :-(  Come to think of it I didn’t see that much of it yesterday either.

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The glossing of the ‘forward Voith space’ having been much added to by my ‘back to back’ on his ‘week on’, too much in fact, for his efforts put mine to shame 😦 Anyway I thought I’d better get my finger out or he’d be getting on at me 🙂

It was a busy enough day for a February with a flurry of workers for Raasay house leaving and a lorry load of fencing materials arriving to ‘deer fence’ what was the Screapadale plantation.

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I could make good use of that load at Arnish 🙂

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Map picture

You can see where the trees used to be around ten years ago, I dunno whether they intend to replant or just increase the height of the fence to keep the deer out and let it regenerate naturally.


Map picture

Quite bizarrely the same satellite image at .9miles shows the forest still there ????


There was no chance of any action on the blog front last night as wifey and I were doing serious house related stuff and then went to bed early, mentally drained. The morning arrived soon enough and I was cheered to count seven happy piglets suckling off Bracken before I left for work 🙂

Again there was more work to be done with the 4” roller, though I did manage a spell in daylight after the 11:25 to change the emergency batteries whilst we lay alongside the pier for twenty minutes.

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These power the radar, alarms, emergency lighting and some of the navigational equipment and were needing replaced. Checked and logged weekly, a couple of the cells had started to deteriorate so the whole bank was changed. We have in the past just changed individual batteries but the others then fail shortly afterwards, on any bank that is ‘cycled’ regularly it’s good practice. The chemistry of a battery ensures that it will only last a certain number of ‘cycles’ so if ones gone the others aren’t far behind.


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I did away with the old post type connectors in favour of the ‘busbars’ I’d knocked up out of copper, the copper and stainless steel being far less prone to corrosion and fur than lead and copper.

That done and the 13:00 sailing from Sconser out of the way it was back down below to make a start on servicing the Volvo TAD 121C main engines.

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Starting off with punching some holes in the filters to drain them whilst I pumped the 47lts of old oil from the sump into the sludge tank.

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That done I primed the new filters prior fitting them and filled up the sump.

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With 45 litres of ‘Mobilgard 312’ inside the 12 litre Volvo I changed the fuel filter

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and if I hadn’t have spent so much time messing about posing and taking pictures of myself I’d have got them both done in the lunch break 🙂 As it was I finished the aft engine, got the fuel filter changed on the forward one then had a wee sleep 🙂 Finishing off the forward main engine whilst we lay alongside after the 16:15 sailing.

That was about it really, I came home on a black but calm, mild and calm night to find seven little piglets still suckling happily off Bracken. A hot bath and a large single malt easing the days aches and pains, not to mention shock of receiving a quote of £720 from a surveyor to value our house and new build. Almost three quarters of one thousand pounds for some dude to spend a few hours on Raasay looking at our wee hoose then telling us what the new house will be worth!!!! How the feck do they sleep at night ???



  1. I think the descrepency between zoom levels of screapadale is because the data is from differing sources – the zoomed out view could be from older satellite images that have near 100% map coverage. The zoomed in view is more likely newer aerial photography and the north end of Raasay happens to be in one of the areas that’s got high res images available – hence it switches sources as the zoom is changed.

    Comment by Matt — February 12, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    • Yup, think you’re right Matt, that satellite image is much fuzzier and it must be at least ten years old.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 12, 2012 @ 8:03 am

  2. Morning Paul

    That’s an interesting Bing pic of Sreapadale. It looks far more precipitous than it feels when walking along the track and, even given the scale of the photo, I’m sure there are more trees and greenery there now than when the forest was cut down some 10 years ago.

    Glad you are enjoyong the malt – a wee drop of good Raasay water (not the stuff that has been treated up by Balmeanach) would bring out the taste wonderfully.

    Happy Sunday!


    Comment by Sue — February 12, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    • Hi Sue, loving the malt, just taking a ‘wee dram’ down for Calum Don to get his verdict 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 13, 2012 @ 5:49 am

  3. Sounds like the £720 surveyor didn’t want to venture outside in the cold! Surely there is a chartered surveyor nearby– perhaps an estate agent on Skye knows of one nearby?

    Comment by drgeo — February 12, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    • Sounds like the £720 surveyor didn’t want to venture outside in the cold! Surely there is a chartered surveyor nearby– perhaps an estate agent on Skye knows of one nearby?

      🙂 He was the local one of three recommended by the estate agent, I’m going to phone the other two today, though I’d be surprised if they were any cheaper 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 13, 2012 @ 5:56 am

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