Life at the end of the road

March 25, 2012

The ‘first cut’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:45 pm

At last the clocks have changed, much as I detest all this messing about with time, I do love it when BST arrives. It makes my ridiculously early arising in the region of 4:30am a far saner 5:30 🙂 Not only that but I do prefer the brighter evenings to the light mornings. The ‘springing forward’, good weather and general ‘bonhomie’ of my fellow man made me even keener to meet Sunday than I usually am 🙂

So after feeding the pigs, letting Bracken out onto the hill and loading up some coal for my neighbours at Torran I headed south for work.

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Toots, Rocky and Jamie Lea were busy moving a telegraph pole that I’d dragged up to the road from the sea some time ago. Hopefully they will loose interest in it before it ends up back there 🙂

Once at work, and after the first run we set about the ‘big breakfast’, which today included a treat from Mellon Charles and Stornoway 🙂

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Both delicious ‘marag dubh’ but I think that Ritchie’s Aultbea offering has the edge on Macleod & Macleod, not by much right enough and there’s nowt wrong with the Lewis pudding 🙂

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The next job, after a couple of drills and time to let the ‘heart attack on plate’ settle was to fit a new rope for the ‘house flag’ and ‘red ensign’. OK, I know it possibly  has some special nautical name and is probably not even called a rope but it’s a rope to me 🙂 Of course it’s always me that dons the harness for the tricky bit of threading the new rope through the pulley 😦

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Then it’s splicing a small eye to take a toggle on the flag at one end,

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and another eye for a ‘double sheet bend’ at the other.

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“Hmm looks like it’s time to order a new set of flags” 🙂

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By the time Easter comes this is going to be one smart looking ship 🙂

After a marathon painting session we all had a good long break for lunch and I went for a wee wander around the security fencing at Raasay House.

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The company that are the main contractors for the multi million pound refurb after the fire http://www.constructingcommunities.com/Home.aspx

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have to be the tidiest and best organised builders that have ever worked on Raasay. They arrive on Monday, leave on Friday and you don’t see them in between. Apart from the odd lorry load of materials there is no too-ing and fro-ing on the ferry for stuff that’s been forgotten, they just get on with the work, leave the site spotless and they seem to do it all with just one Telehandler 🙂 Perhaps they’re not actually working at all and are all inside playing cards 🙂

Time for another ‘clean up’ 🙂

It was whilst wandering around in the grounds that I came upon the old fountain that was cleared out by the children some twenty one years ago.

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Looking a little worse for wear now

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it could benefit from a little TLC after all the effort that the children, now all adults, put into it 😦

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After that it was washing the Land Rover, yet more painting and ‘swinging out the DOTI boat’ before the last run and a lovely drive home to a few chores.

 

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Though the ‘first cut’ of the lawn on a beautiful spring evening could hardly be described as a ‘chore’

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or taking coal over to Torran as the sun went down 🙂

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14 Comments »

  1. hope you didn’t learn your knots from worm, can you remember the one he tied when towing landrover off the beach.

    Comment by MW — March 26, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    • Morning MW 🙂

      hope you didn’t learn your knots from worm, can you remember the one he tied when towing landrover off the beach.

      How could I forget 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:24 am

  2. Good info on the knot tying.I have perfected a knot called the “Swiss Army”. Every tying is unique,hence no diagrams have ever been produced,and a Swiss army knife is essential to undo the damn thing 🙂

    Andy

    Comment by Andy — March 26, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    • Morning Andy,

      Good info on the knot tying.I have perfected a knot called the “Swiss Army”. Every tying is unique,hence no diagrams have ever been produced,and a Swiss army knife is essential to undo the damn thing

      Definitely going to add the ‘Swiss army knot’ to my list of sarcastic put downs 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:26 am

  3. Technical name for your bit of rope is Halyard 😉

    Comment by Den — March 26, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    • Cheers Den, it came to me at around 3:00am on Monday morning 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:27 am

  4. It is a shame to see what is obviously a very beautiful fountain pond in such a poor state, perhaps another visit from the School kids, parents and friends of the school is long overdue. On one of the caravan sites we visit there is a wonderful fountain pond which is in a sad way the last few years, once an idyllic place to sit and while a warm summers afternoon away while the youngsters had a paddle. Hopefully the site will be returned to its former glory as I feel it is a shame the way it has been left to the weather.

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — March 26, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    • Like the Halyard being named it is good to see the double sheet bend, something I have used in the past but never did know the name of! Those flags certainly look like they had a hard winter, time to raid Calmacs piggy bank. lol

      Comment by Thomson Caravans — March 26, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    • Morning Graham,

      that fountain will be a good project for the tenants of Raasay House, I seem to remember someone getting married there, what a lovely setting it would have been in the spring or summer. I’m sure it would be a great asset once restored.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:31 am

      • My Father performed a blessing for a marriage at the caravan park at Bruces Cave in 2004 in front of their fountain, a lovely sunny day made all the difference! Oh and in case I had not mentioned it Mum and Dad Where Salvation Army officers. Dad was on one occasion the officer who went round all the Islands in your area for the Annual appeal. He loved going to the Islands and always came back beaming at the wonderful reception he received.

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — April 1, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  5. Paul, sunset just like your photo here last night on my way to work. Sun and blue sky inject’s a bit of humanity into the population. Two days off to get the mf 35 and plough into action and get some diesel fumes into the system. Things are looking up after all the rain and darkness. It’s hard to imagine how the people who reclaimed the fields at your house managed with just spades and graft. It’s the same here (we are walking in the footsteps of giants) No EU grants or Giro then.

    Comment by mi — March 26, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    • Morning Mi, “the footsteps of giants” very true and I’m surrounded by their footprints in the form of drystone dykes, lazy beds and ruins.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:33 am

  6. ‘Twas good to chat tonight, Paul. Keep up the good work! And I’ll get a bit more “Ooh Arrr!” if you get a bit more “Och aye the noo!” 🙂

    Comment by lloyd — March 26, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    • Morning Lloyd, yes, at last after around ten years of ranting on the internet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:34 am


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