Life at the end of the road

April 8, 2012

‘My’ Generator :-)

Filed under: boats, Croft house for sale, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:13 pm

Not such a good day today for the visitors on Raasay, well not such a good day for anyone really, apart from the beginning and the end the rest of it was pretty damp and breezy 😦 No weather data I’m afraid as the console has been packed away and I’m not sure where, this ‘decluttering’ has certainly left a few casualties ‘missing in action’ so to speak. Occasionally some alarm will go off somewhere in the house to indicate where we’ve put some gadget or another but it rarely lasts long enough to actually find it 🙂

It wasn’t too bad a start at the ‘north end’ and the first task of the day, to catch the  three Tamworth boars for Iain MacKay at 


went without a hitch.

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The boys were loaded into a crate on the back of the quad rather than risk the Land Rover getting ‘bogged’, then the crate was just slid across into the trailer with minimal effort.

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Molly the ‘wee dug’ as usual in the thick of things 🙂

The ‘Bin bag fairy’ season is here

The next job was to go ‘pig spotting’ as we’d lost Toots and Bramble, not that I was too worried as they’ll always come back eventually. However the fact that they’d not actually turned up for last nights dinner had me more cross than concerned. Cross because it probably indicated that the followers of the ‘Bin Bag Fairy’ had arrived. This cult and its disciples are hard to distinguish amongst the many tourists that visit. They are just as likely to be driving a Saab as paddling a canoe or riding a bike but they all do the same friggin things, they leave black bin liners full of shite for the Bin Bag Fairy to collect and leave the fecking gates open for her to shut.

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Sure enough Toots and Bramble were stuck at the other side of the Torran gate that some halfwit had left open and some responsible person had then closed. Looking none the worse for their night out in the rain I let them through and fed them before going on to Torran to deliver some fuel.

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Setting off for work nice and early so as not to bump the ‘three little piggy’s’ about too much i arrived at work at 9:20 to find the traffic piling up 🙂 Regular visitor, blog follower and beer enthusiast Green Van Man had had enough 🙂

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Servicing a Perkins 4.4TGM

After a packed Sailing, large breakfast, terrorist attack, fire on car deck and grounding (all drills apart from the first two) I got on with servicing ‘my generator’ 🙂

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I say ‘my generator’ because I’ve just noticed that apart from a couple of ‘belt checks’ I’ve done all the servicing and I’m guessing my ‘back to back’ has coincidently done all the work on the starboard one 🙂

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All was pretty straight forward in this ‘service schedule’, pretty much the only thing not covered is the valve clearances that are done every 1000h

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This is one of the daily jobs, cleaning the sea water strainer.

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Oil filter changed and 8lts of fresh Mobilgard 312 a ‘straight 30w’ in the sump.

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Back of the ‘Jabsco’ pump removed and checked for wear, this one is worn but will do another 500h at least. You can just turn them around if you’re really stuck but then that wears all the part numbers off 😦

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The impeller that circulates the seawater around the heat exchangers was then removed but that was replaced as cracks were just beginning to develop. Best not to take any chance with these, if they break up they can at best clog up your heat exchanger and at worst overheat your engine 😦

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Fuel and air filters followed by a check of the belts, hoses, clips and electrical connections just about finished it off. Then feeling quite satisfied I went ‘upstairs’ after a test run to be greeted by pishing rain and wind 😦 Which was a bit of a downer as my next job was to go and do some work on my caravan and that was outside 😦

Getting soaked whilst disconnecting the services, removing the chocks and greasing the jacks I returned to the ferry just as the sun came out 🙂

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Our last sailing coinciding with the return of the fish farmers in their landing craft Lady Gael which got quite a pasting as she came into Loch Sligachan with the wind against the tide.

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As you can see it’s very localised and she was soon expertly fastened to her mooring.

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The last trip done we managed to get caught in a ‘tying up shower’ before the sun came out once more, after all, it is April 🙂

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Taken from Cnoch nan Uan, ‘the hill of the lamb’ this picture does not do the fine view of the Brochel loch, rainbow and Torran hills justice.

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This one’s better but I was trying to catch the clearly visible (to the eye) ancient walls

old dyke

on the top picture, right of centre.

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Then it was up to the new house/barn site to see in daylight the area that Hooky had levelled for the caravan

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and the first bits of our barn on site 🙂

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Then after a dinner of ‘Eddy’s chops’ it was back outside to repair yet another puncture and go ‘pig spotting’ once more 😦

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The pigs were eventually found in their house so I can’t blame that on anyone 🙂 However it gave me a good excuse to check out one of secret gems of Arnish, this hidden cove with a little cascade amongst the aspen trees 🙂

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That was it really

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I took some pictures of our lovely garden (shameless plug) and called it a day 🙂

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  1. Hi Paul

    Momentous days, with an impending sale and move, the grockle season coming on and everyday work as well. Is the mobile home/caravan shown in the previous entry one of those that were stationed between the steading and the Orchard Road? Whatever, I hope it provides a good temporary home. Hope also you get some ‘bites’ for your house and that whoever buys is knows a Proven from a Lister, as well as a host of other practical things.



    Comment by Sue — April 9, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    • Morning Sue,

      aye it’ll be one of those caravans right enough, the last one in fact, the other three have already gone to the ‘Raasay House Caravan Park’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 10, 2012 @ 5:00 am

  2. Know what you mean about the Bib Bag Fairy, Paul. I love the people who think they are doing well by wrapping the soiled nappy in a little sanitised, scented plastic bag then leaving it tidily on the ground at the layby – sometimes when there is a waste bin 50m away! My pet hates are the ones who go to a beautiful, remote place (often among old ruins) eat their picnics and leave the rubbish pushed under a stone! They carried the stuff in, why can’t they carry the rubbish back out?
    Good luck with getting the caravan up Caum’s Road – rather you than me!

    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — April 9, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    • Morning Anne, then there’s the ones with the dogs that chase everything that moves, often causing sheep to miscarry or worse still. When challenged the answer is usually along the lines of ‘he’s only playing’ 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 10, 2012 @ 5:07 am

  3. Paul, I think you need a big sign at the ferry terminal saying “leave nothing but your footsteps” next to a large rubbish skip

    Comment by Carina — April 9, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    • Morning Carina, ‘fraid a rubbish skip would not be allowed without planning permission and that wouldn’t be granted due to ‘spoiling the view from Raasay House’ 🙂 That’s why we have a bottle bank over a mile from anywhere on a road used by only a handful of people 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 10, 2012 @ 5:11 am

  4. Paul, when you have the job you want and live in the sticks with no stress life’s one long holiday. Left work at midnight tonight, drove 22 miles home met one car.
    You should employ the masons who built the mission house. Beautiful detail and stone, good luck with the new build.

    Comment by mi — April 10, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    • Morning Mi,

      You should employ the masons who built the mission house. Beautiful detail and stone, good luck with the new build.

      It won’t be the actual mason’s but I’m sure that Lachie and Angus will have some of their genes 🙂

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      Here’s some of their handiwork 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 10, 2012 @ 5:19 am

      • Hmmmm… that wall doesn’t look straight to me!

        …and is that the world’s smallest yellow forklift truck in the bottom right corner?

        Comment by ecobodger — April 11, 2012 @ 5:35 am

      • Morning EB,

        …and is that the world’s smallest yellow forklift truck in the bottom right corner?

        you lost me there mate, too early in the morning after all that wine 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 12, 2012 @ 6:44 am

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