Life at the end of the road

May 18, 2012

Two eggs!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:02 pm

Almost 22:00 and I’m off to bed shortly but I’ll just try and get some pictures down on here first. The day was a big improvement on yesterday but still not what you’d call spring like, with the trees, plants and even bracken seeming to be in a state of shock, or at least suspended animation. The only good thing being that I’ve not been ‘midged’ yet and the lawn still looks respectable 🙂

Despite all this Molly and I set off for work early full of enthusiasm after checking UKWind and discovering that the ‘day after’ was going to be better. Having said that with XC weather of late, it’s always been the day after that never comes 🙂

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We tootled down the road slowly just as this cruise ship steamed slowly towards Portree, no doubt wanting to arrive there in time for breakfast for the passengers to have a full day on Skye.

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The ‘wee dug’ and I stopped at the bottom of Glam Brae, the cruise ship still in the distance, and went for a wander around ‘Hectors house’ 🙂 Lot Eachain or Hector’s croft to give it its proper name (though I have not checked with my walking Gaelic dictionary to confirm this 🙂 )

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I thought at first it was the ruins of a house and byre but as they both had fire places it must have been two houses at one time.

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A better site for a house you could not wish to find, sheltered but with a view and the prospects of a hydro turbine on your doorstep.

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And the thought of extracting some energy from the burn that runs from Storabs Loch to the sea has not been lost on someone. For just at the other side of these lovely culverts

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lie the remains of a device for measuring water flow in a river. Although it was probably built there to asses the viability of something for grinding meal rather than producing electricity it was certainly a serious attempt.

Weirs can be used for measuring flow rates in open channels and rivers – common in connection to water supply and sewage plants

Weirs are structures consisting of an obstruction such as a dam or bulkhead placed across the open channel with a specially shaped opening or notch. The weir results an increase in the water level, or head, which is measured upstream of the structure. The flow rate over a weir is a function of the head on the weir.

weir flow

Common weir constructions are the rectangular weir, the triangular or v-notch weir, and the broad-crested weir. Weirs are called sharp-crested if their crests are constructed of thin metal plates, and broad-crested if they are made of wide timber or concrete.

There’s a formula for the width of b and the height of h to give you the flow in GPM (gallons per minute) or lts/sec (litres per second) from which, given the ‘head’ (height of fall) you can ascertain how much power you can extract from your water course.

At one time someone had obviously thought very seriously about doing something here but sadly it came to nought. Given the councils obsession with the ‘local plan’ and reluctance to see any kind of development outside the ‘norm’ it’s unlikely to ever come to anything but I’d love to know what it was all about and when it was built 🙂

After our wee wander I went to work and Molly settled down inside the Land Rover until lunchtime when we went beachcombing.

 

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A fleet of creels washed up on the shore were eagerly inspected for crabs but alas all that were in there were dead 😦

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The creels were not the only thing that nearly came to grief on the beach 😦

 

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I managed to park right on top of a boulder 😦

More snow

Hopefully this will be the last of it

 

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because I really am sick of it.

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So I’ll just leave you with today’s two eggs and hopefully be in bed before 23:00 🙂

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