Life at the end of the road

July 22, 2012

The perfect memento

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, listers, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:05 pm

A storm at last 🙂 well more of a damp draught really but a welcome change for all that 🙂 All you folks down sowf are probably sick of the rain and wind but we’ve had precious little of either up here since April. Not that I’m complaining, the lawn has barely grown, the midge went south with the jet stream and all the campervans seem to have gone to the continent in search of better weather, fools 🙂

They’ve been talking about this ‘stormy Sunday’ for days now and true to form we ensured that all was well lashed down for it. The usual stuff that you take for granted in the winter like putting boulders on top of the wheelie bins, closing shed doors, though you probably do that anyway elsewhere cos you’re likely to get stuff knicked 🙂 I pulled the boat well above the high water mark, made sure the creels were in sheltered corners and brought all my oilskins and wellies up to the house ready for the morning feed.

Sure enough the wind started to freshen during the early hours,



and by the time I got up it was a good force six and freshening.

Surprisingly it was dry and remained so until lunch time, though I think that ‘God’s own country’ (the north end of Raasay) just got lucky for all around seemed to be getting a good ducking 🙂 Something that we could actually have done with, for water stopped going into our tanks yesterday 😦

Lister day 🙂

With this being well prophesied I’d planned my day accordingly and it was a day inside, not the house, not even the new barn but Cyril’s shed. The Lister SR2 that now acts as standby generator for was getting some minor mods. With a view to improving long term reliability of the ‘autostart’ system I’d decided to add some extra external relays to the ones fitted within the Trace SW4548e inverter. It was something that I should have done when wiring it up a couple of weeks ago but I didn’t have the relays then. The internal relays (R7 and R8) are soldered into the board so it’s best to use them as just triggers for larger ones that can be replaced easily, so that’s what I spent the morning doing.

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That’s them bolted to the control box in the centre of the picture, and just to complicate matters the starter is 12v and the generator and fuel solenoid 24v 😦 It’s not such a big deal, Harry my HR2 is the other way around 🙂

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That ‘wee job’ that would have taken any normal person around an hour I managed to stretch out until lunch time 😦 I’d like to say that it was on account of it being a Sunday and I was taking it easy, but in truth it was because I’m just plain slow these days 🙂

As lunchtime approached so did the rain, and with some attitude too 😦 that unique west coast rain that does not actually  look or feel particularly malicious but soaks you through to the core before you know it. Not that that seemed to bother the two wee lassies that are staying with us just now, not a chance, they wanted to go and see some piglets.

The miserable day had seen the herd vanish after the morning feed, Jamie to the ark down the bottom of the hill and the rest of them to ‘who knows where’ and no amount of searching or calling could find them. Not that it was crucial but I was wanting to get them used to going into the trailer as Bracken will be leaving us tomorrow 😦


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With the two girls soaked and still no sign of the herd I took them home, though only with a promise that I’d let them know as soon as the piglets turned up.

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We may not have had much success on the piglet front but we did find a couple of eggs in the passing, proper free range ‘Arnish eggs’ 🙂 Quite mad really for this is exactly the same place that a previous batch of hens used to lay in !!!!

Giving up on the piglets I concentrated on getting stuff together to go and check out my mates ST2 Lister at as it had been ‘acting up’. This ST2 ‘Start o matic’ had not starting when it should have. Sunday being ‘changeover day’ presented the perfect opportunity to investigate without inconveniencing anyone  so I loaded up the quad and headed over there.

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The fault being traced eventually to a burnt out starter solenoid,


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though I had to drill out the rivets and pull it apart to confirm this 🙂

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The smell of ‘napalm in the morning’ as I opened up the solenoid confirmed that it was well and truly fecked, just check out the coil on the right. This is not the first time that this has has occurred so methinks it’s time to ‘phone a friend’ plus a little scouring of ‘tinternet’ 🙂

100 hundred years, in 100 years

The Inverarish centenary will not have escaped most folks that frequent these pages, but what may well have is the ‘commemoration CD’. Now I’m not a fan of all this marketing media hype and carp associated with the jubilympics. In fact I hate it, no I fecking despise it, an  event about fitness, camaraderie and sportsmanship being sponsored by Mac fecking Donald’s, Coca Cola and some dubious wankers, sorry bankers. That will be two companies responsible for a generation of ‘blobbies’ and one for a global financial meltdown. Why on earth do we put up with this carp peeps???? We have the ‘sponsorship police’ out in force but you can’t get a bobby on the street  if your car’s knicked or house burgled 😦

The Jubilee ‘special limited edition dishwasher tablets’ and the ‘Olympic chip’  (funny I though the ‘golden fecking arches’ only produced French fries) will not be be worth a toss next week, but this little gem will be priceless in 100 years 🙂


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George Rankine’s excellent photographs of the Inverarish centenary are now on sale at the shop and elsewhere.

Seriously, I’ve been scouring the internet for decent pictures of our capital city with precious little to show for it, yet here they are for generations to come. Not only that but the profits go to very worthy causes, over 150 pictures of ‘Raasay 2012’ a gazillion times better than all this Olympic carp you’ll be inundated with 🙂

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They really are a priceless collection of a very special and vibrant community,

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with some gems from ‘times past’ thanks to Sandy 🙂 Priceless, seriously 🙂

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That’s it I’m afraid, 23:00 and the Land Rover booked in for MOT tomorrow so I’m off to bed 🙂

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