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 🙂


  1. what’s the weather outlook up in your part of the world, Paul … are you set for weeks of storms and wet now? … I’m asking as I was thinking of venturing north for a week and don’t want to head back to rain just when we’re starting to have something like summer weather down in the south of England

    Comment by cazinatutu — July 22, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    • Morning Caz, weather looking great, just put the postcode in here to see for yourself, though I’d be stunned if August was dry 🙂 It would be the first one ever 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 23, 2012 @ 6:19 am

  2. Hi Paul
    Our Land Rover goes for its MOT tomorrow. So just had 2 new tyre put on

    Comment by rob — July 23, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    • well the LR Disco first failed but we where lucky the guy who fail it had some magic stuff and if we put it in the fuel and drove round for 20 mins it may pass that done it passed now wasnt i the luck one and the stuff off him was only £20 the stuff they sell in the shops is c**p and would not do the job really lucky ;-(

      Comment by rob — July 24, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    • Hi Rob, seems like a good result if you just needed a couple of tyres and some ‘magic stuff’. I was a little concerned about the Old Girl failing the emissions test but she was fine, so good news all round, cheers, time for a celebration glass 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  3. Great to catch up again Paul, been away in the van for the last 10 days and pleased to say it was dry and towed perfectly after the front end rebuild. Parked up next to a couple at Woodbine Cottage caravan Park in Runcorn area and their son and his mat are up on Sky doing a walking tour, of course I mentioned the great Isle of Raasey and suggested a trip across on the ferry from Sky for a great days walking and exploring as well as passing on the url to mum and dad who also raise pigs and hens. Although they are from North Wales where the weather has not been as great as yours this year.
    to is looking great and a job well done.
    all the best

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — July 23, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    • Hi Graham, was wondering where you were, looks like my old Thomson will be getting an airing after all. I’m planning of taking her to South Shields for the college trip 🙂 Can you recommend any sites down there ??? Tried this one but they wanted £1675 for 68 nights which I thought was a little steep for a single bloke in a wee caravan in October and November 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  4. good luck with the mot but as mystic meg would confrim its going to pass:)

    Comment by jay mitchell — July 23, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    • You must be possessed of psychic powers yourself Jay, the Landy passed yet again, that’ll be eleven straight passes in a row from four different garages 🙂 Not bad for a 26 year old that does 12K a year 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  5. I quite agree with you Paul if I only had the money and have any holiday left to take from work I would be up and away to some lovely bolt hole like Skye or Raasay where there is no telly, which means no coperate rich b******s but just peace and quiet. Stan

    Comment by Stan — July 23, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    • Hi Stan, it’s started 😦 was listening to Radio 4 on the way to work and it’s started, how I pity those poor folk down sowf, olympic lanes!!! chaos at airports and twelve year olds doing the security. I call it the Roman mentality, the empire is in collapse, Barbarians at the gate, so lets have a big party at the Colosseum 🙂 Goebbels did it too with

      The film was released in March, one month after Goebbels’ Sportpalast speech in response to the Soviet defeat of the German 6th Army. A demoralized Germany, which had begun to realize that the war might not end in victory, took to the film as a welcome diversion. It easily made back its exorbitant budget.

      Worked for him right enough, but only for a year or two 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  6. Hi,
    Reference your solenoid, if it is still giving trouble.
    Are you definitly being supplied with a 24v solenoid, silly question, but I’ve never seen a solenoid burn out from low battery.
    I remember churning engines over for hours in the 60’s and 70’s when just about everybody fitted them, with no ill effects.
    I’ve worked on som’s for many years in Cornwall, and cannot recall seeing that type of solenoid fitted as original equipment.
    The standard som solenoid is a big unit derived from the CAV sliding armature starter motor and is fitted in 12v and 24v versions.
    I have manuals on most of the systems, if you need them, but I would need the drawing number from the corner of the circuit in the control box to sort the exact model.


    Comment by Robert — August 19, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    • Thanks for the info Robert, you could well be right about the last solenoid being 12v instead of 24v, though it was ordered as 24v certainly the one that is now on is 24v it has a big sticker on it saying so. They are the right type too as I’ve had three fitted with the same, though one of my older ones (a 1969) does have the type you describe.

      I’ve put your email in my address book 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 19, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  7. Paul, It makes Good reading , I had thought I was back in the Falklands with your ‘Exploits’ .

    Best Regards John

    Comment by johnkilbrideJ — February 7, 2013 @ 12:24 am

  8. Paul , please don’t be insulted by my previous remark as it was intended as a compliment , the Falklander’s like you are very ‘resourceful’ in all they do .

    Regards John

    Comment by johnkilbride — February 7, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

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