Life at the end of the road

December 22, 2012

A full three seconds :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:44 pm

Well, that’s it, we made it and surprise surprise, just like the millennium bug

 Millennium bug

and half a dozen Jehovah’s Witness predictions nothing happened Sad smile The upside being that I’ll finish building my house, the downside is that I’ll have to pay for it Smile Not only did the worlds end pass without incident but the days are now getting longer, a full three seconds tomorrow so a doubly  good reason to celebrate. Time for a dram of Rona malt thinks I Smile

Back to ‘normal’

Finally life is returning to some kind of normality, for a while at least, after a good sleep in my own bed I arose just after 8:00am in the dark to start my chores. Turning my attention firstly to the bins that needed dragging to the end of the road along with a case of lager for the heroes that brave the Raasay roads to collect them. There’s many a person won’t drive a car up to Arnish yet the bin lorry will trail 10 miles up the single track road to collect our bins if required Smile After that it was into the barn to feed Jamie Lea and her wains,


though I was a little dismayed to see that she’d managed to tip a bin over and empty its contents on the floor.



Once that was cleaned up it was off to feed Ellie and her brood of Tamworth’s


though they weren’t half as active as Jamie Lea’s brood, probably on account of all the mud outside their door. It was a trip around the hen houses and odd wee corners where they ‘lay out’ next to pick up the early eggs. They still lay well into the afternoon but I like to get the early ones before they get covered in mud from the hens feet.

After feeding everyone I set off to check the hydro turbines on my own as Molly must have sensed the imminent downpour and refused to leave the house.


First off was a trip down to the shore to grease up the Powerspout my 750w hydro turbine from New Zealand. I say it’s 750w because that’s what I’ve got it set up for but it’s quite capable of producing over 1kW from its direct drive Fisher & Paykel washing machine motor .


powerspout greasing

As with everything to do with this little turbine there are comprehensive instruction manuals online which tell you all you need to know. I really can’t praise it highly enough and I must be one of the few people that has installed all four of the common commercially available hydro turbines. My only gripe with this little baby is the noise, I’ve fitted Harris, Stream Engine, Navitron and Powerspout and this one is by far the loudest, probably due to its plastic casing. However do not let that put you off, it’s half the price of the first two and ten times the quality of the latter. Not that there is anything wrong with the Navitron Chinese effort, it does exactly what it says on the tin, it’s just a little rough around the edges Smile

With my trusty Powerspout greased and my Stream Engine checked I went up to the new house site to start preparing the floor of the barn for sealing.



By now, it really was a miserable day Sad smile


and we were only too glad to get inside out of the weather.



Even though the shortest day was passed it was still pretty dark at 15:30 so we left cleaning the new barn and went to feed Jamie Lea in the old one.


I was not pleased with what greeted me when I arrived there, she’d obviously climbed up on top of that wooden crate on the left and dragged all manner of stuff down. No mean feat for something that is short in the leg, weighs around 200kg and is as blind as a bat, there was armoured cable tied in knots, tools everywhere and even the pitchfork was outside.


Anyway, eventually I sorted it all out (again) and got on with dinner for the Dude and I, a miserable ready made thing out of the freezer that set off all the smoke detectors in the house, even when I followed the instructions to the letter I still managed to turn it to charcoal Smile 

The MV Loch Striven returns

Not that I saw it, but the good ship Loch Striven is now back on the Raasay Sconser route

Loch Striven

and here she is passing Eyre earlier on today. Many thanks to the man at the other ‘end of the road’ George Rankine for that shot Smile She certainly looks well with her new paint courtesy of


weather 221212

So I’ll just leave you now with the weather


Graph 221212

which was certainly ‘interesting’ Smile



  1. A truly miserable day all round mr c
    Got me thinking of sunshine and warmth, it seems to be sadly lacking of late. Never mind tho, as you say the days are getting longer, soon be time for the midge….

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — December 22, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  2. Glad your home. We have spent an Xmas up here as visitors in the passed but this will be the first one where we live up here. Who will cook xmas dinner you or wife. If you dont post before xmas have a good one love to you and yours

    Comment by altinnlife — December 22, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  3. hope you can finally wind down for xmas, very different day from mine (running around shop last minute shopping).

    Comment by mike — December 23, 2012 @ 5:19 am

  4. We’ve had two foul and wet days down here in London too, a right pain in the proverbial if you work outside. That millennium bug never happened because lots of computery folk spent lots of time fixing it before it happened. This Mayan long calendar thing was total oblox.

    Comment by Phil Cook — December 23, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    • Morning Phil, so you think all the hype about planes falling out of the sky was justified and not blown out of all proportion by both media and government 🙂 You don’t think it was just a tad OTT then, and a good excuse (like decriminalization) to screw Joe public. I know sweet AF about ‘puters and knew even less back then, but ‘one who knows’ told me that if anything was going to go ‘tits up’ it would have been on 9/9/99 and once that passed without incident he was happy. Mind you that didn’t stop me going down to the Conqueror at midnight to check all the electronics 🙂 Not that I worked on the ferry then but crews were told to do the same, and of course nothing happened.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 23, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      • There was a great deal made of it and some of it was hype but there were systems that needed to know which century they were operating in, and they had to be fixed. I don’t think there was ever a chance of a plane falling out of the sky but a checking or paying system may have failed to start. One thing about the media is that they do like a good story, even better an end of the world, we’re all going to die, one.

        There were and are other bugs concerning dates to do with the way some systems store the date. Some have it as so many days/minutes/seconds after a reference date and time so they might fall over when the number gets too big to store in so many bits of data.

        Comment by Phil Cook — December 23, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  5. And there was I with a snappy title for a new blog called “Life at the end of the world” 🙂

    Comment by Andy — December 23, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  6. Paul and family Nollaig shona diobh.

    Comment by mi — December 23, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  7. Just when you thought it was safe….. my friend – ex University Prof. and knowledgable about all things Mayan – says it has been miscalculated and won’t happen till the 26th. Now we’ll just have to have Christmas – and we thought we could escape it! Have a good one

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — December 23, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

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