Life at the end of the road

December 30, 2012

Willing helpers :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:10 pm

Well it’s been another wild day here on Raasay with west wind and serious showers, fortunately the icy rain, whilst ‘on and off’ all day seldom lasted more than a few minutes so we managed to stay dry. We being ‘Lightning MacLennan’ and myself initially, then the Dude after lunch, once he’d finally surfaced from his pit Smile Long gone are the days when I had an army of ‘willing helpers’, they’ve all become teenagers and moved onto ‘cooler’ stuff Smile Today however it was just like old times, my boy has a pal staying with him so today I made use of the extra pair of hands. To be honest I’d little choice, for unlike my son ‘Lightning’ was up at the crack of dawn and looking for action Smile

So I wasn’t going to disappoint, and after feeding everyone it was a quick lesson in the importance of regular greasing.





Then we did one final bucket load of rock before ‘tracking’ the Komatsu home to spread the piles of ‘sub base’







At 1.1 mph it took quite a while Sad smile

Time enough to stop film a waterfall going ‘up the way’ at Torran.



Once back home and with breakfast demolished we fitted a new nut and bolt to one of the bucket teeth.



Then started to spread out and level all the piles that I’d brought over in the dumper over the last few days.



I have to say, that I’m well pleased with the result, what was once a swamp and impossible to access with the Land Rover outside the ‘dry season’ is now a firm and level area that you could walk across in slippers, OK, perhaps not slippers Smile


It remains to be seen if they’re so keen to help me cut wood or service the wife’s car Smile 

That wee terror of a dog Charlie got so muddy in the morning that we tried to keep him in the house, but as soon as the front door was opened just a crack he was out.


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The tinker ran round the back of the house, jumped through a hole in the shed door for the cats, and no amount of coaxing could get him back through it. In the end we gave up, opened the door then carried him back into the house, I was not having a repeat performance of black muddy dog charging over the carpets and beds Sad smile

Sixty five years today

With everything nicely flattened out we took the digger back, did one more load as well as re aligning the TV satellite dish to keep the wife happy and feeding the pigs. It’s not even 20:00 now but I’m going to call it a day after wishing John and Mavis a happy 65th wedding anniversary.

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John “The Caley” Nicolson and his wife Mavis have been married 65 years today, a big CONGATULATIONS from us all at the ‘north end’. Does he not just look ever so smart in that NLB uniform Smile

Just the weather


Not half as wild as yesterday but a stronger gust, this time over 60mph, though at the actual Proven wind turbine you can probably add 10 or more mph onto that.


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