Life at the end of the road

August 30, 2013

Harry sees the light

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid, listers, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:47 am

Thursday evening

Eight PM already and I’ve still not finished outside, but you can blame my internet provider and son for that. The Dude managed to munch through most of my 15gB monthly allowance in about  two weeks and I’ve spent an inordinate part of the day trying to speak to my ISP. Q-Sat leave a lot to be desired in the ‘customer care’ department, 9:30 am when they promised to phone me back, four more calls from myself and 18:10 by the time I spoke to someone!!! They normally email me at 80% of my allowance but they never did this month and by the time I checked my data allowance two weeks ago there was only 2% left!!! However no amount of pleading would persuade them to ‘un throttle’ me. Joe said it was not physically possible, well unless I upgraded my package, b*****r that I thought.

Hallaig progress

So, with my internet ‘like treacle’, or as the wife would say ‘as slow as a week in jail’, I’ve not had an email for three days or been able to post. Not that I’ve actually felt like it, I’ve been a little busy this last few days to say the least.

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I arrived at Ferguson’s on Tuesday morning as the lounge seating was being made ready for fitting, the exterior seating on deck 4 got fitted a little later in the morning after being lifted on board with a crane.



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The ramp and after part of the car deck got a good coating of a special coating that gets put on with a ‘hopper gun’ a kind of serious spray gun with a hopper full of paint above it. It must be harder than shearing sheep on the back so the contractors kept taking turns.


This will be a couple of views of the luxurious mess room

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which has a toilet/shower room and a drying room at the entrance, there’s also a good sized office off it and all the usual ‘mod cons’.


We ran all three Volvo generators up for an hour to check for leaks etc and, as you’d expect, all was fine, in fact you can barely hear them outside, or at least I can’t Smile

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I can’t check as I’m not online but from memory they’re D12 (or is it 13’s) of 360kW each.

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After work I headed north



and met a serious load just after Fort William!!!


And that was after the wheels had been removed !!!



I wasn’t the only one who had supper at my parents house on Tuesday night Smile these two pine marten’s tucked into peanuts and hard boiled eggs whilst I was there.



By 10:00am I was at the beautiful ferry terminal at Sconser that was already missing a corner of a wall and a slate off the roof Sad smile


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Still, it does look lovely Smile


As soon as I got home I wasted no time and got straight on with painting the floor of my new house for Harry.


It wasn’t the ‘priority job’, that was a service and front wheel bearing on Wifey’s car but I wanted to get the first coat on and give it chance to dry.

Nissan Almera front wheel bearing

That done it was onto the serious business of the Almera 1.5 SVE who’d been grumbling all the way from Greenock with a duff front offside wheel bearing. A job that would have bee relatively straight forward had I not had to drill out every single split pin!!

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It really is an easy job if things are not seized as they were on here, and is if rusted split were not bad enough, the circlip that retains the actual bearing took me about two hours to remove with heat, drill, grinder, chisel and mole grips. I can safely say that in forty odd years of removing circlips, it’s the most obstinate one I’ve encountered.


Eventually I managed it, though I very nearly resorted to putting the whole hub inside the wood burning stove for the rest of the evening.


First job, before finishing wifey’s car, was to go and set the ‘mink trap’, well rabbit trap that my mate had loaned me.



Baited with a piece of lithe I set it near where it had last been seen, though I’ve checked it once or twice during the day and again just after 20:00, all to no avail.

As well as that I made up, fitted and painted some corner flashings on the shed, gave the floor another coat of ‘Leyland tile red’ floor paint and removed Harry from his shed.

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Dragging the Lister HR2 into the trailer with a Tirfor winch was pretty straight forward, it’s getting out at the other end which is going to be interesting Smile



Aint he just beautiful Smile and with a bit of luck I can post this from my dongle tomorrow.

Well, that’s it, 11:43, I’m awaiting the ferry now to go and get feed, so I’ll post this then jam up my puter with four days emails Sad smile


  1. Hi Paul,

    Looks like my visit to your island may well be on the cards sooner than expected now that I have found out that a old friend Grant Frazer lives there as well! much strong drink and long overdue chat to be had sooner rather than later methinks!!
    Hows the new house coming on?

    Comment by v8mbov — August 30, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    • Well I never V8, would be good to see ya 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:13 am

  2. Pitty Paul there was no dregs left over from the ramp spraying tins for your garage floor, would’ve co-ordinated with your paint scheme.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — August 30, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    • Morning Walter, a pity indeed, though I’ve gone for red this time 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:13 am

  3. 15Gb is not enough! I live on my own, am 50+ years old live in the country and own a dog and I use 10 a month. Stop torturing the teenager! I feel it is time for him to own a few birds of his own, get paid for the lawn mowing or similar – but somehow he has to earn enough to be able to pay for the extra bandwidth he requires. It would have the added advantage of allowing me to read your wonderful blog more often.

    Keep well.

    Comment by Rushes — August 30, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    • Morning Rushes and welcome, you are absolutely right and I had seriously considered it. However to get 20gb would mean another contract and with any luck I’ll be shut of Q-Sat by the end of the month when the Applecross Broadband project ‘phase two’ goes live. This should give me unlimited usage 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:12 am

  4. I’m sure you know this, but a method we used to use in out of the way places was to back up to a tree, tie the genset to the tree and then ease the truck slowly forward. A pile of old tyres underneath was a good way to create a soft landing area.

    Comment by bob — August 30, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    • Morning Bob, two things wrong with your excellent plan that I had considered, one there are no trees or anchorage points 😦 Though that could have been sorted, two, The trailer ramp is fixed into position in such a way that you cannot remove it without cutting the wiring loom. It is the one fault with an otherwise faultless trailer.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:08 am

  5. Is that a garden at Sconser ? I assume that takes up quite a bit of potential parking space. Pity the wall ( looks rather temporary the way it fell apart) when an articulated, or otherwise long, vehicle tries to turn in thro the single lane entrance.

    Comment by SOTW — August 31, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    • It’s not the garden that made the car park at Sconser so small She, it was the good folk of Sconser objecting to a larger one.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:05 am

  6. Looks like the dumptruck may have been heading to the Glensanda super quarry where Blackwell have won a 4 year load and haul contract :

    Comment by Andy — August 31, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    • Good morning Andy, yup, you’re spot on about the quarry, I got behind an empty truck that had obviously just delivered one too.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2013 @ 5:04 am

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