Life at the end of the road

November 2, 2013

A four legged visitor :-)

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:17 pm

I find it hard to believe that there is any more rain in the sky, the whole island seems like a waterlogged sponge leaking from every pore. The burns are in spate, the roads covered in piles of chippings washed off the road and the pigs look miserable. Not that it was like that ‘all’ day, when I first arose at an ungodly 5:30 it was quite dry, in fact, the drive home last night had been under a canopy of stars.

Completely ‘trashed’ by this clock altering carry on I was in bed before 20:00 last night, slept fitfully, and, as I intimated earlier was up at 5:30. There’s no point me trying to stay in bed so I get up and plonk away on here for an hour or so. After that, as the first hint of dawn arrives I head up to the new house and climb the wind turbine mast in the half light. Much to my surprise the old ‘cheapo chinky’ turbine was still intact and the wind was light enough for me to remove the tail, in the hope that this would take some of the strain off it. With a bit of luck I’ll get the blades off tomorrow morning before work.

Arriving at work half an hour early I managed to wash the ‘Old Girl’ for the first time in months before we all boarded the Hallaig to commence a day of drills and ‘black out recovery’. There are many systems that do not come back on when power is restored for safety reasons, you wouldn’t want certain motors to start on their own unattended for one. Also as induction motors can draw five times the normal current on ‘start up’ you wouldn’t want them all coming on at once anyway. It’s bad enough in your house if the fridge and a couple of freezers restart after a power cut,  just imagine what it’s like on a ship with dozens of motors.

002 molly

Anyway, all that went ‘swimmingly’ and we even got a visitor, perhaps the first four legged one for all I know Smile Molly, who had been dumped in the Land Rover by wifey on her way to Portree, decided to join us for lunch, she must have smelt the macaroni Smile She was fine for the first couple of steps up the gangway but a little hesitant past the halfway mark.

That was it really, George the last of Ferguson’s painters left


leaving us with a pristine pair of engine rooms, this being the forward one with it’s two Volvo D13 330kW generators.


And, just a watertight sliding door away


the aft engine room with it’s single one.



and the lovely workbench complete with pillar drill, bench grinder and welder Smile

The ‘glocken’ ????

I’ve had some strange things through the post in my time and some items that have been a credit to the diligence of Royal Mail. I once received a Christmas card from Australia in less than two weeks from it being posted. Nothing unusual about that you may think, but all it said on the envelope was ‘Paul Camilli, small island off Scotland’ Smile and that was years before the internet arrived here. Drink, I’ve had plenty sent to me, some from people I don’t even know. I once received some coffee from Holland from the girlfriend of an ex girlfriend (don’t ask) only to find a lump of dope in it !!!! I dumped it quick and spent the next month awaiting a visit from customs and excise Smile I can laugh now but I was pure ‘bricking it’ for weeks.



This however, from Heinz in Pappenheim, Germany ‘takes the biscuit’ Smile not sure if it’s an instrument of torture or some bells for the pigs.

Cheers, Heinz Smile



  1. what a beautiful engine room … and all yours !!

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 2, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

  2. Siny, shiny gennys. Show us those induction motors. It’ll make my 150 amp peak 24v DC PM motor on my elctric yacht look paltry. I hope those bilges are clean 😉

    Comment by Panomphaean — November 2, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

  3. I know exactly how you feel about the rain, Paul. Our Kunes were getting fed up stumping around in their muddy field, too. I spent most of today getting the shelter in the other field ready and moved them over this afternoon. Unfortunately I knackered my ankle in the process and my back’s killing me now. Ah well, the porkers are happier. 🙂

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — November 2, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  4. That engine room is a knock out! You can be sinfully proud 🙂

    Comment by Susan — November 3, 2013 @ 12:47 am

  5. Paul,
    I hope that you leave your shoes at the door and put on a clean pair of protection boots to walk around the engine room.
    I am glad that you are home & I wager that Mrs C is too.
    A crazy year weather wise, here we are in November &some of the trees still have over 50% of their leaves. Let us hope that your one is another mild one.
    Good news about the resurfacing that lovely ribbon of black must be a pleasure to drive along, fingers crossed for the council sorting out the rest eh?


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — November 3, 2013 @ 8:36 am

  6. Hi Paul

    The ‘pot’ story made me laugh. I can just imagine the headlines in the WHFP! ‘Raasay man gone potty’ 🙂
    Leaving Raasay this morning and disappointed that the Hallaig isn’t in service yet but we will just have to come up again in a few weeks.


    Comment by Derek — November 3, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    • I meant to say that I tried to log in to the Calmac wifi but it asks for user name and password. Is it for staff only?

      Comment by Derek — November 3, 2013 @ 10:12 am

      • The staff have their own secure network, the public one needs a password too but it’s advertised widely, or so I’m told by the IT department, think it’s only password protected for legal reasons and the password is something really really obvious.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

  7. Oh wow! Paul – lovely shiny engine rooms; in there you definitely need your best carpet slippers (safety-toed, anti-slip of course). Must be a great feeling to have ‘care’ of all that state of the art gear – kinda engineering version of a ‘pig in muck’!
    Hope Molly enjoyed her portion of macaroni!

    Comment by Carrie — November 3, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    • Hi Carrie, yup, I’m looking for steel toecap slippers 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

  8. Those bells could be for the hens to signal the laying of an egg.Generally known as “clucking bell” 🙂 That engine room is superb.

    Comment by Andy — November 3, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    • Clucking lovely Andy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

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