Life at the end of the road

July 24, 2015


Yesterday’s post ‘ A fine show’ never got finished, in truth I barely started it and the show wasn’t mentioned at all. Shame really because that was the best bit, a free matinee of dolphins playing around the Hallaig in great style, back flips, belly flops, dives, the lot, and what a view you get from up on deck 5 or the bridge. Of course I only had the seriously tough Olympus Stylus with me so couldn’t get ‘up close’ like I would have done with Panasonic DMC-FZ 48, but then then old Panasonic won’t fit in my overall pocket!

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Trust me, I know the pictures are rubbish but it pretty spectacular and accompanied most of the afternoon sailings.

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What amazed us all was the size of some of them, they were no larger than a big salmon and it was as if the parents were teaching them tricks. The wains were always right next to an adult and did, or at least tried to do everything the larger creature did. Don’t believe that any of us had seen dolphins or porpoises so small, it was a rare treat and I am not easily excited by such sights.

The MVHR is here

What was more exciting for me than the miracle of nature that we beheld in the afternoon was the arrival of my MHVR unit on ‘Billy Fixaleak’s’ trailer.


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Billy being Billy Shanks, formally of ‘Kenny Montgomery’ plumbing of Dunvegan, Kenny has retired so his ‘right hand man’ Billy took over the business and it’s now ‘Shanks Plumbing and Renewables’. He doesn’t have a website but I guess that’s because he doesn’t need one, Billy’s reputation is good enough.

With no chimney, extractor fans or window trickle vents our house should be virtually air tight, which may well keep it very warm but makes for high CO2 levels, poor air quality, condensation and mould. MVHR, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery is the cure. Basically it takes out the warm, moist and stale air from the likes of the bathrooms, kitchen and utility room and replaces it with clean, fresh cool air from out side. The clever bit is that it passes the stale air over a heat exchanger which in turn heats up the incoming air. The net result (with efficiencies of over 80%) is outstanding air quality within the house and very little loss of heat.


Of course I could just leave the windows open and turn up the heating, however as our house will be totally powered by our own generated renewable electricity we’re trying to keep consumption to a minimum and this is the best way of doing it. Not only that it acts as ‘air con’ in the summer so we won’t get any midge  in the hoose Smile


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It’s a Genvex and only uses around 160w

Energy Heat Recovery Ventilation Appliance - figures based at 300m3/h

Other Stuff




Well, there was a rather nice shiny new Scania belonging to Eyre Plant Hire on the ferry.


What looks like a brand new landing craft arrived at the Sconser fish farm, it’s called Beinn Eibhne and has Colonsay as it’s ‘home port’ so I’m guessing that’s the highest hill there.



Something that’s been in short supply of late



a couple of rainbows on the way home.


  1. Beinn Eibhne is a mere lump of just under 100 m. Its claim to fame is that it overlooks the ford across The Strand to Oronsay. The highest point on Colonsay at 143 m is Carnan Eoin which overlooks Kiloran Bay.

    Comment by Phil Cook — July 25, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

  2. Hi
    My friend Jono will be windsurfing past Rassay soon.
    Please help him if you can!

    Comment by Ian — July 25, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

  3. Sorry it’s

    Comment by Ian — July 25, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

  4. Great to read your new blog. House is looking good, I’ve passed on the details of your new for old air transfer system to our Paul. Best wishes to the family

    Comment by chrisbbbbb — July 26, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    • Hi Paul

      Have put a question for you on previous posting comments section below. Apologies, fingers not engaged with brain! Regards Sally

      Comment by Sally — July 28, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

  5. We came over on one of the lovely dolphin…just managed to be stood next to the lower gate / hatch as a few surfaced now more than a few feet away. What got me was just how many of them there were and how active.

    Comment by Andy Bleaden — August 4, 2015 @ 10:25 am

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