Life at the end of the road

July 31, 2016

Fruitless :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:22 pm

Even though I never caught anything this morning I’m quite upbeat, none of the traps were ‘sprung’ this morning and all the bait was still untouched. The venison mince I’d been using must have been irresistible to the mink cos I was tempted to eat it myself Smile Venison is always tastier when it’s a little whiffy Smile 


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So, after doing the rounds I returned for a shower, breakfast and some tea prior to going out to do some work. By now it was almost 7:30 and this huge cruise liner was heading for Portree. At this point the day wasn’t very inspiring, kinda damp and midge infested but within an hour or two the sun was out and there was a good breeze from the west.

With the sun and wind dealing with the old midge I set off for the shore to collect a few things then went over to my mates ‘off grid’ property to do a few jobs.

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Back flushing the water filtration system, running up the trusty old Lister for an hour or so whilst I checked on the hydro turbine.

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The Harris turbine  got a good flushing too whilst I was at it. This trusty little turbine charges a the 24V battery bank directly, being basically a Ford alternator with a Pelton wheel on it.

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Charges it really well in fact, those are empty deionized water containers Smile Seriously, one thing about these Rolls batteries , they just drink water.

Yes, it is ‘that time of year’ Smile

After all that I headed home for ‘number 2 breakfast’, the proper one with Arnish eggs and sausages. Once that was out of the way and with the sun blazing I headed for the shed to do some work on the ‘Old Girl’. It’s Belladrum on Thursday and our first festie since starting the house four years ago. I also wanted it to be a smooth journey there and back so planned doing the front brakes, swivel housing gaiters and fixing the lights. I was hoping to make it this year without setting on fire, seriously, it’s happened twice!!!

I must have been in a really good mood, for when some Kiwi dude called at the house around before 9:00am asking for a tow I didn’t ‘blow my top’. Not that I’m particularly volatile but when you’ve towed as many pricks as I have out of stupid places you soon get pi55ed off with them.

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Who in their right mind takes a van down the Torran track? Even the halfwit’s with the 4×4’s get stuck here and end up reversing back for miles, usually destroying the ditches and drains on their way back. Incapable of walking this chap decided to try getting his hire van down here then got stuck whilst trying to reverse back up the hill.


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Luckily for him I was in a good mood and wanted to try my winch out. I’d fitted new batteries recently and the terminals did not match up with the old winch leads so I had to extend them. Having just done this yesterday I was keen to test the winch under load prior to going to Belladrum, you just never know, I’ve used it at festivals before Smile I did mention this to him so I guess that’s why he never offered any payment, perhaps I should have bollocked him. The last folk I chastised gave me a bottle of Vodka and £20 Smile


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Next task was changing my own water filters, there’s three, 100 micron, 50 micron and 5 micron. There’s also a UV filter but I only switched that on when ‘Building Control’ came round. Been drinking this water since 1989 with no ill effects so don’t see why I need to be running a 30W UV light 24/7 to make it safe, that’s .72kWh per day that I could be using to power the broadband mast or MVHR system.

New front discs

Next on the ‘to do’ list was the front discs on the Land Rover, I may not be too fussed about bacteria and water quality but I do like to have good brakes on my 2 ton truck.

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Good tip if you’re ever doing discs on a Landy, or anything else similar I guess’ drop the hub into the upturned wheel whilst you undo and remove the disc, it makes a fantastic vice without damaging the threads on the wheel studs.

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I know I should have used new gaskets on the drive flanges but I could not find them, nothing like a tube of Hylomar to substitute for missing brain cells.


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That’ll be the cruise liner heading away from Portree when I came in for my steak pie.

Britpart Shitpart

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This will be the ‘Britpart Shitpart’ water pump belt that failed after just a few weeks use. Sure the ‘Old Girl’ has always been heavy on belts on all three of the different engines she’s had, 12J, 19J and 200TDi. I drive a lot at night with 4 spot lights blazing and two heaters going, also the road is full of puddles so the belts often slip but they’re usually good for a year or so. Not so the Britpart Shitpart ones, this belt hasn’t done a 1000 miles!


  1. They are good things those UV bug zappers, and you could always put it on a flowswitch with a “say” 5 sec delay timer that would zap all the bugs without being constant on.

    Comment by Kev — August 1, 2016 @ 7:51 am

  2. Hi Paul

    That’s really sad about the hens. The remaining ones have a very palatial house to themselves, however. Quite believable about the guy trying to motor down the Torran track – if it’s signposted it’s a road.

    Any more pigs on the horizon?



    Comment by Sue — August 1, 2016 @ 10:04 am

  3. love your sense of humour, Paul … you’re just missing the devoted attention of the friendly Building Control and want him to come out and check on your water don’t you (he does read the blog doesn’t he)

    enjoy Belladrum in your new luxury accommodation

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 1, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

  4. by the way, do your friends at Skye Harvest at Staffin still have their hens or have they had the same problem as you

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 1, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Hello sir, I just discovered your blog and thoroughly enjoy it. Do you live near where Calum the roadmaker lived? Also, do many people live in North Raasay today, or is it just your family?

    Comment by a time to cast away stones — August 1, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

    • Howdy and welcome, yup we used to live in Calum’s brothers house at ‘Number 3’ another couple have it now cos we built another hoose. There are six of us now living permanently at the north end.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 3, 2016 @ 8:10 pm

  6. I am enraged! Reading your blog about the van being driven down the track to Torran! Who are all these eejits coming over to Raasay and ruining the very fabric of the island? You were very lenient with him. I hope I don’t encounter a tourist like that, when I make my annual visit in September. Keep writing. We love your news. Carolyn. On 31 Jul 2016 11:22 pm, “Life at the end of the road” wrote:

    > lifeattheendoftheroad posted: “Even though I never caught anything this > morning I’m quite upbeat, none of the traps were ‘sprung’ this morning and > all the bait was still untouched. The venison mince I’d been using must > have been irresistible to the mink cos I was tempted to eat it myse” >

    Comment by Carolyn — August 3, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

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