It’s been one of those days today, must be the planets misaligned or the runes aren’t working or something. It’s been one of those days where nothing has gone right for myself or darling wife. Me, I spent all day doing something that should have taken two hours and the ‘post lady’ got the mail late and had a PDA failure. All in all not a great start to the ‘rest period’
So that’s it, I’ve finished work and a new month is upon us, December already and on Monday we’ll have been in Sonas for a whole year so I’ll have to publish some data.
It had been a pretty busy fortnight aboard the good ship Hallaig and to be honest I wasn’t in my usual hurry to ‘abandon ship’ and pass the reins to my ‘back to back’. Much had been going on and a couple of jobs were still unresolved despite me staying on an extra night. Not out of any sense of duty I may add but cos my ‘back to back’ had relieved me for a few hours whilst I’d gone to recover the ‘Old Girl’ https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/very-lucky-indeed/ To be honest it gave me time to get the Hallaig a little more ‘ship shape’ than normal,
it’s always the same after the annual docking. No matter how much you clean up at the time there’s always more to do when you’re back ‘on the route’. Those dockyard workers get everywhere and you’re constantly finding nuts, washers, old gaskets and boodly cable ties in little inaccessible corners of the bilges. Those friggin cable ties are the worst, the long hard nylon ends being just perfect for jamming bilge and overboard discharge valves
This will be filling the emergency generator fuel tank two decks above, you can do it all remotely via that mimic on the left but I like to do it manually and watch the fuel flowing in the ‘sight glass’.
All quiet on the western front
It was pretty quiet on the traffic front last shift and to be honest I bet a quarter of the vehicles shipped and certainly most of the commercials were related to the new distillery.
It’s really starting to take shape now and is going to be a huge boost to the local economy.
Hebrides Haulage’s DAF “Island Laird” just being one of the many lorries carrying goods to and from the new project.
The old iron ore pier, The Moll and some atmospheric weather over Dunan way.
Testing the drencher system, you really do have to make sure all the doors and hatches are closed before you do this
Unusually I came on Wednesday and did the first run before starting my ‘fortnight off’ and heading up the road around 10:00am.
I stopped at Cnoch am Uan to examine where we came off the road last Monday and try and move that rock that saved us. That’s it in the first picture and is right on the edge of the tarmac now and I was unable to move it so need to return with my son and a long iron bar. The smaller ones in picture two presented no problem and I couldn’t help but marvel that I’d actually been able to self extract myself from there with the Warn XP9500 winch.
Yup, if it hadn’t been for this tree, that rock and my winch things would have turned out very different.
Once home I started work on my Ifor Williams 2t hydraulic tipping trailer, making a new bed for it out of 22mm phenolic ply and 3mm galvanized steel sheet. The ply had arrived via Parcel Force on Saturday, the steel was due on Thursday.
I also made up and fitted a tow ball to the front bumper as I plan to be making heavy use of this trailer now we have a digger. The front tow hitch makes manoeuvring heavy loads into awkward places far easier, especially in a steamed up vehicle.
Well, this was the day when I pretty much got nowhere!! I rarely use the front winch these days but it has in the past done an awful lot of work and ‘saved my ass’ on numerous occasions. I have however spent quite a lot of money on it over the years, mainly due to water ingress seizing up the brushes. So when it failed last week, fortunately after it had dragged me back on the road, I suspected the usual fault.
Sure enough, the brushes had stuck, the end cap was full of gunge and one of the brush springs had got so hot that it had lost its temper. Luckily I had an old Land Rover starter motor and after freeing everything off I used that as a replacement.
A relatively straight forward job you would think, only it isn’t !!!!! I have now had the winch on and off the Land Rover twice and the motor apart four times. I spent the whole friggin day working on the bally thing and it’s still not on the Landy
Ah well, it’s 8:00am now, time to go feed the animals and have another go at that winch, it’s almost daylight now and the chooks will be wanting out.