Life at the end of the road

April 22, 2017

Snow on the way?

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:52 pm

Golly gosh, that’s the month’s holiday by with and I’ve been back at work four days already! where did it go? Well wherever it went it certainly disappeared with alarming speed the last few days that’s for sure.

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I managed to fit a 12’ galvanized gate here prior to letting Ozzie and Django out on the hill

This was to replace the 4’ gate that was never really used anyway.

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The strainer posts where a bit squint on the gate so before removing it and boarding up the gap I pulled them straight with a large ratchet strap. Once the boards were in position and the gap sealed I used the same strap to pull out the hinge pins for the new gate Smile 


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Also did some road work up at the hen and pig fields, the plan being to continue this through to the back of the croft where I can put another gate to give us better access to the common grazing. With the pigs going out there it’ll just make changing their bedding and feeding them easier.

The two ‘wee boys’ had a real ‘spring in their step’ when I let them out and were soon exploring their new home.


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Though that didn’t stop them trying to get back in to their previous field until after their first feed Smile

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Off to the ‘Whistle Stop’

Easter Sunday was a pure peach of a day and we decided to go out for lunch with me Mam.


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It was the ‘Whistle Stop Cafe’ in Kinlochewe that we chose, mainly cos it’s an old favourite of ours and the food is great.


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Salmon and crab fish cakes for me and mum, with the Post lady going for a haggis pie, all served with a lovely salad and dressing.

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For the return journey we chose the longer route home via Lochcarron.

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Stopping for a walk with the dugs near a fishing lodge on the Coulin Estate under Benn Eighe.

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A new toy

As soon as we were back home I started up Calum and got stuck back into the drain/road.

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A task that would have been much easier with a dumper Sad smile I’ve been looking for one for a while now and typically, on my last evening before going back to work after a month off, I found one!!! Of course it was after the last ferry but I phoned up the chap and he turned out to be an acquaintance. This stood me in good stead cos he agreed to hang onto it for me until Tuesday.


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A 3tonne ‘swivel tip’ Benford with an air cooled Deutz it was just what I needed, a month late but exactly what I was looking for and only a few miles from Sconser Smile

A swift trip into Portree had me raiding the ‘piggy bank’ and bumping into an old mate.

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Brian has moved sideways out of early retirement from fishing into taxi driving and tours, BW’s number is on the car if you ever need a taxi or tour around Skye Smile

Back to work

Dumper paid for and two tons of concrete mix collected from Sconser quarry I headed for the ferry terminal and work at 16:15. The shift started proper on Wednesday morning after a pleasurable drive into work by the new ‘rock art’ at Brochel, perhaps it’ll start a trend Smile


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We were not the only ship in port when I arrived.

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Ferguson Transport’s MV Harvest Caroline was berthed on the end of the pier and left just before we did at 7:55.

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MLG transport’s lovely DAF delivered some steelwork for the distillery and Fraser from Eyre Plant Hire delivered me dumper Smile


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The week so far has been mainly paperwork driven Sad smile but I did find time to service two of the Volvo’s.


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It’s been a pretty ‘mixed bag’ weather wise

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sun one minute then rain, but always chilly with the ‘lambing snow’ forecast for Monday!!!

April 15, 2017

Baltic for Easter :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:48 am

Awoke to a fresh dusting of snow on the Storr this morning and it’s only 5 degrees outside !!!!


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OK, it is still April and 23 degrees inside the house despite the heating being off but it rarely got this cold in winter. Just typical really innit, all the great spell of weather we’ve had in February and March, then come Easter and it’s pure Baltic.

Clearing up

The physical effort of yesterday had left me aching like I’ve not done in a long while. My regime of taking it easy, doing exercises  for my back every morning and just taking one Tramadol in the morning had paid off. I’ve not had any bother with my back for months. The spell of ‘Tirfing’ up the 15M Hutchinson mast had ‘put paid’ to that though so on Friday I was a little less ‘physical’ and just pottered about clearing up initially.


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Of course Calum the Kubota KX71-3 helps and makes light work of removing the ‘gin poles’ from the mast.

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These I marked at the ‘point of balance’ for future reference, bolted together and swung out of the way in a place where they were easy to lift and swing back into position without having to move the digger again.


Whilst I was there I stuck the 9” bucket on and dug a hole for a strainer post for the 12’ gate that’ll be going here. Again, Calum made light work of a back breaking job.

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The hardest thing I did all day was mix the concrete for the two gate post but even that wasn’t too much of a chore, my son loaded up the trailer from my ‘stock pile’ with the machine Smile Every household should have at least one small digger Smile

The day was far better than predicted but yet again the ‘April showers’ were ferocious but came with plenty of warning.

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This one actually just missed us as it headed in a WSW direction towards Torran.


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This one later did not and was laden with hail.

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