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!!!


  1. Rock villa ?

    Comment by MR C R Humphrey — April 22, 2017 @ 8:31 pm

    • Rock Villa 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2017 @ 7:22 am

      • Fond memories 🙂

        Comment by MR C R Humphrey — April 23, 2017 @ 10:03 am

  2. Could you have put something from the quarry into the dumper or as is it classed as something cheaper?

    Comment by royclearychubbybrown — April 22, 2017 @ 9:22 pm

    • Howdy Roy,
      believe me, I did think hard about it but it was just too complicated at that time 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2017 @ 7:22 am

  3. What’s the Whistle Stop’s haggis pie? It looks a bit like a pork pie, but with haggis. Or is it a pastry case with haggis and neeps and gravy in it? Loads of very different recipes online, even one from Delia 🙂

    Comment by San — April 23, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    • Hi San, it was haggis and neeps in the pie. I kinda thought it would be a little dry but it was far from it, the pie seemed to keep everything nice and moist.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

      • Thanks.

        Right. Got some haggis (and black pudding 🙂 ) coming from Dingwall, and some swede in the cupboard, so shall have a go at making one 🙂

        Comment by San — April 24, 2017 @ 6:51 am

  4. With regards to getting a drive-in hinge pin out of a wooden gate post, try the following – using a decent size lump hammer/small sledge hammer and a good size ball and pein hammer. Place the sledge hammer against the side of the hinge where it it bulges out around the actual hinge pin. Using the ball and pein hammer strike the other side as hard as you can. This will cause the sledge hammer to bounce away (just like those executive toys). You will find that the double bounce of both hammers makes the driven hinge slowly come out. Not a task for the weak, and even easier when or if the post has been taken out; bottom hinges can be done by one person. Top hinges require a giant, or two individuals. I can assure you that this trick does work, and I was shown it over forty years ago by a well schooled old-countryman. Keep up the good work, and I see that it’s not just any old dumper, but one with a turntable. Only the best then?

    Comment by Richard — April 23, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

    • Thanks for the tip Richard, the 5t ratchet strap worked ‘fine and dandy’ but of course that was on two good posts that were well anchored. I’ve wasted a couple of good fittings in past because they’ve been on random posts and I’ve never thought of a good way of removing them bar burning the post. Will try your method next 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

  5. Back in the 1990s an old mate of mine bought a 3t dumper.He used it on the lanes local to his farm for lugging timber for logging.Transmission wind-up became his main worry due to prolonged use on tarmac roads so he took to driving,where he could,with the left-side on the verge.We always knew where he had been with that dumper.
    Wind turbine base looks great.

    Comment by Andy — April 24, 2017 @ 8:44 am

  6. A digger and now a dumper! I just sold all my stock in Tramadol.

    Comment by drgeo — April 25, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

  7. @drgeo, there needs to be a “like” button next to that comment. Excellent.

    Comment by Willie Mc Mahon — April 28, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

  8. Paul and family – sorry to hear the sad news about your dad, I’m sure you’ll treasure plenty of memories of him. I was in the Outer Hebrides for 3 weeks in March, doing decorating and maintenance at the Gatliff hostels ( and then spent a few days with my ex-neighbour who has moved from Reading to Durnamuck on Little Loch Broom, with a fantastic view of the loch and mountains from her kitchen window. Fantastic weather for the last weekend in March, while I was there. She took me on a sightseeing tour, and we called in at the pub at Aultbea for coffee and cake.
    I can recommend the steak and haggis pies from the Mhor bakery in Callander – delicious!

    Comment by francesp — April 29, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

  9. Sorry to hear that you Dad passed away. We hope your Mum is managing OK. Best wishes to you all. We,re off to Amalfi this weekend.lovely time of the year there. Had a few days in Bologna a couple of weeks ago. Went to the Ferrari museums. Great experience. Love from Devon xx

    Comment by burtoncle — May 2, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

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