Life at the end of the road

October 31, 2017

Double dumpin’ :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:02 am

Pretty early even for me, ten past three in the morning and I’ve been up for a while, couldn’t keep my eyes open at 20:00 so went to bed. Now I can’t sleep so am up at ‘stupid o clock itching to get back out. Tis a bit dark and early for continuing with yesterdays work just yet so who knows, I may even start on my VAT return.

Yesterday was a pure peach, despite the ‘sailors warning’ sky and perfect for what I was doing, which was sat on a dumper for most of the day, two dumpers in fact for my first task was to go and collect one from Sconser at 9:30. Sure I’ve got my own 3 ton swivel tip Benford which is a pure cracker but my mate and co owner of Calum the Kubota is coming up for a few days and we’re gonna be doing some work on the Torran path, which is just a bit too narrow for the 3ton machine. Consequently I hired a 1ton Hi Lift JCB from Jewson’s in Broadford for a week, it’s actually as cheap for a week as three days so I got it early to make a start before he arrives.


Being as I was going over anyway I set off early with the Old Girl and trailer to get a couple of tons of concrete mix from Sconser quarry too. Then it was back to a rather busy Sconser to await Kevin and Caleb and the JCB.

The Bhrusda was pretty stretched with all the traffic but the crew somehow kept managing to squeeze everyone on.

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I was waiting there for a couple of sailings and by a miracle the only thing that got ‘short shipped’ was our own cargo van for the shop at 9:25.

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What no brakes!!!

The dinky little machine arrived just as the 9:25 was leaving, which was just fine by me as there was no room on it. The boys unloaded it and the pickup as I also had cement, drainage coils and wooden boards arriving. Kevin donned his hard hat and safety harness to climb on the back of his pickup to unload it, I kid you not, I wasn’t allowed to help, talk about HSE gone mad, it’s a friggin’ van not three storeys of scaffolding!!! Caleb showed me the controls on the machine, which strangely enough did not include a foot or handbrake!! Methinks this little dumper also has an identity crisis, the woman at Jewsons told me to insure it as a Thwaites, it says JCB on the side and Neuson Lifton on the back of the bucket. Whatever it is it’s a little cracker, if not a little slow up the hills Sad smile


Still, I had the wind behind me and it was a lovely day for ‘open top’ motoring Smile

Once home and with a couple of fresh fried Arnish eggs inside me I got straight to work taking loads of bottoming down the track and leaving little piles at strategic places.

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After depleting the mound at the end of the track I started on the stuff left on the car park last week, though this was of two distinct varieties so required two dumpers.


There was finer stuff that was eminently suitable for patching holes, this went into the 1 ton machine. Then there were large rocks and chunks of tarmac for rod cuttings that went into the 3ton machine. The fine stuff got trucked down the Torran track and the boulders up to the croft and into a bog in the hen enclosure.

She’s back

Looks like our very own Hallaig is back from her annual refit and judging by that the harbour is quite busy. That’s Ferguson’s Harvest Caroline, the Loch Bhrusda and Hallaig all alongside the pier. Anyway’s that’s it now 4:00AM ‘on the nose’. Methinks it’s time to bash the VAT return Sad smile


  1. Great post Paul. Your email landed in my inbox at 3 minutes past stupid o’clock sorry I wasn’t around to read it until now.

    Comment by artimaginguk — October 31, 2017 @ 9:03 am

  2. Paul always like writing up dates even at stupid o’clock, it’ll be spring forward soon before you know.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — October 31, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    • Hi Walter, that is the one good thing to come out of this clock malarkey. When they do spring forward it really feels like spring is here 🙂 Ah well, only another 5 months to go!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 31, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

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