Life at the end of the road

February 12, 2018

Engineerless :-(

Sunday already and chance to get of blogging in at last, just cannae manage work and posting, it’s just too much for an old fart like me. Truth is, that apart from last night we’ve both been in bed before 21:00 every evening. Darling wife is too feeling the strain of full time employment, mind you she smells lovely when she comes home from work Smile 

Work got off to a great start on Tuesday with me heading off to see me Mammy first.

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Gotta say I was a little surprised when I drove down ‘The Avenue’ on my way for the 8:55. Last time I was down there, only a few days previously there were considerably more trees standing. There was a John Deere harvester and forwarder working just by the Raasay Sawmill (convenient hey) and a truck coming off the ferry.


After a pleasant few hours with Mum and Leah the Labrador it was onto work to join the 15:00 ferry and start my ‘two weeks on’

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Looking towards Glomach from Ratagan over Loch Duich. The Storr, Raasay and the Moll fish farm. Ronja Commander at Caridh fish farm in Loch Ainort.


‘Work’ arriving to collect me Smile

Two dogs walking Smile

So, now we’re both out at work all day, at least when I’m ‘on shift’, we now have a ‘latch key’ wee dug, or at least we would have if I didn’t take her to work. Molly accompanied me on Wednesday morning and now lives in the car until lunchtime when she joins Bonzo and I for our afternoon stroll. I can’t say she was too impressed with sitting in the back of the car,


but she sure did enjoy the walk with Bonzo and they seemed to get on well enough.


I guess not needing to put Molly on a lead makes her ‘boss dog’ so she was just fine with that.

With the weather for the foreseeable future involving showers and a cold wind I decided the engine room was the place for me this week


so concentrated on some cleaning and painting of the aft engine room bilge.

Being buried in the engine rooms certainly beats the carp out of clam diving at this time of year but that didn’t stop these two in the Inverness registered, INS94, ANT IASGAIR, (The fisherman)


At least the Sarah has a cabin.


Don’t think Ant Iasgair will around for long after Sarah has already been here for a couple of months now and those boys really do know their stuff Smile

Me, when I was doing it, I surfaced to a nice warm boat with an insulated cabin, two heaters and a sleeping bag for a ‘wee rest’ between dives. These dudes are much, much hardier than I ever was!

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Yup, give me the bowels of a nice warm ship at this time of year any day. Having said that it was a great way to earn a living and it was only age, responsibilities and a few ‘near misses’ that stopped me doing it.

Battery operated cars and ferries Smile

Well, that went a little ‘pear-shaped’ I accidentally posted the above prematurely, pressed the publish instead of save! Anyways, the painting kept me occupied for most of the week, which was pretty quiet, I guess due to the weather. Not the weekend though, far from it, Raasay seemed to be overflowing with visitors this weekend. No doubt helped by some good deals at Raasay House, the great weather and the new Distillery’s ‘Whisky club’ which seems to be getting well used.

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And you don’t have to own a Tesla model S to be able to afford to join Smile The wife took me around a few weeks ago and the rooms are just lovely.


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The next best view on Raasay, after the one from Sonas of course Smile

Raasay Engineering is no more Sad smile

It will be great missed by both the inhabitants of Raasay and the ferry in particular, Simon was always at hand for the odd welding or fabrication job and often pulled us ‘out of the brown stuff’ with some of his ingenious repairs. However he’s relocating to France this week and we all wish him, Lynn and the dogs all the best. The ‘Macleod Hauler’ name and business lives on, though now at Kishorn Mechanical Services Ltd . The only ‘upside’ of this being that Simon kindly gave me a whole heap of steel and fastners that I now need to find room for in my shed!

Sunday was a lovely drive to work in daylight with the sun rising on fresh fallen snow.

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The extra weekend traffic made for the the busiest ferry of the year so far and the battery powered Tesla departed along with 17 other cars on a fully battery powered ship.

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The day wasn’t all ‘rosy’ right enough


though most of that is the ‘deck drencher’ system. A little while later the sun was out once more.

The Eberspacher

Having some time on my hands I ran some tests on my Eberspacher D1LCC, heating up the flame and temp sensors with a heat gun then checking the resistance using multimeters and an IR thermometer.

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They supposed to conform with the tables below.


and whilst my temp sender did, my flame sensor didn’t but in my experience with these type sensors. If the value alters smoothly as the heat rises then everything is usually peachy. I’m certainly not going to fork out £75 for a new one on the ‘off chance’. I’ll give it a good testing as soon as I can find the rheostat switch. The thing about old age is, you spend half your time looking for stuff you’ve put somewhere safe!!

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Clouds clinging to the north shore of Loch Sligachan and Ben Tianavaig.



  1. Hey Molly’s OK now 🙂 what’s the story? so pleased 🙂

    Comment by finniedog — February 12, 2018 @ 9:14 am

  2. I’m wondering how many electric hook up points there are for the Tesla in the NW of Scotland. 🤔 The driver obviously managed right enough.

    Comment by Derek — February 12, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

    • Several thousand I should think Derek, you can charge one on a regular 13amp socket, it would take 24 hours right enough but I guess 12 would give you ‘half a tank’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 12, 2018 @ 5:12 pm

      • Every day is a learning day! I hadn’t realised a 13amp socket was all they needed. 👍

        Comment by Derek — February 12, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

    • A couple of years ago I kept noticing them in Scotland (never seen any in England); e.g. Portree lower car park; Killin by a new build.

      Comment by San — February 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Not handy if there is an unexpected prolonged powercut !

    Comment by SOTW — February 16, 2018 @ 4:58 pm

  4. Our very sincere condolences. Thinking about you all xx

    Comment by SOTW — February 26, 2018 @ 10:08 am

    • Dear SOTW. Please, are you able to explain ‘condoelences’ on here? I’m sure Pauls followers will share your thoughts, if we were able to know why? Apologies, no wish to go where I shouldn’t, or offend anyone. Sally

      Comment by Sally — February 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am

      • This is really Pauls call. It’s not his wife or son

        Comment by SOTW — February 27, 2018 @ 8:31 am

  5. Our thoughts are with you Paul.Must be extremely hard for you at the present time.
    Steve and Jean

    Comment by Steve Mcleod — February 26, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

  6. Thinking of you all, Paul.

    Comment by Lloyd — February 28, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

  7. what happened ??

    Comment by tom — March 12, 2018 @ 7:13 pm

    • Hi Tom,

      me dear old Mum died, been kinda distracted but will ‘be back’ shortly 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2018 @ 6:43 am

  8. Hi Paul,

    So sorry to hear that, Take your time with the blog mate, we can all wait till you’re ready to start posting again.

    Comment by tom — March 13, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

  9. The cottage is enfolded in the green
    Of garden and forest, most is unseen
    From the road by the loch
    hunkered down below woodland and rock
    It is the memorial of Luke and of Jean

    Comment by John — March 15, 2018 @ 10:07 pm

    • Lovely John and thanks for sharing.

      Jean and Luc

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 16, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

  10. My sincere condolences Paul. Morgan

    Comment by Morgan — March 17, 2018 @ 1:43 am

  11. What a lovely photograph x

    Comment by Julie Allan — March 21, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

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