Life at the end of the road

May 4, 2018

She’s away !

Well, May’s not been much to shout about so far Sad smile My favourite month has gotten off to a pretty shaky start really, though April really did ‘go out like a lamb’ with Monday being a pure peach so much so that I shaved my head on Sunday night in anticipation, come Tuesday I was regretting it right enough but it was good whilst it lasted and I got a fine tan on me bonce Smile

At least 14 tons

Over half way through my month’s holiday now and quite pleased with the results so far with the repairs to the old fish farm slip coming along nicely.

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A good 14 tons of aggregate, 70 bags of cement and lots of rebar. Ideally you’d be doing a job like this with much larger ‘pours’ but I can only work with what I have, which is a wee Belle mixer and 2 to 3 tons of aggregate at a time. Not ideal but a good strong mix and then drilling and pinning each fresh batch will help tie the different batches together (I hope Smile )

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So, that’s pretty much the first section finished and now it starts to get complicated. The second section (after that crack) is gonna need a lot more support than the first section and it’s obviously underwater for more of the time. Methinks I’m gonna have to put a lot more rock and steel under before I start concreting in earnest. I’m also going to be restricted by the sea state Sad smile Still, even if I couldn’t do anymore then with what I’ve done now I’ll still be able to get the Searider in and out at the larger tides, which will save me having to drag it 10 miles to the ferry slip.

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The garden

Next major project has been the garden

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and wind proofing, which is going well and getting a boodly good testing at the moment Smile

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Then there’s all the regular stuff like bins and sunsets Smile

Boats and stuff

Then there’s the regular boaty stuff,

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the FPV Hirta spent a good part of the 1st of May patrolling the mouth of Loch Arnish.

The day after we were treated to the Norwegian frigate Thor Heyerdahl


in the same place for an hour or so.

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FV Serene and the sgoth Oigh Niseach at Raasay pier. The Northern Light Cruising Company charter vessel Hjalmar Bjorge anchored at Tarbert in Loch Arnish.

New chassis, bulkhead and B posts

Sure, as Les M says about the trusty old broom having four new heads and three new shafts, the ‘Old Girl’ is getting a new chassis, bulkhead and B posts, all galvanized of course. OK, she’s on her third engine, third gearbox, second set of doors and umpteenth set of brake discs, springs, shockers and suspension bushes but she is over thirty years old and still my ‘daily driver’. Having covered over a quarter of a million miles (mostly with myself at the helm) she’s like part of the family. Having owned her since the new millennium I aint gonna part with her now. Sure, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve considered getting a comfortable truck with a windows that work, a heater that’s hot, a radio you can hear above the road noise and performance akin to a ‘hot hatch’. Then I look around at all my mates driving ‘crew cabs’ that they have to change every four or five years cos the engine is fecked or the chassis as fallen off. This is after spending a fortune on dual mass flywheels DPF’s and ball joints every MOT. OK, so I spend an inordinate amount of time under the Landy but in all the years I’ve had her she’s only ever failed one MOT and that was debateable, I mean ‘brake pedal rubber’, headlamp alignment and corrosion near an unused seatbelt.

So, after much deliberation I figured ‘better the devil you know’ and having continuously owned a Land Rover or Range Rover since around 1978 I thought why change? Don’t get me wrong, I’d never recommend one to anyone. They’re over priced, unreliable, noisy, smelly, uncomfortable and only suitable for small people but they’re probably the best ‘off road’ and towing vehicle on the planet, the ‘Old Girl’ weighed in at over six tons once on the quarry weighbridge!!!! She’s also got me into work when the snow plough couldn’t get to Arnish for over a week!!! So, with that in mind I took her down to Perth today


and left her in the capable hands of Matthew Webster at Tayside Land Rover

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MiL collected me from the Broxden roundabout on the A9 and finally I’m home Smile


  1. The Thor Heyerdahl named after the leader of the 1948(?) Kon Tiki Expedition, which crossed The Pacific on a self-made balsawood raft. Also author of the book. Great read and I see it is on Amazon at only £2.80. Recommended.

    Comment by David G — May 5, 2018 @ 9:42 am

    • Aye David, I saw the documentary he made and read books on the Kon Tiki and Ra expeditions ‘back in the day’. Also saw a film recently about the Kon Tiki expedition which was actually very good. I love this quote about the movie, While much of the story is historically accurate, screenwriter Petter Skavlan and director Joachim Rønning both felt the need to make the story more exciting for their two-hour feature film.[15][16] The fictionalized elements have been criticized; as film critic Andrew Barker commented, “It’s frustratingly ironic that Kon-Tiki’s most outrageously fantastical sequences are completely verifiable, and its most predictable, workaday conflicts are completely made up.”[17]

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 5, 2018 @ 5:34 pm

  2. The ramps looking good.

    Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly with the 110. Might I suggest some sound proofing on the new bulkhead engine side whilst they’re at it? Good quality stuff can make a world of difference on our older landy’s.

    Comment by Matt — May 5, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    • Aye Matt, there’s plenty on the old one that I’m hoping they’ll reuse. Better just mention it to Matthew right enough.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 5, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

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