Life at the end of the road

July 31, 2018

Snow in July!!!!! :-)

Well that’ll be the good weather by with now Sad smile Hopefully not for long though. Spoke too soon, that was two weeks ago and it’s ‘peachy again’ Smile Yup, that’s when I attempted some blogging again, halfway through my ‘on shift’ aboard Hallaig and it was snowing!! Well not really, we were doing some major painting round the portside of the car deck.

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The hardest bit of which is cleaning up all the ‘snowflakes’ left behind by the power washing.

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Luckily the trusty MV Hallaig has a large enough car deck to still ship plenty of traffic even with one lane closed. Having said that this was before the ‘Glasgow Fair’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Fair and English school holidays. The Glasgow Fair fortnight being Raasay’s busiest period in the summer, when all the Raasay ‘ex pats’ return to their family homes Smile

Truly finished

My good mate and master builder Lachie Gillies took full advantage of the weather and came over to put the finishing touches to Sonas.

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That’ll be the ‘ingoes’ around the 20 triple glazed windows finally done Smile It’s been one of those jobs on his ‘to do’ list for a couple of years, don’t worry Lachie, I’ve got hunners of jobs been waiting much longer than that Smile

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The Raasay House sgoth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgoth Oigh Niseach, four hens in one nest box and the gaff rigged cutter Eda Frandsen https://eda-frandsen.co.uk/ moored in Loch Arnish.

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My son exploring more of the Arnish sea caves

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and wildlife, in and around Loch Arnish.

Everyone should have a digger

That was the ‘fortnight on’ as for the ‘two weeks off’ well that’s half way by with and much of it has revolved around Calum, the Kubota.

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A bent drag link on the neighbours Nissan Patrol being straightened with Calum’s blade and bucket.

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A broken tyre valve being replaced on the Searider’s trailer.

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Then the more traditional uses for a 3 ton machine,

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laying a field drain in one of the hen enclosures. Something that would have been impossible in a normal ‘soggy summer’ Smile

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The Portree fishing boat Green Isle after a lobster or two in Loch Arnish and Molly helping ‘haul rocks’ in the dumper.

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The latest addition to ‘the fleet’ an old but low mileage Forester from Devon.

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The ‘Egg Chariot’ ready for this afternoon’s trip to Harris and the ‘dog sitter’ with 75% of the pack (Molly is still in bed)

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It’s a ‘dogs life’ hey, Leah, Charlie and Bonzo ‘full of beans’ and Molly having none of it Smile

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Land Rover still very much ‘work in progress’ at Tayside LR http://www.taysidelandrovers.com/Home.aspx

Anyway, ‘that’s it’ for now, gotta pack the car as we’re off on our ‘jollies’ this afternoon Smile St Kilda here we come https://www.kildacruises.co.uk/ (hopefully)

6 Comments »

  1. Look out for rotten sub frames in the soo baa roo Paul, bad for it they are!

    Comment by v8mbombo — July 31, 2018 @ 8:33 am

    • Aye Robin, that’s why I got another, the ‘Egg Chariot’ is heading that way and will need a spot of welding for next years MOT. Had a look at a couple of crackers at http://www.glenburgiecars.co.uk/ and put the two best ones on a lift to have a good gander underneath. The one we got is four years older than the current one but great service history, low mileage and it came from Devon. They’re also gonna Waxoyl it for us.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2018 @ 11:41 am

  2. Jealous of the trip to st kilda I look forward to the photos and write up.

    Comment by Alistair Gray — July 31, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    • Just hope the wind takes off, we’re booked on for Friday/Saturday but it’s very weather dependent and looks quite breezy so far.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2018 @ 11:45 am

  3. Good to see the old girl is getting there. I live down the road from Tayside LR. If you need anything feel free to get in touch.

    Comment by Iain — July 31, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

    • Morning Iain and thank you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 2, 2018 @ 7:39 am


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