Life at the end of the road

September 25, 2018

Better than expected :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, How I, pigs, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:47 pm

Well, I got me concreting done after all, though I didn’t start until much later, that heave in the sea didn’t moderate until early afternoon. A good gale of south wind flattened it sufficiently by midday so I decided to ‘go for it’.

I’d spent the fine dry morning creosoting the pig arcs and then finishing floor number two.

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I can’t remember exactly when we bought these insulated pig arcs but it’s way before I started blogging in 2007 so they’re at least 12 years old and this is the first repair work I’ve done on them. The company I bought them off is long out of business but it certainly wasn’t cos they made an inferior product. They’re 8 x 6 so plenty large enough for the biggest sow and a litter and insulated too so they’re warm in the winter and cool in the summer without any problems with condensation. Sure I could have made some myself but to be honest, by the time I’d bought the materials I would not have saved much and at that time I didn’t have the same amount of cordless tools to make these projects so much fun Smile

Once I’d sorted that I decided to at least go down to the shore and bond all my bolts and rebar into the bedrock by the slipway. It was pretty wild and I didn’t seriously think I’d actually be mixing any concrete but at least I could get some prep work done for tomorrow.

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I’d drilled some 20 or so 14mm holes yesterday to take 150mm x M12 galvanized bolts and 12mm rebar. With the tide now well out I washed out the holes again then blasted them dry with the Hilti hand pump. The RE HIT500 resin is then injected into the hole with a special gun that takes and mixes the two component parts. This resin is the ‘dogs bollox’ but boodly expensive. The first time I used it was 2005 to bolt my first wind turbine directly to Scotland. Back then I paid the full price for the stuff and hired a gun. Can’t remember what it cost but now it’s getting on for £30 for a 330ml ‘twin pack’

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Me, I just buy em off eBay now, just out of date for about a tenner and I bought the applicator kit for around £25, brilliant stuff and I’ve now used it on three wind turbine bases and lots of other projects. A word of caution though, make sure you buy the correct gun for the correct resin, they are not all the same Sad smile

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By the time I’d bonded all twenty odd bolts and bar I had manged to convince myself it was calm enough to mix and pour. At leas calm enough to grout some of the larger rocks to the bedrock anyway. So over the next 3 hours I mixed some two tons of aggregate with 20 bags of cement in my wee Belle mixer, a nice strong stiff mix for the lower section.

After dinner of sausage, chips and baked beans, yes really Smile I went down to check it out as the tide was rising and all seemed well.

Over the last month

So, that was it really for today and as I’ve no idea what I’ve been up to this last month since we got back from Lewis I’ll ‘ave a look at me pictures.


The shed got another coat of Leyland Paints Frigate grey floor paint, well impressed with it’s durability, only painting it cos it’s dirty Smile


I bought some fine Chinese waders with the feet on the wrong legs, you gotta laugh hey Smile

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The Portree Lifeboat Stanley Watson Barker racing to Kyle ‘on a shout’, some poor girl jumped off the Skye bridge. She was pulled out of the water alive three hours later but tragically died on the way to hospital.

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Cows on a mission in Inverarish Smile

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Another anchor recovered and dragged ashore to be checked out at low water.

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A prawn, a velvet crab and me boy with some scallops Smile

That was it really, got another couple of tons loaded onto the trailer ready for tomorrow and it looks like being a half decent day Smile

Concrete here we come :-)

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:26 am

Been a while hey, truth is I’ve just not been enthused enough to put ‘pen to paper so to speak. Sure I’ve been busy and much has happened, not that I can actually remember what but in reality it’s been no more than usual. Anyway, thought it was about time I ‘got back on the case’ so to speak. I am halfway through my ‘off shift’ and haven’t really got a great deal done yet. It’s been one of those weeks that you get when your getting on in years, weeks when you waste half the day on visiting doctors, opticians, dentists, solicitors and the vet. I kid you not, I’ve spent almost as much time on the ferry travelling to Skye and back as if I was working on it Smile

The weekend was quite productive right enough, managed some serious work up in the hen and wind turbine fields in preparation for the impending arrival of piglets. It’s been many a year since we had any of those born on Raasay for sure Smile


The two pig arcs had to be collected from Tarbert and Arnish and carried to their new homes on the croft, an area I’d previously prepped with Calum the Kubota.

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The flooring needed repairing with larch boards cut by Callum at the Raasay Sawmill. Actually that’s my next task, to go out and finish one of them. The main job today is concreting down at the slipway but it’s high tide just now and I’ll not be able to start pouring until 11:00ish.

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Was down there yesterday drilling and pinning the bedrock with galvanized bolts and rebar until the tide caught me out around 17:00.


Bugger, now it’s daylight it looks there’s too much motion for concreting below the high water mark Sad smile Was hoping the good blast of south wind we’d had through the night would nock the stuffing out of it. Judging by all that white fluffy stuff around Grian a Sgier, it’s not happened, still, I can bond all those bolts and rebar into position with Hilti resin and make up some shuttering, meanwhile I’ll bash on with my pig arc flooring.

So what’s been happening this last month?


Well someone who shall remain nameless fastened their jet ski to a ring on the pier when the tide was coming in Smile Had we not phone them from the ferry methinks it would have been an insurance claim Smile

Ode To A Jet-Ski Person

Jet-ski person, selfish fink,
May your silly jet-ski sink,
May you hit a pile of rocks,
Oh Hoonish, summer, coastal pox.

Noisy, smoking, dickhead fool
On your loathsome leisure tool,
Give us all a jolly lark
And sink beside a hungry shark.

Scream as in its fangs you go,
Your last attention-seeking show,
While on the beach we all join in
With ‘Three cheers for the dorsal fin!’

– Michael Leunig –

Whenever I see a jet ski I just can’t help thinking of Australian poet Michael Leunig’s amusing ditty Smile though I’m sure not all jet skiers are ‘dickhead fools’ Smile

The slipway got an unofficial testing and we launched and recovered a Pioner Maxi with the Subaru Smile


My son and I did some more salvage work on anchors and moorings.

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And of course Norman and Iona got married and what a good bash that was. The bride arrived in a six ton dumper and the bridesmaids in the back of a ‘red neck hillbilly pickup’ awesome.


  Gotta go, see you later.

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