Life at the end of the road

September 26, 2018

Onto the next project

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, How I, pigs, stonework — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:34 pm

Busy old day here on the slipway and quite pleased with the results, it’s far from finished but at a stage now where I can launch and recover the Searider at around 3.75m tide height. That’s using the Land Rover or a 4WD car, methinks with the digger I could nock another .5m off that for an ambitious recovery if I ever had to get it out sharpish. For now it means easy recovery or launch at any high tide, which is all I ever planned for anyway. I’m now at a stage where I need a man with a BIG MIXER  or a word with Ross Concrete Smile

Methinks 6 cubic meters at the base would just finish it off nicely Smile Eyre Plant’s batcher poured the last 6 cube in my wind turbine base and a fine job it was Smile

Dug walking

The day didn’t start off in concrete mode though, I wouldn’t be able to make a start on that until lunchtime but that was fine. I had an appointment at the Raasay surgery so tied that in with some serious dug walking with Bonzo, Molly and Leah. How on earth did I end up walking three dogs? I don’t even like dogs Smile At least that’s what I keep telling myself.


And walking three of them on leads at the same time is a friggin nightmare. It’s fine walking them off the leads up at home as there’s no sheep and precious little traffic but old Bonzo will chase anything that moves given half the chance and he’ll no come back. Molly and Leah are pretty good but who knows what they’d do if Bonzo went off on one. Still, we had a good trudge of the hills behind Suisnish.

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There are some lovely old ruins and walls over there and it’s somewhere I’ve never been before.

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That took me nicely up to 10:30 and tea and biscuits with Bonzo’s owner before my wee trip to the surgery then home for breakfast. Nice fried number involving our own eggs and next doors yellow tomatoes on Mediterranean bread (without butter of course) Smile

Back to the slipway

Today’s plan was to grout the exposed bits in an attempt to prevent sea damaging what I’d spent so long working on.


These rocks needed tying into the bedrock and all the holes filling and smoothing. It may quite a while before I can get a good large single pour done professionally so the smoother the better.

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A good coating of PVA being applied before the concrete was poured, this along with the rebar and bolts bonded to Scotland should help keep things together. Of course, I didn’t do all this myself,


the pigs came along to give me a hand Smile These two really do like company and hung around me for much of the day. Last week they were helping my neighbours at Torran with some deer fencing Smile

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The next project

Once I’d done that to my satisfaction I cleared up and moved onto my next project,

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a shelter for the Searider to keep the worst of the weather and sunshine off it. She was built in 1990 and has been kept undercover for much of that time so the plan is to build a kinda car port for her out of Raasay larch on that concrete pad.

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