Life at the end of the road

October 21, 2018

Better than expected

Filed under: daily doings, food, How I — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:35 pm

Well on the way to 23:00 just now so I can’t see me getting this finished tonight. However Darling Wife is on earlies tomorrow,  retired early and I’ve still got half a glass of Glen Livet left which cannot be hurried Smile

It’s been a nice leisurely Sunday beginning with a lie in bed until 8:00 then some perusal of the laptop whilst watching porpoises in Loch Arnish.

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OK, you can’t actually see any but they were there honest Smile

After that it was feeding the animals and out with the dugs for a short walk to check the hydro turbine inlet.

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There sure was plenty of water there indicating much rain of late but all was well despite the abundance of leaves recently blown off the trees. Down sowf you get ‘leaves on the line’ up here at Arnish we get ‘leaves in the filters’ Smile This is the inlet and filter for the Stream Engine hydro turbine https://microhydropower.com/our-products/stream-engine/ which is just one of our many ‘renewable inputs’ at Sonas. This hydro turbine has a selection of three penstocks and different nozzles to produce between 50 and 800W. However with all our other solar panels, wind and hydro turbine I just leave it on the 600W setting for the winter. As it is supplied by what is basically a drain it only really works for six months of the year constantly. Sure it has little spurts during wet springs and summers but it’s really at it’s best from late September to March.

Subaru Forester rear chassis welding

I’m sure it will pass but the new Chinese vehicle lift has given me an enthusiasm for working under cars that I’ve not experienced in over thirty years. And, whilst I’m sure that will  wane, for now I’m making the most of it and welding up the rear chassis on the Egg Chariot.

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A bit OTT I know but that Land Rover chassis repair section and 19mm angle iron was just crying out to be used.

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After, of course I’d wrapped a welders mat around one of the legs on my new lift, wouldn’t be wanting to damage the paintwork hey Smile

I spent an inordinate amount of time doing this cos I’m really working hard at chillin’ and reducing my blood pressure for retirement. So much so that I packed up at 13:00, had a shower and took the Distiller out to lunch.

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Raasay House https://www.raasay-house.co.uk/ do an amazing roast Sunday lunch for £11.00. I think it’s 14:00 to 16:00 but it’s boodly delicious and well worth it. I had the roast beef but darling wife went for the vegetarian option and both were spectacular, even the turnip!!! If there is one thing I do not like it’s turnip but these were lovely, as was the cauliflower and broccoli.

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The drive home was pretty spectacular too with amazing rainbows over the Applecross Peninsular, Torran and Loch Arnish.

Of course I wasn’t that chilled that I could keep myself from doing another couple of hours under the Subaru,

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but hey, I’m only practicing for retirement Smile

2 Comments »

  1. Nice bit of stick work there sir!

    Comment by Matt — October 21, 2018 @ 10:40 pm

  2. I find it really difficult to photograph rainbows. They are always even better in real life. I really enjoy your posts and must click through more of your archives, you’ve got some good experience for us to learn from. I’ve nominated you for a sunshine blogger award. Thankyou for sharing.

    Comment by skyeent — October 23, 2018 @ 8:54 pm


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