Life at the end of the road

October 27, 2018

Good riddance :-)

Well, what I thought was a disaster  turned into a great result,

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sure the big sea that was running did ruin my dumper turning spot. Having spent much of yesterday making it I was somewhat disappointed to see most of it washed into the sea as I headed south to collect the new washing machine.

I’d finally given up on the Panasonic  NA-127VB5 washing machine. As with most of our ‘white goods’ it was the most efficient that money could buy and cost us an ‘arm and a leg’. However, unlike the rest of our appliances it’s been a piece of carp right from the word go. It failed within a few days of getting it and fair play to Panasonic they did say they’d replace it as it was so new. Stupidly I said “I don’t want a new one I want someone to come and fix it” bet that was a first for the lassie at the call centre Smile Sure if I’d been living in some crescent in suburbia I’d have got a new one but getting anything to Sonas is a hassle at the best of times and the thing was all plumbed in. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve regretted that decision. The engineer has been out twice to it and the thing has never worked properly, not only that but it lies and takes ages to do a wash. Sure it says it can do a 30 minute wash but an hour later it’s still churning away. The last straw was all the messing about with the door catch and eventually fitting a new one only to find that that didn’t fully cure the fault. Friggin’ thing kept coming up with an error code saying the door was open. Worst of it was it could come up one hour into a 30 minute wash and you’d have to do the whole thing again Sad smile

So, after 30 years of buying so called quality machines, two Bosch and this Panasonic we just got the cheapest and simplest Beko. Darling wife knows plenty of folk that have ‘cheap and cheerful’ washers that give years of trouble free service so I went with her advice. The last Bosch we had flooded the room it was in the first time we used it due to a badly fitted hose. The one before that had to have a new door seal when only a couple of years old and none of them were ever happy running off the generator.

Winter is here

The machine had been delivered to Sconser yesterday and the boys on the ferry had kindly put it in the van for me so all I had to do was intercept the van on it’s rounds to the shop, Raasay House and Raasay Distillery. I couldn’t do anything down at the slip until midday anyway so it seemed like a good way to pass a couple of hours (as if I couldn’t find anything else to do) and it would make Wifey’s day Smile

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It had a right wintery feel about the day with the first snow on the Storr a good sea running out in the Minch and Dunn Caan looking chilled Smile


Speedwell and Lustre at the Raasay Harbour


After a brief trip to the Raasay Stores I managed to track down the van and collect the washer on what was rapidly becoming a better day.

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I couldn’t have planned it better

It must have taken me the best part of an hour to get home between me driving slowly with my precious cargo, stopping to take pictures and reversing the best part of 400yds with the trailer cos the car I’d met at Oscaig was driven by one who could not Smile However by midday the sun was shining and whilst is was less than 4 degrees outside,

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the solar hot water collectors were at 73 degrees!!!

Once the new washing machine was home and plumbed in I set off down to the slip to meet my mate, initially with a heavy heart.

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However, that was soon uplifted when I discovered that the stones had filled in a hole this enabled me to track Calum the Kubota down much further. I had tried yesterday and lost my nerve Smile

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With Calum so far down I managed to move a whole load of large rocks onto the exposed side of the slip. Then we just dug out the stones deposited by the sea with our hands and Calum’s bucket.

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Of course they could all be back in there tomorrow Smile I’m sure some will but the wind and sea have both eased and I’ve all day tomorrow to take them back out!

An uneasy feeling :-(

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:19 am

Feels like winter’s arrived early here at the North End, temperature is 3.5 degrees outside but 21.6 inside and that’s with the heating off!!! Sure we had it on for an hour yesterday early evening but that’s more to try and get me Mum’s dug used to it than through any need. Leah goes all funny when the heating is on. Initially she used to whine to get out of the house then go and hide outside. I dunno if she can hear the pumps running or she doesn’t like the warmth of the floor but it’s a boodly nuisance wandering outside it your pyjamas in the pishing rain to look for her in the dark, being a black lab she’s very hard to find and once found you have to drag her back in with her collar. We’ve actually stopped letting her out in the evenings as a result so now she just goes and hides in the house, in places that even Molly would struggle to fit into.

We did discover that if we switched the heating on before it was timed to come on she doesn’t seem to notice the same, sure she still hides but she doesn’t do the whining to get  get outside carry on. How mad is that hey, anyway, at least she seems to be getting used to it, good job, dunno which is worse, a permanently stressed and restless dug about the house or being cold Smile

Prepping for the pour

So, it’s 7:00AM just now, still dark and it’ll be even worse tomorrow after we’ve fecked about with the clocks. Did I ever mention that I hate that nonsense Smile Yesterday was spent down at the slipway with me Mate from London doing prep work on the slip. Trouble is I’ve the feeling that much of it will be ‘undone’ by the weather, which would be a shame cos we got on well despite not being able to start until midday on account of the tide.

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Prior to that it was out at dawn with the dugs for a bracing stroll in the icy north wind then into the shed with Lachie’s TCP HT500 barrow,

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which is an electrical ‘dogs dinner’. Why they put all these electrics on what is essentially a hydraulic wheelbarrow is beyond me. For heaven’s sake it’s gonna spend its life outside on a building site, all it needs is a starter motor and alternator, not a gazillion switches relays solenoids and piezo switches. Still, it’s in a nice (relatively) warm shed and I am making progress Smile

As soon as the tide was low enough we set about  drilling and pinning the bedrock for the concrete to get a hold of Scotland.

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A couple of dozen 125mm long galvanized M12 bolts were then bonded into the Lewisian gneiss with the Hilti RE HIT500 resin.

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Meanwhile I got on with moving some rock, which, after the northerly swell may now have gone Sad smile

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This was always a gamble, a bit of swell would be needed to settle it, too much would just disperse it but I need to get somewhere to turn the dumper sorted for Monday as I’m gonna have to reverse down here with a couple of tons of concrete in the front.

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That was it really, it’s daylight now, a dusting of snow on the Storr and I’m go go have a ‘looksee’.


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