Life at the end of the road

August 27, 2019

The random coal men :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, Discovery, food, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:42 pm

Pretty grey and damp all day here at the ‘North End’, probably the whole of Raasay to be sure. We quite often get different weather here at Arnish but not I suspect today. The early start I was hoping for never happened but I did manage to collar my son afore he set off for work. Half a ton of coal had been erroneously delivered to Brochel for me Mate at Torran so Ross and I went to collect it with the trailer thus giving him some practice in the reversing department Smile

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Well, he was certainly better than me at that age, considering it was a damp and steamed up chariot he was driving Smile The Subaru’s four wheel drive and low ratio making manoeuvring not quite so challenging. Really pi55ed off that they don’t have a low ratio on the newer ones as it’s essential for me.

Save our phone boxes Smile

Anyway, we got the coal back up Calum’s Road and left it at ‘The Kiosk’ a name that belongs to a generation past. Anyone born or raised at the North End will still call the road end car park at Arnish ‘The Kiosk’ for that’s where the telephone box lived. A phone box that may well have been unique because it was on a ‘party line’ with the only other telephone at the North End. Chances are it was probably also unique in that it was mostly the same coins that went through it Smile 

The phone box was taken away around 1969 when most of the people abandoned Fladda, Torran and Arnish, which was long before Calum’s Road was finished and there was any notion of a car park.   The other telephone was in the Post Office but that moved several times over the next 30 years or so. We have the rise of fascism to thank for phones at Arnish Smile War clouds over Europe prompted HMG to improve communication in the 1930’s. When the phone lines finally went underground in the 90’s I was given 100 telegraph poles as payment for recovering my first vehicle from down the Torran track. The said vehicle being a tractor belonging to BT Smile It would prove to be the first of many recoveries over the next 25 years Smile

Anyway, I only mention this cos the Arnish kiosk ended up at Inverarish right next to the one that was already there and BT now want to remove them. Methinks there are moves afoot to ‘S.O.K’ (save our kiosks) and turn them into something useful but it’s ‘early days’ and I’ll keep you posted Smile

The Disco brakes

Most of my day was spent working on the WiFE, me new Disco Smile that had a binding front brake. Even genuine TRW calipers and carriers are relatively cheap for the Discovery so I didn’t even try freeing them off. I’d got the truck for buttons so wasn’t going to skimp on getting it 100%.

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And whilst I was at it I fitted new discs, pads and a track rod.

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For reasons beyond my comprehension you can only replace the ‘left hand threaded’ joint, what would normally be the ‘right hand threaded’ joint is part of the track rod! Luckily it was the right handed one that was worn and I had a new track rod minus the left handed joint. Normally doing any work like this would require having the track checked with some urgency afterwards. However I made a jig up using a clamp, block of wood and my barn RSJ to ensure the rod lengths were identical. Sure it’ll still need a visit to Skyefit for checking but at least it’ll be in the right ‘ball park’ and not scrub me tyres first Smile

Sure whilst I had the Disco on the lift I should have serviced it too and done the rear brakes but it’s Willie Eyre’s funeral tomorrow at 11:30 and I don’t want to be late for that. Not only that I’d had enough ‘motor mechanising’ for one day and I’m trying to ‘slow down’ Smile Seemed like a better idea to have a ‘road test’ to Brochel with ‘wee dug’.

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Molly and I had a good wander about the ruins there before heading home for a snack.

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The white sandstone cliffs south of Brochel and Church Rock, a huge cube shaped boulder that is gradually disappearing under vegetation.


More boodly ‘shrooms Smile

After the ‘wee snack’ and fooling Molly into staying in the house I went out for a spot of fishing.

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Despite there being plenty of fish I never got a single bite so went to ‘bash’ some scallops instead.

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Better than a ‘poke in the eye with a sharp stick’ Smile

Anyway, that’s it, Ross Camilli is busy lifting weights in the shed and I’m off to bed with The Laurentic has been pulverised by winter gales and the gold has vanished Surprised smile


  1. Good to see you back into the swing of things again Paul with more regular updates. Especially loved the little bit of ‘car porn’ you threw in with the bright and shiny discs and calipers……

    Hope today goes as well as can be expected as you say farewell to Willie, there will be a great many people thinking of you.

    Comment by 63ian — August 28, 2019 @ 7:26 am

  2. Thoughts are with you saving goodbye to your friend.

    Comment by todthedog — August 28, 2019 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Glad yer back Paul👍

    Comment by alexmcgarvie — August 28, 2019 @ 7:49 pm

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