Life at the end of the road

September 27, 2019

Porpoises galore :-)

Filed under: animals, Avon Searider, daily doings, Discovery, life off grid, stonework — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:13 am

Well, staying up late never worked, I’m still up at ‘stupid o clock’ despite not putting my book down until 23:00 last night!!! I suppose 5:00am is better than 3:30 but it’s still ridiculously early at this time of year when I’m not working, Methinks I’m not working until late enough, I’ve no problem staying in bed until 5:45 when at work on Hallaig, none whatsoever. Sure, 6:30 is early enough during the week hey Smile


Whilst not actually ‘at a loose end’ yesterday I was, unusually ‘without a plan’ other than at some point I may or may not go for a dive/fish. I could perhaps take the Searider out of t he water and I did have a shocker to fit to the WiFE, my golden Disco Smile It wasn’t a bad morning right enough so after feeding the pigs, letting them out on the hill and dealing with the hens and noisy cockerel I turned to my shed. I wish I could blame Cocky the cockerel for my early rising but truth is, my hearing is so bad and the triple glazing so good that I seldom hear anything outside. Once outdoors though he certainly makes his presence felt as he struts about the place cockadoodling. I do love the sound of male poultry about the place Smile

My least used spanner

Back in the day when I worked on and with cars for a living, which would be when tappets were still a thing you ‘set’ under the rocker cover, points needed replaced regularly and you could fix cars by the roadside.

I hesitate to call them the ‘good old days’ cos to be honest cars were carp back then, sure they were a sensible size, actually fit with car park spaces and had lots of character, mainly on account of their always leaking oil, breaking down or letting in water. However they corroded quickly and most ten year old ones were in the scrap yard, indeed some models rusted so badly they failed their first MOT at three years old and required welding!!!

Back in those days,the seventies and early eighties I had, indeed still have many Snap On tools. Quality American tools that are guaranteed for life and still command extortionate prices second hand.

Well yesterday I had to ‘break out’ my ‘get me out of a hole’ spanner on the front shocker lower mounting bolts.


The lower bolts have 13mm heads (both of which were rounded off) and this spanner is 1/2” which is actually 12.7mm in fact on this particular tool it’s nearer 12.3mm. Consequently it is actually quite a tight fit on a half inch AF nut or bolt making it difficult to use quickly, on the other hand that hexagon end means it’s perfect on 13mm bolt heads that are a little rusted and rounded. The net result is that I still have this spanner after forty years cos I rarely use it so have not lost it Smile And I can always count on it for tricky little jobs like this.

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A coupe of new rear ‘bump stops’ and an exhaust repair by welding the broken hanger to a clamp took me most of the morning, albeit at a rather leisurely pace with frequent tea breaks.


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A new CV joint clamp, rear discs and fuel filter also kept me amused for an hour or two, as did the pigs Smile

In between tasks I pottered about weeding, clearing stuff away and going to check on my water supply. For some reason there was no water coming out of the overflow. As the tank is several hundred meters from the house I piped the overflow to the back of my shed using old pipe given me by Bill on Rona. He had several hundred meters of 32mm blue water pipe that had, in a previous life, been used for diesel. Now this pipe was never going to be fit for anything other than watering the garden but I did have rather a lot of it. So, when I put in the supply I buried this pipe alongside the house pipe and connected it to the overflow. That way, at a glance and without trailing up the hill, I could see if the tank was full. Handy in early summer when the supply to the tank reduces to a trickle.


Sure it is a fine view from up there but it is a bit of a boggy trek.

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Well, I found my problem, it was pig related Smile


The wee darlings had taken a liking to the overflow Smile

Porpoises everywhere

Come the late afternoon I’d had enough of the Disco and thought it was time to try once more at fishing for my supper. By this time it was calm, wet and not very inspiring but I had some scallops hanging off the Searider and thought they’d do, even if I caught no fish (again). No sooner had I let go of the mooring and drifted into Loch Arnish than the porpoises appeared, hunners of them.

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Sadly it was so grey and wet that I failed to get any decent images, not only that but I was worried I may injure one whilst fishing. Not that there would be any fish about with these chaps so close, well that’s my excuse for not getting a single bite Smile So, after a fruitless, at least on the fishing front, hour, I called it a day and headed back to the mooring.

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On the north side of the tiny inlet where I keep my boat is a tiny ruin overlooking Loch Arnish.


I was told it was built as a hide for shooting cormorants, though I never actually believed it. Having said that it is strange that the door overlooks Loch Arnish and faces ‘the weather’, surely any kind of shelter for storage would have the door at the back?


Around 18:00 it was time to go fix the generator at Brochel again Sad smile There was much to see, moody skies, a pair of sea eagles and stags marshalling hinds

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but the light for long range photography was pretty poor Sad smile

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As was the state of the inside of the fuel tank on the Yanmar TS105 generator Sad smile So, I removed it and brought it home to power wash and hoover it out. Today’s project will be collecting a new filter for it, filling it with clean diesel and hopefully seeing the back of it Smile


  1. Have you given up on the Land Rover Paul or are they still ‘working’ on it?

    Comment by Uff — September 27, 2019 @ 7:53 am

    • ‘We live in hope’ Uff 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 27, 2019 @ 12:24 pm

  2. That tank needs a handful of gravel, some deckwash and shake it about for half an hour, wash it out dry it and POR15 it.
    End of problems, because the rust will only come back otherwise.

    Comment by Kev — September 27, 2019 @ 8:28 am

    • 200 bar pressure washer and hoover did the trick Kev. All POR15 would do is create problems further down the line as it eventually flakes off and starts to clog the filter. By far the biggest fuel problem on Raasay, fish farms and I guess the Afrika Corps was the paint lining coming off the ubiquitous Jerry can 😦 POR15 is great stuff right enough, just not inside a fuel tank 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 27, 2019 @ 12:29 pm

      • Got to disagree, I have used POR15 on lots of fuel tanks and so long as you get the tank fully clean (a little rust doesn’t matter) then it sticks like s**t and never comes off.

        Comment by Kev — September 27, 2019 @ 4:21 pm

      • How do you know you have painted the entire inside of a fuel tank? I used POR15 on the ‘Old Girl’ rear axle when I overhauled it on the bench, it was good but it did come off eventually.


        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 27, 2019 @ 5:55 pm

  3. The generator sounds like one of those little projects that never quite goes away. A bit like my neighbours ailing lawnmower that keeps finding it’s way into my garage…

    Comment by Matt — September 27, 2019 @ 8:32 am

  4. Forgotten what “fun” those 13mm bolts could be.The lucky spanner is a must,mine is a metric adjustable.

    Comment by Andy — September 27, 2019 @ 6:05 pm

    • Aye Andy, the trusty metric shifter, usually in the same toolbox as the left handed screwdriver, just next to the bucket of steam 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 27, 2019 @ 6:21 pm

      • Yes they even do glue for a gorilla these days!

        Comment by Andy — September 27, 2019 @ 7:13 pm

      • You want one of those long weights everyone harps on about. I won’t buy another box myself as they took an age to arrive …

        Comment by Matt — September 27, 2019 @ 7:36 pm

  5. talking about snap on spanners I meet a guy once who bought up a load of broken ratchet ones at an auto jumble for next to nothing. He figured that he could fix them. Anyway he rang up snap on to ask how to fix them. They told him to send them back and they would replace them. So he did, to which he duly sold on ebay. Anyway he went back to the auto jumble again and the same guy was there this time he bought about 100 of them off him, had them replaced and sold them. Now i wonder what happens to the broken ones that snap on get returned 😉 🙂 😉

    Comment by Alistair — September 27, 2019 @ 8:38 pm

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