Life at the end of the road

September 30, 2019

Turning into an epic :-(

Filed under: daily doings, Discovery, food, stonework — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:37 am

Eight fifteen PM now and I’m ready for my bed, sure I’ve been blogging ‘early doors’ of late but I’m back to work on Tuesday and really need to get the Disco finished tomorrow. The ‘little’ welding job I started is (as usual) turning into an epic and we’re off to dry dock on Thursday. So, not only do I need a car, I need one that works properly and me Subaru is also poorly at the moment.

I only started this wee job cos the Disco is such a faff to get on my lift.

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I use long planks of wood supporting the sills rather than just the rubber pads, they spread the load much better and there’s not the danger of the pads slipping on a sloping steel chassis. In all honesty I wouldn’t be seen dead under this Chinese lift if I’d not put the vehicle on it myself, sure it has safety locks on the arms and lift but it would be extremely easy to dislodge the vehicle and have it crush you if you were not more than a little cautious. Once up in the air though it really does make life so much easier.

Off to bed now but I’ll leave you with the last pics of the day

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Busy I may have been but it was Sunday after all, so when a good friend turned up we took the dugs out for a walk, making sure of course to take a bag for any ‘shrooms we found along the way.


Well it certainly has been the year of the lactarius, these monster ‘shrooms were popping up everywhere. Not held in high esteem throughout Europe they are apparently a delicacy in Russia when pickled in salt. Perhaps that’s what my granny did with them.

We wandered down the Torran track towards the Old Schoolhouse, then just before it, turned right and followed the burn up towards North Arnish. The last time I was up here must have been ten years back when checking it out for a possible hydro turbine.

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Leah just kept checking it out for possible bathing sites, Molly watched in amusement, Wee Dug is not fond of water and is good to follow across boggy ground cos she generally picks a dry route Smile It’s quite a magical spot up this valley and it is not a frequently visited one, bar the deer of course which seem to use it regularly. With a bit of work it would certainly be a possible micro hydro electric scheme of a couple of hundred Watts but it’s a long way from my house Smile

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There are the remains of a few old boundary walls up there and once clear of the birch and hazel you come out near an old sheep ffank below the red rocks of Torran.

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Sure they don’t look very red now but come the late autumn blood red sunsets, they’ll be ‘on fire’ Smile

Turning right we then did the short climb up to North Arnish,

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being blessed with some fine views of Torran along the way. Nice wind turbines Smile no wind Sad smile

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I guess this ruin, which was once the Post Office must, if I’m not very much mistaken, be the highest house on Raasay by a long way. It certainly produced people of strength, you had to be fit just to live there Smile

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Once back home with the first winter chanterelles of the season, a few hedgehogs, regular chanterelles and a birch boletus, I got back under me truck.


I don’t usually bother picking the birch boletus, they are really common and nice dried for soups and curries but they’re a bit slimy when fried. However, this one was a nice specimen and would bulk up the sauce I was planning for a dinner with scallops Smile

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Meanwhile it was back to my pile of steel for stitching to the Disco chassis,


three, five and eight millimetre steel should do the trick Smile


  1. Just a thought but you’re not hanging the weight of the chassis off the body mounts are you chap? They’re rarely in decent enough fettle for that kind of action 😱 😁

    Fascinating that folk would build a house so far from an easy life. I’m assuming that that’s why in this day and age there’s no one running to fix it. Half tempted but my 10yo lad isn’t quite up to helping me with the really heavy stuff yet 🤣

    Comment by Matt — September 30, 2019 @ 6:51 am

    • Good point Matt but they seem OK (just rushed out in a panic to check 🙂 ) The house was built as a hunting lodge for the Laird and used to have a slate roof, something the peasants could never afford 🙂 I guess it was occupied when the estate was bought by by the government and turned into crofts.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 30, 2019 @ 8:56 am

      • Well that’s something at least … you won’t have the issue where the body leaps from the chassis during a bit of rough driving. You need teflon underwear when that happens trust me.

        Fascinating history on the old house there. I confess I only have had a vague idea what a Croft was but a quick google sorted that out. A very interesting idea. If that property was available and accessible it would make a seriously interesting investment.

        Comment by Matt — September 30, 2019 @ 12:15 pm

      • Aye Matt,
        it’s a bonny spot right enough with a fantastic well near by, probably the best one at the North End 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 30, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

      • Tis a shame that as with most of these sorts of buildings that most of the missing material has been repurposed. Not a negative … waste not want not and all that. Make it a bit of a devil to restore mind…

        Comment by Matt — September 30, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

      • Aye, the slates off that house were carried down to the shore by hand then went by boat to the south end of the island and then a roof on a house at Suisnish.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 30, 2019 @ 8:46 pm

      • Nice that they got reused… Shame it wasn’t for the original house!

        Comment by Matt — October 1, 2019 @ 11:33 am

  2. Fit this next time the Disco is up on the lift:
    Nicer sounding engine note,but tell your insurance company if you do fit one.Economy should improve also( restraint of right foot required ).
    Maybe some 8 ft high axle stands?

    Comment by Andy — October 1, 2019 @ 5:41 pm

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