Life at the end of the road

October 22, 2019

Getting soft too :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:16 am

Almost 21:00 and time for my bed really but I thought I’d get something ‘down on paper’ so to speak before I get back to Phil Durham on HMS Laforey on the way to Diego Suarez sometime in1941. Dull as dishwater to most I’m sure but it’s a sad life I lead Smile Anyway, I’ll be off to Inverness tomorrow for Shaun Carney’s funeral, so there will be little prospect of me doing any blogging for sure.

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The ever cheery Shaun was a good friend and could be seen on Raasay cutting the grass in all weathers or driving about delivering goods in his silver van. Sadly Shaun and his wife Catherine moved away from Raasay a couple of years ago and I’ve hardly seem them since.

Diego Suarez got captured from the French last night, apparently they were asleep and I joined them after just a few pages Smile


Back to normal now Sad smile it’ll be 5:00am or 4:00amGMT on the World Service and once more I’m up at ‘stupid o clock’. Still, I guess I’ll sleep well enough tonight after my trip to Inverness.

Monday was a great, if not a little grey autumnal day, dry and ‘firm underfoot’ which was perfect for what I spent most of the day doing. After repairing yet another fuel leak on my dumper.

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The injector ‘leak off’ pipes that return unused fuel back to the fuel tank were leaking once more. I thought I’d replaced them all by now but perhaps not, either that or I’ve been using some Chinese manufactured stuff that is allergic to diesel Smile Not as daft as it sounds, I once repaired an almost new Chinese quad whose fuel pipes and diaphragms were made out of some kind of material that rotted in petrol Sad smile Managed to fix it with the last of my pipe but should be able to get more today in Snecky.

With the trusty Benford PT3000 chugging away nicely Molly and I spent the day hauling rock from the quarry.

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The aim being to make a track so I could get rubble up to the drain I needed to bury. Not an easy task cos Calum the Kubota would be almost a mile away and I would have to spread each two ton load by hand and rake to enable me to get the dumper higher Sad smile See, that’s the trouble with buying a digger. As soon as you have one you realize you need a dumper to go with it. Then as soon as you get one of those you realize you need another digger to load it and then a roller to compact the stuff you’ve moved Sad smile Well, that’s not going to happen so for now at least it’s the rake, spade and lots of ‘elbow grease’ Smile

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It’s not actually as hard as it sounds, especially on a steep slope like this. If you can actually just drive the dumper ‘one length’ up the slope higher then you can spread ‘down the way’ by hand. Sure it’s slow right enough and we only got half a dozen or so loads done but I was well pleased with progress Smile

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Of course me neighbours pigs turned up to help Smile


Methinks they were actually looking for that blue pipe they used to dig up Smile

That done I went to look for a rabbit for the SAS Smile I kid you not Smile Smile OK, I had to go to the south end anyway to collect some stuff off the ferry.


That will be an ‘Astute class’ SSN on the east side of Raasay, perhaps HMS Audacious, the fourth of seven, a ‘snip’ at a couple of billion each Smile

Sure I did see a bunny or two as well as the ‘nuke’ but must be getting soft in my old age. Not only did I leave them be, I also rescued a mouse.


Finding this wee chap trapped in the pig food I caught him and let him go Smile Must be getting really soft, the wee fecker will probably thank me by eating through some wiring Smile

Methinks the SAS were on Skye anyway as a ‘wolf pack’ of black Land Rovers came off the ferry I went to meet and headed for the Alamo


which with it’s towers and lights is more like Stalag Luft 13 Smile


And I wasn’t the only one up early that’ll be Hallaig east of Arran heading for Oban, should be home on Thursday and back ‘on service’ Friday Smile Smile Smile


  1. Sorry to hear about your friend mate. Unfortunately we are of an age where our contemporaries start departing with increasing frequency. Funerals replacing weddings.

    Elliott found an SAS trooper in the woods observing a military exercise on a nearby beach. He just stood staring at a bush wagging his tail and would not come, invisible to the likes of me.

    Comment by Andrew — October 22, 2019 @ 7:06 am

  2. Losing a friend is tough Paul. Condolences. Maybe they are doing an E & E exercise up there or maybe its a sinister but exciting thing like trapping a Russkie sub or something. Interesting you have an Astute there at the same time

    ATB mate


    Comment by Lloyd Owen-Reece — October 22, 2019 @ 9:47 pm

    • Morning Lloyd, tis not the real SAS but a bunch of wannabes and D rated ‘celebrities’ making a friggin nuisance of themselves 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 23, 2019 @ 6:22 am

  3. That neighbours a right pig! … Sorry ..The older I get the worse the dad jokes get…

    Impressive amount of work completed chap. I was impressed with myself for managing to get a heavy tarp battened to the garage roof in a mild wind after I realised I’d not got enough time or free funds to replace the entire roof before winter. That and taking my little lass to the Dentist for the third time in a week. Starting to think I’d be better off taking her to my local Vets!

    Out of interest do you have a specific line up of winter tasks or does it vary each year?

    Comment by Matt — October 23, 2019 @ 3:52 pm

    • Hi Matt,

      Out of interest do you have a specific line up of winter tasks or does it vary each year?
      Depends what breaks or gets blown away 🙂 though there are a few essential ones like, antifreeze, pig butchery, drain clearing, torch finding and hat wearing 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 23, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

      • That reminds me I need another torch after I left one on the chassis of a land rover that went off roading. They usually come back still stuck to the chassis after a few weeks but I think that one had a rough trip.

        Well I’m lucky in that my friend Sue does all the hard work with the pig side of things. True we get to tickle them behind the ears and keep them safe from dead trees but when it’s sausage and jointing time I know they’re treated very well.

        Antifreeze … be right back ….

        Yep best order another 20ltr barrel! Cheers chap!

        Comment by Matt — October 24, 2019 @ 9:17 am

  4. Blimey,so “celebrity” Sports And Social.

    Is the motto “Who (did you say you were) dares wins”

    Comment by Andy — October 23, 2019 @ 4:07 pm

    • Nah Andy, methinks it’s ‘Who cares who wins’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 23, 2019 @ 6:16 pm

      • The old ones are always the best Paul.

        Hope their Land Rovers don’t break down,you could be even busier having to repair them blindfolded for security purposes.

        Comment by Andy — October 23, 2019 @ 8:14 pm

  5. I hope the”SAS” are recompensing someone for the disruption they’re causing – does the community make any money out of it?
    What’s the programme called – I’d be interested to watch to see the scenery although I’ll have to blank out the antics of the ‘slebs

    Comment by cazinatutu — October 24, 2019 @ 8:37 am

    • Dunno Caz, don’t watch TV anymore, my wife took the TV licence 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 24, 2019 @ 8:52 am

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