Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2019

All ‘tanked up’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Discovery, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:23 am

Looks like a damp day of westerly winds ahead with perhaps a little sunshine. Sounds OK but I’m just back in from collecting me camera out of the car and I’m not inspired Sad smile Nope, it’s boodly cold out there and that rain, not that there is much of it, feels boodly freezing. As with yesterday I had yet another great sleep, well apart from the SAS wannabes ‘yomping’ about the car park at 11:30 Smile Wee dug woke me up and I was confronted by lots of lights and car headlights milling about on the car park. No big deal seeing lights or cars at night you may think, well it is here. Barring the snow plough I don’t think I’ve seen any in thirty years Smile Last I saw of the ‘SAS’ they were charging down the road in full packs heading south. Me, I just went back to me cosy bed and thought of the poor chaps and chapesses going up the hill at the other side. I once walked up it carrying a load and it nearly killed me Smile

First snow

Well, that was a surprise when dawn broke, the first snow of the winter and it was boodly cold outside, perfect for sitting in a nice warm car for an hour and going to collect my bowser of diesel which had finally been filled.

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As I headed south the Storr was replaced by Ben Tianavaig, it’s ‘Golden Cliff’, the Cuilin and some ‘Bolshy’ rams massing at the cattle grid by the Youth Hostel. No doubt desperate to get at the ewes that would soon be ‘in heat’.


It took me quite a while to get by the horny sheep and I made a mental note to take the ‘Low Road’ until they were ‘let out’ in the first week of December.

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The ‘SAS’ were obviously ‘yomping’ to catch the 8:55 ferry, well at least they would all fit on it now our trusty Hallaig


was at last back home Smile Me, I hitched up my trailer and headed back north, slowly, the day was getting better by the minute.

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After Brochel I engaged low ratio and let the ‘Traction Control’ do it’s stuff.

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With such a heavy load I’d normally stop half way up the drive to Sonas where the drive isn’t quite so steep so as to avoid wheelspin but the ‘TC’ dealt with it nicely without leaving trenches in my drive. I even let ‘wee dug’ into the front of the Disco, she was most impressed, like me, I think she hates that ‘privacy glass’ in the back where her cage is. Privacy glass, along with electronic hand brakes, radios without knobs, altering the clocks and Donald Trump added to the long list of things the world would be better off without Smile in my humble opinion of course Smile

Good for another year

So, after the muesli I got on with pumping the 1000lts of Vimto into my oil tanks, which is the sum total (much less actually) than what I have used in a year. That will be for the generator, digger, dumper, builders at Brochel and Torran Schoolhouse too. I say ‘much less’ cos I thought my tank on the container roof was empty, when I came to actually fill it there was still 400lts in it!!!!!! Camilli the clown has been using white diesel in his plant for over a week cos someone had turned off both taps at the bottom of the tank and he hadn’t the sense to check!!!!! Still, on the upside that means I used far less red diesel than I thought Smile

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With both tanks now full and 40lts left over I went for a proper ‘second breakfast’ then started back on my road/pipe burial project.

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With help of course, May is on heat and acting a little strange Smile had to push her out of the way with the bucket Smile


Well, there was more,

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like abandoned boats and trailers eight miles apart and no where near the sea!!! It just has to be ‘SAS’ related Smile However, my first job is to go and recover a vehicle that’s come off the road round at my neighbours house, I wonder if that is ‘SAS’ related Smile Smile


  1. Hi Paul. Sorry I might have missed the explanation but when you mention “SAS” is it refering to the filming taking place on Raasay? Do you know what they are filming for?

    Comment by Derek Peakman — October 26, 2019 @ 2:31 pm

    • Some ‘reality TV’ pish Derek.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 26, 2019 @ 5:22 pm

      • 😂

        Comment by Derek Peakman — October 26, 2019 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Hi Paul is there any concern with your sort of boat?

    Safety Concerns for Hybrid & Electric Ships
    On October 11, 2019, an explosion rocked passenger ferry Ytterøyningen while dockside at Sydnes, Norway. The vessel, recently refit with a lithium-ion battery hybrid drive, is part of the new fleet of low and zero emission vessels being deployed across Norway and other parts of the world. The vessel was at dock having been pulled from service the night before due to a fire in the lithium propulsion batteries; a condition known as thermal runaway. The root cause of the fire is still to be announced, but the secondary explosion caused significant structural damage to the vessel; likely a result of a buildup of flammable gasses below deck. Thankfully none of the 15 people admitted to the hospital were badly injured and all were soon released.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — October 26, 2019 @ 4:09 pm

    • Only half a story I’m afraid Walter, there are several lithium ion chemistries and all have different characteristics, sadly they all get put by the media, Post Office and insurance companies ‘in the same box’. You may remember the Dreamliner that set on fire in Japan All you hear in the media is lithium ion batteries and fire. What they fail to mention is that those particular type of ‘lithium ion’ batteries are lithium cobalt LiCoO2 which are the most ‘energy dense’ (capacity per kg) but also prone to ‘thermal runaway’. Some ‘beancounter’ at Boeing thought they could save a few kg by putting these batteries aboard an aircraft in a space that had no fire suppression 😦 The batteries aboard Hallaig (again touted by the media as ‘lithium ion’) are Lithium iron phosphate LiFePO4 which are not prone to ‘thermal runaway’ but are much less ‘energy dense’ than other chemistries. The batteries fitted to that particular boat were Corvus Orca but I dunno what particular ‘lithium ion’ chemistry they were. Am I concerned, well only about every lithium ion battery being ‘tarred with the same brush’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 26, 2019 @ 5:20 pm

      • Well spoken your my man on these things.
        And yes I do remember the airplane disaster.
        Keep safe 👍👨🏻‍✈️👍🍷

        Comment by Polite Scouser — October 26, 2019 @ 5:47 pm

  3. Blimey what a fantastic issue to have … too much fuel on hand! Pretty sure that’ll never happen to me 😁

    Thanks for the interesting “SAS” storyline and the link to wiki … I knew that Yomp had a military back ground as my cadet group would use it any time we had to load up and go for 10 or more miles worth of ‘blister training’ as a lad. Buggers them lot were to us teens no wonder we did a runner in the night 🤣

    As always … thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Matt — October 26, 2019 @ 7:23 pm

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