Life at the end of the road

December 9, 2019

Lots to do :-(

Golly gosh, 6:30 already, black and wild outdoors with plenty of stars but no sign of the moon, he must be hiding in the west somewhere cos he sure was bright last night. Well, it’s gonna be a short one this morning, about as long as it takes me to drink five cups of strength 5 Italian blend. Well, they are small cups and I don’t usually go higher than 3 Smile

It’s getting ‘that time’ when the ‘fortnight off’ draws to a close and I’m preoccupied with all the tasks left, as yet undone. Dealing with the pigs and associated shenanigans have taken up a good chunk of the last week, though I must confess to not having played much of an active part in the butchering this year. Living alone these days and already having a freezer full of deer, fish, scallops and even pork meaning, well, I just don’t want to be greedy Smile Having said that last night’s offering of faggots, spuds, broccoli and asparagus was deelish Smile


Balls of meat, seasoning and onion wrapped in this membrane called caul fat that surrounds some of the pig’s internal organs. Amazingly storng and sometimes called lace fat, you can see why. Well, I have one left and can’t make my mind up whether to put it on tonight’s menu or freeze it Smile


With a huge contingent working on the remains of Snowy and May I’ve been keeping myself amused with other tasks. An early morning trip to Brochel to service my Mate’s 6kW petrol generator being the first task. Early being quite relative, it was probably just before 9:00 but still dark when I set off.

The Dunan Star must have been out early for she was already lifting her trawl aboard before 9:00am, unusual here for a Sunday.

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The SDMO SH6000 petrol generator is far from the ideal or suitable machine to power an ‘off grid’ property. With a 13HP Honda GX390 as the ‘prime mover’ it’s pretty boodly thirsty, however it is quiet and starts easily. Unlike the brand new Stephill SSD6000 diesel supplied and fitted by a ‘reputable’ firm in England. And whilst it’s extremely frustrating I don’t think there’s a great deal wrong with the Stephill other than the clowns who fitted it.

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The Honda had recently had an oil change and I confined my work to a new recoil assembly and air filter. Starting her up easily when finished and leaving to running to put some life into the 10kWh BYD LiFePO4 battery pack which was down at 37%


With the Honda purring away I set off to do some road repairs,


sure, this is what I pay my Council Tax for but to be honest it’s actually easier making ‘run off’s’ with a spade than getting sense out of HRC. Why the feck they cannot drive around with a spade and do it themselves is beyond me. No they’ll just wait until potholes are deep enough to damage a car then pay a contractor to patch the holes and leave the root cause of the problem (water lying on the road) to make the next feckin pothole. I despair, not to mention have to fit yet more suspension joints and bushes to my cars to get them through the MOT Sad smile


That done I continued on to Torran doing more of the same,


the Council having long given up on repairing this track. They used to maintain it when I first moved here in the late eighties, now they do ‘feck all’ yet still charge full council tax to the properties it serves. Leaving path repairs to Raasay volunteers and the people who live here.

After breakfast at Torran and Molly drying herself we returned to Brochel to check on progress, calling at Brochel Loch on the way back.



The batteries being at a healthy 60% I left the solar panels to finish off, though there wouldn’t have been much from them yesterday Smile


  1. Found these people, you may know already

    Comment by Ron — December 17, 2019 @ 9:10 pm

    • Cheers Ron, yes I have been in touch with them in the past.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 20, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

  2. Paul,
    Do you still have your 19J engine out of your Land rover (remember that) There is someone on the lruk forum looking for one to rebuild

    Comment by Kev — December 20, 2019 @ 1:08 pm

    • Aye Kev, I do and there isn’t much wrong with it other than a very leaky rear main oil seal, free for uplift 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 20, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

      • OK. I will pass on the message, depends where he lives, if not in Scotland will be too far to go for it.

        Comment by Kev — December 21, 2019 @ 8:44 am

  3. Paul,
    My name is Mike. Kev from the LRUK forum dropped me a note that you have a rebuildable 19J you would be willing to let go. I am interested in it. I am willing to drive up to Raasay to fetch it. It gives me an excuse to take a long drive in my 110. Email is probably the best way to reach me. I’ll try not to clutter the comments section of your blog with the details.

    Comment by Mike Tilly — December 23, 2019 @ 11:49 pm

  4. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020.

    Comment by Stuart Anderson — December 24, 2019 @ 9:54 pm

    • Cheers, Stuart 🙂 same to you and yours, P

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 25, 2019 @ 7:57 am

  5. great to see you back Paul just love the Blog as I live in the city and your workshop just blows me away

    Comment by Duncan — December 30, 2019 @ 9:03 pm

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