Life at the end of the road

August 29, 2020

The new normal?

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:56 am

Ten o clock in the morning, it’s the makings of a fine day outside and I’m only an hour out of my bed!! Not only that but it was probably 8:00am before I actually awoke. Nay big deal for a Saturday morning for many I’m sure but unheard of for me, I do not even posses an alarm clock! Sure I set my phone for 5:45 every working day but it’s only for ‘peace of mind’, I seldom need it. This broken rib carry on has meant that just about the only painless things I can do is take gentle walks, sit at the keyboard or do paperwork. My morning exercises reduced to brushing my teeth and tying my shoelaces with difficulty after taking a bucket load of painkillers and rubbing all manner of stuff on my chest.


I’ve just found me an extended shoe horn so perhaps I’ll cut down the shoelace tying to once a day Smile Need to modify that litter picker for collecting mushrooms too. I’ve a feeling my normally tidy house is gonna be pristine by the time the rib heals and I’m actually looking forward to doing my VAT return. Who knows, I may even turn on the TV, I do actually posses one and license though I cannot actually remember the last time I actually watched anything that wasn’t via my laptop. Having seen the pure mince on American, Italian and Maltese TV I’m actually a great fan of ‘Public Service Broadcasting’ both the band

and the BBC. Getting slated by both the political left and right in equal measure they must be doing something right hey Smile As for the band they do an awesome and unique take on old propaganda and news reel films. The race for space, Everest, The night mail and London can take it to name a few. Seen them live and they’ve even played on Skye. Well worth a look if you eve get chance.

A lot of work ahead

Taking my resting seriously yesterday, Molly and I went out for a gentle stroll around Arnish.

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This will be Molly taking her resting seriously too


both before I made the bed and after Smile

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A gentle saunter along the road to the north side of the valley by the old ruins of 1 and 4 South Arnish.


The unexceptional remains of an old caravan that’s been here some quarter of a century. Once upon a time most car wheel looked like this and were often shod with ‘cross ply’ tyres like this one, a 6.40 x 13 with an ‘aspect ratio’ of 80% meaning the height of the tyre wall was 80% of it’s width. Nowadays 50 or 55% is the norm and 40% not uncommon. It’s nay wonder we see so many cars getting carried away from Raasay with punctures. This, once piece of junk is rapidly becoming an antique Smile

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After that I awaited arrival of reinforcements to remove my Land Rover off the trailer.

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There is much to be done on the ‘Old Girl’ and I guess my priority should be getting the brakes working and engine running. The engine and gearbox being just sat in place and connected to nothing. The foot brake being in need of flexible hoses and bleeding, none of which I’m fit to do right now.

Off the trailer 1 Off the trailer 2 Off the trailer 3

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Well, it’s 11:30 now, time for another gentle meander around Arnish with wee dug methinks



  1. Good to see the Old Girl back on Raasay Paul. With all the time that’s gone by I must confess to have forgotten what work was supposed to have been done on her. I guess it must have been all the original bits mounted on a new chassis which does look rather splendid in your pics. Could you tell us if my memory is correct and let me know a bit about said chassis please. Looks like it will outlive you and me!

    Comment by Jonathan Mosse — August 29, 2020 @ 11:11 am

    • Aye Jonathan, new chassis, bulkhead and B posts all galvanised. She was supposed to have new galvanised doors too but I wasn’t prepared to wait any longer.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 29, 2020 @ 12:22 pm

  2. I must get myself one of those litter pickers

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 29, 2020 @ 11:18 am

  3. Well that’s it then, time enough for the reconstruction. You need to get fit and well now. Can’t help thinking how lucky you were. God obviously doesn’t want you for a sunbeam yet!

    Comment by glenelgadventure — August 29, 2020 @ 11:32 am

    • Aye, after two and a half years another few weeks until my own chassis repairs aint gonna make any difference 🙂 Taking it really easy for now.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 29, 2020 @ 12:24 pm

  4. Well I’d thought I’d set this so it would email me when you did a new post but it obvs didn’t work so I checked in just in case and was pleased to find a raft of new posts covering a very interesting time, the repatriation of the Old Girl – I confess I missed her going away. Funny you mentioning Public Service Broadcasting – I’m not at all into music but I heard a prog on the radio about their then new album about space exploration while I was driving and the track setting the commentary of the first orbit of the moon (I think it was) to music made my hair stand on end, I had to stop the car to listen to it. It was by Loch Maree. All the best and shall be “tuning in” regularly to hear about work on the OG. Neil

    Comment by neilking — August 29, 2020 @ 11:50 pm

    • Aye Neil, good to have you back. One of my favourite PSB tracks is ‘All lit up’. Not because it’s particularly good, though I think it is if you know of the broadcast and watch the footage. Pretty sure it was from the BBC broadcast of the 1937 Fleet review at Spithead where the commentator had obviously been well lubricated by the navy aboard HMS Nelson and was pretty ‘lit up’ himself. His commentary is hilarious when you consider it actually went out live on air. The footage and editing are pretty poignant and moving too considering events a few years later.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 30, 2020 @ 5:59 am

  5. I could do with some of that relax and recoup-orating malarky … not much time for that though!

    Did the cheeky devils reuse your trailing/radius arm chassis end nuts? Those are big old nylocs and need replacing. Yes they do work loose I’ve seen it happen with write off consequences!

    Love that vid with the Spitfires.

    Comment by Matt — September 2, 2020 @ 10:38 am

    • Aye Matt,
      I had two stainless steel nuts ‘double nutted’ on each radius arm then wrapped everything in Densotape when it left Raasay 2 1/2 years ago but that’s the least of my concerns now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2020 @ 12:11 pm

      • Well that’s belts, braces and an extra dab of good for good measure thrown in! If you find another supplier for the nuts do let me know! But I agree… least of you troubles!

        Comment by Matt — September 2, 2020 @ 3:04 pm

      • I only ever buy stainless, get everything from Anglia Stainless and have done so for a quarter of a century. Cheaper than regular mild steel from the likes of Screwfix and excellent mail order service 😉

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2020 @ 7:27 pm

      • Great shout … I’ve been looking for a new supplier since my last one decided to give up replying to emails. So the question is 304 or 316? Is it worth the expense?

        Comment by Matt — September 2, 2020 @ 7:33 pm

      • A2 for everything for me, A4 if it’s intertidal or in a really corrosive area. I only ever buy A4 ‘as and when’

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 2, 2020 @ 7:51 pm

      • That sounds about smart enough for me… been rather land locked I don’t tend to see much in the way of salt water unless they go a bit mad with the gritters in winter. Do you ever suffer much from galvanic corrosion?

        Comment by Matt — September 3, 2020 @ 7:18 am

      • Aye Matt, galvanic action is a big issue for me, especially at work on board a steel and aluminium ferry full of zinc, copper, mild steel and electrickery all immersed in salt water 🙂 It’s a feckin nightmare and you thought Land Rovers were bad for it 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 3, 2020 @ 9:22 am

      • I’ve had land rovers turn up in a shocking state but this tends to be down to people fitting oversized batteries that touch the seatbox lids or there’s a horrid parasitic drain somewhere. But no… nothing as bad as you have to deal with I’m sure. Any hints and tips or is is just replace as required?

        Comment by Matt — September 3, 2020 @ 10:27 am

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