Life at the end of the road

September 6, 2020

Diverted up the lumb :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, food, Land Rover, reading — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:21 am

Sunday morning now, a grey but promising start to the Sabbath and feeling just a little sore.


Though I didn’t actually do much on Saturday, it was obviously too much Smile

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I did start with the best of intentions, just tinkering about in the ‘Old Girl’s’ battery box then on my back underneath the rear axle fitting brake pipe brackets. Nice simple tasks involving no stretching or straining. The battery box is now thickly plated, sealed and bored for the large winch cables and their cable trunking. A coat of paint will be going on it today once the sealer has set.

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In between making brake pipe clips and boring holes I turned my attention to bent steering on the ‘Tank’, leaking transmission pipes and a blocked fuel filter. The fuel filter and transmission cooler pipework being within the ‘pain threshold’ the banana shaped drag link being ‘put on hold’ until my muscle ‘Mate’ turns up tomorrow. Methinks that be a job for him under my instruction and with the help of ‘Calum the Kubota’ Smile You would be amazed what you can ‘un bend’ with a three ton digger Smile

The chimney avalanche

It was during such showers that I migrated to my shed to turn my attention to the thorny issue of a friends blocked chimney and I don’t mean blocked with a bit of soot. I mean a pure avalanche of rocks out of the gable end that were brought down trying to fit a flue liner. I had been perusing this thorny issue for weeks and came up with a plan. The first part of which was to get a piece of string or fishing line through the blockage strong enough to pull a wire rope through it then to try end dislodge the jammed rocks by pulling upwards with a Tirfor. Numerous attempts having been made by others previously to push it all ‘down the way’ having failed’.

Anyway, we had got as far as getting a rope through the jumble of debris, all that was left now was to remove the wire rope from the Tirfor and pull it up. Then a large shackle or similar object could be pulled ‘up the way’. This however required the making of something to squarely support the Tirfor vertically on the chimney pot.

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Enter the stainless steel hydraulic hauler disc that was perfect chimney pot size Smile I just happened to have lying around Smile

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A little work with the grinder and some aluminium angle and I soon had a great vertical stand finished off with a foam pad to rest on top of the pot.

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Where it now rests awaiting ‘Mr Muscle’, how I wish my son had not gone back to uni Smile


A lovely relaxing evening followed eating simple fare caught or grown locally, a hot smoked mackerel with potatoes and French beans from the Raasay Walled garden.

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Even more and fresher fish arriving on my doorstep courtesy of neighbours at Torran just prior to me going to bed before 21:00 with a good book.


How sad am I Smile My son certainly knows his father’s taste when it comes to literature Smile 


The grey start is long by with and it’s cleared up nicely, the pigs are fed it’s not even 8:00am, already the Ronja Supporter


is heading off to work somewhere. The sun is out, methinks it’s time to forgo the muesli and fry up the left over Raasay Walled Garden spuds with a couple of Duchess and Curly’s wee eggs then go and lie under my Land Rover.

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Lovely flowers from the Walled Garden too hey Winking smile

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