Life at the end of the road

November 4, 2020

I got off lightly :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, Land Rover, shed/house, weather — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:37 am

Been a while hey, well, with the whole kingdom spiralling towards another ‘lockdown’ I thought I’d go and see my Son whilst I still could. Who knows where we’ll be at Christmas and it was a good job I did. I mean, if that halfwit and the baldy Yorkshireman that’s pulling his strings think COVID is serious enough for another lockdown then it must be bad hey. With a pure carp forecast ahead the sane thing would have been to stay put but I’m not known for my sensible decisions hey. If I were sensible I’d be driving a Land Cruiser or L200 and not a fleet of Land Rovers. Still, I suppose there is some logic in having a Defender, Disco and Range Rover, at some point, at least one of them will work Smile

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Before leaving on Friday I spent Thursday inside the Land Rover fitting some trim and carpet before installing new seat belts and removing all the seat brackets for cleaning up and painting. One of those jobs that takes hours and leaves not much to show for it.

A long way for a takeaway Smile

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Friday looked like ‘the calm before the storm’ when I departed Sonas I caught a glimpse of the ‘royal’ stag before taking ‘wee dug’ for a final wander on the way to the ferry. She would be staying with my wife and my neighbour would be house and pig sitting. The pigs I wanted to be fat, the dug I didn’t Smile Smile

The next few days I spent with my son and MiL in a rather wet and windy Girvan and Edinburgh living off Indian takeaways and out of Chinese restaurants. This was great at the time but left me longing for a good salad. All the time checking the Raasay Facecloth page and weather reports from back home. The ferry was off and trees were down closing the road to the north end. Sure it was only a small tree and was soon cleared but the alternative route had already been closed for a week due to a rockfall or something.

Rather than risk returning on a stormy Sunday I checked into a hotel in Fort William. The Travelodge there was only £25.99 for the night and easily bookable online. The last thing I wanted was to arrive on Skye in the dark to find the ferry off and try to find an extortionally priced room at short notice. I’ve stayed in a few Travelodge hotels recently and for an overnight stay they do exactly what you need, provide a clean room, comfy bed, hot shower and no frills, my days of sleeping in the car are done Smile

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It was a very different Raasay that greeted me on Monday morning, a more pronounced brown hue replacing the golden one I’d left behind three days earlier.

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Just as I’d departed Raasay seeing a 12 pointed stag, an 8 pointed one greeted me at Glame, the Torran aspens however had shed all their golden foliage during the weekend storm.

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The lone holly near my house being thrown into sharp relief against the withering birch leaves.

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Despite the 77MPH winds recorded by George Rankine at Eyre on Saturday and the 64MPH on Sunday, damage at Sonas was light. A basket full of clothes pegs strewn about the drive, a small 12V solar pane off the shed roof, my tractor wheel blown over and bins displaced.

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That was it really, Molly found a bone and we were both glad to be home Smile

Going backwards Sad smile

Despite being home for 11:30 on Monday morning I did very little bar tidy up stuff displaced by the storm and tidy up around the croft. Tuesday saw me attack the ‘Old Girl’ with a new vigour, having left her with some unresolved issues. The heater motor had failed on the day I’d left, the ignition light had failed as had several more dashboard lights which I’d left in working order Sad smile

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Still, I managed to get most of them back on and the rear lights working before turning my attention towards the more cosmetic task of removing and restoring my seat brackets.

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It was a peach of a day with a fine close to it.

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16 Comments »

  1. Hey Paul,

    >>The pigs I wanted to be fat, the dug I didn’t

    I needed a good laugh at something like that to get the day started 🙂

    Hope you’ve recovered from your overdose of student food, definitely upmarket with India and Chinese, not quite the student food I remember 🙂

    Comment by Tigger — November 4, 2020 @ 9:28 am

    • Aye Tigger, I love my neighbour dearly but she does tend to over feed things 🙂 I can always tell when she is away, the pigeon’s come round to visit 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2020 @ 11:27 am

  2. I thought it’d gone quiet … but been busy you sometimes think you’re just imagining things.

    “at some point, at least one of them will work” … but not at the same time. That’s most likely a universe ending event as we Land Rover owners all know.

    Comment by Matt — November 4, 2020 @ 10:23 am

    • Aye Matt,

      “at some point, at least one of them will work” … but not at the same time. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2020 @ 11:28 am

  3. for the second time I was having a last supper and bidding farewell for the foreseeable future to my kids as well

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 4, 2020 @ 11:06 am

  4. Hi Paul – you may find this of interest. Ineos are developing their Grenadier. Said to be like the LR Defender, but better !https://ineosgrenadier.com/reveal

    Comment by David Gartside — November 4, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

    • Aye David, it looks good hey but I have little time or respect for Ratcliffe or Ineos.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2020 @ 6:57 am

  5. In breach of the level 3 restrictions, lets hope you didn’t catch or transmit any Covid. It is real you know. It is that unthinking behaviour that got us where we are with deaths and continual lockdowns that people think are somewhere else “ I am being sensible”. Prepare for backlash from self righteous epidemiologists of 5 minutes experience?

    Comment by Arthur mcintyre — November 5, 2020 @ 7:49 am

    • 😦 Aye, lets hope so too Arthur but which ones did I breach? I gave up trying to make sense of the ever changing restrictions several dozen Downing Street and Holyrood announcements ago 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 5, 2020 @ 9:26 am

  6. While you’re doing other bits n piece of wiring, I can definitely recommend these:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LAND-ROVER-DEFENDER-LED-LIGHT-KIT-SIDE-INDICATOR-STOP-TAIL-RELAY-UNIT-WIPAC/254086237887

    I’m sure my sidelights are now brighter than the old headlights used to be!
    I swapped the headlights to LED, too.. the difference is amazing and I no longer have to replace the switch every year or so 🙂

    Comment by Adrian Cresswell — November 5, 2020 @ 7:53 pm

    • How long have you had yours fitted Adrian? It was about 2 years and mine filled with water so badly that I had to drill them to let it all out!! They still work and yes they are indeed brighter. Also there’s the issue with older vehicles and the lack of resistance from the lower amps pulled causing the indicators to not work correctly. I solved this by leaving the front wing repeaters as standard. The LED headlights are a huge upgrade though I agree. I have them on the 90 but not the 110. It’s almost night and day. Forgive the pun.

      Comment by Matt — November 5, 2020 @ 8:01 pm

      • Morning Matt, can you give me a link for the LED headlights, I have xenon ones at the moment which I love. However, A, I’m not convinced they are legal (though they have passed at least 3 MOT’s) B, they have not been trouble free and C, Tayside left the wiring in a bit of a state.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 6, 2020 @ 7:36 am

      • Ayup chap. There’s any number of options for LED Headlights these days. Unfortunately mine were a gift so I’ve no idea what the price was but I know they came from eBay and they’re E Marked. Bearmach do a set as well but they’re quite pricey. You can sign up for their email newsletter and they often give 15% off. https://bearmach.com/7-chrome-led-headlamp-kit-suitable-for-rhd-defender-range-rover-vehicles-ba-070led

        Comment by Matt — November 6, 2020 @ 9:54 am

    • Feck, feck, feck, Adrian, I really did look at those with a mind to lowering current in the wiring loom but in the end I bought a set of regular Bearmach ones. They were obviously much cheaper but I do wish I’d got the LED ones. Having said that I am now a committed Bearmach fan as opposed to Britpart shitpart, the Bearmach lamps have thicker cable and stainless steel screws 🙂 Can you give me a link for the headlights please?

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 6, 2020 @ 7:32 am

      • Had my indicators, etc since 2017. No problems with water so far… and the kit came with a replacement for the normal flasher relay so it wasn’t dependent on resistance to keep the timing right. This meant I could swap the wing repeaters, too. That was actually the hardest part of the job because I struggled to get to the back of them when I needed to…

        These are the headlights I fitted… http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252244428591
        There wasn’t a lot of choice at the time, so worth shopping around even though I’m still happy…!

        Comment by Adrian Cresswell — November 6, 2020 @ 6:03 pm

      • I had mine a bit longer than that. Also the problem tends to affect earlier looms because of the way they’re made. I also had the replacement relay which I’ll warn you now also had to be replaced after five years.

        Those headlights look the same as mine. They’re a great upgrade. Quite new to me being only a couple of years old.

        Comment by Matt — November 6, 2020 @ 6:10 pm


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