Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2021

More lock :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:37 pm

Pretty darn miserable just about sums up today’s weather, the only silver lining being that it wasn’t as miserable as the forecast. Though I didn’t actually realize that for several hours when Bonzo and I went out for our walk. No, I awoke at my usual ‘stupid o clock’, I knew it was bad cos I couldn’t see the Storr cat’s eyes staring at me through the bedroom window. Being cursed with an inability to stay in bed I got up anyway and after studying the forecast wished I hadn’t.


Any thoughts of a trip to Sconser quarry on an early ferry being put right out of my head, It was only a notion I’d had last night and wasn’t a crucial mission anyway. It seemed like another day in the shed was on the horizon or perhaps clearing a few drains, that’s always a good option when it’s been pishing down for yonks. Anyway whatever I was gonna do it wouldn’t involve going outside until it was light and that was hours away. Indeed it was a perfect day for doing my VAT return but I’d already knocked that on the head on Sunday morning, a full week or so before it was actually due!

With all the wind and water power being generated I started the day giving the washer and tumble drier a good bashing. Well it certainly would not be a day for hanging stuff out to dry even if I could have found enough pegs to hold stuff on the washing line. It was blowing a good Force 6 gusting 8 on the ‘peg scale’ that’s the number of clothes pegs required to keep a T shirt from blowing away.

When it did eventually get light enough to tempt me outside it was still boodly miserable but as it was forecast to get even miserabler I thought ‘it’s now or never’ and suited up. We headed up to North Arnish after feeding the pigs who just don’t seem to mind the weather one bit, unlike Molly who was standing with her front paws on the Land Rover back step looking hopefully at the back door as if it would magically open. Which of course it did, aided by me before disappearing with Bonzo.

North Arnish

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Taking the more sheltered route to avoid the bracken through the trees we passed the remains of an old ruin I’d never noticed before.

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It was boodly miserable up there and I had a nice toasty well insulated house to go back to.

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These people must sure have been hardy, I’m feeling cold just looking at the photos!

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The ruin on the right is the gable end of ‘Donald’s barn’ Donald used to live up here before he moved to Eyre and it’s not that long since he died. Just makes you realize that it’s not that long ago that people actually lived up here. It’s no wonder Donald was ‘strong as an ox’ he had to carry everything up from the shore on his back!

With my waterproofs not actually living up to their name I got home soaked to the skin and after breakfast and some tinkering in the shed decided to head into the village to post a letter and do a few bits and bobs.

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Visit the Raasay Sawmill, visit Hallaig and get a few grapes and bananas for me muesli Smile


Adjusting the ‘lock stops’

It was whilst doing a six point turn in a place where a 3 point should have sufficed that I decided it was about time I adjusted my steering ‘lock stops’ on the ‘Old Girl’. Not sure what’s happened but since I got her back the lock has been terrible, perhaps these wheels have a different offset but I don’t think so. Anyway I got her in the shed jacked up the front end supporting the axle on stands and worked the steering ‘lock to lock’ observing the stops.

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Even adjusting the M12 bolt fully in wasn’t enough so I fitted a shorter one which allowed the wheels to turn in a little more.


Seems to have sorted it Winking smile


  1. We’ve moved from Tresco and now on St Mary’s working at the campsite. Our work vehicle is a 2015 Landy 110 pick up with the Truckman cab on the back.
    Great workhorse. Worst lock I’ve ever known and as much as they are fantastic utility vehicles I can’t stand it really..
    Surely a Hilux is a better option?

    Comment by ministryofscillywalks — October 26, 2021 @ 10:40 pm

    • Anything would be a better option really George but Land Rovers are a bit like malaria or Lyme disease once you’ve been bitten by the bug you just never get over it, it just keeps recurring despite treatment or therapy 🙂 How many Hi-Lux’s or Japanese pick ups do you see still on the road at twenty year old, never mind thirty plus. It’s not because they are any good it’s cos their owners are obsessed 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 27, 2021 @ 3:42 am

  2. You’d have to be made of tough stuff to live up there! I’m down in Sidmouth at my little sisters place and I’m waiting out the heavy rain before heading to the DIY shop to grab some supplies to fix what I’ve been ordered to sort. Even Ella was pulling at the lead to go home as it caught us coming back from the beach!

    Funny I was going to ask you about waterproofs as I’m in the market after my most recent jacket failed. Fed up of spending money on the things!

    You be careful that adjusting the stop that far doesn’t find the rust on your swivels and scrap your seals. Seen that happen a few times. The cure is a nice new set and I always suggest Corteco if things heads down that path.

    Comment by Matt — October 28, 2021 @ 2:45 pm

    • Aye Matt, Grundens, Guy Cotten or 66 North for serious water proofs 😉 Sidmouth, nice part of the world, done much wreck diving down there in Lyme Bay.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2021 @ 7:13 am

      • Wouldn’t be much diving done last few days… Water as red as the Jurassic Cliffs! Impressive storm gave the defences a workout.

        Comment by Matt — October 29, 2021 @ 8:27 pm

  3. Watched hour long BBC Alba prog that appeared this week all about Raasay – disappointed not see you !

    Comment by jimbo — October 28, 2021 @ 8:48 pm

    • Cheers, Jimbo, will give it a look 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 29, 2021 @ 6:49 am

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