Life at the end of the road

March 23, 2022

Tirfin’ in the sunset :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, life off grid, wind turbine — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:57 am

Another pure peach of a day yesterday, it’s 6:00AM now on Wednesday and the day looks a bit like I feel, kinda grey and unsure of itself Sad smile Had a bit of s skin full last night but the forecast for the day is for it to brighten up and I’m hoping to do the same. For today is the annual ‘pig fest’ where the wee grunters go into the freezer Sad smile 

Well that’s me been on ‘holiday’ a whole week now and at at last I feel like the list is getting shorter. Tuesday morning being taken up by taking my friends car to Skyfit for the MOT re test, which it passed after having much welding a spring and ball joint. Both of which are in no small way due to the state of the Raasay roads. Broken springs being a particular favourite for MOT failures these days apparently. Anyway arriving home around 13:00 I turned my attention back to the Proven 6kW wind turbine that was lying across my drive way. I needed to get that raised as a matter of urgency as he first batch of my friends would be arriving later for today’s ‘pig fest’. The huge turbine was blocking access to my shed and needed to be raised before the rain arrived on Thursday,


not that there was much of it but I wanted to get all my tools and the 50M of Tirfor wire oiled and indoors before it got wet.


First though I had to remove the covers to grease the bearings and access the yaw rollers and inspect the brushes. A task that was much more difficult and time consuming than I expected. This was mainly due to my decision to not lower the turbine fully and work from a pallet on the top of my dumper. A decision that I now regret, for whilst it undoubtedly saved me lowering the turbine with the Tirfor under its greatest strain as the load increases as the mast angle decreases. It did make working on the turbine much harder.

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Whilst the brushes and yaw rollers were all in excellent condition, the stainless steel brake cable was almost parted and this caused me much grief trying to replace it as I did not have any wire or clamps of the right size.


However after much searching I managed to turn up some yacht rigging and splice it onto the end of the original wire using copper pipe and electrical crimping tools.

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The yaw rollers were just fine so I left them and kept my fingers crossed Smile spending the next hour or two refitting the covers to the turbine and cursing myself for not having lowered it to the ground Sad smile

By the time I finally got it back together it was exactly 17:00 and I started the long and arduous task of winching the 15M mast up. As I mentioned earlier this is much harder at the beginning when the turbine is lower down so I started off doing 16 strokes and having a rest, gradually working my way up to 25, 30  then finally 60.

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It was boodly hard work and kept me going until after the sun went down.

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However by 19:00, two hours later I had it bolted down and called it a day.

The first arrivals

Luckily my friends had not arrived yet so I took the Mule along to the Schoolhouse, opened it up, switched the lights on and turned the heating on, arriving back at the Arnish car park just after they’d arrived at 19:30. Getting invited for dinner, how could I refuse Smile, hence the sore head and now I really must go out and give the pigs their ‘last supper’ Sad smile

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I’ll just leave you with a bunch of oystercatchers at the old pier yesterday and the SD Warden that was out on the range yesterday. Their must be something afoot as the day before a submarine was surfaced all day, today SD Moorfowl, SD Kyle of Lochalsh, SD Warden and SD Raasay are all heading for east of Raasay. A four engine plane was also in the air above Raasay yesterday for much of the afternoon.


  1. Best of luck with the pig fest and hope all goes well.

    Comment by glenelgadventure — March 23, 2022 @ 9:05 am

  2. Hope ‘pig day’ runs smoothly. I found a decent red helps the aching muscles when bulk making sausages and the like!

    Comment by todthedog — March 23, 2022 @ 9:18 am

    • Red wine (and fennel) in the sausages 🙂

      Comment by San — March 24, 2022 @ 9:21 am

      • Drat San, no fennel 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2022 @ 5:43 pm

  3. The picture following the weather forecast, had me convinced for a short while that you were rigging up a Thwaites dumper with a rudimentary vertical take off function 🙂

    Comment by Andy — March 23, 2022 @ 9:25 am

    • Trebuchet or autogyro?



      Comment by Damon Hart-Davis — March 23, 2022 @ 12:36 pm

      • A combination of both!!! An old phrase used by earthworks managers looking to maximise progress – “Is the muck flying?”- would be most apt 🙂

        Comment by Andy — March 23, 2022 @ 7:29 pm

  4. Blimey mate! I get a sense of achievement when I’ve got all the washing sorted and the pets fed. You must have either been elated or exhausted by the end of that one!

    Nice to see the Oystercatchers … don’t see much of them here 😉

    Comment by Matt — March 24, 2022 @ 9:58 am

    • Aye Matt, was pretty tired right enough, even more so tonight 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2022 @ 5:51 pm

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