Life at the end of the road

September 2, 2019

Bled at last :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food, life off grid, listers — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:50 pm

Pretty miserable here at Sonas today with frequent showers and little sign of Skye, well it is The ‘Misty Isle’ after all hey Smile


It is there somewhere, honest, I did see it once or twice Smile

Probably as a result of even more coffee than usual yesterday I was up at ‘stupid o clock’ but with little in the way of an agenda for the day. It’s my last full day off and I’ll be joining Hallaig once more tomorrow. Unusually this ‘fortnight off’ I seem to have done all I wanted too and more, sure a little sunshine would no doubt have had me starting some project but all I really HAD to do today was finish servicing Harry. The HR2 12kW Lister had been a real PITA to bleed, in the 18 years and many filter changes it has never been such a pain. Modern diesel engines are sooooooooooo much easier to bleed than these older designs but years of experience has taught me a few tricks and I’ve never had one so contrary for years.

First off, whenever servicing an old diesel I make sure it’s warm before I change the filter. Some engines are bad enough to start without air in the fuel system, next make sure it has a full tank of fuel, the less the fuel pump has to work the better and always prime the fuel filter with fresh clean fuel if possible. I had done all of these and Harry did start straight away initially but then must have sucked up a big gob full of air and died.

Yesterday I’d removed the rocker boxes and injector pump covers and bled all the air out but not actually started it. Today I was gonna set the tappets and change the oil. The valve clearances need done when cold and oil when hot.


That done and still before 9:00am I got a message from the builders at Brochel, their generator wouldn’t start Sad smile That would be the one I fixed on Saturday that had run out of fuel and needed bleeding. Suspecting similar again I trundled down ‘Calum’s Road’ to the old castle.


Turned out to be just down to ‘technique’, the fuel lever needed pushed towards ‘RUN’ rather than ‘START’.


Of course I bled it, cleaned the fuel filter and nearly gave myself a coronary trying to start it with the handle before discovering this. I turned it off, told the boys to let it cool down before trying to start it and to phone if if they couldn’t, fingers crossed, all has been quiet on the communication front Smile

Truth is, I really didn’t do much else,


managed to squeeze the dumper and most of the Disco and digger in ‘Callum’s shed’. More eloquent parking of the Searider next time I use it should see them all fully housed.

Had to remove the roll bar off the dumper yesterday right enough. So today I stuck some conveyor belting over the holes to stop water spraying through the mudguards.

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Gosh, was it really that sunny yesterday?

Late afternoon had me wandering the hills and birch wood in search of something for the freezer but all Molly and I found was ‘shrooms, still they were a very welcome addition to the pork belly, chorizo and chick pea casserole I made for dinner . They made up for they lack of carrots and parsley but it was boodly delicious.

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The heather is amazing this year but the grey mist does it poor justice.

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The colours in the enchanted birch wood took some beating too but you’d not think that from the pictures Sad smile


September 1, 2019

Still bleeding :-)


19:45 and the 1st of September looks like it’ll end with a bonny sunset, a fitting end to a fine and productive day. It’ll be even better if the pork belly casserole turns out as good as it smells but that’s gonna be another half hour before I find out what my son’s marinade has done for it. I left the chunks bathing in Ross’ chili dip with a little dusting of herbs and harissa added by myself. I almost went for honey but that was pretty solid and I didn’t fancy the syrup.

Out with the boat

With me being unable to get the boat out of the water between 11:30 and 19:00ish I decided that I’d do it in the morning. Ross was back at work and I would be too on Tuesday. The forecast for tomorrow wasn’t great so it would be unlikely I’d be using it again for another fortnight.


With the dumper bucket full of rain water after two days of downpours it seemed like a good place to deposit Mr Mink. The other options being to gas him with the car exhaust or shoot him in the trap, which is what I usually do. Sage advice from ‘one who knows’ said drowning was the way to go as it does not discourage other mink from entering the trap, personally I’m not convinced.


I said it would be a good one hey Smile

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So, Molly and I went down to collect the trailer and recover the Searider around 10:00

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May came down a later later to help me winch it out of the water Smile Pigs just do love being about people, especially if they think there might be something to eat.

We got the boat back up to Sonas, I gave it a quick wash then hitched up a trailer to go and move a fireplace from Inverarish acquiring two hitch hikers on the way Smile I kid you not, different folk miles apart both with their thumbs out!!!


The fireplace was in ‘kit form’ by the time it got into the trailer but I’d be using the bricks for infill so that was fine.

Calling at the ferry slip to drop some stuff off I happened to be drawn to an amazing aroma emanating from the Seaflower that was berthed alongside the slip.

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Running charters out of Portree Ewen and Janice provide cruises with a difference, the difference being amazing fresh seafood lunches. So, even if you are unfortunate enough to miss the abundant dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales, sea eagles or basking sharks, you WILL have a meal to remember. Me, I had to get out of there and rush home for ‘second breakfast’ Smile

Still bleeding bleeding

With the lunch of bacon tomatoes and mushrooms devoured I set about putting the Searider to bed.

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I was really chuffed as this is the first time I’ve done it completely on my own and after extending the electric winch remote yesterday it was a piece of cake.

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I then transferred the fireplace to the dumper, tipped it somewhere soft and then cleaned out the trailer with a little help Smile

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Next it was back to the HR2 Lister to try and bleed the fuel system which was turning into a bit of an epic. The only other manufacturers that could have made something so simple such a chore are Peugeot or Citroen Smile I had to resort to removing the fuel stop solenoid to remove the injector pump cover to get at the bleed screws on the injector pumps.

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Had this generator had all it’s original air cooling ducting fitted I would have had to remove that too!!!

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Oh well, at least I found the source of an annoying oil leak so I left the broken gasket off and once the pumps were bled fitted the cover back with just Hylomar Then I bled the actual injectors and whilst I didn’t actually start Harry the HR2 on account of me needing fed I’m 100% he’s sorted.

Too much vinegar


To be fair too the Lad the chili dip was amazing last night with the scallops but as a marinade for me pork belly there was too much vinegar. I reckon I should have gone with my gut feeling and added some syrup. Still, it was pretty damn good and there’s a wee bit left for tomorrow lunch Smile

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