Life at the end of the road

September 25, 2018

Better than expected :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, How I, pigs, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:47 pm

Well, I got me concreting done after all, though I didn’t start until much later, that heave in the sea didn’t moderate until early afternoon. A good gale of south wind flattened it sufficiently by midday so I decided to ‘go for it’.

I’d spent the fine dry morning creosoting the pig arcs and then finishing floor number two.

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I can’t remember exactly when we bought these insulated pig arcs but it’s way before I started blogging in 2007 so they’re at least 12 years old and this is the first repair work I’ve done on them. The company I bought them off is long out of business but it certainly wasn’t cos they made an inferior product. They’re 8 x 6 so plenty large enough for the biggest sow and a litter and insulated too so they’re warm in the winter and cool in the summer without any problems with condensation. Sure I could have made some myself but to be honest, by the time I’d bought the materials I would not have saved much and at that time I didn’t have the same amount of cordless tools to make these projects so much fun Smile

Once I’d sorted that I decided to at least go down to the shore and bond all my bolts and rebar into the bedrock by the slipway. It was pretty wild and I didn’t seriously think I’d actually be mixing any concrete but at least I could get some prep work done for tomorrow.

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I’d drilled some 20 or so 14mm holes yesterday to take 150mm x M12 galvanized bolts and 12mm rebar. With the tide now well out I washed out the holes again then blasted them dry with the Hilti hand pump. The RE HIT500 resin is then injected into the hole with a special gun that takes and mixes the two component parts. This resin is the ‘dogs bollox’ but boodly expensive. The first time I used it was 2005 to bolt my first wind turbine directly to Scotland. Back then I paid the full price for the stuff and hired a gun. Can’t remember what it cost but now it’s getting on for £30 for a 330ml ‘twin pack’

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Me, I just buy em off eBay now, just out of date for about a tenner and I bought the applicator kit for around £25, brilliant stuff and I’ve now used it on three wind turbine bases and lots of other projects. A word of caution though, make sure you buy the correct gun for the correct resin, they are not all the same Sad smile

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By the time I’d bonded all twenty odd bolts and bar I had manged to convince myself it was calm enough to mix and pour. At leas calm enough to grout some of the larger rocks to the bedrock anyway. So over the next 3 hours I mixed some two tons of aggregate with 20 bags of cement in my wee Belle mixer, a nice strong stiff mix for the lower section.

After dinner of sausage, chips and baked beans, yes really Smile I went down to check it out as the tide was rising and all seemed well.

Over the last month

So, that was it really for today and as I’ve no idea what I’ve been up to this last month since we got back from Lewis I’ll ‘ave a look at me pictures.

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The shed got another coat of Leyland Paints Frigate grey floor paint, well impressed with it’s durability, only painting it cos it’s dirty Smile

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I bought some fine Chinese waders with the feet on the wrong legs, you gotta laugh hey Smile

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The Portree Lifeboat Stanley Watson Barker racing to Kyle ‘on a shout’, some poor girl jumped off the Skye bridge. She was pulled out of the water alive three hours later but tragically died on the way to hospital.

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Cows on a mission in Inverarish Smile

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Another anchor recovered and dragged ashore to be checked out at low water.

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A prawn, a velvet crab and me boy with some scallops Smile

That was it really, got another couple of tons loaded onto the trailer ready for tomorrow and it looks like being a half decent day Smile

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July 31, 2018

Snow in July!!!!! :-)

Well that’ll be the good weather by with now Sad smile Hopefully not for long though. Spoke too soon, that was two weeks ago and it’s ‘peachy again’ Smile Yup, that’s when I attempted some blogging again, halfway through my ‘on shift’ aboard Hallaig and it was snowing!! Well not really, we were doing some major painting round the portside of the car deck.

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The hardest bit of which is cleaning up all the ‘snowflakes’ left behind by the power washing.

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Luckily the trusty MV Hallaig has a large enough car deck to still ship plenty of traffic even with one lane closed. Having said that this was before the ‘Glasgow Fair’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Fair and English school holidays. The Glasgow Fair fortnight being Raasay’s busiest period in the summer, when all the Raasay ‘ex pats’ return to their family homes Smile

Truly finished

My good mate and master builder Lachie Gillies took full advantage of the weather and came over to put the finishing touches to Sonas.

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That’ll be the ‘ingoes’ around the 20 triple glazed windows finally done Smile It’s been one of those jobs on his ‘to do’ list for a couple of years, don’t worry Lachie, I’ve got hunners of jobs been waiting much longer than that Smile

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The Raasay House sgoth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgoth Oigh Niseach, four hens in one nest box and the gaff rigged cutter Eda Frandsen https://eda-frandsen.co.uk/ moored in Loch Arnish.

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My son exploring more of the Arnish sea caves

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and wildlife, in and around Loch Arnish.

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That was the ‘fortnight on’ as for the ‘two weeks off’ well that’s half way by with and much of it has revolved around Calum, the Kubota.

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A bent drag link on the neighbours Nissan Patrol being straightened with Calum’s blade and bucket.

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A broken tyre valve being replaced on the Searider’s trailer.

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Then the more traditional uses for a 3 ton machine,

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laying a field drain in one of the hen enclosures. Something that would have been impossible in a normal ‘soggy summer’ Smile

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The Portree fishing boat Green Isle after a lobster or two in Loch Arnish and Molly helping ‘haul rocks’ in the dumper.

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The latest addition to ‘the fleet’ an old but low mileage Forester from Devon.

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The ‘Egg Chariot’ ready for this afternoon’s trip to Harris and the ‘dog sitter’ with 75% of the pack (Molly is still in bed)

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It’s a ‘dogs life’ hey, Leah, Charlie and Bonzo ‘full of beans’ and Molly having none of it Smile

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Land Rover still very much ‘work in progress’ at Tayside LR http://www.taysidelandrovers.com/Home.aspx

Anyway, ‘that’s it’ for now, gotta pack the car as we’re off on our ‘jollies’ this afternoon Smile St Kilda here we come https://www.kildacruises.co.uk/ (hopefully)

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