Life at the end of the road

April 30, 2018

Accelerator, brake, clutch :-(

Terrible of me I know, severe lack lack of effort on my behalf on the posting front, just been waaay too much to do I’m afraid. Anyway’s ‘home at last’ after my spell down at Lochaline and almost halfway through a month’s holiday, where did it go?

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been on holiday for months cos my spell down in Lochaline was a bit of a holiday too Smile


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OK, the weather wasn’t always great but I was tucked up in my caravan with the ‘wee dug’ just a ‘stone’s throw’ from ‘work’ and getting well paid for the privilege.

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Had great views of the Lochaline fire brigade practicing


and the MV Sea Harmony loading quality sand from the LQS mine just on my doorstep so to speak. Bit of a ‘ship anorak’s’ paradise down there for sure.

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Sea Cargo’s MV Trans Dania

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The MV Harmen Oldendorff probably heading for Glensanda.

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Plenty of exciting trucks too Smile a couple of nice Volvo’s from Cameron’s of Lochcarron  and D&J Campbell of Oban being just two of the many.


CalMac’s Lord of the Isles and Serco’s SD Moorfowl, is it any coincidence that Serco painted their vessels in CalMac colours just prior to the last round of tendering for the CHFS II contract. Luckily for me CalMac won it and by the next time it’s up for renewal I’ll be retired Smile

So Green

Later than expected and not too soon for me, I finally got home on Thursday night, two days later than expected. The annoyance of my unscheduled extra couple of days at work being tempered by the fine weather and lush green foliage. It was as if summer had arrived in my brief absence Smile


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The hedge we’d planted last year was really ‘coming on’ with the best efforts of Bambi failing to kill the hawthorn, maple, buckthorn and rose.


Darling wife had made a start on the new garden, the cuckoo arrived on the 25th and I got stuck into ‘wind proofing’, the ‘deer proofing’ having been a great success Smile

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The deer being mightily ‘peed off’ at not having Wifey’s plants to feast on anymore.

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Then there was the Land Rover

Apart from all that the ‘Old Girl’ has been testing my patience, It’ll be her 32nd birthday this week and at around a quarter of a million miles ‘on the clock’ she’s been complaining. First off the brakes failed in Lochaline, which I managed to sort whilst there. Then on the way back, whilst driving through Broadford the clutch failed due to a leaky slave cylinder! Having used up all the brake fluid fixing the brakes a few days earlier I resorted to filling the clutch system with ATF which not only worked but slowed down the leak. That was until the throttle cable snapped whilst driving home on Raasay!!!! I couldn’t believe it, within the space of three days I’d managed to loose all three pedals Sad smile Not that I let that stop me, I clamped the broken cable with a pair of Mole grips and drove the last ten miles with no clutch or throttle cable, I kid you not Smile

The first few days at home were spent fixing the Land Rover,

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a new clutch slave cylinder, throttle cable and steering damper too.

Pigs on the hill

Then there was the pigs to put out ‘on the hill’.

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Some work to be done on their new home and train them to their new feeding trough. The ‘wee darlings’ managed to get lost the first day but are now into a regular routine.

The slip

Of course there was the major civil engineering project of repairing the old fish farm slipway.


Several trips to Sconser quarry for aggregate giving me a good stockpile of 20mm ‘all in’. The tides and weather being perfect enabling me to drill into the rock to insert ‘re bar’ as the tide was ebbing and then mix & pour for a good six hours, adding some ‘accelerator’ to speed up the curing.

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These 16mm U shaped contraptions being perfect for tying into the ancient Lewisian Gneiss.

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And, I still managed a little gardening Smile



February 6, 2018

The mouse menace :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, Land Rover, stonework — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:19 am

5:00 AM and all is well, OK it’s 5:30 now the Dow Jones is down 12,000 points (whatever that means) and I’ve just made dinner. Bit early I know but it’s a chicken, nudja bacon and mushroom casserole

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and I’m salivating looking at it. Mind you, I’ll not be eating it for another 15 hours!! It is of course Tuesday, my last Tuesday so, after a visit to me Mammies I’ll be relieving my trusty ‘back to back’ and commencing my ‘two weeks on’.

Typically I couldn’t sleep last night so was up before 5:00 this morning. Dunno why but I never sleep well before returning to work, probably thinking of all the stuff I didn’t do this last fortnight. Sure, I’ve not had any big projects on this last ‘rest period’ but I’m pleased with what I’ve achieved and at least I’ll be able to drive to work with a working heater now Smile Not only that but I’ll be able to see where I’m going when reversing having also replaced the reversing light switch too. Sadly the Eberspacher cab heater is still ‘work in progress’ I tested that yesterday and have a sneaky feeling that the ECU is dodgy Sad smile Great resource on that site but it’s a bit random and chaotic . After servicing the heater the fan now starts immediately on high speed like this! that thread and what I’ve read on the Letonkis site seems to indicate an ECU fault but I’m not convinced, like I say ‘work in progress’. Be good to get it sorted before the winter is over right enough, getting into a warm vehicle with no condensation or frost on the windows is kinda nice Smile


The starter in place.

The last day

It wasn’t the ‘pure peach’ that it was on Sunday right enough but apart from the cold southerly wind it was a fine enough day and it started off well enough with two dead mice.

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Not only have the wee feckers been eating all our vehicles they’ve made a nest in the Land Rover’s battery compartment under the passenger seat!!! I only noticed it when working at queer angle on the Eberspacher. My nose was jammed by the passenger seat I I caught a funny whiff. The ‘Old Girl’ always has that damp Land Rover smell anyway but this was tinged with urine!! Further investigation revealed a large mouse nest behind one of the batteries!!!


Not as nice as Sunday but lovely just the same.


Hard at work, Duncan and Robert from DDK repairing the flashing around the schoolhouse chimney.

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Boat moored in Loch Arnish, a sure sign of good weather Smile

An old fish trap

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The old caridh (fish trap) at Port Arnish, it’s hard to believe these days but not that long ago these stone traps were a common sight and used to trap fish on a falling tide. There’s one in Loch Arnish and a much larger one in the South Fladda anchorage. You can see any number of them driving around highland sea lochs at low tides.


The shed and ‘harbour wall’ at Port Arnish.

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