Life at the end of the road

March 24, 2019

Let there be light :-)

Home at last, 7:00am now on a Sunday morning and I’m savouring the peace and view with a fresh pot of coffee afore I venture out.


Sure the Storr is shrouded in cloud there’s a good hash of west wind and it’s far from dry, but I love it Smile The hawthorn and willow are getting greener by the day and the roof sheets are still on ‘Callum’s Shed’


I never put the flashing on the exposed end before I went to LA cos we’re gonna extend it more. Had a sleepless night down in LA worrying about it but me good mate and ‘shed guru’ went up, put some extra screws in it and a ratchet strap around the purlins. By all accounts it must have been boodly windy whilst I was away cos the wee Proven/Kingspan wind turbine averaged 31kWh per day!!!!!!! over a two week period.

I did get home to Sonas around 10:30 on Friday but can’t say I achieved a great deal, I was pure whacked after the sleepless night at Sconser and Darling wife was stuck on Skye Sad smile The trusty MV Loch Bhrusda was off service later on that day and Wifey and the rest of the Isle of Raasay Distillery team were visiting ‘competition’ on Skye. The Torabhaig distillery down in Sleat . Pronounced Toravaig it opened around the same time as ours I think and is well worth a visit by all accounts.

I busied myself with the mountain of washing I’d generated during the fortnight in LA, put the caravan to bed then did the same myself for a couple of hours.

Bhrusda did sail at 17:00 and I was finally reunited with my wife a couple of hours later having made a vegetarian number with spuds, sweet potato and cheese baked in the oven. We had both had rather long and stressful days so retired early without the long awaited glass of red wine Smile


Well, it wasn’t half a cracking day here but I spent most of it fitting a new generator to my mates lighting tower. That was after driving down to the village to fit a curtain pole in the ‘toon hoose’ and doing some shopping at the Raasay Community Store. Only a guy could drive home, call in at a supermarket and not actually get any worthwhile shopping hey!!! Seriously, I managed to get olives, honey, pasta, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and bananas by the shed load but neglected to actually buy anything important like bread, milk, fresh veg and meat, hence the vegetarian option on Friday night Smile Sure we have a freezer full of dead pig and dear but I never removed anything from it when I got home either. Men!!! what are we like Smile

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It was great to see progress at the new Isle of Raasay Distillery warehouses


Another great boost for the island with jobs to follow.

The VT100 lighting tower

Once back home the rest of the day was taken up fitting a new generator to a VT100 lighting tower. The day was far too nice to be stuck in the shed but my mate was needing it and I was sick of tripping over it Smile It’s been a long and fiddly job due to the access or should I say lack of it. The alternator is boodly heavy and has to come out sideways once it is detached from it’s Kubota engine. A task made complicated by all the electrical gubbins in the way.

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Bar a rest for dinner, a sweet pork loin stir fry produced by Darling Wife, it took me all day and when I’d finished it didn’t work Sad smile

I wont say I connected the alternator wiring up the wrong way cos I didnae.

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I took photos of the old one first and wired the new one the same, well the new one was wired differently and it was a boodly fiddly job to re configure the terminals in situ I can tell you.


Still, I got it sorted and was well chuffed with the result, so, if you ever happen to be fitting a Linz alternator to a VT100 lighting tower check the wiring by running it up BEFORE you refit the 110v transformer and control panel Smile

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Right, that’s it, 8:07 now, the rain has stopped and I can see the Storr, time to walk the dugs Smile

March 15, 2019

Rumour has it :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:57 am

Methinks April has come early here at Lochaline, could be the rest of Scotland for all I know as I don’t even have my regular dose of Radio4 or Radio2 in LA Smile Last year I brought a radio with me but the reception was pish so I never bothered this time, sure I could listen via the Internet but I only have a small allowance of data on my MiFi contract. Never actually used it all up right enough but I’ve been burned, nay, scorched before with going over contract limits. When I was down at the Nautical College in South Shields five years ago I got hit with a £200 bill from Vodafone after me having a £15 or £20 contract for yonks. Sure, I’d gone over me minutes big style cos I was away from home for months but it came as a serious shock when I got the bill. Fair play to Vodafone though, when I spoke to them they shaved £50 or £100 off it cos of my ‘history’.

Of course there is a TV on the ship but ‘I’m not a fan’, seldom watch it and on this route we don’t even get free ‘titty papers’ as I call the ‘red tops’. Never really understood the newspaper thing, me Pop got a paper every day (a thick one) with all the weekend supplements and read them ‘cover to cover’. If the papers arrive late on Raasay, or worse still not at all, it’s like there has been a death on the island. The highlight of the week is Thursday (West Highland Free Press day). I just don’t get it. In my experience ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ most of what you read is written by someone who has no grip on the subject and nearly all the media is controlled by a handful of eejits or megalomaniacs. I always find that news is better served up many years after the event by someone without an axe to grind Smile

Take my epic journey down here a week ago had I not had all that ‘news’ at my ‘fingertips’ I would have just driven down here and probably been stuck for half an hour or an hour at Cluanie. As  it was with Traffic Scotland, the BBC, Facebook and other media outlets ‘keeping me informed’ it took me all friggin day and a fifty mile detour. Sometimes it’s far better to be kept in the dark Smile

Anyway, where was I ? Well it’s been a day of what can only be described as ‘April showers’ one minute brilliant sunshine and the next pishing rain and wind. One minute oilskins, the next shirt sleeves, well not quite cos it’s been cold at sea but LA itself has had its moments, sheltered as it is from most of the weather.


Nordica Hav a small Antiguan registered cargo ship heading for the LQS sand pier up the loch. She has been anchored off Mull for a couple of nights sheltering from the weather or something.


Seems to be minus her stern anchor too.


George Leslie Plant making a fine job of their site for he soon to be started harbour works, that would be a fine site for a house there Smile


Some survey work on the old pier.


And I thought my Subaru was a ‘skip’ inside Smile

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Some mighty big trees leaving Mull and some fencing materials going there.

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Another coaster the 3500t Anne Dorte from the Netherlands. LOTI heading to somewhere, not sure where.


Fish farmers at work in the Sound of Mull.

Anyway, that’s it for now, tis 5:45 and time to go and ‘flash her up’ and perhaps catch the latest Brexit nonsense on TV, it’s bound to be on Smile I was gonna post this last night but guess what, I was in bed early with a good book. What’s more it looks like we may well be here longer than expected, I hear that MV Lochinvar may delayed a day or two Sad smile Still there are much, much worse places to be stuck working than sunny LA Smile

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