Life at the end of the road

February 12, 2018

Engineerless :-(

Sunday already and chance to get of blogging in at last, just cannae manage work and posting, it’s just too much for an old fart like me. Truth is, that apart from last night we’ve both been in bed before 21:00 every evening. Darling wife is too feeling the strain of full time employment, mind you she smells lovely when she comes home from work Smile 

Work got off to a great start on Tuesday with me heading off to see me Mammy first.

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Gotta say I was a little surprised when I drove down ‘The Avenue’ on my way for the 8:55. Last time I was down there, only a few days previously there were considerably more trees standing. There was a John Deere harvester and forwarder working just by the Raasay Sawmill (convenient hey) and a truck coming off the ferry.


After a pleasant few hours with Mum and Leah the Labrador it was onto work to join the 15:00 ferry and start my ‘two weeks on’

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Looking towards Glomach from Ratagan over Loch Duich. The Storr, Raasay and the Moll fish farm. Ronja Commander at Caridh fish farm in Loch Ainort.


‘Work’ arriving to collect me Smile

Two dogs walking Smile

So, now we’re both out at work all day, at least when I’m ‘on shift’, we now have a ‘latch key’ wee dug, or at least we would have if I didn’t take her to work. Molly accompanied me on Wednesday morning and now lives in the car until lunchtime when she joins Bonzo and I for our afternoon stroll. I can’t say she was too impressed with sitting in the back of the car,


but she sure did enjoy the walk with Bonzo and they seemed to get on well enough.


I guess not needing to put Molly on a lead makes her ‘boss dog’ so she was just fine with that.

With the weather for the foreseeable future involving showers and a cold wind I decided the engine room was the place for me this week


so concentrated on some cleaning and painting of the aft engine room bilge.

Being buried in the engine rooms certainly beats the carp out of clam diving at this time of year but that didn’t stop these two in the Inverness registered, INS94, ANT IASGAIR, (The fisherman)


At least the Sarah has a cabin.


Don’t think Ant Iasgair will around for long after Sarah has already been here for a couple of months now and those boys really do know their stuff Smile

Me, when I was doing it, I surfaced to a nice warm boat with an insulated cabin, two heaters and a sleeping bag for a ‘wee rest’ between dives. These dudes are much, much hardier than I ever was!

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Yup, give me the bowels of a nice warm ship at this time of year any day. Having said that it was a great way to earn a living and it was only age, responsibilities and a few ‘near misses’ that stopped me doing it.

Battery operated cars and ferries Smile

Well, that went a little ‘pear-shaped’ I accidentally posted the above prematurely, pressed the publish instead of save! Anyways, the painting kept me occupied for most of the week, which was pretty quiet, I guess due to the weather. Not the weekend though, far from it, Raasay seemed to be overflowing with visitors this weekend. No doubt helped by some good deals at Raasay House, the great weather and the new Distillery’s ‘Whisky club’ which seems to be getting well used.

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And you don’t have to own a Tesla model S to be able to afford to join Smile The wife took me around a few weeks ago and the rooms are just lovely.


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The next best view on Raasay, after the one from Sonas of course Smile

Raasay Engineering is no more Sad smile

It will be great missed by both the inhabitants of Raasay and the ferry in particular, Simon was always at hand for the odd welding or fabrication job and often pulled us ‘out of the brown stuff’ with some of his ingenious repairs. However he’s relocating to France this week and we all wish him, Lynn and the dogs all the best. The ‘Macleod Hauler’ name and business lives on, though now at Kishorn Mechanical Services Ltd . The only ‘upside’ of this being that Simon kindly gave me a whole heap of steel and fastners that I now need to find room for in my shed!

Sunday was a lovely drive to work in daylight with the sun rising on fresh fallen snow.

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The extra weekend traffic made for the the busiest ferry of the year so far and the battery powered Tesla departed along with 17 other cars on a fully battery powered ship.

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The day wasn’t all ‘rosy’ right enough


though most of that is the ‘deck drencher’ system. A little while later the sun was out once more.

The Eberspacher

Having some time on my hands I ran some tests on my Eberspacher D1LCC, heating up the flame and temp sensors with a heat gun then checking the resistance using multimeters and an IR thermometer.

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They supposed to conform with the tables below.


and whilst my temp sender did, my flame sensor didn’t but in my experience with these type sensors. If the value alters smoothly as the heat rises then everything is usually peachy. I’m certainly not going to fork out £75 for a new one on the ‘off chance’. I’ll give it a good testing as soon as I can find the rheostat switch. The thing about old age is, you spend half your time looking for stuff you’ve put somewhere safe!!

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Clouds clinging to the north shore of Loch Sligachan and Ben Tianavaig.


February 2, 2018

I’m a Seaman :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover, reading, shed/house, stonework, weather — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:05 am

Well, I didn’t think I’d be back at work so soon but here I am as a seaman right enough and not a motorman but at work nonetheless. Still at least I’ve got the Internet here so can catch up with everything in cyberspace in relative comfort.


Better than being sat at 90 degrees in the car with the engine running and heater on at Brochel, or is it? at least in the car I can go home when I please. Having said that I’m actually at home now in my PJ’s giving my eyes a rest from ‘Wonders of Salvage’ by David Masters, first printed in 1924 but I’m reading the 1944 version with photographs, though I also have a 1929 copy.


It aint all bad being Internetless and I’ve a very large bookcase to go through.

Anyways, after the brief spell at Brochel this morning I returned home and got on with a little path work.

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You would think that with a 3ton dumper and digger I’d have given up on picking rocks by hand and putting them in a bucket.

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Not a chance, I found it quite therapeutic, hunkered down with my back to the wind picking up just the right sized stone into a plastic bucket and lifting it into the trailer. Sadly, or was it luckily my mate Donnie from DDK design was needing both quad and trailer to do some work so I only managed one load. Then I set about lightening the garden gate and then strengthening it. This was actually a temporary fix some years ago using the pallet that my Rolls batteries came on. It worked just fine but was a little on the heavy side so I cut it in half and fitted a brace. It’s still ‘work in progress’ but at least I don;’t have to worry about pigs getting in the garden as we’re busy eating them Smile

It was also time for ‘number 2 breakfast’ so I retired for into the house for a couple of fried eggs and a warm.

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Trouble with a view like this from your table, it’s kinda hard to tear yourself away.

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This will be the ‘Wilk’ or ‘Bonnet’ reef just south of Grian s Sgier and you only ever see it breaking when it’s stormy like this. There is one to the north of Grian a Sgier too and I always get them mixed up, one is supposed to break like a bonnet and the other is supposed to look like a whelk. Methinks that it’s the one to the north that looks more like a winkle than a bonnet but you can’t see it from the house.


That’s Grian a Sgier, the ‘Sunny Rock or Skerry’.

Back to the Eberspacher

After running out of rocks I once more turned my attention to the diesel heater in the Land Rover.

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It’s very straight forward to pull apart, just 6 plastic clips and half a dozen M5 Pozi set screws, though the screws do require care WD40 and even heat to remove them. That heat sensor in the middle image had come out of its clip so that may explain poor performance and frequent shut downs.


More likely though it was just the fact that it was pure coked up with carbon but much scraping and hoovering sorted that.

Right that’s it, I’m at work Smile

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The wind is away, the swell is still here and I’m a seaman for the day Smile

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