Life at the end of the road

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

August 27, 2019

The random coal men :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, Discovery, food, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:42 pm

Pretty grey and damp all day here at the ‘North End’, probably the whole of Raasay to be sure. We quite often get different weather here at Arnish but not I suspect today. The early start I was hoping for never happened but I did manage to collar my son afore he set off for work. Half a ton of coal had been erroneously delivered to Brochel for me Mate at Torran so Ross and I went to collect it with the trailer thus giving him some practice in the reversing department Smile

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Well, he was certainly better than me at that age, considering it was a damp and steamed up chariot he was driving Smile The Subaru’s four wheel drive and low ratio making manoeuvring not quite so challenging. Really pi55ed off that they don’t have a low ratio on the newer ones as it’s essential for me.

Save our phone boxes Smile

Anyway, we got the coal back up Calum’s Road and left it at ‘The Kiosk’ a name that belongs to a generation past. Anyone born or raised at the North End will still call the road end car park at Arnish ‘The Kiosk’ for that’s where the telephone box lived. A phone box that may well have been unique because it was on a ‘party line’ with the only other telephone at the North End. Chances are it was probably also unique in that it was mostly the same coins that went through it Smile 

The phone box was taken away around 1969 when most of the people abandoned Fladda, Torran and Arnish, which was long before Calum’s Road was finished and there was any notion of a car park.   The other telephone was in the Post Office but that moved several times over the next 30 years or so. We have the rise of fascism to thank for phones at Arnish Smile War clouds over Europe prompted HMG to improve communication in the 1930’s. When the phone lines finally went underground in the 90’s I was given 100 telegraph poles as payment for recovering my first vehicle from down the Torran track. The said vehicle being a tractor belonging to BT Smile It would prove to be the first of many recoveries over the next 25 years Smile

Anyway, I only mention this cos the Arnish kiosk ended up at Inverarish right next to the one that was already there and BT now want to remove them. Methinks there are moves afoot to ‘S.O.K’ (save our kiosks) and turn them into something useful but it’s ‘early days’ and I’ll keep you posted Smile

The Disco brakes

Most of my day was spent working on the WiFE, me new Disco Smile that had a binding front brake. Even genuine TRW calipers and carriers are relatively cheap for the Discovery so I didn’t even try freeing them off. I’d got the truck for buttons so wasn’t going to skimp on getting it 100%.

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And whilst I was at it I fitted new discs, pads and a track rod.

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For reasons beyond my comprehension you can only replace the ‘left hand threaded’ joint, what would normally be the ‘right hand threaded’ joint is part of the track rod! Luckily it was the right handed one that was worn and I had a new track rod minus the left handed joint. Normally doing any work like this would require having the track checked with some urgency afterwards. However I made a jig up using a clamp, block of wood and my barn RSJ to ensure the rod lengths were identical. Sure it’ll still need a visit to Skyefit for checking but at least it’ll be in the right ‘ball park’ and not scrub me tyres first Smile

Sure whilst I had the Disco on the lift I should have serviced it too and done the rear brakes but it’s Willie Eyre’s funeral tomorrow at 11:30 and I don’t want to be late for that. Not only that I’d had enough ‘motor mechanising’ for one day and I’m trying to ‘slow down’ Smile Seemed like a better idea to have a ‘road test’ to Brochel with ‘wee dug’.

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Molly and I had a good wander about the ruins there before heading home for a snack.

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The white sandstone cliffs south of Brochel and Church Rock, a huge cube shaped boulder that is gradually disappearing under vegetation.


More boodly ‘shrooms Smile

After the ‘wee snack’ and fooling Molly into staying in the house I went out for a spot of fishing.

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Despite there being plenty of fish I never got a single bite so went to ‘bash’ some scallops instead.

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Better than a ‘poke in the eye with a sharp stick’ Smile

Anyway, that’s it, Ross Camilli is busy lifting weights in the shed and I’m off to bed with The Laurentic has been pulverised by winter gales and the gold has vanished Surprised smile

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