Life at the end of the road

October 25, 2018

Another project :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:44 am

6:00AM and all is well, Darling wife left for work half an hour ago and it’s not raining Smile Not that that will last long, according to XC it’ll be pishing down big style by 11:00. No worries for me right enough, I’m off to Skye in the hope of acquiring an MOT for the ‘egg chariot’, having spent most of the week underneath her welding around the rear subframe. Dunno if I can cope with the stress of having five vehicles that need MOT’s Sad smile Still, I’ve a good feeling about the Subaru, at least I have now.



I nearly cried the day before yesterday when I finally finished underneath after priming and undersealing the new steel work. I lowered her to the ground went for a test run and the friggin ABS light was stuck on Sad smile 

Talk about mortified, having accidently hit one of the rear sensors very hard whilst replacing the drive shaft, my first thought was that I’d wrecked the OSR one. A quick search on the Internet confirmed a hefty price tag but that wouldn’t help me as the MOT was booked for today. Anyway, afore I got too excited I put the car back on the lift and had a look underneath.


Much to my relief I discovered that I’d trapped the sensor wires under the trailing arm mounts whilst refitting them, on both sides!!! I say ‘much to my relief’ cos it meant I’s a solution that didn’t involve money and waiting for parts but it was a real PITA to repair both sides. The rear seat has to come out to break the connection, everything was freshly covered in underseal and grease, plus the sensor wires are really fine copper sheathed in very thick and tough insulation. Still, I managed to effect a decent repair before re sealing with Densotape.

With the egg chariot finally sorted washed and hoovered out I turned my attention to that great Arnish tradition of road building,

though not with a wheelbarrow and pick Smile Great bit of footage there of Calum Macleod building the road to Arnish.


Me, I was just extending the track out of the hen field as the pigs were hanging around there to be fed and ‘poaching’ the ground.


At the low tide there was also a serious resumption of slipway engineering as I started filling in a hole with stones I’d saved from earlier excavations.


The vehicle lift I purchased also helped alleviate my parking problem Smile


And Lachie brought me a new project,


as if I’ve not got enough Smile Seriously though, his tracked barrow is needing a little TLC and I’m needing a little help with concreting Smile

Anyway, that’s it, gotta go, dogs to walk, ferry to catch etc.

December 10, 2017

Outsize rocks :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, food, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:42 pm

Well, it wasn’t as great a day as was forecast with far more in the way of snow than XC Weather predicted but the temperature stayed above freezing so it didn’t lie. The ‘wee dug’ and I went for a walk first thing, at least that’s what I told her, in reality we just walked down to the car park where I’d left Calum the Kubota so we could track him to Tarbert.


The dumper was already half way there so we ‘leap frogged’ to the quarry trying to miss the snow showers, or at least catch them in the digger rather than on the dumper.


When it wasn’t actually snowing it was nice, even beautiful and at times almost Alpine.

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These pictures of the Storr and the Old Man of Storr coming from the comfort of the house during my frequent coffee breaks, it is Sunday after all.


Here’s ‘Snow Plough Corner’ at Tarbert, the rocks on the verge being added after the snow plough nearly went off the road here twenty years ago. At the time the local contractor was sick so they sent a relief driver who almost went over the edge here, he just managed to put the plough down in time to stop himself going over.


I swear I’ve never seen the hills of Harris looking so large and near in all the almost 30 years I’ve lived here. The cliffs are probably at Lealt north of Brothers point, could even be Kilt Rock I guess.

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The same cliff on ‘Calum’s road’ one taken heading west and one looking east.

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Most of my loads were destined for the chalet site but I did come across a few serious boulders during my excavations.

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These monsters I reserved for the old fish farm slip

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which is becoming severely undermined.


The pigs were never far away Smile

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I was kind hoping that if I got a few big rocks down there then tipped some smaller stuff behind, the sea might wash it under the slab. Worth a try, can’t do any harm, another winter or two may see it gone altogether.

As it’s dark at 16:00 these days I finished Sunday off by painting part of my shed floor.

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That spell of work on the Land Rover transmission last week had made a bit of a mess. I had scrubbed and mopped it after doing the job so another coat of floor paint passed an hour two nicely until dinner time.


Dinner being an excellent Munro steak pie and not the usual pork joint, Molly was well impressed.

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