Life at the end of the road

January 3, 2019

Spark plugs!!!!! :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:06 pm

Bit of a laid back kind of day today, had to take MiL’s car over to Eddies on Skye

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for a couple of front tyres and the tracking checked. I’ve known Eddie since I moved to Scalpay in 1985 and there’s not much he can’t turn his hand to. Clam diving, razor fishing, boat building, boat charters and even house building, whatever he turns his hand to he makes a first class job of. Should have sent my Land Rover to him hey Smile 

Anyway’s, had we had to go to Skye I thought we might as well make the day of it, starting with a wee trip to Armadale, so, after dropping the ‘Pug’ at Skyefit we jumped into the misfiring Subaru and headed south towards ‘The Garden of Skye’. The Sleat peninsula truly is the most fertile and sun kissed part of the ‘Misty Isle’. The ‘Egg chariot’ had developed a misfire recently, no doubt as a result of me doing half a spark plug change before going to Eden six months ago Sad smile We had of course intended to take the ‘Old Girl’ but she was still at Tayside Land Rover having her chassis replaced, still is in fact but that’s ‘another story’ Sad smile 

Subaru 2008 Forester UK spark plugs

As we were taking the Subaru to Eden I rashly decided to change the spark plugs the night before we were setting off in June. It looked like a straightforwardish kinda job according to some dude in Wisconsin on YouTube, however his car only had two camshafts and the steering wheel was on the wrong side. Net result, I changed the ‘easy’ (RH) side in around an hour and thought better of attempting the other side just the night before heading off to Eden, a broken spark plug would have put me in a really bad mood to say the least. So for the last six months and as many thousand miles I’ve had odd spark plugs in the Egg Chariot.

So, with a hiccupping car we drove to Armadale, had a look around Ragamuffin


Not my thing at all but I gotta keep the ‘girls’ happy, me I had a wander around the pier and boats Smile

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That’ll be Loch Hourn, Mallaig and Sabhal Mor Ostaig from Armadale pier.

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And this must be where they loaded cattle and sheep aboard the ferries ‘back in the day’, probably not that long ago really, even I remember them loading livestock on to the wee six car Island class ferry. Way before my time working on the ferry right enough but they still did it in the nineties.

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Not my picture right enough but that’ll be the ‘Department Bull’ in the background Smile

Deli Gasta

Whilst there is one at the Clan Donald centre we decided to go to our ‘local’ for lunch

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Sandwich is too lame a word for what they serve here Smile After a most excellent Coronation chicken for the girls and venison salami for me we headed for Elgol with a ‘doggy bag’. I kid you not, Darling wife and MiL could finish their sandwiches so I got a box to take them home, not I might add for the dugs Smile

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Well, that’ll be Elgol and the entrance to Loch Courisk.

Back to the Subaru spark plugs

After that it was the 15:00 ferry to Raasay, a bight to eat then on with the Subaru left hand side spark plugs six months late Smile


First off it was on with the latex gloves to protect my ‘office boy hands’ Smile Seriously though, my hands used to be permanently engrained with oil and calloused in my twenties and thirties, now I’m very careful with them, though I’ve only just found a decent pair of disposable gloves, see the box on the left ten times better than anything else on the market.

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As you can see, bit of a nightmare to even see the spark plugs but once you remove the air pump or whatever it is behind the battery then at least you can see them. You still can’t actually remove the coil packs to get the plugs out but if you remove the NS engine mount nut and jack up the engine a few mm it all becomes so much easier.

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Still took me the best part of an hour to replace the two plugs but it was much easier than I thought.

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A little Coppaslip on the new plugs assisted with easy replacement and that selection of sockets like on the right makes life easier.

November 9, 2017

Reluctant :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:28 am

Woo Hoo, 6:30am, a good night’s sleep behind me and a nice steaming mug of tea in my hand. Well, not quite as I’m using both hands to type but you get the drift. Downside is that it’s pitch black outside and all the living room triple glazed windows have signs of rain on them. The weather station is showing a gale of west wind and the house is toasty.

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Methinks this weather is on for the day so the dive I planned to do at the old fish farm slip looks doubtful but we’ll see what daylight brings on that front. After finding the lost anchor last week I was wanting to get a riser on it so that I could at least put the Searider on it if the opportunity arose. A bit optimistic at this time of year with the winter gales and short days right enough but you never know and my son will be home from uni in a month.

Must have been boodly wild in the night too cos the 1500lt thermal store is reading 83 degrees at the bottom!! and that’s with the underfloor heating on. Anyway, I’m gonna reluctantly put on some oilskins and poke me head out to go get me Panasonic camera out of the Land Rover, back shortly.

Well, that wasn’t too bad, for a start it’s actually dry outside and there’s a couple of the Portree trawlers off Manish and Loch Arnish so it can’t be that bad at sea, if it was they’d be much nearer the Skye shore to get some lee from the land.


Yesterday wasn’t so nice and most of it was spent at me Mam’s house on the mainland, been a wee while since I was visiting her and the Post Lady is back at work today so went over for a visit. The morning was actually quite promising with Raasay’s resident fishing boat the MFV Lustre ‘poking her nose out’ as we queued for the 7:55 sailing.

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Molly kept a close eye on Donald but I couldn’t hold the camera still so the pictures are carp Sad smile

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Calling at Sconser quarry on the way for a couple of tons of 20mm chips for in front of the house.

Normally at this time of day when heading to the mainland we’d call in at the Waterfront chippy in Broadford for a bacon sandwich but not today. Darling wife was wanting to go the Deli Gasta  instead for a sandwich and hot chocolate. Me, having never been before protested on the grounds that I couldn’t be bothered with having to make decisions so early in the morning. What decisions she asked, well for a start, which kind of bread, dressing or bean did I want in my coffee!!


Well, I’m so glad she convinced me cos the ‘Fiery Scotsman’ sandwich consisting of pulled pork, jalapeno chili and salad on some artisan bread was delicious, as was the coffee.

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Before being the Deli Gasta this place was the Skye Serpentarium and was full of snakes but long before that it most have been a watermill and the bearing carriers for the wheel can still be seen bolted to the floor inside.


Well worth another visit.

That was it really, we went to visit me Mum, taking with us a beef sandwich from the deli, which she loved, then after returning home on the 15:00 ferry it was time to tip and spread the gravel.


By 17:00 it was well dark and after taking some stores over to Torran on the quad and washing down the digger I spread the gravel with the digger bucket and called it a day. It was only 18:30 but felt like midnight.

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