Life at the end of the road

January 31, 2017

The ‘Des res’ for wiglets :-)

This ‘ole for the new wind turbine is really getting me perplexed, methinks I need to reduce its size to around 8 cubic meters so as I can get the batching truck safely up to the ‘end of the road’. Sorry, I’ll rephrase that, I need to make the ‘ole smaller so someone else can safely bring their truck up the road. We’ve had a fair old selection of trucks up here and even two articulated lorries but Eyre Plant’s Scania ‘batcher’ will have the heaviest load per axle I’m sure.

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And that’s not including the snow plough, Calor gas tanker, cattle float and septic tanker Smile  Just wish I could convince Certas Energy to deliver oil here Smile I bet Calum would be dead chuffed at the amount of tonnage that’s been up his road.

A new home for the girls

Anyways, having got the old oil tank into a suitable position in amongst the trees we set about reassembling it, beefing it up and making a new roof.

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It’s a cracking spot up there sheltered by the trees on three sides, facing the sun but with a small bank in front to give the door some degree of protection. Basically it’s an old 1200lt oil tank split down the middle and widened by 24”. It’s plenty big enough for a couple of full grown sows and we even had Bramble farrow in there once. Mind you, that wasn’t intentional and I wouldn’t recommend it.

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However it’ll be perfect for these two darlings, who, true to form came to check it out. Pigs are really intelligent and curious creatures and if you’re working in the same place long enough they’ll always come and check out what your doing. Probably looking for food or a wee belly scratch if the truth be known, well there was none of the former but they both got a good scratch and the keeled over like they do Smile 

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Rainbow and Proven wind turbine on 11m mast


More mixing

That was the weekend out of the way so on Monday morning I headed off early to the Sconser quarry for more 20mm concrete mix.

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A Macleod’s lovely old Daf was on the weighbridge and LAS Plant of Inverness were delivering a cheery picker to the distillery.

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It was a perfect day and I managed to get the 9:25 back to Raasay

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and was mixing by 10:25. I just can’t believe how easy it is doing this. I have mixed tons and tons of concrete over the years and have always been pure wrecked afterwards. Normally you are lifting from a pile of sand, aggregate  and cement. Having the aggregate pre mixed at waist height with the mixer at the same level turns backbreaking work into gentle exercise.  Even after taking a lunch break I’d mixed over tons in less than two hours without breaking a sweat.

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The hardest job being moving my mates pallet around the edge of the ‘ole Smile

That done it was time to put Robin to work again,

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but not before I’d fitted a tool box to the front rack. This ten year old rack doesn’t look like it’s ever carried anything! I kid you not, there’s not a mark on the paint work, consequently I wrapped pipe insulation around it before fastening it on with ‘tie wraps’. I cannot believe I just did that Sad smile

Then, with my nice shiny tool box full of wire cutters, crow bar, hammer and cordless drill we went to collect a hen house from next door.

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Hens like to ‘snuggle up’ for warmth and our current hen house is rather large for the five hens in it so we decided to retrieve one of the old ones. These houses have been designed and built by ‘Donald the Hen’ of Struan on Skye and are perfect for around a dozen hens. We’ll be getting eight more off him shortly so this will be nice and cosy for them. It will also keep them separate from the current ones for a while to prevent bullying.

Back to the quarry

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This time it was Fraser’s Eyre Plant Scania on the weigh bridge.


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Another couple of tons goes into the trailer and home for 17:15 Smile

That was it really, well apart from this

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the stills uncovered Smile


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This is all I’ve seen of them lately, so was good to see them ‘in the flesh’ so to speak.

April 10, 2015

Taped and filled :-)

Filed under: Land Rover, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:11 pm

Well this is going to be quick, it might even be in two or three posts. I know it’s been a while but the weather’s been good and I’m struggling to access my emails thanks to the ‘Blue Circle’ Internet here.


Not only is Nial Quinn’s ‘satellite broadband’ like slow curing concrete, I can’t seem to get past that blue spinning circle every time I try and open a new page. It’s not just the ex footballers company that is ‘pants’


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the whole technology is flawed. Sure it’s better than ‘dial up’ but only just, and there are far better ways of getting internet via wireless. It’s not just slow, slow I could live with, some pages it will just NOT load, it freezes, it’s expensive, the allowance is abysmal (3gB a month here) and it uses all sorts of tricks to make you think it’s faster than it actually is.

So, where was I?

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Saw the first lamb on Raasay last week, just by Holoman House, there’s always some earlier near the old iron ore pier but I’ve not been down that way in a while.


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Up until recently the weather has been boodly freezing, with the growing grass and budding trees ‘stalled’ for a fortnight. They’re back on course now right enough with a spurt brought on by the recent sunshine.

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There’s been a few breezy days and I’m glad I’m n o longer a fish farmer! The boys at Marine Harvest in Sconser got a fair battering that day.

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Early morning stag.

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More ‘pods’ for Raasay house.

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A new van for the postie.

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A beautiful and delicious cake from a grateful customer Smile It did not last long and was well appreciated.

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Our ‘as new’ 8 x 8 shipping container arrived from Campbell Plant and it was better than described.

My good mate arrived for a weeks ‘cover’ as ‘seaman purser’ in his ‘Teuchter Wagon’ the ‘Ninja’

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He was staying in our caravan so we took it in turns to commute, I can feel a TD5 conversion coming on.

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My other pal from Mull bought a chicken coop from ‘Donald the Hen’ and the ‘Ninja’ took it to Oban.

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Still, not as impressive as the load on the back of my ‘Teuchter Wagon’ in 2012, the photograph on the right being taken by a cyclist that overtook me!!


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First thing I did upon finishing work on Tuesday was unload my container.

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And, on Wednesday I gave it a couple of coats of paint underneath.

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All the while, Jason my ‘taper and filler’ was grafting away in the new hoose.

Sure there was more, much more but it’s 20:50 now and it’ll probably take me an hour to upload this Sad smile

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