Life at the end of the road

February 5, 2019

A ‘Dark Matter’ day :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:01 pm

In early tonight but still feel I’ve earned my ‘tot’ . Golly gosh it was 1970 when the Navy stopped the ‘Rum ration’, I remember it well Smile Not that I was ever in the Navy, just remember hearing it on the news.

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Though tonight’s ‘tipple of choice’ will be ‘Dark Matter’ at Ron’s suggestion Smile Took a bit of finding right enough, tucked away at the back of the drinks cupboard, I swear the wife was hiding it from me molecular engineered in Aberdeenshire, and yes Ron, it is nicer than Kraken Smile

You can never have too many sheds

Normally I’d be back at work today and most definitely not drinking rum but my ‘back to back’ is doing an extra day for me so I spent most of the day concreting yet again. Callum hasn’t even finished putting my shed up and I’ve decided to extend it by another bay. Sure it would have made more sense to do it all at once but it suddenly occurred to me the other day whilst shuttering the ramp, that due to the slope of the ground, if I continued the shelter westwards it would be high enough to take the digger or dumper without interfering with the view from the house. Of course before I’d arrived at this stunning conclusion I’d already shuttered the sloped pad for the access into the end of the shelter.

I fitted a tow ball onto Calum’s (the Kubota) blade last year so I could use him for launch and recovery of the Searider. Initially I did this cos me Land Rover was at Tayside LR but it worked so well I think I’ll use him in future. The blade means you can raise and lower the hitch at will, the hydraulic drives mean no handbrake to worry about, the traction is phenomenal and the skid steering very precise.

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The car/boat port was designed to be long/wide enough to to push the boat in from the western end but I now reckon I could even get Calum the Kubota in there too. Even if I couldn’t then it would give me another 3 or 4m of shelter to shade a car from the worst of the weather or half of the dumper. You really cannot have to many sheds or shelters on the West Coast of Scotland cos it’s always boodly raining Smile

Anyway, having set one of my post mounts within the ramp itself yesterday, I set about the other one today. Sure it would have made more sense to do them both in the same reinforced slab but as is often the case my thought process is ‘dynamic’ rather than well perused beforehand Smile

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The additional mounting would be between the ramp and fence so another section of Hallaig’s bottom was selected, chopped then carefully positioned just 3m away from the last upright.

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It was then drilled and four M12 rods firmly attached to it, these being covered in plastic conduit to protect the threads and allow some movement for bolting to the posts. That Evolution radial arm saw from Screwfix being used to chop the studs That’s the newer model, mine was less than £100 years ago, will quite happily cut scaffolding tubes, has cuts lots of them and wood yet is still on its original TCT blade.

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Golly gosh, I never photographed the finished result Sad smile but I was well chuffed with the result.

That was it really, I went along to my Mate’s house to top up his batteries

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watched the ‘Green Isle’ in Loch Arnish and cleared away all my mess.

Not even 21:00 now and I’m seriously thinking of going to bed with ‘Salvage of the Century’ by Ric Wharton, yet another book about HMS Edinburgh and her five tons of Russian gold. The house is once more so quiet that I’m seriously thinking of removing the clock batteries just to savour the silence even more

July 31, 2018

Snow in July!!!!! :-)

Well that’ll be the good weather by with now Sad smile Hopefully not for long though. Spoke too soon, that was two weeks ago and it’s ‘peachy again’ Smile Yup, that’s when I attempted some blogging again, halfway through my ‘on shift’ aboard Hallaig and it was snowing!! Well not really, we were doing some major painting round the portside of the car deck.

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The hardest bit of which is cleaning up all the ‘snowflakes’ left behind by the power washing.

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Luckily the trusty MV Hallaig has a large enough car deck to still ship plenty of traffic even with one lane closed. Having said that this was before the ‘Glasgow Fair’ and English school holidays. The Glasgow Fair fortnight being Raasay’s busiest period in the summer, when all the Raasay ‘ex pats’ return to their family homes Smile

Truly finished

My good mate and master builder Lachie Gillies took full advantage of the weather and came over to put the finishing touches to Sonas.

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That’ll be the ‘ingoes’ around the 20 triple glazed windows finally done Smile It’s been one of those jobs on his ‘to do’ list for a couple of years, don’t worry Lachie, I’ve got hunners of jobs been waiting much longer than that Smile

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The Raasay House sgoth Oigh Niseach, four hens in one nest box and the gaff rigged cutter Eda Frandsen moored in Loch Arnish.

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My son exploring more of the Arnish sea caves

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and wildlife, in and around Loch Arnish.

Everyone should have a digger

That was the ‘fortnight on’ as for the ‘two weeks off’ well that’s half way by with and much of it has revolved around Calum, the Kubota.

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A bent drag link on the neighbours Nissan Patrol being straightened with Calum’s blade and bucket.

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A broken tyre valve being replaced on the Searider’s trailer.

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Then the more traditional uses for a 3 ton machine,

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laying a field drain in one of the hen enclosures. Something that would have been impossible in a normal ‘soggy summer’ Smile

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The Portree fishing boat Green Isle after a lobster or two in Loch Arnish and Molly helping ‘haul rocks’ in the dumper.

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The latest addition to ‘the fleet’ an old but low mileage Forester from Devon.

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The ‘Egg Chariot’ ready for this afternoon’s trip to Harris and the ‘dog sitter’ with 75% of the pack (Molly is still in bed)


It’s a ‘dogs life’ hey, Leah, Charlie and Bonzo ‘full of beans’ and Molly having none of it Smile

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Land Rover still very much ‘work in progress’ at Tayside LR

Anyway, ‘that’s it’ for now, gotta pack the car as we’re off on our ‘jollies’ this afternoon Smile St Kilda here we come (hopefully)

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