Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2021

More lock :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:37 pm

Pretty darn miserable just about sums up today’s weather, the only silver lining being that it wasn’t as miserable as the forecast. Though I didn’t actually realize that for several hours when Bonzo and I went out for our walk. No, I awoke at my usual ‘stupid o clock’, I knew it was bad cos I couldn’t see the Storr cat’s eyes staring at me through the bedroom window. Being cursed with an inability to stay in bed I got up anyway and after studying the forecast wished I hadn’t.


Any thoughts of a trip to Sconser quarry on an early ferry being put right out of my head, It was only a notion I’d had last night and wasn’t a crucial mission anyway. It seemed like another day in the shed was on the horizon or perhaps clearing a few drains, that’s always a good option when it’s been pishing down for yonks. Anyway whatever I was gonna do it wouldn’t involve going outside until it was light and that was hours away. Indeed it was a perfect day for doing my VAT return but I’d already knocked that on the head on Sunday morning, a full week or so before it was actually due!

With all the wind and water power being generated I started the day giving the washer and tumble drier a good bashing. Well it certainly would not be a day for hanging stuff out to dry even if I could have found enough pegs to hold stuff on the washing line. It was blowing a good Force 6 gusting 8 on the ‘peg scale’ that’s the number of clothes pegs required to keep a T shirt from blowing away.

When it did eventually get light enough to tempt me outside it was still boodly miserable but as it was forecast to get even miserabler I thought ‘it’s now or never’ and suited up. We headed up to North Arnish after feeding the pigs who just don’t seem to mind the weather one bit, unlike Molly who was standing with her front paws on the Land Rover back step looking hopefully at the back door as if it would magically open. Which of course it did, aided by me before disappearing with Bonzo.

North Arnish

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Taking the more sheltered route to avoid the bracken through the trees we passed the remains of an old ruin I’d never noticed before.

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It was boodly miserable up there and I had a nice toasty well insulated house to go back to.

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These people must sure have been hardy, I’m feeling cold just looking at the photos!

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The ruin on the right is the gable end of ‘Donald’s barn’ Donald used to live up here before he moved to Eyre and it’s not that long since he died. Just makes you realize that it’s not that long ago that people actually lived up here. It’s no wonder Donald was ‘strong as an ox’ he had to carry everything up from the shore on his back!

With my waterproofs not actually living up to their name I got home soaked to the skin and after breakfast and some tinkering in the shed decided to head into the village to post a letter and do a few bits and bobs.

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Visit the Raasay Sawmill, visit Hallaig and get a few grapes and bananas for me muesli Smile


Adjusting the ‘lock stops’

It was whilst doing a six point turn in a place where a 3 point should have sufficed that I decided it was about time I adjusted my steering ‘lock stops’ on the ‘Old Girl’. Not sure what’s happened but since I got her back the lock has been terrible, perhaps these wheels have a different offset but I don’t think so. Anyway I got her in the shed jacked up the front end supporting the axle on stands and worked the steering ‘lock to lock’ observing the stops.

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Even adjusting the M12 bolt fully in wasn’t enough so I fitted a shorter one which allowed the wheels to turn in a little more.


Seems to have sorted it Winking smile

March 1, 2019

Just me and me shed :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:44 am

Gosh, I’ve just realised I’ve not seen a single human being today bar the postie. Darling wife is in the ‘toon hoose’ on early shift and Callum the ‘shed guru’ is away for the weekend, it’s just been me and the two dugs enjoying yet another fine and unseasonally warm day, I even took my hat off!!! A younger person would have been in a T shirt I’m sure but me, well, I’m a wimp in that department Smile

Sure, I did get back to bed for a couple of hours but was still up before 7:00 and out before breakfast working on ‘Callum’s shed’

The first job being to finish off the facings on the front and then fitting the roof flashings.

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I left all those purlins and beams sticking out on the right hand side cos there is going to be another bay going on the end. The slope on the ground may even mean it will be possible to get the dumper inside, especially if Callum’s scheme for a 6m bay with the end boarded up comes off.

I do like the idea of this, especially with the western end closed off but it means I’d have to push the 7m long trailer in at rather an acute angle. Methinks I’ll stick a fence post in the ground 6m away from the end as it is now and see if I can do it. The Searider is over 2m wide and the shed 2.9 between the posts inside so I guess it is possible but methinks spragging the tracks on the digger to get the acute angle will make a mess of my drive. Work in progress as they say, perhaps a door on the end but that would have to be some size of door!

There’s a ghost in my shed

Anyway, it’s 6:00am now and I’ve been up since 5:00 cleaning the house and doing the washing prior to Wifey’s return from the ‘Toon Hoose’ this weekend. I didn’t get in until 21:00 last night, made myself some smoked haddock served with asparagus and fresh butter and went to bed. I was even too tired for a glass of wine or chapter of ‘We own Laurentic’ 

On the 23 January 1917, the 14,892-ton liner LAURENTIC, which had been converted into an Armed Auxiliary Cruiser, hit a mine off the coast of Northern Ireland. In her strong rooms were 43 tons of gold, in 3211 separate gold ingots, valued then at more than £5 million, being taken to the United States to pay for food, steel, and munitions which Britain needed to continue the war against Germany. The LAURENTIC sank so swiftly that 354 of 745 men aboard were lost and there was certainly no time to worry about the strong room.

A White Star liner serving as an auxiliary cruiser which was mined 102 years ago last month off Lough Swilley in Northern Ireland. Most of the gold was recovered over the years but 25 bars remain unaccounted for. Perhaps a summer project for Ross and I in the Searider Smile

Bizarrely I was awakened at 2:30 by talking outside the bedroom and a light on in me shed!!!


I could have sworn I switched the power off when I left, was I really so tired when I went to bed that I never noticed the light on right outside my bedroom window with no blinds drawn!! or is there a ‘Ghost in my house’ Smile

Anyway’s, it was a very productive day,

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I got the flashing on the front and the facia board on the back,


and that was no easy task with my toes perched on the concrete slab and nail gun in hand. Common sense would have me take that fence down and use the wood elsewhere but I’ll leave that for another day.

I also managed to get pretty much all the eastern end sealed off.

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Managed to squeeze a couple of small off cuts of the translucent PVC in there too.

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Bhrusda is here

One thing I did notice yesterday whilst up on the roof was a dull roar that over a period of an hour or so got louder and louder. Turned out to be the MV Loch Bhrusda heading from Leverburgh to Raasay to relieve Hallaig. I swear I could hear her V12 Cummins engines the whole way

That is one noisy mother of a boat Smile Better get me caravan serviced ready for the trip to Lochaline next week Smile


Nice picture John Smile

Right, that’s it, 6:45 now, time to hand out the washing, apparently it’s gonna be dry until it gets dark.

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