Life at the end of the road

September 1, 2019

Still bleeding :-)

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19:45 and the 1st of September looks like it’ll end with a bonny sunset, a fitting end to a fine and productive day. It’ll be even better if the pork belly casserole turns out as good as it smells but that’s gonna be another half hour before I find out what my son’s marinade has done for it. I left the chunks bathing in Ross’ chili dip with a little dusting of herbs and harissa added by myself. I almost went for honey but that was pretty solid and I didn’t fancy the syrup.

Out with the boat

With me being unable to get the boat out of the water between 11:30 and 19:00ish I decided that I’d do it in the morning. Ross was back at work and I would be too on Tuesday. The forecast for tomorrow wasn’t great so it would be unlikely I’d be using it again for another fortnight.

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With the dumper bucket full of rain water after two days of downpours it seemed like a good place to deposit Mr Mink. The other options being to gas him with the car exhaust or shoot him in the trap, which is what I usually do. Sage advice from ‘one who knows’ said drowning was the way to go as it does not discourage other mink from entering the trap, personally I’m not convinced.

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I said it would be a good one hey Smile

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So, Molly and I went down to collect the trailer and recover the Searider around 10:00

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May came down a later later to help me winch it out of the water Smile Pigs just do love being about people, especially if they think there might be something to eat.

We got the boat back up to Sonas, I gave it a quick wash then hitched up a trailer to go and move a fireplace from Inverarish acquiring two hitch hikers on the way Smile I kid you not, different folk miles apart both with their thumbs out!!!

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The fireplace was in ‘kit form’ by the time it got into the trailer but I’d be using the bricks for infill so that was fine.

Calling at the ferry slip to drop some stuff off I happened to be drawn to an amazing aroma emanating from the Seaflower that was berthed alongside the slip.

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Running charters out of Portree https://seaflowerskye.com/ Ewen and Janice provide cruises with a difference, the difference being amazing fresh seafood lunches. So, even if you are unfortunate enough to miss the abundant dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales, sea eagles or basking sharks, you WILL have a meal to remember. Me, I had to get out of there and rush home for ‘second breakfast’ Smile

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With the lunch of bacon tomatoes and mushrooms devoured I set about putting the Searider to bed.

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I was really chuffed as this is the first time I’ve done it completely on my own and after extending the electric winch remote yesterday it was a piece of cake.

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I then transferred the fireplace to the dumper, tipped it somewhere soft and then cleaned out the trailer with a little help Smile

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Next it was back to the HR2 Lister to try and bleed the fuel system which was turning into a bit of an epic. The only other manufacturers that could have made something so simple such a chore are Peugeot or Citroen Smile I had to resort to removing the fuel stop solenoid to remove the injector pump cover to get at the bleed screws on the injector pumps.

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Had this generator had all it’s original air cooling ducting fitted I would have had to remove that too!!!

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Oh well, at least I found the source of an annoying oil leak so I left the broken gasket off and once the pumps were bled fitted the cover back with just Hylomar http://hylomar.com/ Then I bled the actual injectors and whilst I didn’t actually start Harry the HR2 on account of me needing fed I’m 100% he’s sorted.

Too much vinegar

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To be fair too the Lad the chili dip was amazing last night with the scallops but as a marinade for me pork belly there was too much vinegar. I reckon I should have gone with my gut feeling and added some syrup. Still, it was pretty damn good and there’s a wee bit left for tomorrow lunch Smile

August 30, 2019

Better flash up Harry :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, life off grid — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:45 pm

What, with me banging on about how little I use my diesel generator this morning I thought I’d better check. Turns out, the last time the HR2 Lister ran was for 5 hours on 30th of May, a full three months ago!!!

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Since then I’ve generated 3250 kWh by wind/hydro and PV, or around 36kWh per day average, though that table is a little misleading as it has ‘Proven 6kW’ in the header but those figures in that column relate to something else completely and are not included in  the totals. The large Proven isn’t actually producing electricity as such, at the moment it is just heating up the ‘Bunker’ which is my plant, freezer and drying room.

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And just now it’s drying out my Northern Diver https://www.ndiver.com/ dry suit which has acquired a hole in the bum. Dunno how that happened right enough, ‘twas fine when I last had it on two days ago. Anyway it’s hanging in the warm bunker with a dehumidifier running so I can plug the leak later tonight.

Water water everywhere

Much to my surprise, Ross was up pretty early and keen to go diving despite the weather and having to go and work later. Oh the joy of youthful enthusiasm, I used to be like that once Smile I mean, it was truly wet, grey and miserable, consequently we headed through the Fladda Narrows as the tide was still high enough to go over the causeway and I figured that Loch a Sgurr would have less fresh water ‘run off’ in it.

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Well, at least it wasn’t as windy as they were saying, in fact it was glassy calm but boy was it wet, the water was just poring off Raasay. The burns where swollen and peaty coloured ribbons of water cascaded off the rock and heather. That’s us departing our slip, heading into the South Fladda anchorage then passing by the shepherds hut by the Fladda causeway.

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Loch a Sgurr though was blissfully calm and without the brown layer of freshwater lying on the surface, pretty clear. Ross and I did around 23 minutes at 30m for a couple of dozen decent clams.

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Before he went down to work he made a chili dip and we’ll be having scallops and black pudding for a snack later. They were gonna be tonight’s dinner but one of our neighbours gave us a fine venison stew just as Ross arrived home. As it was still warm, we just ate that Smile

That took us nicely up until midday when the weather improved a little, Ross went to work and I pottered about the croft filling diving cylinders, weeding the drive,

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painting some steelwork, extending my remote winch lead and chasing pigs. OK, getting chased by pigs Smile

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I just could not believe how much water had collected in their dishes since I fed them 8 hours earlier, a good 100mm!!!! OK the dishes are slightly tapered but even so, that is a lot of water.

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Interesting, that’ll be the two cylinders going on at 15:01 when the sky was really overcast. There is a 2.4kW discharge on the inverter and the batteries are at 99% ‘state of charge’. After running for almost an hour and a half with the sky brighter but still 99% cloud cover the batteries are receiving 900W and are at 100% SOC.

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And true to form on the West Coast, the evenings are always the best part of a miserable July or August day Smile

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well, apart from the friggin’ midge that is Smile

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