Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2019

All ‘tanked up’ :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Discovery, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:23 am

Looks like a damp day of westerly winds ahead with perhaps a little sunshine. Sounds OK but I’m just back in from collecting me camera out of the car and I’m not inspired Sad smile Nope, it’s boodly cold out there and that rain, not that there is much of it, feels boodly freezing. As with yesterday I had yet another great sleep, well apart from the SAS wannabes ‘yomping’ about the car park at 11:30 Smile Wee dug woke me up and I was confronted by lots of lights and car headlights milling about on the car park. No big deal seeing lights or cars at night you may think, well it is here. Barring the snow plough I don’t think I’ve seen any in thirty years Smile Last I saw of the ‘SAS’ they were charging down the road in full packs heading south. Me, I just went back to me cosy bed and thought of the poor chaps and chapesses going up the hill at the other side. I once walked up it carrying a load and it nearly killed me Smile

First snow

Well, that was a surprise when dawn broke, the first snow of the winter and it was boodly cold outside, perfect for sitting in a nice warm car for an hour and going to collect my bowser of diesel which had finally been filled.

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As I headed south the Storr was replaced by Ben Tianavaig, it’s ‘Golden Cliff’, the Cuilin and some ‘Bolshy’ rams massing at the cattle grid by the Youth Hostel. No doubt desperate to get at the ewes that would soon be ‘in heat’.


It took me quite a while to get by the horny sheep and I made a mental note to take the ‘Low Road’ until they were ‘let out’ in the first week of December.

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The ‘SAS’ were obviously ‘yomping’ to catch the 8:55 ferry, well at least they would all fit on it now our trusty Hallaig


was at last back home Smile Me, I hitched up my trailer and headed back north, slowly, the day was getting better by the minute.

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After Brochel I engaged low ratio and let the ‘Traction Control’ do it’s stuff.

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With such a heavy load I’d normally stop half way up the drive to Sonas where the drive isn’t quite so steep so as to avoid wheelspin but the ‘TC’ dealt with it nicely without leaving trenches in my drive. I even let ‘wee dug’ into the front of the Disco, she was most impressed, like me, I think she hates that ‘privacy glass’ in the back where her cage is. Privacy glass, along with electronic hand brakes, radios without knobs, altering the clocks and Donald Trump added to the long list of things the world would be better off without Smile in my humble opinion of course Smile

Good for another year

So, after the muesli I got on with pumping the 1000lts of Vimto into my oil tanks, which is the sum total (much less actually) than what I have used in a year. That will be for the generator, digger, dumper, builders at Brochel and Torran Schoolhouse too. I say ‘much less’ cos I thought my tank on the container roof was empty, when I came to actually fill it there was still 400lts in it!!!!!! Camilli the clown has been using white diesel in his plant for over a week cos someone had turned off both taps at the bottom of the tank and he hadn’t the sense to check!!!!! Still, on the upside that means I used far less red diesel than I thought Smile

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With both tanks now full and 40lts left over I went for a proper ‘second breakfast’ then started back on my road/pipe burial project.

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With help of course, May is on heat and acting a little strange Smile had to push her out of the way with the bucket Smile


Well, there was more,

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like abandoned boats and trailers eight miles apart and no where near the sea!!! It just has to be ‘SAS’ related Smile However, my first job is to go and recover a vehicle that’s come off the road round at my neighbours house, I wonder if that is ‘SAS’ related Smile Smile

October 22, 2019

Getting soft too :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:16 am

Almost 21:00 and time for my bed really but I thought I’d get something ‘down on paper’ so to speak before I get back to Phil Durham on HMS Laforey on the way to Diego Suarez sometime in1941. Dull as dishwater to most I’m sure but it’s a sad life I lead Smile Anyway, I’ll be off to Inverness tomorrow for Shaun Carney’s funeral, so there will be little prospect of me doing any blogging for sure.

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The ever cheery Shaun was a good friend and could be seen on Raasay cutting the grass in all weathers or driving about delivering goods in his silver van. Sadly Shaun and his wife Catherine moved away from Raasay a couple of years ago and I’ve hardly seem them since.

Diego Suarez got captured from the French last night, apparently they were asleep and I joined them after just a few pages Smile


Back to normal now Sad smile it’ll be 5:00am or 4:00amGMT on the World Service and once more I’m up at ‘stupid o clock’. Still, I guess I’ll sleep well enough tonight after my trip to Inverness.

Monday was a great, if not a little grey autumnal day, dry and ‘firm underfoot’ which was perfect for what I spent most of the day doing. After repairing yet another fuel leak on my dumper.

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The injector ‘leak off’ pipes that return unused fuel back to the fuel tank were leaking once more. I thought I’d replaced them all by now but perhaps not, either that or I’ve been using some Chinese manufactured stuff that is allergic to diesel Smile Not as daft as it sounds, I once repaired an almost new Chinese quad whose fuel pipes and diaphragms were made out of some kind of material that rotted in petrol Sad smile Managed to fix it with the last of my pipe but should be able to get more today in Snecky.

With the trusty Benford PT3000 chugging away nicely Molly and I spent the day hauling rock from the quarry.

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The aim being to make a track so I could get rubble up to the drain I needed to bury. Not an easy task cos Calum the Kubota would be almost a mile away and I would have to spread each two ton load by hand and rake to enable me to get the dumper higher Sad smile See, that’s the trouble with buying a digger. As soon as you have one you realize you need a dumper to go with it. Then as soon as you get one of those you realize you need another digger to load it and then a roller to compact the stuff you’ve moved Sad smile Well, that’s not going to happen so for now at least it’s the rake, spade and lots of ‘elbow grease’ Smile

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It’s not actually as hard as it sounds, especially on a steep slope like this. If you can actually just drive the dumper ‘one length’ up the slope higher then you can spread ‘down the way’ by hand. Sure it’s slow right enough and we only got half a dozen or so loads done but I was well pleased with progress Smile

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Of course me neighbours pigs turned up to help Smile


Methinks they were actually looking for that blue pipe they used to dig up Smile

That done I went to look for a rabbit for the SAS Smile I kid you not Smile Smile OK, I had to go to the south end anyway to collect some stuff off the ferry.


That will be an ‘Astute class’ SSN on the east side of Raasay, perhaps HMS Audacious, the fourth of seven, a ‘snip’ at a couple of billion each Smile

Sure I did see a bunny or two as well as the ‘nuke’ but must be getting soft in my old age. Not only did I leave them be, I also rescued a mouse.


Finding this wee chap trapped in the pig food I caught him and let him go Smile Must be getting really soft, the wee fecker will probably thank me by eating through some wiring Smile

Methinks the SAS were on Skye anyway as a ‘wolf pack’ of black Land Rovers came off the ferry I went to meet and headed for the Alamo


which with it’s towers and lights is more like Stalag Luft 13 Smile


And I wasn’t the only one up early that’ll be Hallaig east of Arran heading for Oban, should be home on Thursday and back ‘on service’ Friday Smile Smile Smile

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