Life at the end of the road

January 3, 2019

Spark plugs!!!!! :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:06 pm

Bit of a laid back kind of day today, had to take MiL’s car over to Eddies on Skye

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for a couple of front tyres and the tracking checked. I’ve known Eddie since I moved to Scalpay in 1985 and there’s not much he can’t turn his hand to. Clam diving, razor fishing, boat building, boat charters and even house building, whatever he turns his hand to he makes a first class job of. Should have sent my Land Rover to him hey Smile 

Anyway’s, had we had to go to Skye I thought we might as well make the day of it, starting with a wee trip to Armadale, so, after dropping the ‘Pug’ at Skyefit we jumped into the misfiring Subaru and headed south towards ‘The Garden of Skye’. The Sleat peninsula truly is the most fertile and sun kissed part of the ‘Misty Isle’. The ‘Egg chariot’ had developed a misfire recently, no doubt as a result of me doing half a spark plug change before going to Eden six months ago Sad smile We had of course intended to take the ‘Old Girl’ but she was still at Tayside Land Rover having her chassis replaced, still is in fact but that’s ‘another story’ Sad smile 

Subaru 2008 Forester UK spark plugs

As we were taking the Subaru to Eden I rashly decided to change the spark plugs the night before we were setting off in June. It looked like a straightforwardish kinda job according to some dude in Wisconsin on YouTube, however his car only had two camshafts and the steering wheel was on the wrong side. Net result, I changed the ‘easy’ (RH) side in around an hour and thought better of attempting the other side just the night before heading off to Eden, a broken spark plug would have put me in a really bad mood to say the least. So for the last six months and as many thousand miles I’ve had odd spark plugs in the Egg Chariot.

So, with a hiccupping car we drove to Armadale, had a look around Ragamuffin


Not my thing at all but I gotta keep the ‘girls’ happy, me I had a wander around the pier and boats Smile

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That’ll be Loch Hourn, Mallaig and Sabhal Mor Ostaig from Armadale pier.

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And this must be where they loaded cattle and sheep aboard the ferries ‘back in the day’, probably not that long ago really, even I remember them loading livestock on to the wee six car Island class ferry. Way before my time working on the ferry right enough but they still did it in the nineties.

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Not my picture right enough but that’ll be the ‘Department Bull’ in the background Smile

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Whilst there is one at the Clan Donald centre we decided to go to our ‘local’ for lunch

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Sandwich is too lame a word for what they serve here Smile After a most excellent Coronation chicken for the girls and venison salami for me we headed for Elgol with a ‘doggy bag’. I kid you not, Darling wife and MiL could finish their sandwiches so I got a box to take them home, not I might add for the dugs Smile

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Well, that’ll be Elgol and the entrance to Loch Courisk.

Back to the Subaru spark plugs

After that it was the 15:00 ferry to Raasay, a bight to eat then on with the Subaru left hand side spark plugs six months late Smile


First off it was on with the latex gloves to protect my ‘office boy hands’ Smile Seriously though, my hands used to be permanently engrained with oil and calloused in my twenties and thirties, now I’m very careful with them, though I’ve only just found a decent pair of disposable gloves, see the box on the left ten times better than anything else on the market.

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As you can see, bit of a nightmare to even see the spark plugs but once you remove the air pump or whatever it is behind the battery then at least you can see them. You still can’t actually remove the coil packs to get the plugs out but if you remove the NS engine mount nut and jack up the engine a few mm it all becomes so much easier.

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Still took me the best part of an hour to replace the two plugs but it was much easier than I thought.

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A little Coppaslip on the new plugs assisted with easy replacement and that selection of sockets like on the right makes life easier.

March 26, 2018

I almost forgot :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:56 pm

In my haste to tell you all about concrete I forgot about Friday night at the Raasay Distillery.

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Live Music at Raasay Distillery

Truth is, it was more a case of I was in a hurry this morning when I posted rather than forgetting. It was far too memorable a night to forget . Friday night’s performance of tunes inspired by and or written about Raasay by Peter Morrison and Seamus MacLennan was of the highest standard extremely well attended.

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Every tune had some connection to Raasay, though some would have been familiar and perhaps known by other names elsewhere in Scotland. However it says something of my adopted home that Peter and Seamus spent the whole evening playing Raasay inspired music from throughout the centuries.

Peter and Seamus are two of Skye’s best known musicians both locally and internationally, through regular traditional music sessions in the Old Inn, Carbost and performing at some of the world’s greatest festivals and venues over the past 25 years with the Peatbog Faeries.
Seumus’s family hails from Raasay and both look forward to a lively night performing their unique ‘Raasay Tunes’ repertoire at the Isle of Raasay Distillery.

The evening is a musical celebration of Raasay with tunes inspired by the people, the place and its history. Peter and Seumas don’t just play the tunes, they set the scene for each with storytelling insight and characteristic Hebridean banter. Set in the Distillery’s Gathering Room with a stunning sunset view across the Raasay Narrows to the Red Cuillin, this is bound to be a magical musical evening.

Two 45 minute sets with a 20 minute break for drinks & eats.

The ‘half time’ grub was pretty good too, ‘stovies’ they call it here ‘tater hash’ where I hail from, anyway, it went down a treat with half a bottle of house Merlot that was very favourably priced.


This morning it was off early to take Leah and Molly for a walk round ‘Number 2 mine’ before catching the 7:55 ferry for Skye.


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This building housed the machinery that pulled the ore carts to the pier and back. Dunno what drove it but it must have been quite some motor or engine to pull all those carts such a long way.


It’s all in Laurence and Pamela Drapers excellent book on the subject but I’ve forgotten Sad smile

After our walk we just about managed to squeeze on the MV Loch Linnhe which we’re stuck with for a couple of days yet.


Hopefully we’ll have Hallaig’s 23 car sister the Lochinvar before Good Friday I believe she’ll be on her way from Arran tomorrow Smile


Me, I was off to Jewson’s  in Broadford for concrete reinforcing bar and cement and up to Eddies at Skyefit to get some punctures repaired and order a tyre.

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Eddie’s the agent on Skye for BF Goodrich tyres and his prices are pretty good. Having said that these 33 x 12.50 x 15” tyres aint cheap but they last three times longer than the current Chinese one’s on the ‘Old Girl’. Last time I needed tyres I was pretty skint and got wheels and tyres for the same price as BFG’s. Still ‘you get what you pay for’ and whilst a BFG is good for around 36K on the Land Rover, the Chinese equivalent struggles to manage 12K or just over a year.

Next stop was the ‘smoking volcano’


That’ll be Sconser quarry for two more tons of 20mm ‘all in’ concrete mix for the fish farm slip.


Expertly deposited by Yogi Smile

Managed to get back home on the 10:25 then got straight into preparing more shuttering for the next pour tomorrow.

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All timber grown locally and cut at the Raasay Sawmill by Callum Findlay,

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guess what I’m doing tomorrow Smile

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