Life at the end of the road

January 8, 2019

The ‘last sleep’ :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, How I — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:34 pm

Less than two weeks since I actually finished work but to be honest it feels more like a month, hope I can remember what to do when I get back there Smile. Just now it’s 18:00 and the wife and I are cooking ‘Pork Milanese’ spaghetti with some fine home grown pork loin. Darling wife is on the breaded loin cutlets and me, I’m making the sauce and spaghetti.

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https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1570647/pork-milanese-with-spaghetti

Never bothered with the Meanwhile, lay the pork medallions between two layers of cling film and bash with a rolling pin until they are about 1cm thick. bit right enough. Whoever wrote that menu had obviously never eaten a proper pork loin Smile Ours are so tender you can cut them with a fork !!!

So, where was I

That was boodly delicious so where was I, well, I never posted yesterday, not cos I’d nothing to write about but cos I was pure wrecked. A simple task of mixing a few loads of concrete turning into a bit of an epic on account of the weather. Consequently I was a little slow in removing myself from the house,

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however, fortified by the last four ‘hand picked’ scallops that my son and I had collected, I made it. Whoops, cocked up there, I just remembered, I had two yesterday and the last four this morning.

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Bet my cholesterol (whatever that is) is ‘though the roof’ now,along with my blood pressure and BMI probably, but that’s it. I guess that along with half of the UK I’ll be starting some kind of ‘health drive’ for the New Year Smile So that’ll be the Baileys with coffee, tea, porridge and crab ‘oot the windae’ till next Christmas hey. So, when I finally did leave the house it was to go down to the slipway to collect some tools and scallop shells. I chuck them into the sea after shucking them then go and collect them a few tides later after the crabs had cleaned them. I’m sure they’ll come in useful one day Smile

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The wind at that time was still from the west so nowhere near as rough in there as it would be later on but at some point over the last couple of days

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the old 36” digger bucket had been moved several yards up the shore. It used to sit over that light patch on the left hand image where my son dumped it last year, the plan being to use it as an extra weight on the inshore leg of my mooring. Well that’s not going to be quite so easy just now Smile

Having got my trowel, spade, hammer, rake, scallop shells, PVA adhesive and self into Phoebe I headed back up the hill to make a start. I had already tried taking the dogs for a walk but Molly was having none of and Leah seemed more than happy to do an ‘about turn’ at the gate.

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Back to the mixer

The pishing overnight rain had left my trailer load of aggregate so sodden that me first mix was like soup Sad smile

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Reduction of the water sorted that but the high wind made shovelling the cement ‘interesting’ and safety glasses mandatory to say the least.

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I guess I only did half a dozen barrow loads but most of those involved me trowelling it over the fence a scoop at a time them walking round to spread it.

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Not my neatest work by a long shot but I eventually got the job finished and turned my attention to my Mate’s quad.

Yamaha YFM 350 Bruin 4×4

At some 15 years of age and after more work than your average London taxi the wee Yamaha quad was needing some attention. I just cannot sing the praises of this machine highly enough, my Mate has had it from new and it has carried several articulated lorry loads of building materials to his house. That aside it’s dragged thousands of litres of fuel, coal, gas, batteries, slates, rock, aggregate and of course pigs too. It has been used and abused beyond belief, lived much of its life outdoors, been covered in salt spray and buried in peat. Sure it’s had a few repairs but only what you would expect for such a well worked machine. It’s one weak spot in these 15 years has been the electrics, it has in that time been plagued with niggling electrical faults. Usually these have manifested them selves in the starting department, usually switches, solenoids, brushes or just plain corroded wiring.

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This time it was the starter button that needed replacing. The button actually failed about ten years ago and I transferred the wiring back then to the horn switch. Not much call for a horn here so it did just fine (lasted twice as long as the original) until it failed recently. Luckily I had bought a couple of these recently,

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a motorcycle horn switch off eBay that did the job nicely.

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It was whilst poking about underneath that I noticed a few cracks in the rear ‘swinging arm’ and decided to leave it until tomorrow (today) when I could power wash it and have a proper look.

Creosoting in January Smile

Well, it was a far better day today for sure with both dogs eager and willing for a walk, as was I truth be known, so it was with a ‘spring in our step’ that the three of us wandered along the road to Calum’s old house and back, calling along the way to check my hydro turbine.

After depositing the dugs back in the house then cleaning up all the couch grass from yesterday’s gale I turned my attention to cleaning up the Yamaha and getting it on the lift. That friggin couch grass is Raasay’s equivalent of tumbleweed  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumbleweed and finds its way into everything after a good gale of wind.

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This vehicle lift certainly makes life easier Smile

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Yamaha YFM350FA BRUIN 4X4 2004 REAR ARM for a 2004 Yamaha YFM350FA BRUIN 4X4

My original plan was to remove the rear arm and just weld it up,

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however once it was off it became apparent that a repair wasn’t really such a good idea as the rest of the arm was pretty corroded inside.

Whilst at it I also removed the front RH lower wishbone, that had been bent for quite a while and did require cutting to take off.

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After ordering the parts form MSP https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/en in Holland I got on with creosoting my fence. It’s not often you can do that here in January Smile

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and even got it finished before dark Smile

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May 8, 2018

Shuttering, mainly :-)

Filed under: daily doings, hydro, life off grid — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:15 pm

Golly gosh, it’s almost midnight and I’m waaay too wrecked to be let anywhere near a keyboard, but, for reasons beyond my comprehension I’m not actually falling asleep yet. Must be the ‘birthday wine’ Smile Anyway’s, the guests have departed leaving us a well stocked drinks cabinet and I’ve been up since ‘stupid O clock’  working down at the old fish farm slip mainly.

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Though I did have a spell of tinkering with one of my hydro turbines, the ‘Stream Engine’ http://microhydropower.com/our-products/stream-engine/ is usually redundant at this time of year. It works from a small burn, more of a drain really and is usually not producing power from Easter until September.However, it’s been so boodly miserable this last month that it’s been doing overtime. Capable of producing some 18/20kWh per day in the ‘rainy season’ the wee Canadian hydro turbine does around 6kWh per day for the rest of the year and very little in the summer. A concerned neighbour had informed me of a leak yesterday so I went to investigate and found a burst joint, probably a result of freezing in the winter. Whilst it hadn’t unduly affected performance during the winter, it certainly would do in the drier months so that was the first task prior to getting stuck back into my civil engineering project on the slip.

Back to the slip

The neap tides being perfect for working on the second slab.

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Once more the weather was pure 5h1te with me having to cover up tools with my old jackets and Radio2 telling me how fecking sunny and hot it was darn sowf. Still the job was going well and the damp was actually good for the expanding foam I was using to seal the joints in the shuttering.

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In fact, I was actually feeling quite pleased with myself at using all the wood I’d managed to salvage from the previous shuttering.

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I also managed to drill and pin some more sections using rebar and M12 galvanized bolts to help key the fresh concrete into the older stuff.

Apart from that, well, I walked the dugs,

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and fitted a new towing bracket to my Mate’s Yamaha YFM 350 Bruin quad. This amazing machine has proved a most reliable and ‘idiot proof’ quad but has always been a little problematical when sourcing parts. That is until recently, https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/en in Holland seem to be able to source anything and do not ‘rip you off’ for delivery.

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