Yesterday’s plans did not materialise due to the strong east wind not moderating in time and the MOD wanting their six-mile exclusion zone around the Range for the afternoon. So it was a tidy up day with a few plans in the pipe line to keep things active going into the winter. Only call out was to the Filling Station where i have unfortunately miss calculated the diesel usage and we are out until midweek. One of my three trips in the van since coming back from Lombardy, so filled it with wood for the return journey. Ironic me cutting back on my diesel consumption and the Filling Station running out, means every one will be cutting back. Not my intention. All will be sorted and over the 3/4 years of functioning there has been less than a week with out fuel. We still have 2000 litres of petrol. It was the run on diesel that caught me out.
Diverse day, starting with gate holding for the silage delivery
and down the road with the dogs for a still morning’s amble
before heading up to the Inn. As often the Cuillin catches the eye.
Stopped off at a mirror quiet Milton Loch to snap the growing number of swans. Being on the bike you hear a lot more as well as see what is going on and they were very talkative, calling a lot to each other.
A quieter shift today and I wandered over to the recently excavated Coal Shed Pier at lunchtime as many people have admired the newly uncovered stone work.
The plan up till now was a new pier was going to be built alongside the existing one and that was going to be used as a breakwater from the prevailing west south westerlies. The intention was to lower in place concrete U blocks, fill them with rubble, cap them and work the way down the length of the old pier with the intention of loading up the landing craft at high tide with four already loaded buggies of timber and away before the tide falls. The main reason behind this was to keep numerous timber lorries off the North coast road and cut down the carbon footprint of the timber extraction. There will be a rethink at tomorrow evening’s ALPS meeting. As one member said “bring breakfast”. I think the problem may lay with how the contractor is going to deal with this development. As I have not any strong views and see the problem from both sides it is a classic case of economics verses heritage, solution will be difficult in managing to keep the heritage while still going ahead with a clear fell with a low-carbon footprint. Back to the Inn where Christian Nock arrived from the North. He is on his way around Britain and has walked over 5000 miles so far. Sleeps in huts, sheds and floors. www.christianaroundbritain.co.uk/
After work it was staying on the bike, picking up Dougal and Co and off down to Toscaig to see the new addition to the Community Broadband Network. Ian was over from Rum and with the cable laid out yesterday the mast, cabinet and dishes went up overlooking Toscaig with views back to Arnish and Tor Mor, meaning the south end of the peninsula should be linked up this week.
Another couple of days work to go but no unexpected snags have emerged.