The Big Push

Back to work with a bang and with the weather so good it was easy to push on to the North. One big problem, a stone weighing around 6 tonne was on the bank where we wanted to put our new reservoir.

Surveying the Big Stone

Surveying the Big Stone

We ran dry at ‘Dry Harbour’ two maybe three years ago, I spent a month running a tank of water back and fore just to keep up with demand, so, we had a plan to revamp the system. With the path work completed we could move onto the water.

The New Site

The New Site

Myself and Hugh took a few levels and just below the well and the stone was the best place. We planned shifting the old storage tank, replacing with a smaller one for more throughput and making a back up reservoir. Springs we have plenty but capturing the water is the issue.

Moving into place

Moving into place

The big stone was ideal for a face on the wall of the reservoir but it took some power to move it, luckily the ground was damp.

Tank Logistics

Tank Logistics

It was quite an operation to move the tank but with some strategic placing we had aboard the tractor and on its way.

Exhibition Quality

Exhibition Quality

Brian who was ‘on holiday’ was volunteered to make a smooth base for the tank. A walk in the park for an exhibition joiner. Normally used to working in places like the NEC or Alexander Palace, he much preferred the location in Dry Harbour.

Holiday Time

Holiday Time

Even with all the heavy machinery, there is still need for a spade (unfortunately).

Graft

Graft

With the base level there was nothing for it but drop in the tank.

Banksman Callum Directing

Banksman Callum Directing

Then we hit a problem, how to replace the 25mm outlet with a 32mm. Obviously someone had to go in the tank.

Dropping in.

Dropping in.

Of course we discussed the health and safety issues.

Not the first time I've been here.

Not the first time I’ve been here.

Last time I tried this I got stuck, I climbed in but on the way out the ladder made it too tight to get out, thankfully Lorraine was there and kindly put in a rope but with diggers and plenty folk there it was no problem this time. It was good to stretch the back.

H&S Officer Brian!!

H&S Officer Brian!!

Out we came and then it was a bit of head scratching to decide where the pipe work would go.

Back Stretching Excercises

Back Stretching Exercises

Plan A

Plan A

All of a sudden the pipes were connected and we were flowing, with no leaks, excellent.

The Site Shaping up

The Site Shaping up

Back to the house for a well earned can of beer, it had been a very good day.

De Brief

De Brief

Next day the ‘Big Push’ was on. We were off to the North, this was phase two of our ‘LMO’ work but with funding being pulled we just had to get on with it ourselves.

There were a lot of trees to cut so Callum got the saw and set too. It was good to see our winter fuel supply building up. The saw as usual got blunt so I showed Callum a novel way that I used to use the trees as a vice, makes life easier for sharpening.

The Mobile Vice

The Mobile Vice

Last night we got as far as we could, time and finance permitting, now it is the long slog back to Big Harbour, day off to-day (Saturday),  servicing I hear.

Good Progress

Good Progress

Brian and Gill are away, the yacvhts have all gone and it is a breezy morning.

 

yesterday we helped ian Edwards on his 45ft yacht get to anchor. He was having difficulties on his own with a lot of windage. So we got in the Rona boat and assisted. He came ashore in the evening when the wind dropped. He reported 52 knots of wind around lunch time Friday!!!!

 

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About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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