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I was travelling back home last night over the top road ( Skye - Achnasheen ), my young engineer and one of my foremen about 5 miles in front of me.
Hands free goes
" road closed ahead,fallen tree, we're turning back "
Oh fek I thought, the diversion along the A82 would add at least another two hours on to the journey and I had an appointment with a barman back home :mad:

Anyways, they soon came into view, apparently the wind had blown two trees down, blocking the single track road.
I had a wee think to myself, my foreman had a 4 x 4 and there was one just pulled up behind us.
I asked both drivers if they had rope, no joy. Thought if we had a rope, the two 4 x 4's could yank the tree away, it was only about 2ft diameter. Anyways, with no rope, that was that idea stuffed.
Just then two old crofters pulled up in a van.
" you got a rope in yer van guys ??"
"Nope

but we have two chain saws " -- result :thumbup:


We went towards the first tree, had it away in about 15mins, went further along the road, another tree down.
All in all about 6 trees were dispensed with.
by this time , there were about ten folk mucking in, trying to get home on Friday night, of all nights.By this time , the wind was really picking up an I was concerned more would come down.

Carried on until we came to this huge bugger right across the road, really a big boy this one, no way manpower was going to shift this baby.
Anyways, I peered through the branches and saw a further three trees down further along the road.
That's it I thought, stuffed now, but anyway, hung around for a bit giving a hand. the two guys with the chain saws were assisted by another two saws and started snedding the branches.
Then I heard the unmistakable sound of more saws cutting in earnest along the road.
We had another squad of saws heading towards us, cutting down the trees towards us, brilliant :thumbup:
We set about cutting up the huge tree and I could see the second squad making their way towards us.
I managed to get a hiab lorry reversed up to the tree to pull the feker away at the right time, then just happened to notice an amber flashing light in the distance -- a JCB, even better.
A council worker had heard about the trees and got his JCB from the yard and headed towards us.

A big cheer went up when the two squads met up and destroyed the big tree. An even bigger cheer went up when the JCB pulled the last tree away.
All in all. eleven trees were cut away.
Great muck in spirit from travellers and locals alike.

I unfortunately have a large swollen ankle owing to a tree branch falling in it :(, but I made it back, having lost only an hour, a few wee drams with my lads and it was all good :thumbup:

A nice little tale of community working together :blob8:
 

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Well done John, karma credits up :thumbright:

Love it when that sort of thing happens - used to get it a lot more up there (south side of Gairloch) than down here (Embra). Loads of it back in the great snows of Xmas... um.. '95? Pulling out cars, clearing with tractors 'cos the plough couldn't get through. Regular was pulling tourists cars out of a 2' ditch on the outside of a left hander after leaving the local (Glendale House, South Erradale). A few tractor duties there too
 

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I went out to "rescue" a neighbour yesterday (funnily enough I had my chainsaw in the van as well!) and tho' the conditions were not good (I lived in Canada for 20 years so have a bit of experience) it was the stupidity of some of the other drivers out there that worried me more than anything else.

I and another driver had stopped on the side of the road (at least I think it was the side from what I could see) at the place where the drifting snow was causing the problems. A Landrover was helping stuck vehicules get unstuck - tho' when he hooked up to and tried to pull the Eddie Stobart artic I thought he was being a little optimistic - an idiot came flying past me and the other car, started skidding and only just stopped before the Landrover. And then another twerp did exactly the same thing!

At least there was another example of someone with the right vehicule getting out there with no expectation of reward and helping people just because they needed help.

Good to see.
Ian
 

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Thanks for sharing John

See you soon fella
 

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Nice warm feeling eh John?

Dr Cabby prescribes a few hours on a bar stool. :hitler:

F**king Socialists! :D:D:D :bom:
 

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It's amazing how you pull together when a dram is on the line :clown:
 

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I just wonder what would have happened if the van had turned up and only had dynamite on board.
 

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fantastic tale John :thumbup: a good bit of hard graft and companionship working together with the joint aim of getting to the pub, i love it :D:thumbleft:
 

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Sounded like a fab adventure there John.

Teamwork all round, job done then back to the pub for tea & medals "Hurrah!"

Like something from Micheal Palin's Ripping Yarns.
 
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