Life at the end of the road

October 23, 2008

It just kept getting worse!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:22 pm

Bit of a change in the weather today to say the least. The south wind and lashing rain wasn’t quite as bad as forecast initially and by the time I reached the ‘Loch Striven’ at 7:00am the wind didn’t seem so bad. The rain however was, so I put on my one piece Cal Mac ‘romper’ suit. Just as well because despite the excellent quality of this waterproof I’d got wet feet and nappy rash by 8:30! Yesterdays enthusiasm by the visiting construction workers was distinctly lacking as they ran down the slip for the ferry and their days labours. Who could blame them I certainly wouldn’t have liked to be on the roof of Raasay House today. Now the forecast according to both Theyr.tv and GB Wind There was supposed to be a good blast of south wind in the morning and then it was supposed moderate and back south westerly.

A good force 9

A good force 9

Well they got the south westerly bit right it was the moderate bit they got wrong as by 14:00 it was a good force 9, thats above 41knots and as you can see by the anemometer in the wheelhouse it was well passed that with gusts of 48.

Pretty fresh!

Pretty fresh!

And after that it got even worse with some fierce squalls coming off the Cuillins.

Not ideal for loading traffic!

Not ideal for loading traffic!

We spent the afternoon tied alongside the pier taking some consolation in the fact that the only other ferry sailing on the entire west coast was the http://www.shipsofcalmac.co.uk/ships.asp?vessel=hebrides but then she is over 3 times longer and 5000 tons heavier! Which is not much use if your stuck on Raasay without a pub and the power’s just gone off, which it did around 16:30! It could be off still for all I know
as we make our own leccy here and haven’t had a power cut since the mice chewed through a cable three years ago unlike the rest of the Island which seems to get them regularly.

And now I have to go to bed!

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