Life at the end of the road

December 11, 2008

Back to the croft

Filed under: daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:46 pm

Well I finally made it home after my week at Ardmaleish with the Loch Striven and as usuall it was a bit of an epic. Wednesday was beautifull on Bute, frosty but with hardly a cloud in the sky and after handing over to my relief I headed for Rhubodach and the Colintraive ferry. It was midday and there was plenty of time to drive the 200 miles north to catch the last sailing to Raasay at 6:00pm. in fact had the roads not been icy I could have made the 4:15. I don’t know why but every time I go to the dry dock something goes pear shaped, last year it was an accident south of Fort William which blocked the road for 10 hours, meaning I was a a day late getting down and had to sleep in the Land Rover. Not normally a problem if  I’m expecting to because it has a diesel powered ‘Eberspacher’ cab heater in it, however as I was  expecting to be staying in a 3 Star hotel and not a 21 year old Land Rover I never filled it with fuel and around 2:00am it died turning my toasty bedroom into a fridge far quicker than I would have liked 😦 The year before it took me 11 hours to drive home via Inverness due to a landslip at Letterfinlay. This year my heart sank when I stopped to buy some new tyres in Fort William, no sooner had I got a quote from the nice man in there when he vanished, without giving it a second thought I wandered off to make some phone calls. The phone calls being interupted by sirens from two fire appliances 3 police cars and an ambulance, despite the fact that someone was probably hurt all I could think of was another 5 or 6 hour wait because I’d stopped for half an hour to buy my wife her Christmas present! sure I really know how to spoil a girl, oil skins for her birthday and two rear tyres for Christmas. Who says romance is dead! Anyway when I retuned to said tyre place another nice man asked me what exactly I wanted because the other guy had ‘gone on a shout’ as he was a part time fireman. As it turned out the incident was down the Malaig road but must have been serious because I saw another ambulance and fire appliance coming from Spean Bridge. The slight delay and rapid drop in temperature meant a very slow journey to Sconser passing more than one car off the road on the way.

Home at last

A large pork chop and a glass of wine awaited me after which I went to bed awaking to a fine frosty morning which I spent moving Brambles house to a less muddy spot. Normally I would have just used brute force and a couple of round fence posts but I seem to have torn something in my right arm so I decided to winch it with the Land Rover’s ‘Warn 9500XP’ winch

Moving house

Moving house

Of course I had 13 helpers

Good sniffs

Good sniffs

Who just couldn’t wait to check out what was under their ark.

Harbour work

I’m not thinking straight, first I did the school run and had a look at the new harbour site.

harbour 11/12/08

harbour 11/12/08

Where it looked like some of the blocks that will make up the harbour wall were ready for lifting in.

Concrete lego!

Concrete lego!

And I really did do much more but I’ll finish it in the morning!

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