Life at the end of the road

March 11, 2009

Helicopters, wet feet and deer pooh!

Filed under: daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:15 pm

Wednesday again and back to the real world with a jolt and another buzz word, regular followers will know that I treat the news and the rest of the world like my job. That is on a week on week off basis, it’s not that I don’t want to know what’s going on in the world it’s just that I don’t believe much of the stuff that the media tells us or at least their slant on it so I restrict my news intake to the ‘Today’ program on radio 4 when I’m working  and the BBC world service if I can’t sleep. It’s still full of deer pooh ( more of which later ) but there’s much less of it than on the TV or in the red tops. So today what am I greeted with from John Humphries lips?  ‘Quantitative easing’!!! what the photon is quantitative easing? it sounds like a laxative that should be advertised in Saga magazine. Now I’m pretty good at seeing through the spin, like read, dodgy mortgage deals for ‘Sub prime market’ but this one’s got me stumped. They did explain but lost me half way through it, actually I saw some lapwings which were far more interesting, but I’m sure it had something to do with printing more money to lend to banks to encourage people to borrow more money to buy things they can’t afford which is what got everyone into this mess in the first place. But what do I know? Anyway, sorry for that wee and probably ill informed rant but I’m just a simple chap from that old fashioned school that says if you can’t afford it then you shouldn’t buy it. Sorry I’m rambling again but that was me driving down ‘Calum’s road’ in proper daylight on my way to work before 7:00am looking for signs of spring to cheer me up from the financial gloom of the news.

I think it should be a little higher

Before I got to the Raasay ferry terminal and the other lady in my life, well apart from my Land Rover and the pigs I took a run down to the site of the new ferry terminal. The tide was high but by no means exceptional and I wanted to see just how high the new pier was.

7:00am 4.96m!

7:00am 4.96m!

Now there is at least another meter of concrete to go on top

My favourite crane gets wet feet

My favourite crane gets wet feet

But when you consider that the wind was by no means strong, the tide by no means very high and sea levels ARE set to rise it strikes me as odd that they build the new pier lower than the one that was built 100 years ago. My skipper and others have raised this point with the designers and the council but the best they can come up with is ‘our hands are tied’, I’d say it’s more a case of their heads are in the sand 🙂 because unless they build that pier a little higher there will be plenty of days the Loch Striven is safely tucked in her calm berth and the crew wont be able to get on her, but what do I know?

Back to the deer droppings

Driving down to the ferry yesterday I saw this helicopter flying over Ballachurn and then onto Glam

Deer spotting

Deer spotting

Not knowing what it was up to I never bothered posting the piccy but today I’m reliably informed that it was counting deer and they spotted 178 before flying onto Rona to do a count there. That’s fine I thought but what about the ones in the forest? well that’s where these chaps come in. Which chaps you ask, well the 4 that arrived today in a silver 4X4 armed with sticks, tapes, markers and spatulas!!!!! “what’s all that for says I” to which I received the most unexpected reply of  “counting deer dung” !!!!!!!!!!!!!! apparently there’s a deer pooh per hectare calculation you can do to get an accurate head count. What do you do for a living? “Oh I count deer droppings”

Anyway it’s after 10:00 and I’m off  to bed 🙂

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