Life at the end of the road

May 8, 2009

53 and all’s well, apart from the weather!

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:12 pm

MAY!!!!!!!! it feels more like March, which I think was the opening line from a previous post, but seriously it’s miserable up here. Me I’m a morning person and quite enjoy getting up to meet the days challenges, the lashing rain and even hail of late that seems to have rattled my Velux windows every morning has dampened even my enthusiasm for the day ๐Ÿ˜ฆ OK the fact that I entered my 54th year today and was feeling decidedly stiff and creaky in the joint department didn’t help either but rise I did for the days labours on the good ship Loch Striven. Actually by the time I’d made and drunk my pot of coffee, checked my blog stats ( I know I’m really sad ) and got ready for work the rain had stopped and the day seemed fine, if not cold and breezy. The sharp westerly meant that I managed to get around the side of the croft to the five ‘wee spotties’ and put out their food before they heard me and came charging out of their house to knock me off my feet. With the five ‘wee spotties’ fed and the three ‘not so wee spotties’ around the other side of the croft fed I leapt into the ‘Old girl’ just in time to miss a horrendous hail shower.

A poor start down 'Calum's road'

A poor start down 'Calum's road'

Though by the time I arrived at the ferry terminal it had again brightened up.

Ben Tianavaig

Ben Tianavaig

The west wind pushing the ferry out to the limit of the cats cradle of mooring ropes safely anchoring her to Scotland. Well I say safely, with the state of this old pier I sometimes wonder, anyway I took the photo whilst the man from Gourock struggled to winch in 207 tons of steel box, after all it was my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

A long way for a wee winch!

A long way for a wee winch!

Overwhelmed

The day at sea proved to be fresh to say the least

Heading for Raasay

Heading for Raasay

with many of the west coast ferry sailings being canceled due to the weather. GB Wind andTheyr.tv were giving pretty constant winds of force 6 or 7 from a west or south westerly direction but we hoped to get the day out of it. Especially as we were expecting very important visitors for the day from way down near Lochgilphead. Glassary Primary school where coming to visit Raasay primary School whereupon both schools with their assorted teachers would drive up the north end of Raasay to walk ‘Calum’s road’ culminating in a visit to our croft. Where, due to me being on the ferry and wifey on the post our 10 year old boy would give them a guided tour, concentrating on the hens and cockerel that they themselves had hatched in the school last year and of course the ‘wee peeps’ ( the 5 chicks that one of the hens had hatched ). The boy was of course supervised by the teachers who had been up previously to do a risk assessment. Anyway as yours truly was at work I’d got permission from the skipper to take the children up to the bridge with a teacher 2 at a time where Iain and I gave them all a quick explanation of the various instruments and controls with which they were suitably impressed.

Glassary Primary, big day out

Glassary Primary, big day out

The rest of the day was spent dodging the showers on deck, doing routine maintenance and 0f course ferrying people and vehicles backwards and forwards to Raasay. The wind which had remained pretty constant around the force 6 or 7 mark through the morning went up a notch during the afternoon and the showers merged into constant rain. The school group returned to Skye for their long journey south on the 17:00 ferry and whilst the rain, wind and seas breaking over the forward ramp prevented me from having a proper conversation with all the smiling faces young and old in their cars the ‘happy birthday Paul’ message hand written in the back of the Discovery full of children and the laminated birthday card that the head teacher gave me had me on the verge of blubbering ( it’s just my age ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Thank's guys :-)

Thank's guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Keeping Children Safe

The shift in wind to a more southerly direction and slight increase in strength made the 17:30 from Sconser our last run.ย  When the Skipper phoned the Office at Uig to inform them of his decision he was told that we were just about the only ferry that was still sailing! The homeward voyage having only one passenger and car on board, a young lady from the charity ‘Keeping Children Safe’
http://www.kcs-highland.org.uk/Contact-Us-g.asp

who was doing a presentation on the very subject at the Raasay village hall. Her dedication to the cause being such that she’d not been put off coming by the lack of accomadation on Raasay so was going to pitch a tent instead! Wifey, myself and 9 other people attended the well presented lecture on a sometimes difficult subject which went on untill going up for 22:00, which is why your getting this post the day after because I went straight to my bed ๐Ÿ™‚ which is just what I’m about to do now! I had fully intended to tell you about todays gannets,ย  2 buzzards making a nest, a duck in a truck, a chicken in a box and more cra4ppy weather but I’ve just run out of time and energy so here it is in thumbnails that you can click on to enlarge ๐Ÿ™‚

duck in truck

duck in truck

chick in box

chick in box

buzzards making nest

buzzards making nest

gannet and lampost :-(

gannet and lampost ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

snow in may

snow in may

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