Life at the end of the road

July 30, 2009

I could be a while!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:29 pm

I had meant to tell you how I was reduced to tears by Candi Staton at the Wickerman,

Candi Staton

Candi Staton

the 66 year old Alabama gospel singer who’s 1976 hit ‘Young hearts run free’ is a disco classic reaching number 2 in the UK singles chart in 1976, number 47 in 1986 and number 29 in 1999.  I’ve seen hundreds of bands and DJs of all genres and to be honest this is not my kind of thing as I prefer my music at around 120bpm but this lady had me in tears, twice!

She's looking at me!

She's looking at me!

I was also going to tell you all about Dreadzone, the Utah saints and the burning of the wickerman.

Burning the Wickerman

Burning the Wickerman

I was going to tell you about our epic drive home via Arran,

Ardrossan laundry!

Ardrossan laundry!

Arisaig and the Mallaig ferry car park.

Ronja Commander and Ronja Pioneer

Ronja Commander and Ronja Pioneer

Well boats at night

Well boats at night

Where we spent an unplanned evening amongst the ferries, fishing, and fish farm boats.

MV Loch Nevis

MV Loch Nevis

I was going to tell you all this and more but I’m now sat waiting for my back boiler to drain into the bath!

Uncoventional bath filling!

Unconventional bath filling!

Why am I sat here filling the bath with a small hose pipe connected to my stove? well it’s quite simple really, the new stainless steel back boiler that I fitted to our Morso Squirrel stove less than 18 months ago has split!

Leaky boiler

Leaky boiler

So if you don’t hear much from me over the next few days it’s because I’m up to my armpits in muck and soot changing the thing during the short period of time between work and bed, which is when I do the blogging carry on!


  1. Must have been a nice drive home that way. Hope you got some beer, cheese and stronger stuff on Arran on the way.

    Comment by Simon — July 31, 2009 @ 7:44 am

  2. Hi Paul,
    Impressive Festival.
    There is a Wickerman in a field just North of Bridgwater on the M5, on the edge of Wickerland, The Zummerzet Levels.
    Hope your Boiler Prob doesn’t cause too much of a headache.
    Good luck with it. When you get a minute or two (ha ha) have a look at Paul enjoying his birthday Present.

    Comment by chrisb — July 31, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    • Morning Chris,

      Do you remember the SS Breda and her Tiger Moths? Whilst diving on her in the 70s I found a spare camshaft for one still wrapped in its greasy paper and in mint condition after 35 years under water. By a bizarre coincidence I came across an aviation museum that had loaned the camshaft out of their display model to an aircraft to keep it flying! They were most grateful of the one that I gave them!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2009 @ 7:33 am

  3. Talking about diving Paul.You remember about the caravan site that we were discussing in your diving years? The chap that ran it then, did he originate from Matlock? There was a motor cycle business owned by someone of that name. Is it the same man?
    As a matter of interest, why are your sleeping bags decorating the caravan and the old girl and why did you park in the car park for the night? Just being nosey that’s all.

    Comment by Rienza — August 1, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    • Hi Rienza,

      I used to know Dave and Marion quite well in those days and part of me thinks that there was a motorcycle connection but as I’ve said many times ‘I’ve a memory like a hen’ 🙂

      As far as the sleeping bags go, young boy and his pall almost drowned in their tent early Sunday morning at the ‘Wickerman’ so we took advantage of the brief sunshine that greeted us on the Ardrossan ferry car park. Unable to find any room at the 5 or 6 campsites around Arisaig we headed for yet another ferry car park 🙂 After of course spending a couple of hours amongst the sand dunes and rock pools that is!

      To be honest I quite enjoyed the hubbub of the port in our little house with wheels on, watching the comings and goings with a glass of red wine playing cards with the boys 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  4. Enjoyed the photos on this entry, especially the burning wickerman. Good night shots of the boats. I must say I do like all the technical stuff, your enthusiasm makes it interesting!

    Comment by Carolyn Scott — August 1, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      glad you enjoyed it and sorry I did not post more pictures but time was short.

      Thanks, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 3, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

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