Life at the end of the road

July 24, 2009

‘en route’

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:53 am

I am on holiday so should not by rights be writing this, however it’s pishing with rain outside the old ‘Thomson Glenelg’ caravan and wifey has abandoned me for a while, so I’ll fill you in.

First of all I must apologize to all the traffic that I held up on the way south with my 87hp Land Rover and its vintage caravan but I did pull over as much as is feasible and if it was not enough please direct your wrath at the various bodies that provide parking places on main roads and not the old git in the Land Rover. Seriously, I had a ‘conga’ like tail of cars and trucks behind me after Glen Coe and there was just nowhere to pull over until Tyndrum. Well there were 2 places but the pouring rain and lack of signage meant that I was by them before I could do anything about it 😦

The journey so far

Anyway I left my beloved Arnish at Just after 8:00am on Wednesday with swineherd, child and child’s pal destined for Girvan on the Ayrshire coast. The swineherds folks have a place there, my brother in law lives there and   http://www.scottishcamping.com/ said that the ‘Strathavon caravan park’ was a safe bet. It’s only 5 mins from the b in laws, 2 mins from the harbour and 20 mins from the in laws so that’s where we are and I’m not displeased 🙂

After leaving home and saying goodbye to the mountain that dominates my life at the north end

Bye bye Storr

Bye bye Storr

We caught the 8:55 ferry to Sconser and headed south. After less than a couple of miles we were confronted by a police motorcycle that was directing traffic into a large parking area at Drum na Cloich. Me being ‘local’ and wise figured it would would be a police escorted load of wind turbine parts for the wind farm at Edinbane so parked well ‘off road’ to let traffic past

Long, slow climb

Long, slow climb

and take some pictures of the huge trucks and their loads.

Turbine hub

Turbine hub

Not everyone’s cup of tea but I love these things

Half a nacel and hub

Half a nacel and hub

and after a brief pause we continued on our journey.

The rest of the trip being a mixture of sunshine and at times exceptionally heavy showers but fortunately all the traffic seemed to be heading in the opposite direction 🙂

With the aid of ‘Microsoft autoroute 2007’ (which is cr4p) we somehow managed to find our way to the ‘Strathavon’ caravan park in Girvan.

Old 'landy' and older caravan

Old 'landy' and older caravan

Arriving there just before 18:00 the two boys could not wait to go and be spoiled by the ‘in laws’, so once we’d set up camp we obliged 🙂

Thursday

Leaving the two boys with a pair of more ‘responsible adults’ for the night, wifey and I had a couple of glasses  of a nice South African number and retired early in the old caravan.  Thursday dawned bright and unexpectedly early with the sound of a digger or JCB working away at 6:30am just across the river from our pitch! I’m normally up before this time anyway but was really trying to lie in and get in ‘holiday mode’ so the sound of  a large diesel engine roaring away at ‘cock crow’ did not go down too well. Still it got us up early and we managed a trip down to the harbour once we’d checked on the boys.

Holiday mode!

Holiday mode!

Who were of course being spoiled rotten by wifey’s family 🙂

Landing craft 'Sarah Anne' of Oban

Landing craft 'Sarah Anne' of Oban

and I’ll have to finish this later 🙂

July 21, 2009

Sorry

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:58 pm

Just a quickie before I vanish from ‘the end of the road’ for a while. It’s Tuesday night now, the bananas are finished and it’s almost 23:00. As I spent most of my 3 week holiday last month buried under my Land Rover and working on the croft this next 7 days is going to be our proper holiday with a trip to  http://www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk/ via Girvan and Arran.

Monday

Was on the whole pretty miserable on Raasay with not a great deal achieved other than the routine day to day stuff.

Fisheries Protection vessel 'Minna'

Fisheries Protection vessel 'Minna'

The fishery cruiser Minna went by in the morning but frequent heavy showers and gusty west wind meant not much got done on deck.

One of the many

One of the many

The late afternoon did however improve and the evening turned out quite nice, my boy and his two pals went to the Raasay House activity night and the good ship Loch Striven waited at Sconser for traffic from a delayed sailing from Tarbert. Which was just as well as I would have missed my boy and his two pals assisting the local fire crew on their practice night!

Willing helpers!

Willing helpers!

It was well worth the wait at Sconser just to see their happy smiling faces

A good job, well done!

A good job, well done!

Not to mention the happy smiling faces of the children 🙂

Tuesday

Today was a far better day but I spent most of it finishing off the wee painting jobs I’d started and getting things ready for my relief. The camera never came out and when I got home at 20:00 I set about getting our caravan ready for it’s epic journey south. So if you happen to get stuck behind an old caravan and Land Rover on the A 82 tomorrow, I’m really sorry but be patient and I will pull over 🙂

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