Life at the end of the road

December 22, 2009

Fine views if nothing else

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:43 pm

It’s been a proper winters day here and despite not having done a great deal I’m whacked. The white stuff on the windows and lawn at 6:00am had me scurrying back to bed, actually it was the lack of internet connectivity more than the weather. It could well have been snow on the satellite dish that was the problem but not even I am sad enough to start clearing snow at 6:00am just to check my emails and blog!

A much saner and successful attempt was made to get up and do the chores in the half light an hour before dawn at 8:00am. The pigs seemed unperturbed  by their late breakfast and whilst Ginger was eating it I cleaned out his shelter and changed the bedding that he is currently sharing with Braken and Shona. Pigs are normally very clean and do not soil their bedding but I think someone in Ginger’s household is peeing the bed cos it was quite wiffy in there 😦 Next it was onto Brambles ark, a nice cosy insulated job that she is currently sharing with 7 fine piglets.

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No sooner had I put the fresh straw in than they all set about rearranging it to their own liking.

This took me nicely up to 9:00am when it was time to phone up the Raasay primary school to explain the lack of young boy from the end of the road that had not been gritted 😦 We would make an attempt later in the day to venture south in the Land Rover once it had thawed a little or the gritter had been up. Normally being stuck up here would not bother me in the least but we had a person with us that should have been elsewhere yesterday  and our neighbours had run out of coal. Not through any incompetence on their behalf but from the previous occupants of their dwelling  having used about 6 bags of coal in one week!!!!!!!!!

Around 11:15 I decided to set off for the 12:15 ferry just astern of my neighbour in her Volvo who was hoping to collect coal from Skye.

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With very little snow on the road from Arnish to Brochel the first couple of miles was easy enough but after struggling up the first steep hill after the castle the Volvo ground to a halt on the ‘horseshoe bend’ just after Screapadale. Despite my passenger and I jumping out to push it was still 25m short of the summit so she hopped into the ‘Old girl’ and we all continued on to the ferry.

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The Applecross peninsula looking to have caught much more snow than Raasay.

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We just made the ferry, which I was pleased to see was the Loch Striven, fresh from her annual refit.

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Arriving on Skye at just after 12:30 we had good time to drive into Broadford to deposit my guest, collect coal

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and do a little shopping.

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Before dawdling back for the 14:15 ferry and taking some pictures of the magnificent ‘Red Cuilin’s’ who were quite clearly white 🙂

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Back on Raasay it was good to see work being done at the old mill that is to become the new ‘heritage centre’

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without stopping, apart from to take pictures I continued home.

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Taking this picture at Holoman looking northwards to Brothers point on Skye

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and this one 15mins later 5 miles further north!

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Though this one of the Five Sisters of Kintail from a few miles further north is my favourite.

By the time I got home it was time to feed and almost dark so not a great deal else was done apart from cleaning a tub to dehair a pig in 😦


  1. Paul these photos are so beautiful they almost made me cry- I feel quite homesick for Raasay and it feels so nice to see everywhere covered in snow and that fantastic light from 5000 miles away in California. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Maggie Maclean

    Comment by Margaret Maclean — December 22, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

    • Don’t worry Margaret,

      that fine sunset will be with you shortly 🙂

      Merry Christmas, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 22, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  2. Hi Paul

    Just wanted to say thanks for the photo of the progress at the old Mill. It seems to be moving on at a typical highland pace 😉
    Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and new year.

    Comment by Derek — December 22, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

    • Good morning Derek,

      for a wee island there is certainly allot going on here at the moment, the mill should look lovely when it’s finished. OK it might take a while, but this is Raasay 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 23, 2009 @ 6:54 am

  3. Most excellent pics!
    Just love snow and you have a good amount there, I am very jealous although not at all jealous of trouble it invariably causes..

    Comment by George Kershaw — December 22, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

    • Hi George,

      It’s been a hard frost through the night here, it looks like we’re in for a white Christmas and for once I too don’t mind the snow 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 23, 2009 @ 6:50 am

  4. Ok, i’ve lurked long enough. 😉 I lived in Skye for a time, and these views just bring me back. Your photos capture the light exactly the way i remember it. Thank you. Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur! 🙂

    Comment by Lizzy — December 23, 2009 @ 12:23 am

    • Good morning Lizzy,

      I’ve done a little lurking on you’re own blog from time to time too. Keep up the good work, thanks for being here and a merry Christmas to you 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 23, 2009 @ 6:43 am

  5. Fantastic photos, I well remember seeing the Cullins from Scalpay early one morning when we were heading back to Devon via the Lakes.
    Same beautiful white against a very very dark blue sky and the sea shore all frozen.One of the most spectacular scenes I have ever seen.
    We hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas and New Year
    Chris & Chris

    Comment by chrisb — December 23, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    • Good morning Chris’s and a very happy Christmas and New year to you.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2009 @ 7:16 am

  6. Sadly I wont be coming up for christmas this year which is a great shame, from your photos the whole island looks properly frozen – my favourite way to experience Raasay.

    Comment by Matt — December 23, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    • Hi Matt,

      pity you won’t make Christmas here, it looks like being a white one.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2009 @ 7:14 am

  7. Teasing me with more snowy mountain pictures Paul!! We also have plenty of snow here in the South Pennines and more on the way. Nice to be having some proper winters again.

    Comment by Simon — December 23, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    • Hi Simon,

      It is very nice right enough but it’s boodly freezing 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2009 @ 7:13 am

  8. Again lovely pictures Paul. The Five Sisters is my favourite too. Many thanks for your terrific blog.
    I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all at Arnish and all who log on to your blog a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

    Comment by Rienza — December 23, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    • Hi Rienza and a merry Christmas to you and Mike,

      That view of the ‘Five Sisters’ is one of my favourite and I just wish that I could have captured it with a better camera 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2009 @ 7:11 am

      • At least you dont have a racist camera!!

        Comment by Simon — December 24, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

  9. Dear Paul,
    May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I certainly envy you, no that is wrong I have every thing that I want and need, what I envy is that I don’t have every day, that wow factor, that comes from looking at the Cullens in all there majesty over the seasons. I have been up in the himalayas and watched millions of flamingos take flight from salt pans in the Arabian gulf. I had something like it a couple of days ago when I was watching a Green Woodpecker eating a frozen pear in my garden after digging it out from under the snow, but nothing and I mean nothing has ever, and I mean nothing has ever rivalled the wow factor I experienced as a youngster in my early twenties climbing up from loch Seaforth in the Outer Hebrideses and looking out over the Shiants to Skye. The air was so clear that there was no purple haze, so you had no feeling for distance. The panorama look like an intricate model you could reach out and touch. I hope you understand what I am trying to say.

    Deep Regards


    Comment by yorkshire Miner — December 23, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    • Good Morning Dave and the same to you 🙂

      I know exactly what you mean about the ‘woodpecker’ moment, little things that same to have made all the sh1te in your life worthwhile. I’ve had a few of them myself.
      I too have all I require in life and yearn for no more which is why I don’t do the lottery 🙂 quite apart from the fact that I consider it a ‘tax on the stupid’, I just would not be able to cope with all my ‘new friends’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 24, 2009 @ 7:08 am

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