Life at the end of the road

December 29, 2009

Seriously overwhelmed

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:04 pm

I know it’s been a couple of days since I’ve been on here, I did start writing a post last night entitled ‘Getting ready’ which went into great detail about how I was preparing myself for the weeks labours on the Loch Striven. It was however rubbish so I confined it to that great cyber landfill that is the recycle bin 🙂 Actually I sat in front of the telly with a glass ( or two ) of wine and was unable to move away from the wood burning stove in the living room. I was unable to move for several reasons, A, it was boodly freezing in the kitchen where I do my blogging, B, the days toil and red wine were making me lethargic and C, that prat Clarkson was on ‘Top gear’. Now being as how Jeremy is to the beeb what Simon frigging Cowal is to ITV I can see my next rant losing me a few customers so to speak. I’m really sorry but I can’t stand the man, yes I know he’s funny but the mans got as much  clout as Oprah Winfrey and she’s more powerful than the person that sits in the White House when it comes to public opinion.

The last time I watched ‘Clarky’ was by accident a year or two back when he was driving a Toyota to the North Pole to disprove global warming. Of course he neglected to mention to his millions of followers that it was the ‘magnetic’ North pole, which is nowhere near the real one, moves about quite a bit and is often visited by trucks :-(  Last nights offering was little better, OK, I know it was funny but do we really believe that these three plonkers could get from the Amazon to the Pacific without an army of people following, filming and sorting out all their ‘cock ups’ 🙂

I know, I’m a sad old git and should not take life so seriously, but the ice really is melting, the polar bears really are dying, the Maldives will soon be under water and the weather really is going ‘tits up’. Weather it’s caused or exasperated by man made CO2 emissions is another argument but it’s not funny and it is serious.

So now I’ve got that of my chest I’ll thank all those people that have looked in on ‘lifeattheendoftheroad’ and posted comments over the last couple of years, it really has been overwhelming and I’ll get on with the last couple of ‘daily doings’.


Yet another fine but cold day here on Raasay, which saw me rushing around madly trying to leave my house in ‘safe mode’ 🙂 Safe mode being a state where wife and child could be expected to have a trouble free week, ie, generator would have enough fuel, cooker would have enough gas, fire would have enough wood, etc, etc. Two windless weeks and much heating of water for scalding pigs has meant that Harry our 12Kw Lister HR2 has been working overtime of late. Normally he’d not be needed throughout the winter months as we’d get more than enough power from our wind and hydro turbines. This spell of weather however has been exceptional and I can’t actually remember the last time it rained or we had a decent gale 🙂

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Memory should however not be an issue in the future because I got my Christmas present mounted and working, a nice weather station whose sensors I mounted on my wind turbine mast behind the house.


Though as you can see from the graph there has been precious little wind of late.

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The ground being too hard for a pigs snout made us boil up some spuds donated by a friend in the village and even the ‘wee dug’ tried to get in on the act 🙂

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She was however ‘outgrubbed’ by the piglets 🙂


With the house all ‘topped up’ ready for my ‘week on’ it was just a case of  getting some pig feed and going to my parents on the mainland to pick up a door. Of course to anyone else this would be a case of  a quick trip to the feed merchant and then pop into B&Q on the way back, two hours max. To us people at the north end of Raasay it’s the whole day and 150miles 😦

After the morning feed we headed for the 9:55 ferry, then my parents house on the mainland where the door had been delivered. This door was being delivered 50 miles away due to to the insanity of somebody’s computer program and a lack of common sense. Now I appreciate that Skye is actually an island despite being firmly connected to the rest of Scotland and therefore Britain by a very large and TOLL FREE bridge. It is however often cheaper to get large items delivered miles down a single track road on the mainland than it is to the side of a main trunk road on Skye!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was this bizarre anomaly that sent us on today’s mission, first to the mainland for a door and then back to Skye for feed.

291209 009  It did however give us a chance to at last stop at Drum na Cloich and check out the waterfall at the head of Loch Eynort. I really have no Idea how many times that I’ve driven past this magnificent waterfall on the way to and from home in the last 20 years. Weather just a trickle or in spate it is always impressive but rushing for a ferry or a ‘lay bye’ full of Japanese tourists have ensured that I’ve never actually stopped, until today that is.

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The river was frozen solid so my boy, his pal, the wee dug and I went it check it out

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Impressive does not even begin to describe it, the river normally a raging torrent was frozen solid, we walked right the way up it to the fall and Molly continued upwards.

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Well she did until gravity got the better of her 🙂 you just had to see it, she went charging up until she lost traction then came skating back down on the ice. Far funnier than Jeremy Clarkson last night and with a gazilionth of the carbon footprint 🙂

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That was about it really, we caught the 16:15 ferry

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got home around 17:30, fed the herd, fed the flock, fed the cats, fed the hens, unloaded the Land Rover, stoked up the fire, thawed out the water pipes, and took the recycling bin to the end of the road.

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Now I know this picture is cr4p but that’s the ‘Storr’ taken from the top of a blue ‘wheelie bin’ in the dark from over 6 miles away 🙂


  1. considering how entertained you keep us all we wont begrudge you the occassional evening off. Asfor Mr C, well, you just know he will use the present winter weather as proof that global warming doesnt exist. I think the other two are funny’r to be honest and everyone needs peeps like Mr C to remind us wat calibre of eejits are still out there. All power to your pen…err keyboard

    Comment by auchenshugglegranny — December 30, 2009 @ 12:14 am

  2. Hi Paul. Happy Holidays to you and your family – and all the great creatures on the croft. Idea – what if…. you fans around the globe take a picture on New Years day that represents where they live and you post them on the site? I doubt most of us will be as great a photographer as you are and potentially capture such wonderful landscapes as Rassay. But it would be a tribute to the far reaching impact and influence you and your site have round the globe. Just a thought and regardless, please keep up the good work in bring your world to the rest of ours!
    Morgan in Northern California

    Comment by Morgan — December 30, 2009 @ 1:25 am

    • Hello California 🙂

      great idea Morgan, though I’m not sure how you could do it.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  3. Hi Paul Happy New Year to you and Yours, Your pictures are lovely especially the frozen waterfall.
    It’s 40c here for the next 2 days the airconditioner is working overtime and i’m busy erecting shadecloth over the veggie patch to try and stop everything from dying from too much heat,
    I caught a little bit of a program with monty Halls the beachcomber Croft on TV yesterday and it reminded me of what i’ve seen on your Blog, Lovely Scenery
    Take care

    Comment by Paul Robinson — December 30, 2009 @ 5:52 am

    • Hi there Paul ‘down under’,

      40 degrees!!!!!!!! it’s only 20 in my kitchen 🙂 Monty Hall’s ‘croft’ was just a few miles east of mine, in fact he was probably my closest neighbour for a while 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  4. I will be interested to see how your weather station survives. I bought the exact same model last year and decided to pack it away in the house rather than leave it out when we are away from the island. Nice bit of kit though.

    Comment by Matt — December 30, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    • Will keep you posted Matt,

      pity you packed yours away it would have been could to see a whole winters worth of weather data.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  5. Hi Paul. Been lurking on your site for a while now, but love reading your daily meanderings about life on Raasay and of course the ferry. I live in Ardrossan, and know Stuart and Christine Brown from when they lived in Saltcoats. If you see them, please say “hello” from me. Have a good New Year.


    Comment by Stuart McMahon — December 30, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    • Hi Stuart,

      glad you came out of the closet and said hello 🙂 I’ll pass on your message to Stuart and Christine.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  6. Top Gear is just a vehicular version of Last of the Summer Whine, three torpor inducing blokes fooling around making inane comments. So don’t get too upset about Clarkson, his regality is but transient. Although James May might become a latter day Raymond Baxter, it is now too late for the other one to grow in stature.

    Your weather station will be interesting, if, in between all your other “doings” you have time to post your results. It would be interesting to compare your charts with those from Staffin and Carbost you can get to the Elgol site from here also. Your “live head” (not sure it’s the correct term, but it will do) looks good on the mast.

    You will soon be awash with test meters, doesn’t the Stream Engine come one? My faithful, but aged, Fluke12 has just finished cab duty in the Lightweight and returned to the workshop, after sorting out a charging problem.

    Enjoy your Hogmanay.

    Comment by Mike "Belthorn" — December 30, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    • Hi Mike,

      glad you sorted out the charging fault on the lightweight ( nice picture by the way ) as for meters, I’ve a whole pile of useless Chinese ones festering away in a drawer and a venerable old AVO needing a service 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  7. I can’t stand Jeremy Clarkson either!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Frances — December 30, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  8. Hi Paul. Will be interesting to hear how you get on with your weather station. We never travel without refering to XC Weather, thanks to you, most accurate forecast I’ve come across.
    I recall a conversation, not that long ago, when ice on Raasay was being discussed. Spoke to soon I reckon. Fabulous picture of the waterfall. Never seen it like that before.

    Comment by Rienza — December 30, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    • Good morning Rienza,

      can’t wait for us to actually get some weather for my station to monitor 🙂 we’ve hardly had a breath of wind or any rain for weeks 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  9. The insanity of couriers

    I live 15miles south of where i work.

    But according to many companys i live in northern scotland but my work is in normal scotland

    Comment by thinfourth — December 31, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    • Hi Thinfourth,

      before computers and the Skye bridge it was often cheaper to get goods delivered to Raasay than Skye, despite Raasay being an island off an island and requiring two ferries to get there. The reason being that the post code for Raasay is the same as Kyle on the mainland 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  10. Well where can I start with your last blog. Okay the idiot Clarkson & co I think it’s about time they and the show was taken off air I agree with everything you said Paul about the back up etc who do they think we are, idiots like them
    Anyway more importantly your pictures of Drum na Cloich waterfall or icefall (as in this case) were brillant, I have seen it at a trickle and at full flow but never frozen,well done. Have a good one tonight Paul and a Happy New Year to you and yours. Slainte

    Comment by Stan — December 31, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  11. There’s me thinking I was the only one who felt that way about Mr C

    Lovely photos

    Happy New Year to you and your family


    Comment by Angela — December 31, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  12. Happy New Year to you and yours, and keep up the good work on the blog in 2010 : I love the daily fix of scenery and practical engineering!

    Comment by IainMacb — December 31, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  13. HI PAUL
    73,S CARLO ..

    Comment by CARL SEYMOUR — January 28, 2010 @ 12:30 am

    • Good morning Carl,

      why are you shouting, it’s 5:30 in the morning here and everyone is asleep 🙂

      All the best, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 28, 2010 @ 5:56 am

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