Life at the end of the road

March 29, 2010

No Lights :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:13 pm

The summer timetable is here with British summer time hot on its heels but it certainly didn’t feel like summer this morning when I was confronted by a very light dusting of snow on the Land Rover this morning. That will be the ‘lambing snow’ here thinks I, the ‘lambing snow’ being the snow that always seems to arrive round about the same time as the spring lambs 😦 It’s still a little early for lambs on Raasay but you can bet it’ll be freezing when they arrive! As it happened the snow came to nothing, the frozen puddles that I crashed through on the way to work all melted and the day turned out ‘no bad’.


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Despite losing an hour off the morning it was still light enough to not require headlights on the way to work and this mornings wildlife included these two fine stags near the youth hostel.

Monday, as usual was pretty hectic on the car deck with all the returning harbour workers and a few more early tourists. My working day, despite the perfect painting weather was restricted to light duties and a couple of hours in the wheelhouse due to the sore back. It might have been quite hectic on the car front but marine traffic was light with the most exciting thing to pass being the tug David Andrews which I presume had been working at the harbour.

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Not only was the car deck busy it also had a couple of ‘oldies’ on it through the day

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and by that I mean the four cylinder ‘Fergie’ and not the driver 🙂

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Much to the annoyance of our purser who had just missed out on adding this fine old tractor to his own collection by a day or so 😦

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And just to rub salt in the wound I asked him to drive it off the ferry 🙂


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Preceding the 1957 Ferguson 35 tractor was a fine 1969 Series IIa SWB Land Rover hardtop full of what looked like geologists. This particular Land Rover being unusual, if not unique in not leaving a puddle of oil in its wake on the car deck 🙂

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The short wheel base 88” Land Rover was supposed to be capable of carrying seven fully kitted infantrymen. Now I know that people were smaller in the ‘olden days’ you just have to look at the height of the decks on HMS Victory or step inside an old cottage. The Land Rover however was conceived just after world war two and I’m sure that people were not that much smaller then 🙂 This one was only carrying six fully kitted geologists and not one of them had a rifle 🙂

Anyway that was about it really, the lack of any real job to get my teeth stuck into due to the sore back meant that the day was quite slow in passing. However some new painkillers given me by my good friend ‘Buffalo Bill’ from Balfour Beatty seemed to help and I even managed to do a little deck scrubbing in the afternoon 🙂

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A little snow appeared on Glamaig during the late afternoon possibly as a precursor to the stuff that’s forecast for the next few days but on the whole it was pretty nice.

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Though by the time I’d driven home ‘nice’ did not even come close, in fact words failed me!

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  1. The salt is really nipping in the wound tonight!!

    Comment by The Purser — March 30, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    • Hi there Matey 🙂

      just take big deep breaths and tuck yourself up inside that big green shed with a Dexter and dram, you’ll be fine 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  2. Hi Paul
    Down in Porth, Cornwall for a few days knocking off some more miles on the SW Coastal Path.
    The strength of the wind has been amazing today, so uch so we have had to resort to walking inland.
    But this evening the waves crashing against Black Humphries Rock were the biggest I have ever seen.
    Hope your Sore Back soon gets better and we get some spring like warmth to cheer us all up.
    Best wishes to all

    Comment by chrisb — March 30, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  3. Love the 2A’s mate. Sold my last one about eight years ago. Hope the snow isn’t so bad for you, just finished the first cut of my lawn, lol.

    Comment by lloyd — March 30, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    • Yes Lloyd,

      the IIa with the metal grill and headlights in the wing is my favourite model. Snows been and gone but no sign of any fresh grass 😦

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

  4. Dear Paul,
    as a diver you might be interested in this,

    As a youngster in the mines rescue brigade I trained with Siebe Gorman oxygen re-breathers,great for getting rid of a hangover, coming in at over 40 lbs they were a bugger to use when bending or crawling. I don’t know what using pure oxygen for 2hours does to anybody else but I used to be on super charge for the rest of the day. The Navy used to use them but not advisable below 30 feet. For open ocean diving I cannot see any advantages but for pottering around wreaks this system certainly has its good points.

    Deep Regards


    Comment by yorkshire Miner — March 31, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    • Hi Dave,

      interesting stuff, I always carried oxygen on board the Conqueror when I was diving in case of a bend. As you say it was a great cure for a hangover 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

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