Life at the end of the road

December 31, 2010

The last of 2010

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:30 pm

Well that’s it, my 21st New Year at the ‘end of the road’ is about to happen. Not being a native Scot and being middle aged and teetotal from 18 to 36 I never really saw the point until relatively late in life. Most of my Hogmanay’s being spent babysitting for people that did see the attraction, leaving me and my then partner to suffer all the cr4p that could be had on 3 or 4 TV channels with only a cup of coffee to bring in the New Year 😦

I’m not complaining because abstinence and ‘common sense’ saw me pay off my first mortgage at the age of 30. However I’ve now grown up, don’t have to work tomorrow and am going to get trashed 🙂 The options are somewhat limited as there are only three dwellings at the north end of Raasay occupied tonight but I’m not going to let that stop me 🙂

I suppose it’s traditional for most media like the TV, radio and newspapers to reflect over the years news but since I rarely watch, listen or read you’ll have to make do with some pictures from December 31st last year.


A Raasay house that was still being cleared after the fire of 18/1/2009 and now twelve months on has stalled due to the collapse of ROK 😦


A harbour that was barely discernable and is now a fine place to berth and a welcoming place for visitors 🙂

Anyway, as with last year I had to work this Hogmanay so I’m pretty whacked, especially after my days labours, don’t laugh, seriously I’ve been busy. Just like last year the good ship Loch Striven came back from dock in a bit of a state. Now don’t get me wrong both and the relief crews did a fine job of repairing and returning her, but just like my 24 year old Land Rover I like to keep my 24 year old boat pristine 🙂 And whilst the ‘topsides’ were ‘minted’ the engine room was a bit of a riot. Pretty good considering the major surgery she’d gone through but a mess nonetheless.

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This is the engine room looking aft, as you can see everything is in its place with the nice new 4.4 TGM Perkins generator purring away but it does look a tad grubby. The forward view was pretty much the same but I’ve spent the last three days sorting it out.

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And I have to say that I’m pretty ‘chuffed’ with my efforts 🙂

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It still needs the pipe work painting and is only about one quarter of the actual engine room but you’ve got to admit it looks pretty good 🙂

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And you’d hardly believe that Ewan Ferguson’s team had cut a hole in the deck to remove the old Lister HRW 6s and replace them with the 4 cylinder Perkins units.

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I’m a huge fan of Lister’s but the HRW series was not one of their better efforts, it remains to be seen if the smaller more powerful Perkins units perform better but for now at least they seem the ‘dogs danglies’.

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So now at 22:30 I’m just going to leave you with today’s weather and go and surprise my neighbours with some coal and oysters 🙂

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  1. Happy New Year, Paul. Thanks for all the great posts and photos this year, the year of Bee, Molly’s first brood and your new office park. I sure hope I can come help you feed pigs some day.


    Comment by Bob — December 31, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

    • Hi Bob,

      have a great New Year in the US and one day I’m sure you can feed the pigs whilst wifey and I go and get ttrashed 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  2. A Happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year to you Paul and your family. Thank you for a great blog that I always look forward to reading!


    Comment by James Hyndman — December 31, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

    • A happy and peaceful New Year to you too James,

      thanks for your suppport, it really does help me continue.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  3. Happy new year Paul. Thanks for an entertaining year. I would share a wee dram of Jura with you now but it is a bit of a drive. Hope to make it to Raasay this year. Hope you are still keeping the feet well scrubbed.

    Comment by simon — January 1, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    • Hin Simon,
      the feet are ‘well scrubbed’ thanks and your’re not allowed on the ferry without a bottle of Jura 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  4. Hi,
    Bliadhna mhath ur/Happy New Year. Didn’t make it up to Raasay this year but love reading your blog and keeping up to date with life on Raasay.Can’t wait to visit in 2011. Any news on Auntie Jessie’s wee Alfie. Can’t believe he is missing again. Best wishes for he year ahead. No.1 Oscaig.x

    Comment by Fiona & James — January 1, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    • Happy New Year to you too James and Fiona,

      that ‘wee dug’ is still missing, (typical guy, never learns 😦 )

      See you soon P+B

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

  5. Happy new year to you and family Paul. Looking forward to more posts and pictures from the end of the road.

    Comment by Lu Nelson — January 1, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    • Hi Mimi 🙂

      I’ll do my best 🙂


      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  6. happy new year paul and family from the mitchell family of jay,sharon, and ellis mitchell. all the best for 2011

    Comment by jay and sharon mitchell — January 1, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    • All the best to you too Jay and Sharon,

      ‘Calum’s road’ beats the hell out of the M8 🙂

      Take care, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  7. Happy New Year to you and yours Paul. Thanks for bringing such lovely photos to us and for sharing your thoughts on life and life at the end of the road. Hope Molly and her little family continue to thrive.

    Comment by Jan — January 1, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    • Hi Spain 🙂

      I’m sure Molly’s pups would thrive much better in Spain Jan 🙂

      Have a good one, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  8. Hi Paul,
    hope you got well into the new year. All the best for you and your family and all the other habitants at the end of the road in 2011! Anja

    Comment by Anja — January 1, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    • Happy New Year Anja 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

  9. Hi , Paul and family thanks for keeping me up to date , Settled in New York State now , hoping to raise & breed some Tamworths , you can not believe how bad sausages are here ( and eggs no free range ) maybe its the Coyote / bear and lots more things up in New York State its awsome but serious . All the best to you & family , will keep in touch could well do with some advice

    Take Care Jonny

    Comment by jonny quirk — January 1, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    • I’m seriously missing you ‘Crofter Jonny’ 🙂

      I spent a month in Colorado and Utah once and never came accross a decnent egg 🙂

      Godd Luck, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 3, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    • Hello Jonny in NY state,

      gonna miss your winter purchases 🙂 I know exactly what you mean about US (very appropriate 🙂 ) eggs and sausages, I spent a month in Colorado and Utah and made it my quest to find a free range egg and decent sausage. Despite finding a gazilion brands of corn oil and ammunition in most supermarkets free range eggs and olive oil were not to be had 🙂

      Take care, Paul 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  10. Happy New Year Paul!
    Thanks for all of your posts, I still look in each day and once again you have inspired me to start blogging again!
    Hope you have a happy and healthy 2011!

    Comment by George — January 1, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    • A happy New Year to you too George,

      you must be one of my most faithfull followers on that little island paradise so far away.

      Take care and good luck, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    • Hello Scilly George,

      one of my most loyal readers 🙂 Take care, have a good New Year and I’m sure we’ll meet one day 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

      • Still planning a trip up there to see you, I think I missed my best chance last year when I was living on the mainland but funds and time didn’t allow the long trip up..
        I will get up to your beautiful island and say hello at some point!
        Cheers George.

        Comment by George — January 5, 2011 @ 12:39 am

      • Hi George,

        looking forward to it, who knows one day I may make it back to the Scillies 🙂

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 5, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  11. Many thanks for another great year’s blogging. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2011.

    Comment by yestosh — January 2, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    • Hi Yestosh and have a great NY 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  12. Thanks for the blog in 2010 keep it up.I mapped on Raasay in 1981 and stayed in Calum Gillie’s caravan,remember the night the hotel opened and read Island Quest by Prunella Stack who sadly recently passed away.I visit the island every few years and its a pleasure .Best wishes in 2010.

    Comment by Gary Hamlton — January 2, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    • Hi Gary and welcome aboard,

      didn’t realize that Prunella had died recently, very sad, for whilst I never knew her I know she loved Raasay greatly.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

  13. Many thank’s,Paul for your fantastic photography & sharing your wonderful lifestyle with us.Hope you continue for many year’s giving us such pleasure & entertainment.Good luck with your nomination!.

    Comment by grasscutter — January 2, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    • Hi Grasscutter and thanks,

      I know who you are now, having seen you cut grass 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

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