Life at the end of the road

January 27, 2011

Problem solved :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:33 pm

This is only going to be a quickie, for yet again, but thankfully for the last time, I’ve been up to my armpits in Ginger 🙂 To say that today was ‘a pure peach of a day’ would be doing it an injustice, for it was better than that, much better. Right from the moment I got out of bed at 5:00am it was good, it was clear, sharp, calm and dry, so after a nice hot bath and an hour or so plonking away on here I headed south. Well, I did after clearing the ice off my windscreen for the second time this winter, or should I say after leaving my ‘Eberspacher’ diesel heater running for twenty minutes to do it for me 🙂

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And whilst I drove past an very dark but well illuminated Portree at 7:00am, an hour later as we left Raasay the moon was reflecting the suns glow on the Black Cuilins.

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It was far too good a day for messing about down below so I spent most of it ‘up top’ painting handrails,

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I hate painting handrails, but today I could not think of anything more pleasant to be doing on a fine day in January.

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It also gave me chance to take pictures of all the traffic, though the days traffic was confined to Skretting’s fish farm supply ship MV Vermland. Here she is just passing the Penfold rock buoy with Ben Tianavaig in the background.


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You’ve got to laugh

I spent most of the day up there, apart from a spell investigating an oil leak on one of the Volvo TAMD 121C main engines that push our wee ship through the water at 8.5knots 🙂

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The oil leak turned out to be nothing serious and was easily sorted so I returned to my painting, to be informed by the skipper, at around 14:45 that Portree lifeboat had been mobilized. The message on the VHF said ‘to recover two airmen who’d ejected’, well it could only be an RAF plane really.


The position given was

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the black arrow north west of Rubh Re, in around 100m of water.

So, what we have here is a gazillion pound aircraft from an airbase (Lossiemouth) soon to be scrapped ditching in the sea, the rescue of which is coordinated by a coastguard station (Stornoway) which may be scrapped and attended by an ETV which is almost certainly going to be axed by the present government 😦 So the loss of a multi million pound aircraft and its resulting pollution to a sensitive marine environment couldn’t possibly happen again, could it ????

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Of course it couldn’t 🙂 in the last three months we’ve had a state of the art nuclear submarine aground off Skye, attended by an ETV, (many thanks to Calum Reid and the WHFP for that) a coaster almost aground on Rhum


and these frigging clowns in Whitehall want to get rid of both the ETV and Stornoway coastguard, I despair 😦

Back to Ginger 🙂

Anyway before I blow a fuse ranting about these clowns that bail out greedy wankers, sorry bankers yet won’t fund essential maritime services I’ll get back to Ginger and his hams

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and sausages 🙂

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  1. tganks for another good read. I agree with you all the way about the crazy whitehall decisions.Of course they think life comes to a halt any further than Swindon.I envy you that you have only had to scrape the ice of your windscreen twice this winter—I have had to do it almost everyday since end of november–as I type(07h32 our time)mine is still covered in ice.The rest of ginger looks real good.How are molly and the “weans”?

    Comment by frogsaint — January 28, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    • Hi Carol,

      no ice today, or yesterday 🙂 All the wains have now moved into Molly’s bed and she into theirs 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

  2. Hi Paul, long time lurker here but had to say that I hope the bag of Bakers dog food in the background of your last shot was entirely coincidental, and not what you’ve been using for rusk in your sausages! Like most of your other readers, I’m hugely envious of your lifestyle and where you live – hard work, but so worth it!

    Comment by Dan Penketh — January 28, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    • Hi Dan,

      dog food in sausages hey, I could market them as ‘Ginger Baker’s’ 🙂

      Cheers, Paul and welcome aboard 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  3. They’re also thinking to close down RAF Kinloss, with the Mountain Rescue Team, and Lossiemouth with the SAR helicopters. After which we can only hope that Cameron gets lost in a blizzard the next time he goes stag hunting on some Highland estate with his A-list cronies. Every job that is lost is one less pay packet circulating in the Highland economy.

    Comment by Mick — January 28, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    • Kinloss is going going gone it’s the base thats hosts the now moronically chopped up Nimrod fleet. Opinions differ but it was going to be the worlds best MPA for quite a while and we are after all a blinkin island nation. Lossiemouth home of the GR4 Tonka Toys and SAR choppers is safe for now. (Although maybe not for long)

      Comment by Flubba — January 28, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

      • Hi Flubba,

        I dare not even ‘Google’ how they are going to fill the hole left by Nimrod because I know it will be by exporting more jobs via subcontracting to the likes of Halliburton and other major US defence contractors 😦

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    • Hi Mick,

      “After which we can only hope that Cameron gets lost in a blizzard the next time he goes stag hunting on some Highland estate with his A-list cronies.”

      🙂 🙂 🙂 I nearly split my sides

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  4. A good summary of the diabolical state of affairs in the UK.
    PC for PM!
    We in the Antipodes were astounded to see a digger biting the wings off a (UK) Nimrod yesterday. Plus ca change…

    Comment by The Tasmanian Ambassador — January 28, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    • Hi Tasmania and all in the Antipodes 🙂

      the world has indeed gone mad and the UK is in the vanguard of the headlong rush into the nuthouse 😦

      I despair

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

  5. Very eloquent summary of the situation.

    Comment by Tony Giles — January 29, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    • Thanks for that Tony,

      it would have been far more ‘eloquent’ had I not been working and too tired for a proper rant 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  6. What a brilliant picture by Calum Reid.
    You and Wifey can relax a tad now Ginger is all bagged up.
    What a fitting end to such an infamous boar, feeding the family who made his life so wonderful.

    Comment by chrisb — January 29, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    • Hi Chris,

      I wish I’d have spotted that picture before Christmas, I’d have had cards made up 🙂

      Aye it will be a long while before we forget old Ginger 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 29, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

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