Life at the end of the road

February 1, 2011

On the otter hand :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:20 am

First of all, a very big thank you to all who nominated me for the and left comments on the website, it was much appreciated. I’m not sure what the whole thing is about, but the competition was fierce and most of the nominees certainly had much better English, spelling and  grammar than me. It was also apparent that the runners up knew far more about the intricacies of computers and cyberspace than I. Unfortunately I have neither the time inclination or bandwidth (if that’s the right word) to do much random surfing and rarely read other blogs. It takes me all my evenings  to do this one and the days are far too precious to spend on a computer 🙂

Anyway, I did make an effort to read the other fourteen, though I must confess at skimping through some of them, and I have to say that I’m honoured to have been picked. Picked for what I don’t know but pleased all the same 🙂



Sorry, fell asleep at the wheel there, it’s now after 6:00am on Tuesday, my last day at work 🙂 so I’ll just stick the pictures on quickly and you can use your imagination 🙂



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Well they got that wrong, 24mph at Arnish, force 6 max

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Already it’s double that in the gusts and a steady force 7

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Worming time again, and already Haggis tops the scales at 1.5kg, Scruff MacDuff, 1.1kg, Maisie, 1.0kg, Biff, 900g and Millie 850g

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This will be one of the many otters that was going to be disturbed and never return once the harbour was built

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and this will be three more that obviously hadn’t heard that otters don’t like new harbours 🙂



  1. Congratulations Paul on your award – your commitment shines through

    Comment by Rosemary — February 1, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  2. Hello Paul,

    since you posed some questions, here are a few answers.

    First of all, we at the transatlantic diablog, are fans of the internet as long as it’s informative and brings people together for a good cause. Blogs are a great place for it. Maybe much more than other social networks are. Because blogs are often more personal and much better written. Well, even if you say your English isn’t that good (And by the way, ours isn’t much better).

    For the transatlantic diablog award we just wanted to show that the blogsphere isn’t dying. That there are still great blogs out there – east and west of the Atlantic. That people who have a blog don’t always just copy the newspaper’s headline in their own words. It’s often just about the idea. We wanted to show the diversity of ideas. And we wanted to give some ideas where to look to find good blogs. It was a bit of work, but it was – as all the readers say – the right choice. We hope you found some new friends with this award. At least the team of the transatlantic diablog. And also some more:

    We’re planning to do some extra action around your blog in the coming days (we already asked you with a comment in your “about”-section). Maybe you like to send us your e-mail-address? Ours is here:

    Comment by administrator — February 1, 2011 @ 10:08 am

  3. Congratulations from me too! It’s a much deserved award – your blog brightens up my life every day, even the mechanical bits! Keeeep blogging!!

    Comment by Roma — February 1, 2011 @ 10:22 am

  4. Well. And if you haven’t already seen it. This is why you, Paul, were nominated and then chosen as the winner by the transatlantic diablog jury:

    Comment by administrator — February 1, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

  5. Congratulations from me too, I love reading your blog to remind me of what I’m missing, down here in the sowf. Just love the pictures of the scenery, not quite so impressed with the mechanical bits though! Sad news of Ginger, but glad to see Bea is growing, after meeting them both back in the summer!

    Comment by francesp — February 1, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  6. Congratulations Paul!

    Comment by Ann & Donnie O — February 1, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  7. Love the picture of the three otters – never seen them swimming in formation like that before.

    Comment by Neil King — February 1, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  8. Congratulations, Paul! I always look forward to reading your blog! Kudos to you!

    Comment by Dragonfly Dreams — February 1, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  9. Good update on the otters, many folks do not realise that wildlife can cope with a lot of activity from humans and machines. I used to have a job for 4 years keeping birds and other wild life away from aircraft on a busy coastal location. We had a team and worked shifts to provide 24 hour cover.
    Without our efforts the place would have been overrun with feeding and nesting birds.

    Comment by Gary Brindle — February 1, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    • Hi Gary,

      aye people do indeed have strange views on wildlife, I’ve seen northern divers asleep on salmon cages, otters on fishing boats, piers and slipways, sea eagles on the fish farm, stags in the garden and blackbirds nesting in a cement mixer but I’ve never seen a dead bird below a wind turbine 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 1, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  10. you’re wonderfully talented but i do b’lieve it’s that pic of young haggis that, erhm, tipped the scales for you.
    congrats to all!

    Comment by jeannette — February 2, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    • He certainly did ‘tip the scales’ Jeannette, I couldn’t believe how heavy he was 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 2, 2011 @ 6:54 am

  11. Congratulations on the blog award Paul it is well deserved. I really like your blog for the pictures which are awesome and the mechanical stuff reminds me of how my son is always doing much of the same stuff. I always check to see what is going on at the end of the road every day. Keep on writing your english is just fine.

    Comment by Mimi — February 2, 2011 @ 3:32 am

    • Morning Mimi,

      ‘just fine’ hey, my English teacher never thought so 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 2, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  12. Congratulations Paul – it takes a lot of dedication to keep this going. A big thank you from us all for keeping us informed and entertained all these years

    Comment by Phil — February 2, 2011 @ 7:23 am

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