Life at the end of the road

March 11, 2011

Rather fishy

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:36 pm

This is going to be lightning quick and photo heavy, I’m tired and ready for my bed despite it only being 19:50. Today’s milestone was a drive to work without my lights on, OK had I been driving on the mainland I would have used them and had it not been for the snow I probably would have needed them like yesterday. Arising early and watching the day brighten before my eyes as I plonked away on here and drunk coffee put me in great spirits, by the time I’m on my next shift spring will be here and I’ll only need my lights on Saturday night 🙂

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Traffic was exceptionally heavy on the way into work and I passed yet another of this years milestones, I got stuck behind the gritter 🙂 I think the last time I got stuck behind a vehicle of any kind on my way to work was about 1996 when I came across a Citroen that had been left in a ditch, the owner wasn’t with it so I just dragged it out and drove on 🙂

Anyway I got to work on time, well I would wouldn’t I because the gritter let me by at the first passing place 🙂 what greeted me on the pier though was something rather strange.

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A porpoise or dolphin steak 😦 it looked like it had been cut out with a knife but could just have easily been done by a propeller but it would have taken a rather large bird to deposit it on the pier. I suppose it could have been a cat or even otter that left it there but it was odd.


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Work was pretty steady both on the ferry and the fish farm,

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and we had a surprise visit from another of the Cal Mac stable.

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The Loch Portain steamed past our old berth at 13:15 on her way to Bernaray,

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Loch Poertain

passing by Inverarish under the shadow of Dun Caan,

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then by our new pier,

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before disappearing north below the Storr.

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And when the day was done we fastened the good ship Loch Striven safely to Scotland and went home, with my lights on 🙂

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Top pic with the Panasonic DMC-FZ38 and bottom one with the Fuji JX200 that just arrived back from repair today, what can I say 🙂


  1. Hey when did you get the “arty picture” disease? 🙂 I like the shot of Portain through Striven’s lifebelt. It’s just a shame the chap who did the lettering seems to have been under the influence when he painted the ship’s name on it.

    Comment by Phil Cook — March 11, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

    • You try painting a lifebelt on a moving ship 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 12, 2011 @ 6:08 am

  2. …I think the last time I got stuck behind a vehicle of any kind on my way to work was about 1996…

    my gosh Paul, I remember only the times I DON’T get stuck behind a vehicle … the last time that happened was 4am when I was driving to the airport for a flight in 2008

    Comment by carina — March 11, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    • Twenty two miles a day and as many cars in a year 🙂 bliss 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 12, 2011 @ 6:11 am

  3. Red sky at night…
    We are expecting snow at 10 am tomorrow ! The 6 weeks we had in Nov/Dec/Jan was more than enough for us, but we are so lucky when we see what has happened in Japan,and of course them bombing themselves in Lybia. World is in a fearful state…

    Comment by sotw — March 12, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    • Morning SOTW,

      my radio is still not working so I’m a little behind on current affairs 🙂 Hope the snow passes quickly and does not lie.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 12, 2011 @ 6:12 am

      • Hi
        Snow clearing well, it was rain,sleet and then the snow. T.V. says its clearing up to the north!
        Gaffer and I have a heavy cold so its tablets and drinks (soft!). TTFN x

        Comment by sotw — March 12, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  4. The LoPo is a nice wee boat to travel on but she desperately needs her exhausts encased and painted Calmac red and black as I believe they did with the Loch Coruisk in response to popular demand when she appeared in 2003.

    Comment by Neil King — March 12, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    • Good morning Neil,

      I have to say that I rather like the stainless exhausts but I can see where your coming from, the Coruisk does look more ‘balanced’ if that’s the right word for what can hardly be described as pretty ships, comfortable, serviceable and quiet but not good looking 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    • Snow last night SOTW 😦 bitter northeasterly today, you’re not missing anything, get well and see you soon.


      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2011 @ 6:38 am

  5. The calmac spotters will be salivating at the sight of todays pictures. I am curious how you know it is a piece of dolphin?

    Comment by simon — March 12, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    • Aye Simon, there were a few referrals from ‘ships of calmac’ 🙂 I suppose it could have been a killer whale but on the balance of probability more likely a porpoise or dolphin. Nothing that I’ve come across has skin similar and it was confirmed by the relief skipper who’s an ex trawlerman and seen more dead fish than most.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2011 @ 6:43 am

  6. Interesting picture of the couplings to the voight schneider drivesI never had an opportunity to get the covers off any of the ships I have been on. Paul, I have some technical questions on your off-grid sytem. Do you have an addressI can seend emails to?

    Comment by Arild Jensen — March 12, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  7. Hi Paul, Looking at the list of reading material about Raasay I’m surprised not to see Whirlygig Beetles and Tackety Boots. It’s written by the late Peggy-Bella MacKay’s sister and is a great read about life at the real north end – Eilean Tigh and Tigh an Achaidh – before the war. As usual I got it at the Inverarish shop but didn’t see it last month when we were up.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — March 13, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    • Hi Anne,

      I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t actually read it, or Norma Macleod’s ‘Raasay and its people’ but I will, as soon as I get time away from doing this infernal blog 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

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