Life at the end of the road

March 29, 2011

No more Radio Scotland :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:48 pm

It will probably be a bit of a dogs breakfast tonight, my memory being what it is and that box of freshly opened box of South African Cabernet Sauvignon beckoning to be opened 🙂 The week has been fairly active and busy  up here on Raasay but I’ve been either too tired or distracted by other things to spend any time on here.

The last time blogging was done was from the good ship Loch Striven on Saturday night, posting my last entry just before we left for the last sailing at 20:30 on a moonless night. The previous Saturday that I’d done that crossing (two weeks before) the skipper was not a ‘happy chappy’ for when we returned to Raasay the light on the pier were off 😦 A cost cutting measure by the council no doubt, never mind we complained bitterly and they promptly, well a week later, sent someone over to fix it.

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Hmmmmmmmmm, this is what greeted us at 21:30 and that’s taken from the end of the pier looking towards the ferry on a 10 second exposure 😦 To say the skipper was ‘spitting feathers would be something of an understatement, especially when the lights were still on this morning at 8:55 🙂

However once he’d calmed down and slept on it he phoned the harbour master up who came over today and sorted it 🙂


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As far as the working week goes, I spent a good deal of it with Charles in the ships ‘underpants’, the bilge. The bilge is that bit of a ship that is like an eleven year old boys boxer shorts and is quite often neglected. Well they are with my youngster anyway 🙂 I’m particularly proud of my bilge and often make rash statements like ‘you could eat your dinner off it’ , something that is more a reflection on my septic tank like stomach than any praise over its cleanliness 🙂 However an incident after the dry docking involving a fractured oil pipe and 40lts of engine oil had left it in a bit of a state so I had at last got around to polishing it.

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I can’t sing Charles’s praises highly enough, oil, water, rust and even sewage, Charles takes them all in his stride and never complains.

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My other project was the rack above the funnel casing that hold three floats that are designed to break free if the ship sinks 😦 I had planned on painting it but never got past the chipping and power washing stage due to the amount of traffic we had this week.

The financial year is drawing to a close and there seemed to be a push on to use up someone’s budget  and tar the Glen road. The road had taken a severe hammering by the logging tractors and trailers last year so we’ve spent this week ferrying tar lorries too and fro in an effort to get it done before Thursday 🙂


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For sale Lustre LK315 just under 10m with a licence and a Gardner 6LXB is this fine single handed trawler of Donald Mackenzie’s. She may be almost as old as me but the ‘Lustre’ LK315 has been well cared for. I do hope he’s planning another boat because it’s so refreshing to see the harbour being used by a proper boat. There’s not been a fishing boat working out of Raasay since I started on the ferry 😦

Summer ‘time’

It’s been a week of milestones this last seven days, the milestones that mark the passing of each year that is. The best one being the moving forward by one hour of the clocks, I hate all this messing about with time but I do like the lighter nights the ‘spring forward’ brings, even though it does mess my own biological clock up for weeks. I’ve a great internal clock and could easily manage without an alarm (I did for years) so this GMT, BST business really messes me up. The second milestone was the arrival of the wheatear on Sunday, a comical little bird with a distinctive flight that leaves a flashing white tail in its wake. A favourite surrogate mother for the cuckoo this little bird gains its name from a corruption of ‘white rear’ or so they say.

And whilst the wheatear arrived from Africa the pink footed geese departed for Iceland and Greenland with each day seeing a fresh skein flying north westwards, though this morning I spotted one on its own 😦


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Of course there was the normal boring stuff 🙂

A new clinic 🙂

The cuts may have claimed Raasay’s day care centre but at least it has been put to good use.

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The fine building in School Park that was for so long the only meeting place for the elder residents of Raasay, a place to get their hair done once a week and go to the ‘knitting bee’ has been taken over by the local ‘Primary care trust’ or whatever they’re called.

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A far cry from the old nurses cottage

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where you had to wait in the hall listening to Radio Scotland in an attempt to drown out the private conversations in the consulting room next door 🙂

The conversion has just been completed and today there was an ‘open day’ there to show off the new clinic, I was well impressed and can’t wait to become unwell 🙂

Anyway, that’s it, it’s 22:45 and I need my bed.



  1. Hi Paul,

    Last time I heard Radio Scotland I was in a Swedish friend’s cabin ice-fishing on snow-scooters on a lakeside high in the hills, near the Norwegian border, where he picked up live football coverage on his radio. He beamed with satisfaction at my (Scottish) surprise!

    Comment by Iain — March 29, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    • Morning Iain,

      It’s a long time since I was on a ‘snowmobile’ as they call them in the US, great fun 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  2. Morning, Paul

    So glad to see that fine building become the new nurse’s cottage – the nurse and the visiting doctor did very well to hold clinics and surgeries in the old one for so long. Sad that the older people have lost their Day Centre, though.

    Any news on Raasay House?



    Comment by Sue — March 30, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    • Morning Bacup 🙂

      It’s a far far better building than the old one right enough and the old folk do meet in the village hall but I can’t help thinking it’s not quite as cosy as the day care center was.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2011 @ 6:02 am

  3. Hi
    My work colleague is over there today to install the computer networks in the PHC medical centre.

    Comment by Lynn — March 30, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    • Hi Lynn,

      wish your colleague could sort out my network 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2011 @ 6:04 am

  4. what is replacing the Day Centre for the seniors? Are they to stop meeting and become isolated in their own homes?
    Thought about Tuesday pm as a possible visit – taking advantage of circumstances to change the tap washers.

    Comment by sotw — March 30, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    • Hi She, twill be good too see you again 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2011 @ 6:05 am

  5. Hi Paul

    Talking about roads. I was surprised how bad most of the roads on Raasay were when I was over the other weekend. They wouldn’t be like that if the local road gang still existed!
    Looking forward to being back up on Friday for a week although the forecast looks a bit foul 😦

    Comment by Derek — March 30, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    • Good morning Derek,

      aye it’s not just the roads they looked after the kept all the drains and ditches clear too, it was a sad day that the last of the road gang retired and was not replaced.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2011 @ 6:14 am

  6. Hi Paul.
    Your first photo showing the pier lights in the dark reminds me of the neighbours cat peering over the fence on a moonless night and you get that glow from them. You could name the photo Pier-ring cats eye.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — March 31, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

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