Life at the end of the road

April 11, 2011

A serious sausage :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:45 pm

Well it’s been a queer kind of day with all four seasons showing some of their traits on this long thin island off Skye. The darker than normal morning with its lashing rain on the Velux in sharp contrast to yesterday with its warmth, sunshine and barbeque. I was of course awake before the inane voice on my Nokia informed me “ the time is 5:45, it’s time to get up” but toady I just lay there for a few minutes trying to recall if I’d left anything crucial outside that was likely to be ruined or drowned 😦

After satisfying myself that all was safe from the power washer  that the weatherman describes as a shower, I got up wishing that I’d driven home wearing the boots I’d left at work with my oilskins. Still, several cups of coffee later I left for work on a fine but chilly spring morning marvelling at the changeability of west coast weather.

A touch more greenery about the place and the fact that it was the last full day of my working week serving to further boost my spirits. The day on board the good ship Loch Striven started with getting all the ‘buoyant apparatus’ back in place and continued with the usual shuttling back and fore to Skye. One minute the sun was out, the next minute we were engulfed in cold heavy hail showers that arrived quickly and with little warning on a fresh westerly wind. Too quick to put on the oilskins before the disappeared up the Sound of Raasay with rainbow in their wake.

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The NLB Pole Star was back again, this time to service the starboard hand buoy that marks the spit at Sconser, her ‘dynamic positioning’ holding her effortlessly on station against the wind and tide.

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Just as well, because there is not much room between the buoy and Skye for two vessels of this size 🙂


pole star sconser  in salutum omnium

That’s the Northern Lights crest on the bow of the boat ‘In salutem omnium’  (for the safety of all)

That was about it really, or at least as much of it as I can be bothered to tell you about at 22: 10 after just one bottle of ‘Jennings Cumberland ale’ a fine prize winning brew from Cockermouth in Cumbria.


I don’t usually ‘partake’ during my working week but the temptation of this gift from some blog readers at proved too much for my normally steadfast will 🙂 I just can’t wait to fry up some of the Cumberland sausage that accompanied it, they must have known that I’d run out of bananas 🙂

There was one more thing, well two actually,

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some fine benches that had appeared during the day at our new ferry terminal.

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‘A throne is only a bench covered in velvet’

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and ‘If you want the rainbow you’ve got to put up with the rain’ though it might have read hail today 🙂

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The drive home today presented me with something much better than traffic, the first birch tree to show leaf at the north end 🙂 This stunted birch growing out of a rock at Arnish is always the first to sprout leaves, south facing and warmed by the rock that constrains it, it’s always a few days ahead of the others 🙂



  1. A throne indeed with a view like that. Wonderful.

    Comment by Rienza — April 11, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  2. to sit on your benches and contemplate the waters there reminds me of this wonderful bench, in memory of otis redding, in a rooftop garden overlooking lake monona in madison, wisconsin.

    Comment by jeannette — April 12, 2011 @ 1:17 am

  3. Superb outside seating and much needed should the rains/hail stop. A pity the heaters have been removed from the waiting room,I hope they will soon be replaced. Sconser waiting room is nice and warm! but no consolation if one is at the Raasay end. Keep up the blog – great reading.

    Comment by sotw — April 12, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    • Morning She,

      There were actually three benches, I spotted another at Clachan on the way to work, all purchased with money from the Gala day. As for the heating at Sconser, enjoy it while you can, there probably won’t be any in the new waiting room 😦 Glad your enjoying the blog and see you soon.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 13, 2011 @ 6:26 am

  4. Never mind the benches, nice as they are, the Ale and Sausage pic has made my day. What a picture of loveliness. Keep up the reports on activity at Sconser – very hand for the new development.

    Comment by Alan — April 12, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    • Morning Alan,

      full report on the sausage shortly 🙂 I had a sneak preview yesterday, yummy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 13, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  5. Any idea where the sausage was from? Slacks or Woodalls are the best. I am to cumberland sausage what you are to marag dubh!

    Comment by simon — April 12, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    • Hi Simon,

      I will endeavour to find out their origin today 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 13, 2011 @ 6:30 am

  6. Hi Paul, wondering if you will have any Piglets from mid May on-wards, preferabley Tamworths? Or would you know anyone else.


    Comment by Stevie — April 12, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    • Hi Stevie,

      Bramble is due on the 24th April but 10 of her wee Tammies are already spoken for. She may have more so I could put you down for a couple, failing that Jamie Lee is due the week after but they’d be Tamworth x Old spot.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 12, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  7. Hi Paul, I am now sitting at Sunderland on the tug MTS VALIANT waiting for a barge from Norway to go work on Windfarms off the wash!!Anyway sitting with time so looking over your excellent site and the LYRAWA BAY,It was Indeed me who was skipper and having a nosey!I thought I had posted a message the following day But it must have got lost in cyber space not an uncommon problem for me!!! anyway best regards keep up the good work!! (Bought myself an old lifeboat THE GOOD HOPE Watson46 so next year will be calling in!!

    Comment by kevan mcneil — May 29, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    • Good morning Kevan,

      definitely read your comment and replied but can’t find either now 😦 See if you can sneak me one of those wind turbines back to Raasay on your Watson 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 30, 2011 @ 6:06 am

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