Life at the end of the road

May 10, 2011

Chased by rainbows :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, Raasay road signs, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:58 pm

It’s been a while since I was on here, though it’s not been through lack of trying, well at least not last night anyway. Sunday night was a busy evening despite finishing work early but somehow I just never seemed to be able to get it together to post.

It was a fine enough day that greeted me with a new born Soay lamb,

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the first one this year to our three ewes.

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It also saw the first signs of an increase in power from our ‘Stream Engine’ water turbine in almost a week. It was only .9 of an amp, around 45w but it was rising all the time thanks to the recent bout of rain, reaching a respectable 200w by the time I arrived home from work today (Tuesday).

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Leaving for work early I caught sight of the coaster Lyrika heading south ready load Raasay’s timber.


At 1909 gross tons and with a length of over 86m her ‘air draft’ can be reduced to 6m by lowering her masts and wheelhouse. A crucial factor as much of the timber is going to Belgium under some very low bridges.


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The lowlands of Belgium being a far cry from the dramatic scenery of Raasay, here’s Dun Caan and ‘The White Face’ on Raasay’s east side just a mile or so further down the road. I really hate drudge of the daily commute to work 🙂

It may have started off fine but by the time I arrived on the Loch Striven the day had gone downhill 😦

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Two hours later the coaster was tied up in half a gale of pishing rain alongside JST’s floating pier at Suisnish.

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However by late afternoon it had cleared up and the Lyrika awaited patiently for Monday and the end of the Sabbath 🙂

The day at work was the usual mellow day of drills, cleaning and maintenance  before heading home for a belated birthday treat of roast Ginger, Ginger being our now frozen five year old Tamworth boar 😦 He had a good life, created dozens of piglets and had a quick end. Ginger will not be forgotten 🙂

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Tolerating Molly stealing his food, playing football with the boy or helping me cut firewood, Ginger was one of the family 🙂

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That was about it for Sunday, after dinner I helped wifey pack the boys bag ready for the Raasay primary school trip to Edinburgh on Monday. Well when I say help it was more of moral support rather than actually doing anything, it’s going to be very difficult for me and the swineherd this next week, we’ll have to start talking to each other 🙂

Seriously though he’s only eleven and in not much more than a few weeks he’ll be leaving home 😦 or at least staying in the hostel when he goes to Portree High in August, where does time go ????


Monday, if I recall correctly was a slightly better day than Tuesday insomuch as the showers were further apart 🙂

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The 20 000ton cruise ship Discovery was anchored in Portree bringing much needed dollars to Skye’s capital.

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Here she is on the ‘AIS’ along with the Lyrika during the afternoon.

There was other stuff but I’ve forgotten it, that’s what happens when your 55 🙂 I did try to tell you all about it but HYLAS wouldn’t let me for he seemed to be having an ‘off day’. In all fairness the ‘ highly adaptable satellite’ that has been providing me with ‘broadband’ this last two weeks has preformed far better than the previous offering from my ISP, but yesterday he just didn’t want to know.


He probably got distracted by those nymphs 🙂


Well there was much more to Tuesday than this but I’ll leave you with it anyway as it’s time for bed.

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Hard working clam divers off  Sconser Lodge.

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A piper tuning his pipes at Sconser

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in readiness for piping someone to their ancestral home 🙂

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A rainbow over Inverarish


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with its other end on the old pier and the Lyrika.

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Another one for tying up in the pouring rain,

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one for guiding me home,

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one at Brochel,


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one at the end of the road

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and finally one at home 🙂

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  1. Morning, Paul

    What incredible rainbow pics! The almost complete one over the road signs is worthy of an award!

    And as for that lamb – so alert and ready for life just after birth.

    Keep the pics going – they really improve a grey Bacup morning.



    Comment by Sue — May 11, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    • Good morning Bacup 🙂

      At least we have the sunshine here in between the showers Sue but it looks like this ‘April’ weather is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2011 @ 4:41 am

  2. What a cute lamb!… and the rainbows are spectacular. Is that the “candle” at the right of the “false church” ?

    Comment by sotw — May 11, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    • this. lamb, rainbows, yay.

      Comment by jeannette — May 12, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

      • Morning Jeannette,

        glad you’re still keeping up 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    • Morning She,

      it could well be, certainly looks like it, but I’ve never actually been 😦 Have to say a big thank you for the three ‘red ones’ She, still got one left to try but the 2004 ‘Carta Roja’ we had last night was like alcoholic Ribena, which is my way of describing a really good fruity number without all the guff 🙂 The ‘Wooloomooloo’ was pretty good to but that followed a couple of glasses round at the chalet so my memory is a little hazy 🙂

      See you soon, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 13, 2011 @ 4:59 am

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