Life at the end of the road

May 19, 2011

Finlaggan departs Gdansk

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, harbour, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:06 pm

At 21:00 after a long day at work I’m hardly going to be able to do this event justice but at some time during the late afternoon CMAL’s http://www.cmassets.co.uk/en/home.html latest asset departed the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk for Oban.

 

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Though here’s a more up to date picture taken by Scott Ure, Cal Mac’s senior technical director shortly before she departed.

 

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And rather than try and brush up on a subject that I’ve not really had time to follow I’ll direct you to one who has a much clearer understanding and interest 🙂 http://blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/islay-ferry-mv-finlaggan-on-islay

Back again 🙂

Anyway after that rather lame effort I’ll fill you in briefly on my day which started with a leisurely drive south to work admiring the wildlife.

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Two fine stags with their freshly growing antlers covered in velvet watched me is I passed by at Tarbert.

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The top one who’s old antlers I found a few weeks ago in more or less the same place.

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Shortly after passing the stags the heavens opened and started pelting the Land Rover with hail !!! fortunately it didn’t last long and I spent a little while watching the lapwings at Glame.

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They were busy chasing off a couple of ‘hoodies’ and seem to be a little more sparse than in previous years, strange because they really seem to have been making a come back of late. All the birds seem to be doing well on Raasay of late, both the ground nesting birds like grouse and the predators like buzzards, kestrels and eagles so it seems strange to see only a couple of lapwings.

 

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The fresh south westerly breeze providing some great sailing weather for the latest group of children to visit http://www.raasayoutdoorcentre.co.uk/ .

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The pictures not being great because my Panasonic is away for repair 😦 hardly surprising really as I did run over it with the quad some months ago 😦

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Just after 18:00 Magna Carta’s http://magnacarta.bz/ small cruise ship Lord of the Glen returned to our lovely new pier for the second time in a week.

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Here she is on the ‘AIS’

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along with the two Norwegian ‘well boats’ Roy Kristian and Ronja Pioneer.

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Six AM now and I just had to get to my bed last night but here’s the weather just before I depart south on yet another very un May like day 😦

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The normally driest and sunniest month of the year has been a bit of a disaster so far on the weather front and shows no sign of improvement.

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You can ignore the actual figures because my rain gauge is rubbish but the green bars certainly give you and idea of how dry the normally showery April was compared to May.

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Anyway that’s it I’m off to work.

The vanishing forest

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:28 am

It’s 6:15 on Thursday morning and I’m just about to head for work, no effort yesterday due to an early night so I’m just going to bung the pictures on here and you can use your imagination 🙂

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They do actually repair the roads on Raasay, here’s the evidence 🙂

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Where did that forest go ??????????????

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Sunshine and showers was the order of the day 😦

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Though some had to earn a living 🙂

 

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Harvest Anne going south.

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Great weather for wind turbines and a pot of gold on the Jackal rock buoy.

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The wind and visibility were up and down all day 😦

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As were the rainbows 🙂

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More of this precious map later, I just stuck it on here then it wouldn’t get lost, at least now if my hard drive fails I won’t lose it 🙂

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