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 latest asset departed the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk for Oban.



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



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 🙂

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 .

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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 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 😦


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.



  1. Sad to see a new ship destined for a home port of Oban could not have been built on the Clyde! I remember going down to Govan to see the hull of the QEII just after she was slipped. It was a considerable attraction at the time for many in the city!

    Comment by yractual — May 20, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    • Sad indeed Iain to see a ship that will make regular visits to the Clyde and yet was built in Poland 😦 The boy and I went down to the Clyde a couple of times to see the QEII and enjoyed it immensely. I believe the plans to turn her into a hotel in Dubai have fallen through so who knows what will happen to her now 😦
      “Just like a modern day Mary Celeste, these never-before-seen images show how Britain’s most famous cruise liner stands abandoned and untouched.

      More than 15 months after she was taken out of service, the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 – better known as the QE2 – looks almost unchanged from her heyday of ocean lining.” quote from

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  2. My sentiments exactly when I saw the picture yractual. It must have been a proud moment for those involved when a new ship was launched.

    Like the pic of the old girl by the Lord of the Isles Paul.

    Comment by Rienza — May 20, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    • LOTI is an entire other beast to that LOTG that can pass along the Caledonian Canal. LOTI plies her trade for Cal-Mac between Oban, Barra, Coll and Tiree.

      Comment by Phil Cook — May 20, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  3. Hi Paul.
    Have you started growing exotic plants in your house? I notice your indoor temperature’s 24 oC.

    Comment by politescouser — May 20, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    • It’s been a bit breezy up this way for a while. I expect his batteries are fully charged and the excess power from the turnip is going into the oil heaters in the house.

      Comment by Ed — May 20, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

      • Morning Ed,

        steady 500w from the ‘stream engine’ for days now and the old Proven is churning it out 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    • That’s the beauty of an oil stove Walter, it’s boodly freezing in the winter when the oil is thick and roasting in the summer when the oil is thin 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 21, 2011 @ 7:48 am

  4. Good photo of Finlaggan passing under the Oresund bridge at

    Comment by IainMacb — May 22, 2011 @ 11:00 am

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