Life at the end of the road

May 29, 2011

Is this the end :-)

Filed under: daily doings, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:02 pm

I’ll not bore you with the weather yet again, because it has been more of  the same and decidedly unseasonal. It does however look like this may be the end of it, for a little while at least, high pressure in atlantic

with lots of high pressure out in the Atlantic just waiting to drive those lows northwards 🙂

As Tuesday was going to be spent on a course called SHIPS at the I decided to go and visit my parents today. I have no idea what ‘ships’ stands for but I suspect it’s something to do with ‘the customer interface’, where do they get these terms from 🙂 Though I have to say that my all time favourite so far is a tie between ‘sub prime mortgage market’ AKA dodgy money lending and ‘schedule slippage’ or extremely late due to a cock up 🙂 Why do we put up with this cr4p 🙂

Anyway, I got the team ready after feeding and breakfast and we headed south,

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to find a tent in the sheep fank at Tarbert and a kayak about 30m above the high water mark. All the hallmarks of yet another ‘kayak rescue’ 🙂 Now I don’t suppose these people are in any real danger because their craft do seem quite seaworthy but just look at yesterdays wind graph.

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That is west (on shore) wind that was well forecast and rarely dropped below force 5 all day, the Portree fishing fleet were tied up for the weekend and two people are out in a kayak 😦

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The gale that arrived, albeit briefly around midday today had been predicted for days so I’m guessing they shipped out via the ferry 🙂 That’ll be the second batch this week 🙂

Now don’t miss understand me I’m not complaining because I’ve been there, got the book, the video and the Tee shirt. It just amazes me the things that people do, to make that four or five weeks a year away from the office so ‘pleasurable’ 🙂

The day at my parents was spent mostly inside looking out at torrential showers, though I did manage to fix a blocked gutter, how anything can get blocked when subjected to that amount of water is beyond me 🙂


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After a pleasant day there we headed home to be delayed on the causeway at Kintail by a caravan that seemed to have been caught by the wind and caused an ‘incident’. The day by now was improving and the showers much further apart with much less attitude.

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We arrived at Sconser in plenty of time for the 16:30 ferry, which was just as well because there were around 11 cars and 76 people. This will be the Sunday ferry that nobody wanted 🙂


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Just watch this space, for just starting to form in Loch na Bronn near Screapadale is a perfect ring of water lilies.

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That was about it really, once home we were treated to a lovely roast dinner and then I went out to enjoy the rest of the evening under my caravan repairing the lights 🙂


  1. where are all those people staying? … I assume many of them would be heading for Raasay House, is that right

    Comment by carina — May 29, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    • Morning Carina,

      they’ll be doing activities at Raasay house, or at least with the staff from Raasay house though where they’ll all be staying is beyond me 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 30, 2011 @ 6:10 am

      • thanks Paul

        well I’m glad the outdoor centre are keeping on operating successfully while they’re waiting (and waiting and waiting) for Raasay House to be finished … guess they must have booked out every property on the island to accommodate so many visitors !!

        Comment by carina — May 30, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  2. hi paul hows the land rovers engine did you find out whats up with smoke/missfire or is a tdi replacement step by step guide going to be on the blog in the near future lol hope you got it fixed for the dereaded mot.

    Comment by jay and sharon mitchell — May 30, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    • Morning Jay,

      the Old Girl is sorted and the TDI conversion delayed for yet another year 🙂 or at least till I get my new shed built 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 31, 2011 @ 5:48 am

  3. Didn’t there used to be signs suggesting caravans take the old road rather than the causeway at Kintail in high winds, or am I imagining it? Of course it would have to be a tornado to shift your Glenelg 😉

    Comment by Phil Cook — May 30, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  4. Hi Paul,

    SHIPS stands for Situation Handling and Inter Personal Skills.

    Captain Beaton got a prize for thinking that up. ! ! !

    Comment by Stewart Mungin — May 30, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    • Thanks for that Stewart, at least I know what it’s all about now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 31, 2011 @ 5:50 am

  5. You poor thing having to do elfin safety customer service nonsense. The sea was a bit rough round here yesterday. I was sat on the pier at Mallaig in the car getting a free car wash. The kids thought it was hilarious. Hoping for a bit of beach weather tomorrow.

    Comment by simon — May 30, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    • Morning Simon,

      well you should be getting a free rinse today 🙂 that is unless you’re heading home 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 1, 2011 @ 5:04 am

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