Life at the end of the road

June 2, 2011

Talk about contrast!

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:14 pm

The beautiful bank holiday Monday was followed by an equally nice Tuesday, alas most of that was spent inside the doing a Situation Handling and Inter Personnel Skills course. Not that there was anything wrong with the course, in fact as courses go it was pretty good, relevant and interesting. Delivered enthusiastically by Donna Maver, one of the directors of it had us enlightened and entertained in equal measure. However after three weeks of wind and rain Iโ€™d have much rather spent the second nicest day since the 5th of May on the croft ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday came around all too quickly and with it a very unwelcome return to the recent rain, wind and more rain ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The ground is just completely waterlogged, the burns quickly swell and the whole hill just runs with water. This picture was taken on my drive into work and was the only one I took all day in disgust.

Thursday however was far more promising and my drive to work much more enjoyable.

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These are some old bent and stunted larch trees which always make  me think of four old men stooping as thy walk up the hill from Balmeanach onto the road. There used to be five but one got blown down in a gale some winters ago.

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Once at work and the morning rush was over I donned my safety harness to secure one of the VHF antennas that had come loose and was starting to rattle so badly that the skipper had resorted to ear defenders ๐Ÿ™‚

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Of course it just had to be the one at the very top of the mast ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Returning to Raasay after the 11:30 sailing from Sconser we saw the Portree lifeboat, Stanley Watson Barker tied alongside the slipway.

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She was over with representatives from the emergency services to do a โ€˜risk assessmentโ€™ with regard to evacuating sick or injured people. There was a time that the ferry would have been called out at anytime during the middle of the night on an emergency but the bureaucrats in Brussels and our โ€˜risk averse, compensation cultureโ€™ have put paid to that.

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An abundance of โ€˜hi vizโ€™ vests this last couple of days emblazoned with various logos suggest that some progress is at last happening on the Raasay House front ๐Ÿ™‚

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I managed to break out the paint roller for the first time in a month and touch up some of the many rust streaks that had appeared on the boat

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and the clam divers looked far happier than they did yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lachie and Angus had certainly been busy on the new house on the avenue despite the crappy weather ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here it was at the weekend, hope theyโ€™re as quick with ours ๐Ÿ™‚


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It may have been sunny at sea level but the Cuillins seemed to spend a good deal of the day shrouded in mist ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thereโ€™s not much of that forest behind Inverarish left ๐Ÿ™‚

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As if kayaks were not difficult enough to spot from the bridge of a ship they have now started to make them in black ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I despair, the world has gone mad, perfectly visible people are forced to walk about like clowns in fluorescent vests on dry land yet itโ€™s OK for people in busy shipping lanes to paddle about in dark clothing and black boats. Probably some eejit is marketing black canoes, sorry kayaks as being less visible to wildlife, unaware that most animals are actually colour blind ๐Ÿ™‚ At least the two kayakers that we ferried over to Sconser on the last sailing because they were knackered had the good sense to have brightly coloured kayaks and clothing ๐Ÿ™‚

Please no messages or letters from irate kayakers, I have done much more stupid things myself ๐Ÿ™‚


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That was about it really, well apart from the arrival of a โ€˜Porta Pottiโ€™ in the post ๐Ÿ™‚


Seriously this little bargain off eBay has been the highlight of my week, it will hold a full 21lts of โ€˜jobbiesโ€™ compared to the 10lts of our current 335 ๐Ÿ™‚ Now you may not relish the thought of squatting on one of these, but trust me it is a far more pleasurable experience than this,


a relatively clean toilet from last years Wickerman ๐Ÿ™‚ And I just canโ€™t wait to try it out at in a weeks time. The line up may not be as fantastic as the last few years but we still canโ€™t wait ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Hi Paul

    It has been a funny old week with the weather, I am down the water from you in Arisaig and experienced all 4 seasons in about 3 minutes on Tuesday this week!

    I went for a trip down to Tobermory today from Kilchoan, on your sister ship Loch Linnhe. I did notice something strange, they appear to have pinched one of your hydraulics on the forward ramp…

    You can see some more pictures of her here…

    Comment by Simon — June 2, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    • Morning Simon,

      looks like another cracker of a day today, great pictures of the Linnhe and our hydraulic cylinder ๐Ÿ™‚ Think some of ours are off the Loch Riddon, they have a couple of spare ones that are overhauled prior to dry dock so that they can be just swapped over rather than sent a way for refurbishment.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  2. Hi Paul.The kayak bods must be closely related to the dark clad cycling bods in our neck of the woods.Never heard of someone so chuffed about the arrival of a new loo.Remember to run it in gently to get maximum life out of the thing and don’t forget the loo roll ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers


    Comment by Andy — June 3, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    • Organic, bio degradable loo roll already packed Andy ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  3. Hi Paul

    Kayakers – the cyclists of the sea! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    So what is supposed to happen now if someone takes seriously ill in the midlle of the night?

    Comment by Derek — June 3, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    • Kayakers โ€“ the cyclists of the sea! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m sure there must be some responsible ones out there Derek, somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

      So what is supposed to happen now if someone takes seriously ill in the middle of the night?,

      Good question ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2011 @ 5:07 am

  4. Hi Paul,
    Good purchase, Thetford 165,I’ve been using one for years.
    Green van man.

    Comment by Ray Wilshire — June 3, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    • Glad you approve Ray ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  5. I would rather be in an ambulance on the ferry, than in a lifeboat and have seasickness added to my problems. Lifeboats are for coastal/marine rescues, and for when there is no possibility of an ambulance being present. Helicopters have their own place, and preferably they should not land suddenly….

    Comment by sotw — June 3, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    • Morning She,

      think I’d rather be in the chopper, quick and straight to the hospital ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2011 @ 5:10 am

  6. What kind of situations did they teach you to handle?

    Comment by Neil King — June 3, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

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