Life at the end of the road

June 19, 2011

Out with the paint brush :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:26 am

It’s been a funny old day here on Raasay, but then Saturday quite often is, you never quite know what to expect on a Saturday, especially at this time of year. The only thing that I really like about Saturday’s is that it’s followed by Sunday 🙂 Saturday can in short be a bit of a drag, firstly it’s a very long day and secondly it can be pretty quiet on the traffic front which makes the fifteen and a half hours that I spend away from home seem more like twenty 😦

So I can’t say that I left the house this morning with my usual enthusiasm,

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though I have to say it did start to return as I got to the end of my driveway and spotted my young friend basking in the early morning sun.

A little further down the road as I rounded the Rubh Crion towards Tarbert the old dividing wall between Arnish common grazing and the North Raasay common grazing was clearly visible amongst the green carpet of bracken.

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Not so obvious as it crosses the heather down towards the right then ends abruptly atop that dark cliff, nevertheless it is still in fine condition some hundred or so years after it was built.

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A couple of miles further on as I listen to the radio which is telling me how awful the weather is I come to Loch ha Bronn, with its ring of water lilies becoming more obvious as they start to flower.

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By now, with the rest of Britain getting a soaking and me in sunshine I’m feeling positively ecstatic 🙂

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And when I get down the road near to the village and see how much work someone else has managed to do in just a few hours I realize just how easy my job is 🙂

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I’m almost at work now and my mood improves even more when I see this single poppy fluttering in the gentle breeze amongst the tall uncut grass where not that long ago there was a concrete batching plant.

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It really is hard to imagine that only just over twelve months ago it looked like this, I prefer the poppy 🙂

Sure enough the first couple of runs were very quiet with little other than the bin lorry so I decided to risk breaking out the paint roller as it was such a nice day.

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That all went splendidly until just before lunch when it started to rain, not with any kind of attitude but with just enough to make painting impossible.

It was still a nice enough day and waterproofs were not required so I’m sure that the many cyclists and visitors that started to appear during the late morning had a great day on Raasay. The cyclists were doing some kind of charity ride and most of the visitors were heading over to the Raasay village hall for a celebration of Sorley MacLean’s birth 100 years ago

The rest of the working day pottered along nicely apart from one minor hiccup in the engine room when one of the battery chargers failed. Not that this is any big deal as there are back up systems for the back up systems and even in the unlikely event of all three failing you can still bridge the batteries to another bank

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in here. This box full of spaghetti is the ‘battery link box’ that enables the forward and aft battery banks to be coupled up in the event of multiple charger or battery failure. It was also where (thanks to a phone call) that I found the offending blown fuse 🙂

After tying up at 19:00 I had a drive down to see Raasay’s forest at the old pier,

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or should I say the Glen Road forest that had been carried down there by these.

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That really is some mountain of timber that the pictures just do not do justice to.

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Returning back to the ferry to make a start on this I was disturbed by the unmistakeable sound of children having FUN.

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A group from Raasay House Hotel were busy leaping, laughing, screaming and shivering as they rounded off an exciting day by jumping off the pier 🙂

The 20:30 ferry from Raasay was empty but the return at 21:00 quite busy and before long we were tied safely alongside our new pier on a bonny June evening, something that has been lacking of late.


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The journey from pier to Arnish and home taking an inordinately long time, not through traffic or roadwork’s but from the sheer beauty of the approaching night.

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Here’s Holoman island with the sun behind it.

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This is the path to Torran from Arnish

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and here it is zoomed in a little.


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The stag that I saw this morning basking in the morning sun may have been a beauty but this chap grazing at the base of our wind turbine, with his coat turned red by the setting sun was magnificent 🙂



  1. Hi Paul,

    Great sunset photo’s.
    Have you any idea where Sorley Maclean is buried?

    Green van man

    Comment by Ray Wilshire — June 19, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    • Hi Ray,

      I think he’s buried in that cemetery just opposite the Aros centre in Portree.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 19, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  2. Hi, Paul.

    so who was it, then?

    Comment by Lloyd — June 19, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    • Hi Lloyd,

      I don’t know who it was but I know plenty of people who it wasn’t 🙂 my investigations have brought numerous bumps and scrapes to light over the last 50 years but none for 1976. From Austin 16s to Humber Snipes, from Rover 90s to Toyota HiLux’s none seem to fit the bill 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 19, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  3. Hi Paul,
    The poppy photo was lovely and you’ve had great sunsets. What a great mass of trees felled! Will I notice a huge difference when I come in September? From last year? Keep the photos coming. What great energy you have!

    Comment by Carolyn — June 19, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    • Good morning Carolyn,

      I notice a huge difference every day, they work so quickly. To be honest I prefer it without the conifers, I am not a fan of the huge tracts of non native woodlands and it’s good to see the place ‘opened up’ with a little air and sunshine about it. Having said that I do hope they replant soon, for if they don’t there will be a tremendous shortage of timber in a few years. Now doubt which will be rectified by shipping stuff in from China 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2011 @ 5:08 am

  4. Hi Paul

    Back safely but the weather isn’t a patch on what we had last week on Raasay. What with the wind and the snails/slugs my 2 ft potato plants look a bit weary.
    Hope the Sorley Maclean celebration went well, and hope that they got to Halliag despite the muddy and watery bit just before the village, and that they didn’t get stuck at Glen Lodge behind the timber clearing machinery (we would have done had we not been on foot).

    Have a good last day working and enjoy the ‘week off”. Hope the weather stays good for all that you’ll have to do on the croft.



    Comment by Sue — June 19, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    • Morning Sue,

      glad to see you’re safely home, the Sorely thing seemed to go well enough judging by the smiles on the returning crowd 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2011 @ 5:09 am

  5. so much beauty, thank you.
    you may like this pic i took at atomic ground zero. ’round these parts we call that a sore eye poppy (globe mallow).
    Sore Eye Poppies at Ground Zero: Trinity Site

    go, poppies.

    Comment by jeannette — June 19, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    • Morning Jeannette,

      is that really ground zero in New Mexico !!! Well I never. I really would like to visit once again the semi arid canyons, deserts and mountains of the west. It’s not going to happen because I refuse to get a passport these days, let alone fly but it’s nice to dream. Who knows, maybe one day, I’d love to take my son 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 20, 2011 @ 5:14 am

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