Life at the end of the road

June 22, 2011

Not much activity on the croft

Filed under: daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:06 pm

The first full day off was not spent doing much needed catching up on the croft, that will have to wait until tomorrow. No today was spent almost entirely at the south end of Raasay at the Raasay Primary’s annual sports day, the last that I’ll ever attend as a proud parent 😦 I’m sure that they have similar events at Portree High but I can’t imagine there’ll be anything like the sense of ‘community’ that is associated with events on Raasay.

The incessant rain through the night not only filed all the pig troughs with water but it caused the event to be moved from the playing field to our award winning hall. Whilst the day was in fact dry the playing field was far too wet for elderly parents to hang around on 🙂

The event didn’t start until 10:30 so after taking my boy down to school

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I went to ‘hassle’ some people doing real work 🙂

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Lachie and Angus were hard at work on the new house on ‘the Avenue’, though Angus is out of sight around the back doing block work in a ‘midge hood’ 🙂

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Once I’d finished pestering him I set about Donnie Oliphant who was trying to keep his cows out of his silage bags 🙂

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We talked about ways of ensuring the long term viability of Raasay and he informed me of the above meeting next week at the village hall.  He also informed me of firm dates for the dry stone walling course that Hector Nicolson of Sconser will be holding on Raasay. This has been on the cards for a while now but we now have the first and second of September ‘set in stone’ so to speak, wifey and I will be attending and I understand there are still some places available, so if you’re interested contact Donnie.

After that Molly and I went for a wee wander up Temptation Hill


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with its fine views over the Raasay Narrows to Glamaig,

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just look at our new harbour, isn’t it just lovely 🙂

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There’s a fine monument up there to Kit, I dunno who Kit was but if he was a he, only 19 and died in 1917 the chances are he died in the war 😦


Whoever he or she was, the words are lovely.

All this took me nicely up to 10:30 and sports day, but I’ll have to tell you about that tomorrow because already it’s 23:00 and past my bed time 😦



  1. it is kind of like paradise. i don’t know about the winds at sconser or the water temps you spent so many years mucking about in, but those views are something else. thank you.

    Comment by jeannette — June 22, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  2. Paul you have surpassed yourself – how did you know that my dearest wish has been to get to the top of Temptation Hill, now a wish that is an impossibility due to disability but with these photos I could just imagine being up there as I was in my youth. Kit was a young woman who use to come to Raasay house and who when she died her request was that she be burried on Temptation Hill. That was not possible but her fiance had this memorial stone erected on the top of the hill. I don’t know where she is actually buried or what her full name was but it was around the time of the Woods owning Raasay.

    Comment by seonagh53 — June 23, 2011 @ 8:22 am

  3. I have always liked the words on that monument but I don’t think the sun ever rises over the hills of skye (looking from Temptation hill). 🙂

    Comment by Derek — June 23, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    • I have to admit that that crossed my mind to Derek, perhaps sunset would have been more appropriate 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 23, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  4. Hi Paul,
    I believe Kit was a nineteen year old woman who died of a fever. I’m sure its in one of my books on Raasay, so I’ll look it up sometime.

    Comment by Carolyn — June 25, 2011 @ 1:08 am

  5. From all I’ve read and found in my family history, my McGregor ancestors were from Skye. Your beautiful photos make me want to visit there!

    Comment by Dianne — June 25, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    • Morning Dianne,

      and your pictures make me wish I’d visited Oregon 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2011 @ 6:07 am

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