Life at the end of the road

July 4, 2011

Two beauties :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:31 pm

Another bonny day here on Raasay, which started as most working days do with far too much coffee than is good for me and a trip down ‘Calum’s road’. The only thing of note that I saw on the wildlife front being a bonny stag at Tarbert and a few ravens at Glam.

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The ring of water lilies at Loch na Bronn however more than made up for the lack of fauna


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and the old ‘alms houses’ at Manitoba looked much as they would have done 150 years ago. Perhaps one or two less houses at Braes behind but the Cuilins wouldn’t have changed much 🙂

I spent pretty much the whole day painting whilst others did maintenance on their own craft :-)

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Or got ready to take out budding mariners in a more sedate craft

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The day flew by leaving me tired and covered in white dots so I’m going to go to bed now and just leave you with these two beauties that I saw on the way home.

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stag in grass

This chap basking in the long grass

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and this fellow down by the shore in the bracken.

stag in bracken

After about seven years of living in ‘the sticks’ a little part of me felt that I was missing out so I went to London for a week. I thought I’d catch up on the culture thing, after two days of ‘mind the gap’ not a single smiling face and worn out by trailing round the Imperial War Museum and the V&A I headed home. This city thing is really not for me 🙂



  1. Thanks for sharing your day. Love the photos

    Comment by Tony — July 5, 2011 @ 3:02 am

    • Good morning Arizona, glad you liked the pictures Tony, hope you’re not too hot out there 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 5, 2011 @ 5:11 am

  2. As always excellent pictures, ah! to be an islander! How anyone lives in London I will never know, always been a depressing place to me, especially in the days when I used to have to trek down there in an 18 wheeler, no room to move and no politeness on the roads, making deliveries was a nightmare and many of us drivers tried all sorts of ways to get out of it! Often with no success! So much different from the spell I spent in Shetland where the pace of life was so slow that if you had a house fire you had to book the brigade 6 months in advance to give them time to get there, a much better pace of life! (-:

    Comment by Graham T — July 5, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    • Glad you like the pictures Graham,

      that’s me started my three weeks leave so with a bit of luck we may be able to hitch up the old and get off for a few days. Though I’ll not be heading to London 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 6, 2011 @ 6:35 am

  3. Hi Paul, I don’t even want to think why Calum Don is called Bonk! If he’s going to teach you Gaelic place names perhaps you could return the compliment by teaching him how to access the internet on his computer! Then we could maybe contact him without having to hold hands and chant into the ether! Give him our regards.

    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne MAcdonald — July 5, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    • I’ll try and get him to start a Gaelic blog Anne 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 6, 2011 @ 6:39 am

  4. ….basking in the long grass…..


    Comment by jeannette — July 5, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    • Morning Jeannette,

      “….basking in the long grass…..

      heaven.” well apart from having to spend an hour or two removing ticks 🙂

      Re Manitoba, that is one of stories about it and how it got its name. The other one is that a guy lived there who was always saying ” I’m moving to Manitoba” but never actually got there 🙂

      Cheers Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 6, 2011 @ 6:43 am

  5. spamming you, so sorry.
    this guy asserts the almshouses were where crofters were kept during the clearances before they were shipped off to canada. is that right?
    Manitoba, Isle of Raasay

    Comment by jeannette — July 6, 2011 @ 12:01 am

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