Life at the end of the road

July 28, 2011

The end of an era :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:27 am

No posting last night as I went straight to my bed after work, just a bowl of pasta and then bed, not even a bath. I saved that for this morning at 5:00am.

Anyway, it’s back to that beautiful Tuesday that saw me and the boys recovering the hundred meter length of pipe from Fladda and pulling down my boat shed, The pipe I told you about, the shed, well it was more of a roof really, I never got around to as I went to bed 🙂

I have to say that I was a little emotional about destroying this temporary shelter that I’d constructed some 16 or 17 years ago to rebuild the boat that I’d salvaged from 18m of water.

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Though I hasten to add that was it after I’d spent two years rebuilding it.

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Building this shelter and the two years that I spent rebuilding the Conqueror was a pivotal and very exciting period of my life.

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The ‘shed’ that I’d constructed out of twelve telegraph poles and the old corrugated iron from my house roof, has long served to remind me of the happy months I spent under there, with the little Petter generator screaming away in the background 🙂 Everything, apart from the pallets came down the track from home on my Suzuki quad, even the poles, two at a time 🙂

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It was only ever intended to be temporary but ended up being a useful place to store boats and stuff out of the worst of the weather. However the elements have taken their toll on it, the roof was rusting and full of holes and some of the eighty year old poles that brought the first phone line to Arnish have had their day.

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So with the boys, my mate, a generator, grinder and chainsaw we set about demolishing it 😦

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Something that proved a little harder than anticipated

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and we had to resort to pulling it down with the quad


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but down it came

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in a heap 🙂

That was the relatively easy part, the hard bit was removing the old tin to salvage the best of the poles and clearing up the mess. However I had to dash to work so left that in the capable hands of my mate 🙂

Our activities, probably due to the fire, seemed to attract some attention 🙂


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With a visit from Kevin and Pam on the Spindrift

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and from Peter Urquhart’s Brigadoon a boat that I know well enough, having done many trips to Rona aboard it to go diving on the fish farm there.


Well it got off to a fine and bonny start

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with the sea cadet training ship (well more of a boat) TS Jack Petchey berthed at the end of our pier.

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It stayed blue, breezy, hot and beautiful right up to the last sailing

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when this cloud cam along and deposited some rain on us 😦

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Having left my windows open on the Land Rover I ended up with a wet bum 😦 however the sight of yet more black pipe deposited on my doorstep, this time by a friend, cheered me up no end 🙂



  1. Hi Paul,

    You seem to be having some very fine weather up there this month. I was under the impression that the area around Syke was usually wet (even during summer) with the occasional dry & sunny day.

    Has it been a particularly warm/dry summer this year?

    Thanks, Rich.

    Comment by Rich — July 28, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    • Assuming Skye’s getting more or less the same weather as the north coast of the mainland¹ then no, it feels like alternate Tuesdays are nice² and the rest of the time has been grey and breezy with fair amount of rain.

      ¹ But a couple of hours earlier, typically.

      ² Well Tuesday this week was and also the one a fortnight before.

      Comment by Ed — July 28, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    • Hi Rich, Ed,

      no unusually it’s been pretty good here for July, that north wind we’ve been stuck with for the last week or so probably shed its load on Ed 🙂 I would say that it was a particularly hot and dry April followed by the worst and wettest May in my memory, an indifferent June and a drier than usual (for Skye) July.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 28, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

      • I agree with Paul’s summary except that July has also been pretty grey here. Not a huge amount of rain but a lot of just damp days. Mind you, when I wrote that this morning it was very wet with low cloud but the rest of the day has been bright and pleasant.

        Comment by Ed — July 28, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  2. Those clear sky always add an extra strand of beauty to your part of the world.That pipeline is certainly growing.You will be going past our house shortly with all the pipe that keeps arriving.

    Comment by Andy — July 28, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    • It’s heading north not south Andy, I’ll probably connect up with Ed shortly 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 28, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Sad to see the shelter being demolished. We’ve had picnics there out of the rain! Planning on constructing anything else?

    Comment by Carolyn — July 28, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      no plans for any construction projects down there in the near future, but who knows 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

  4. He’s going to build another picnic shelter:-)

    Comment by Kingdomcat — July 28, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    • Not just yet he isn’t KC 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

  5. Here is the link I spoke to you about, Paul. Woukld really be grateful if you could post it on your blog as you reach such a wide audience and it is such a worthy cause not withstanding that it has affect a native!

    Comment by Shelagh — July 30, 2011 @ 5:08 am

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