Life at the end of the road

August 12, 2011

Happy birthday Jessie :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:31 pm

The ‘Glorious twelfth’ certainly started off that way, though here on Raasay the grouse need not fear men in silly hats with expensive shotguns 🙂 They don’t have to be afraid of me either, for the only one I’ve ever hit was with the Land Rover 🙂 Mind you it was tasty enough to warrant some time on the hill with my Hatsan semi auto shotgun if I ever get around to it 🙂 For now though they are quite safe, I’ve far too much to do at the moment and the only reason that I actually remember the date is because it’s my good friend Jessie Nicolson’s birthday 🙂

It was a far cry from Wednesday’s  driech affair when I bumped my way down a rapidly deteriorating ‘Calum’s road’ to work.


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A group of young stags, hinds and a calf were busy grazing amongst the bog myrtle near Loch nan Bronn,

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paying little attention as I stopped to photograph them.

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The loch itself looking lovely with its ring of water lilies, that I really must go and photograph at close quarters one day.

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Not always obvious, but clearly visible today in the low morning sun was the wind farm at Edinbane some miles away. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but me I love them 🙂

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The once hemmed in cemetery above the orchard is now blessed by the sun much earlier in the day that it has been in forty years. OK, it looks a bit of a mess right now but this time next year it’ll be green with growth and pink with either foxglove or rose bay willow herb, far nicer than the oppressive conifers 🙂

More lagging

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The day at work was the usual routine of checking batteries, greasing ramps and painting, with a little more exhaust lagging, this time on the emergency fire and bilge pump. This little Lister LV1 sits all on its own in one of the ‘void spaces’ and is capable of taking over both fire and bilge pumping duties in the event of engine room flooding or power failure.


And as you can hear it’s a right little screamer 🙂

Lots of boats

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The Sound of Raasay was quite busy today with commercial traffic, the diving workboat Toohey II from Lochcarron being the first of many.

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This was followed by the Briggs Marine Forth Constructor

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which had ROV gear onboard and seemed to be inspecting Raasay’s underwater electricity cable

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but she returned to Kyle before deploying anything, or at least that’s how it seemed.

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The new HDPE fish farm boat was busy earning its keep, though I wouldn’t like to be paying for the fuel on those twin 70HP Suzuki’s 😦 Built in Chile by a company called ‘Dimarine’ I can find out little info on the web about this sturdy and very capable craft, though there is another for sale in Inverness I’ve no experience of this particular manufacturer but a similar craft built by Polarcirkel in Norway is an awesome piece of kit, virtually indestructible and unsinkable 🙂

Bring your own

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There were more boats, like the Serene bringing creels ashore for washing, the Lustre landing prawns and the Vermland on passage but I missed pictures of the last two as I was at the helm of the Loch Striven.

The day passed quickly enough and before long I was home and sampling the ‘mystery marag’ that had arrived in the post yesterday. The puzzle being solved when the man himself, Willie from Lewis left a message on the blog, not only confessing but informing me of its provenance. A very special ‘marag dubh’ or black pudding from Ness on the northern tip of Lewis


It was a timely arrival for we actually had a Macleod and Macleod Stornoway black pudding to compare it with, so sampled both with some mashed potato and butternut squash mashed in butter.


That’s the ‘Stornoway’ on the left, now don’t get me wrong the so called original is a fine offering but both wifey and I preferred the firmer texture of the Cross Stores one and I do like the bigger lumps of fat. For me it could perhaps have done with just a little more salt in it, Cockburn’s of Dingwall is still my favourite for flavour but the texture of this one and the fatty lumps put it on an equal footing for me. Cheers Willie 🙂

So that’s about it, just to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSIE and we’ll ALL see you tomorrow at the bash 🙂

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  1. Hi Paul.
    What great views you get from Arnish, just Googled Edinbane and checked the distance as the Eagle fly and its about 20 km to Arnish, that’s some backyard viewing distance.By the way,If your going to Jessie’s birthday bash give her our best wish’s from Merseyside.

    PS THE Beatles were formed in 1960 and she was only 39 years young.

    Comment by polite Scouser — August 13, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    • Hi Walter,
      where does time go??? hope I’m as sprightly at 90 🙂 I was only three 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

  2. happy birthday, miss jessie, from all of us here in new mexico!

    Comment by jeannette — August 14, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    • Happy birthday to Jessie from everyone Jeannette 🙂 Thanks, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  3. Hi Paul,
    How nice to see Jessie on the front of that invite looking so well. I met her last, on the Torran/Fladda footpath, not long after she had moved into her new house and she was so pleased with it. I hope she’s well and you all enjoyed the party!

    Comment by Carolyn — August 14, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    • We all enjoyed the party thanks Carolyn, sorry we missed you at Belladrum 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

  4. Beautiful pictures as always,love seeing the deer don’t get to see them very often where I live. Too many people. Miss Jessie looks wonderful for 90! Hope she had a great time at the party and that she has many more to look forward too. Happy Birthday to Miss Jessie from Ky.

    Comment by Mimi — August 15, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    • Will pas the message from Kentucky Mimi 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  5. We do all right, don’t we? You get marag dubh, I get single malts. Maybe we should swap occasionally! 😀

    Comment by Stonehead — August 18, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  6. Hello, we sell the HDPE fish farm boat in Chile. We are study the global market to export this boat… So if you want information visit and select industrial and then nautica… or write me to

    Comment by Richard Villegas — January 10, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

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