Life at the end of the road

August 15, 2011

Very well attended :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, stonework — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:58 pm

I can’t see this being much of a post tonight peeps, already it’s after 21:00 and there’s been much activity in the tin roofed shack that is our house 🙂 The Dude is off to Portree High tomorrow with the five other wee chaps that have just finished their fantastic primary education on Raasay. Not that that will severe our connection with this fine establishment and its staff, for there will still be many functions to attend there but I’ll no longer be a parent 🙂

So that’s it, the boy has had his tie tying lessons, the bag is packed and he’s ready for off. Of course unlike the other boys he’ll be up at 6:45 so wifey can crawl down a pot hole pocked single track road for eleven miles in an attempt to catch the 7:55 ferry but we’re working on it. Not the road but the council in an attempt to get him a place in the hostel.

Anyway, I’ll try and bring you up to speed by starting with Saturday whilst it’s still fresh(ish) in my memory.

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It was a day of sunshine and showers

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with the Forth Constructor returning to do some surveying work on the underwater power cable across the Sligachan narrows Waters that she was well familiar with, having helped lay the cable two years ago along with the Forth Guardsman and North West Marine’s Headcorn .


The morning flew by and pretty soon I found myself in the company of my ex skipper Willie Eyre who had recently finished his unique path.

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What can I say 🙂

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Pure genius 🙂

Ninety and still going strong 🙂

The afternoon was far busier than a normal Saturday in August with all the guests going to Jessie Nicolson’s bash at the village hall.

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Raasay’s eldest inhabitant certainly had plenty of well wishers on this very special occasion.

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They came from far and wide to enjoy a great buffet put on by her family and friends, were treated to a couple of Gaelic songs by Calum Don Mackay. I don’t know how many people attended, and this was by no means all of them but it’s the busiest I’ve ever seen the new hall. I reckon that the entire island was there at some point during the long evenings celebration 🙂


Work meant that I couldn’t spend half much Time as I would have liked enjoying the great craic but I did pop back for half an hour after the last run for a hug 🙂 In bed for 23:00 I was up bright and early to enjoy my favourite working day, Sunday. The late start means I leave the wife in bed to go out and feed everyone and do a few chores before heading down the road. I say chores but after four noisy days on the Loch Striven I really enjoy a couple of hours peace on the croft.

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The Soay sheep had turned up so I gave them a feed, they don’t need it and it’s been ages since they came in but it’s good to keep them friendly as they’re a nightmare to catch. We don’t have a sheepdog but even if we did it wouldn’t be much use with these blighters, unlike other sheep they don’t really have a herding instinct and just flea in all directions at the sight of a dog. The fellow with the horns is one of this years tup lambs and has certainly grown since I last saw him, which is fine by me because he’s destined for the freezer 🙂

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As was this rabbit that I shot with my Hatsan Escort semi automatic shotgun after feeding everyone. It’s the first bunny that I’ve shot with it and I think it’ll be the last (through choice) as it did make quite a mess 😦 Nothing that you couldn’t disguise in a curry but not half as clean as a well placed .22 slug from the boys CO2 gun or a bullet from my Anschutz .22 rimfire.


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All too soon it was time to head south to work but that was no chore with the frequent rainbows, this one being over Ballachuirn, only a stones throw from the house that Jessie was born in ninety years ago 🙂

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Back at sea the Forth Constructor finished off the Sconser cable and went on to the Raasay cables. We did the usual couple of runs, drills and maintenance. I did a 6000 mile service on the ‘Old girl’ in my lunch break then headed north and home.

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No rainbows on the way to Arnish but I did spot a golden eagle at a place that has something to do with ‘the men of Oskaig’ but I’ll have to check with Calum Don for its proper Gaelic name 🙂


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Once home I forwent the task of scribbling down my ‘daily doings’ on here in favour of a walk around the estate with the family.

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We went up to the new house site and over towards the east side with its fine views of Uags and the Applecross peninsula.

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The remains of an ancient wall that runs from east to west being clearly visible along the way.

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This is Rubh na Liechie on Raasay in the foreground with my old home of Scalpay behind and Ben na Caliach in the distance.

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Raasay’s highest peak needing no introduction 🙂

On Monday I trundled south on my penultimate day at work to yet more rainbows 🙂

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This one being in the Sound of Raasay between Ben Tianavaig and Holoman Island.

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The day at work was spent, amongst other things doing a 500 hour service on one of the Perkins 4.4TGM diesel generators. And that’s about it, I’m off to bed 🙂



  1. Great rainbow pictures Paul, i will be able to take some of my own soon. We have today bought a beautiful house in Kyleakin and are moving up at the end of August. Be great to meet you and maybe you can put me on to some good dive sites :-).

    All the best, Rich.

    p.s. Willie’s path is true genius!

    Comment by Rich — August 15, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    • Congrats Rich and look forward to it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2011 @ 5:13 am

  2. Holoman Island? not much of a gaelic ring to that ? who’s Holoman?
    (The English name, *Holman*, was in honor of J.R. Holman, a member of Sir Edward Augustus Inglefield’s 1853 expedition in search for the Arctic explorer, John Franklin).
    How many times have you climbed Raasay’s highest peak Paul ?

    Comment by Deoch'nDorus — August 15, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    • Sadly Deoch n D I have only actually been up Dun Caan once 😦 and it took me thirteen years to do that 🙂 I really must get up there again sometime and take some pictures. Often wondered about the Holoman thing myself right enough.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2011 @ 5:12 am

  3. Paul, give my best wishes to The Dude on his first day at big school

    Comment by carina — August 16, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  4. well placed .22 slug in your dreams.

    Comment by MW — August 16, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    • You of little faith 🙂 and please don’t mention anything about cormorants 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  5. I like the look of willies path its a clever way he has constructed it but being a wee bit negative i dont know what it will be like after a few months it could get a bit slippy

    Comment by jimmy mcmillan — August 16, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  6. Many years ago I made a path with the remnants of an old oak tree just like Willie`s. On her first visit to it my wife went up in the air and landed on her backside.Fortunately no lasting damage was done to her due to ample padding 🙂
    I had to cover the entire thing in wire mesh after that.

    Comment by Scotlands Mountains — August 16, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    • Hi SM and Jimmy, my thoughts exactly at first but it’s a coarse grained softwood on its end so does not get slippy, the man is a genius 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

  7. Aye Paul. You’re right about the state of the road at the north end. I hope something’s done about it soon.

    Comment by yestosh — August 16, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    • Hi Yestosh,
      that road is in some nick hey, the council should be ashamed, it’s added a good extra ten minutes onto my journey time and is getting worse by the day 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  8. congratulations on your son’s (and his colleagues’) moving around the great mandala — beautiful eagle pic — always happy to see what wizardry mr. willie eyre is crafting. and to see molly do her hambone stare….

    Comment by jeannette — August 18, 2011 @ 1:02 am

    • Morning Jeannette,
      so another eagle today but Molly was sat on the camera and I didn’t want to disturb her. He loves the high school but then they all do for the first week 🙂 Just hope we can get him a bed there before he starts falling asleep in class.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 19, 2011 @ 5:03 am

  9. Our oldest, aka The Big Lad, has one more year to go before moving up. But he’s already excited! Best wishes from him, and the rest of us, to the Dude.

    Comment by Stonehead — August 18, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    • It’s decent crackling that we need Stoney not single malt 🙂 🙂 he still mentions it every time wifey makes the Arnish rubber version 🙂 Seriously though if I ever get a decent slice of ‘Bonk’s special’ in the winter I’ll post you some 🙂

      All the best, Paul and all

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 19, 2011 @ 5:07 am

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