Life at the end of the road

August 27, 2011

The top of division two :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:45 pm

Not got much time so I’ll be brief, 19:50 already and we sail in forty minutes. I’m sat here in the mess room being gently lifted up and down by a lazy swell coming in from the north. The tide is high so we’re feeling the worst of it, as it surges over the gap between Goat Island and the Arduish, not bad, not even unpleasant, quite relaxing in fact.



Though what it will be like tomorrow as the wind freshens through the night is anybodies guess. Me I’m quite glad to feel the wind and watch the barometer drop just now. We’ve had our fair share of good weather, tomorrow’s the Sabbath so there’ll be no silage making spoilt and I could do with my batteries topping up 🙂 Not the internal ones that run on food and red wine but the 1000ah 48v ones that power the house. There’s been little wind or water of late to replenish them and we’re desperately short of diesel for the generator 😦


The day got off to an inauspicious start, first by being almost dark at 5:45 when I arose, partly due to the thick cloud but mainly due to the onset of autumn. It’s the first morning that I’ve really noticed the dark, a  sharp reminder that before long I’ll not be seeing much daylight on the croft during my ‘working week’. Secondly it felt like rain was not far behind the breeze of north wind that had just started to pick up as I left home 45 minutes later.

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No sign of the magnificent Storr today, just a heavy cloud deposited firmly over it almost down to the level of the road to Staffin.

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It looked a little more promising over on the east side at Brochel castle, the old seat of the clan Macleod as I wound my way southwards towing my recycling bins astern 🙂

The quiet day however soon brightened up and the morning flew by as I rushed around doing stuff. Not sure exactly what else I did other than fit a door closure device to one of the saloon doors but the morning certainly passed quickly. The Raasay primary footie team went out at 8:55 with their coach Roger Hutchinson who gave them all a briefing in the saloon prior to their games that would possibly win them ‘the cup’.

Sure enough 15:00 saw the triumphant return of the Raasay primary school football team who had just won their four short matches at Uig to put them at the top of division two

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and win them the much coveted trophy for the first time 🙂

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the cup

A fitting reward for all of Roger’s hard work and a glorious end for the six boys who left Raasay Primary on a high note. Lets just hope they do as well at Portree High 🙂


  1. the young person on the right is a young lady? congrats to all, what nice clear eyed forthright champions they appear to be. country air and fish for breakfast?

    Comment by jeannette — August 28, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    • You wouldn’t see my boy eating fish for breakfast Jeannette 🙂 I’m afraid I sickened him of it when he was young and now he hates it 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 28, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  2. Thats the bl00dy World Cup! So it was you who nicked it in 1966!

    Comment by Simon — August 28, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    • I knew I shouldn’t have posted that picture, now the secret is out, I returned a copy 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 28, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

  3. Is Roger the football coach and Roger who wrote Calum’s road the same person?
    Keep up the great work, your reporting is making the daily temperatures of over 45c much more bearable


    Comment by Tony — August 31, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    • Good morning Arizona 🙂 was just thinking that I’d not heard from you in a while Tony 🙂 Yes indeed Roger is the very same, he has many strings to his bow 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 31, 2011 @ 5:15 am

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