Life at the end of the road

September 9, 2011

On a ‘short fuse’ :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:22 am

Apologies for being slack on the posting front of late, it’s not that nothing has happened, or indeed that I’ve been too tired, though I have. The reason I’ve not sat down and put it all on paper so to speak is that I’ve been afraid of going ‘off on one’. I am to put it mildly raging, the household is in turmoil and we’re all on a pretty short fuse thanks to the inaction of our local authority. My son is like a zombie, I’ve come out in a rash and I’m finding it difficult to communicate to anyone without bursting into a long tirade of expletives about our local education authority. Five weeks on and our son is still being subjected to three hours of commuting a day because of their refusal to grant him a permanent place at the school hostel in Portree.

Well I say ‘daily’ but he’s only been to school twice this week as he’s been too tired 😦 Anyway that’s all I’m going to say on the matter before I explode. It’s a full moon on Monday so heaven help anyone from Highland Region who crosses my path around then if it’s not been resolved 🙂

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They may end up like this van that I came across on Tuesday on the way to a course in Portree 🙂 A casualty of the first ‘good blow’ of the autumn 😦


The first full day at work saw me burying myself in the engine room cleaning the bilge and engine room floor plates with the power washer.

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A hot, mindless and dirty job that helped remove some of my venom 🙂

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The day flew by, a combination of much traffic as building started in earnest at school park and my labours in the bowels of the ship.

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Though I managed to get ashore for half an hour at lunchtime for a little fresh air and peace 🙂

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The day ending at 19:15 with our little visitor the pied wagtail who meets us every evening to check for crumbs on the car deck and around the mess room. I’m sure this little chap followed us from the old pier, though it’s taken him a while to find us, he only returned a couple of weeks ago after a years absence.


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Setting off for work at 6:30 I took the ‘high road’ for a change, I had the ‘beetle man’ on board and he wanted to check his traps at Henderson’s bridge. The ‘beetle man’ has been visiting Arnish twice a year for as long as I can remember in his obsessive quest for Raasay beetles. He’s well over a thousand different species recorded now and will soon be publishing a book, so watch this space 🙂


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Once more I spent the day down below, or at least the part of it when I wasn’t directing traffic or driving the boat, for today was even busier than yesterday. More traffic for the School Park houses and a smattering of tourists brought out by the sun.

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The sea was quite busy too with Raasay house busy instructing


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and the Celeste busy ‘reflecting’ 🙂


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More of that here as it’s 6:15 and I have to go to work shortly.

A Solway Firth clam dredger was busy trying to put the lights off on Raasay by dragging his heavy gear over the recently surveyed and clearly marked power cable.

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That’s the yellow marker on the shore and it’s on all the charts 😦

Both the coastguard and myself called him on the VHF but he took little notice, replying that he’d been doing it for fifteen years, well that’s OK then, at least SSE now know where to send the bill 🙂

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Concrete arrived for the founds of the houses and now I’m off to work, with a little luck the wife will be able to rouse our son for school shortly and he can make it into school for a third day 😦



  1. Can we, your loyal public, help in a petition or something for your nipper?

    Comment by Ned — September 9, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    • Good Morning Ned,

      hopefully it won’t come to that as we had a visit from a ‘high up’ who was very sympathetic. Whether it comes to anything remains to be seen, for now the tail end of hurricane Katia will ensure the boy a place in the hostel next week, or at least the early part of it.

      Many thanks for the offer, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 10, 2011 @ 4:38 am

  2. The school issue is both insane and serious. What do they think they are playing at!? Crazy inflexibile policy, it seems. Keep at the boogers! The Rasaay House sailors remind me of my time at Applecross, learning (sic!) to sail out on the Minch in a boat that looks very like that one! God was I sick at first!

    Comment by Iain — September 9, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    • Maybe I should start a new blog Iain ‘Council bullshit’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 10, 2011 @ 4:41 am

  3. Paul

    Away to see Callums Road at Birnam tonight. Not sure what to expect, but will let you know.

    Comment by jackie — September 9, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    • Looking forward to the verdict Jackie, we’ve got VIP tickets to the one on Raasay 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 10, 2011 @ 4:42 am

  4. Hi Paul, sorry to hear about your probs with the Council. i had a different problem with my Council a while ago, with bad neighbours, when i contacted the cops they showed up and said it wasnt their responsibility, but the Councils, so i contacted them and they passed the buck back to the cops and i was told I could get into bother if i approached them!!! So it makes you wonder why bother paying Council Tax if you get no benefit from it! GRRRR!….. crackin pics of The Storr and your days on the ferry by the way LOL.

    Comment by Gordon — September 10, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    • GRRRRRRRR indeed Gordon, I’m sick to death of them, everything is a fight, it’s as if they don’t want people to live here. I had to fight to get a friggin dustbin and I only asked for that because they closed down the landfill. It was only the threat of leaving all my cr4p at the side of the road that made them relent.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 12, 2011 @ 5:24 am

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