Life at the end of the road

September 10, 2011

Preparing for Katia :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:31 pm

Fresh but exceedingly mild just about sums up today, right from leaving the house at 6:30 I was struck by the balminess of the southerly breeze. For reasons unclear but probably not unrelated to the deluge that pelted the bedroom windows at 4:30 I was up very early. Far earlier than one with a fourteen hour shift ahead of him should be. Still I’ve been in my bed for most nights around 21:00 so I’m hardly short of sleep.

I would have left the house earlier and tried my hand at some rabbits as the rain had stopped and the morning looked promising but I’d arranged to give a couple of people a lift down the road so 6:30 it was.

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The three of us enjoying a leisurely drive south admiring the wildlife and ethereal mists of Skye, Eilean a Cheo, the ‘Misty Isle’ as it’s known in the native tongue. One thing about Gaelic, the names are pretty descriptive 🙂

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The Old man of Storr and his lieutenants popping in and out of the low cloud half a dozen times as we drove by.

The day at work was pretty quiet, as is usual for a Saturday and once again I spent most of it in the engine room polishing the bilge 🙂

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Well apart from my spell at the helm, which made a pleasant change from the heat of down below.

An unwelcome visitor 🙂

The topic on everyone’s lips today has been Katia, or at least the greatly diminished hurricane, tropical storm and now severe gale that is heading this way for Monday.


Just a few more things to do before she arrives, like lash down the roof of my trailer, put rocks on the ‘Wheelie bins’ and load up my chainsaw in the Land Rover. I don’t think it’s going to particularly severe on the wind front but trees heavy in leaf, torrential rain and the big tide that comes with the full moon are bound to make it ‘interesting’. Not only that there’s an awful lot of trees been felled on Raasay since the last gale in May, and one or two places are going to find it considerably draughty 🙂

Of course all this wind and rain means we’ll have plenty of power from the wind and hydro turbines so it looks like lots of home baking and clean sheets on the bed 🙂 Our son is booked into the hostel for a couple of days on the strength of it so at least he’ll not be walking around like a zombie at school. Though having said that we’d probably not be taking him anyway as I’m sick of watching him and my wife suffer.

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Anyway, that’s it, the sun’s down, the moon’s up and it’s time to sail to Sconser 🙂


  1. great photos,dramatic . would love to do so photography up there

    Comment by Gaz — September 10, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  2. i ment the first two photos

    Comment by Gaz — September 10, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  3. Paul, I’ve just been watching the weather forecast … oh my gosh … good luck and take care

    Comment by carina — September 10, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    • Good morning Carina, all is lashed down well thanks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 12, 2011 @ 5:18 am

  4. Hi Paul,

    Good job you mentioned Katia, we’ve been too busy unpacking etc. to have heard any weather forecast or news (we arrived on Skye on Tuesday at 0340 and feels like we haven’t stopped since).

    Better take the roof box off the car tomorrow and batten down the wheelie bins….


    Comment by Rich — September 10, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

    • Welcome to Skye Rich, I believe that Charlie MacLeish of Island Divers in Kyle is looking for clam divers 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 12, 2011 @ 5:25 am

      • Thanks Paul, i might have to contact Charlie once we’ve finished the house 🙂

        Comment by Rich — September 12, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      • Good luck with the house Rich,

        are they ever ‘finished’, mine still isn’t and that’s after 22 years 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 14, 2011 @ 4:52 am

  5. Hi Paul,
    Great atmospheric pix of Storr. I remember it like that at times when we’d take the local bus from Kilmaluig down to Portree of a morning. God knows how the driver, a MacQueen, I think, managed to keep to the road at times! I’m sure Katia will cause you few problems up there. You seem well set-up to cope with most things already!

    Comment by Iain — September 11, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  6. Hope you are doing ok out there, though i imagine you have seen your fair share of storms.. c

    Comment by ceciliag — September 11, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  7. Love the Chicken-licken photos of Storr, “The skies falling in! The sky’s falling in!” I hope Katia’s coat tails don’t make it fall in on Raasay.

    Comment by Kingdomcat — September 11, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

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