Life at the end of the road

September 13, 2011

The eye of the storm :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:28 am

Disappointed is probably too strong a word, for all went well today with no disrupted sailings and all the school children got home safely. But it would have been nice to see some ‘angry’ weather :-)  Fortunately Katia decided to turn right during the night and made landfall some 50 or so miles south of where she was supposed to. Not so good for Ireland, Southern Scotland and most of England and Wales but ‘damned fine splendid’ for those on the normally battered north west coast 🙂

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Leaving us nicely in the centre of the depression with little more than 20knts in the gusts and even less at Arnish.

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The low pressure however certainly pushed the tide up and we had the luxury of just a short step onto a very high boat 🙂

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There was still the nagging feeling that they might have got it wrong as the media reported damage, bridge closures and sailings cancelled to the south but it came to nought.

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The coaster Fingal certainly would not have loaded any timber had yesterdays forecast been right.  This picture was taken at 15:15 just about when the ‘storm’ was about to hit and there she lies peacefully against JST’s mobile pier loading what must be getting on for the last of Raasay’s timber. For they stopped felling some time ago and the ‘Tigercat’s’ are long gone.

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Sorry got distracted there by my bed 🙂

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This is about as rough as it got in Loch Sligachan, it’s not a great picture but if you look carefully you can see a distinct line of white ahead of the boat. That’s the incoming tide fighting with the fresh water flowing down the loch, again, it’s not clear from the picture but the water behind it is brown with peat (just like my bath) 🙂

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The day on the ferry was pretty quiet, no doubt sensible travellers had been put off by the weather

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though this interesting contraption arrived for the 17:35 sailing.

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It’s for sucking out and cleaning, or replacing the filter medium in the very expensive water treatment plant, personally I prefer my wholemeal unfiltered stuff 🙂

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Still almost an hour to go to high water as we arrived home after the last sailing and there’s precious little showing of the pier 😦

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With the tide gauge almost submerged at at 5.5m that would have been ‘interesting’ had the storm hit 🙂

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Just time to run along to the old pier to catch a snap of the Fingal lying alongside JST’s innovative floating one

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and watch the Raasay fire brigade at ‘fire practice’.

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That was it really, so I’d better get my stuff together for the last day of work and head down the road.

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Hope you all survived the ‘storm’



  1. Hi Paul

    Not really a storm here – strong winds, but no worse than we often have, and the only felled branch I saw was in Todmorden. The east had it worse, and Blackpool prom was closed. The lights would have taken a battering, but nothing new there. It’s still windy today, but more gusting than constant. Glad you are all safe, even if you would have liked some of the rough stuff!



    Comment by Sue — September 13, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  2. It’s great to catch up with ‘life at the end of the road’ again after my summer absence, but I did have a great time in Canada! Am missing my Scottish ‘fix’ though, haven’t been north of the border all year! May have to rectify that now that I have been made redundant and have the time (lots of smileys). Maybe you’ll just have to educate your son at home – I’m sure he’ll learn lots more interesting things – you don’t HAVE to send children to school – but need to provide them with an education based on the national curriculum (but of course it may be slightly different in Scotland……)


    Comment by francesp — September 13, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    • Hi Frances,

      glad you enjoyed Canada, don’t really think educating the boy at home is an option, there’s not enough hours in the day as it is 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 14, 2011 @ 4:59 am

  3. Paul, it sounds like you got off really lightly … we had a tree blown down in the park here (wow) … and my son and his wife had a very interesting ferry ride from Calais to Dover, about 3 hours late and bumped from wall to wall on the boat which they both described as “fun”, what a peculiar sense of fun some people have … they didn’t get home until 1.30am so he’s been like a zombie at work today

    Comment by carina — September 13, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    • Morning Carina,
      I’ve seen far too many zombies recently, or should I say I’ve seen the same one far too often 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 14, 2011 @ 5:01 am

  4. Callums Road!
    Not what I expected, but interesting that I was very aware of who the characters were and in that respect it was very good.

    I think it will be difficult for anyone who is so aware of the background and people involved, not to have some expectations and be a little disappointed, but a good attempt at what must have been a hell of a difficult subject to cover.

    I hope the local people will not be upset by the rather copious use of the F word which in a production like this would do well without.

    Certainly left with a big lump in my throat but went home with a spring in my step at the same time.

    I am sure you will enjoy it.

    Comment by jackie — September 14, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    • Good morning Jackie, C and wee Milly 🙂

      can’t wait to see it, perhaps one day they will make a play about my fight with an intransigent council to actually get my son a place in the hostel then he doesn’t have to travel down it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 16, 2011 @ 5:36 am

  5. Wonderful news. We are so pleased for you and the family and look forward to seeing photo’s of the build in due course. If it’s any concellation our Council down here in Mid Cornwall is no better at letting people know about their building plans.

    Good Luck and Many many thanks for you blog. Most enjoyable.

    Comment by K&T Mid Cornwall — September 15, 2011 @ 6:51 am

    • Hi K&T,

      it is indeed a great bit of news for us and one that we dearly needed.

      Thanks, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 16, 2011 @ 5:37 am

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