Life at the end of the road

October 7, 2011

Better form :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:30 pm


I’d be lying if I said that the sight of Orion for the first time this winter through my bedroom window on Thursday morning didn’t make me smile. Considering the wind and rain through the night it was a miracle he was there at all, but sure enough he was.



Hand held high, bow outstretched and dagger glistening on his belt, the two stars of Salph and Rigel placed firmly on the Sithean Mhor (big knoll) behind the house.  I opened the window for a better view to have my ears assaulted by a roaring stag just yards away, hunter and quarry light years apart where soon separated by cloud then rain  and the moment was lost 🙂

Lost for the day in fact for it pished with rain and howled with wind for the rest of it 😦


Today was a different animal altogether, though it did start off in the same manner with the hunter behind the house and the stag still bellowing 🙂


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This time I did get a picture, OK, I had to enhance the stars a little and lighten the sky but you get the picture 🙂

The north west wind may have been cool but at least it was dry and brought with it a flurry of tourists that sped the day along. It also gave me chance to don safety harness and catch up on a few ‘fair weather’ jobs on the ferry.

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Like climbing up the mast to replace both of the 230v navigation lamp bulbs, there was only one of them actually blown for their was also a fuse blown in the wheelhouse. However it’s a long way up there and you can bet the other one wasn’t far away from failing 🙂

The good weather also had Simon Whitehead down from Raasay Engineering at lunchtime to do some welding work that had been awaiting a ‘weather window’.

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New hinges of a superior design were soon fitted to the starboard aft access gate.

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I know it’s wonky but it’s hard to take pictures with your eyes closed 🙂

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And for the first time in history Raasay now has not only its own fire appliance but an ambulance as well. It had been talked about for a while that we should have our own based on the island but I never expected to see it so quickly 🙂

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Just after the first ambulance arrived the last of JST’s mighty Fendt 936 tractors left signifying the end of all their timber extraction on Raasay.

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That was it really at work, I changed a few grease nipples on the ramps whilst admiring the view of Clachan.

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Did my spell in the wheelhouse watching the two old monks on Ben Tianavaig, they probably have a Gaelic name and from Raasay don’t look anything like two monks. But from a fishing boat at sea far below they do indeed look like two men in cloaked habits stooping along the hill side.

When the working day was over I drove home in the dark arriving home in the rain to two roaring stags competing with each other across the valley.

All in all it was a very good day :-) 



  1. orion was the first constellation my father showed me, in africa (yes, he’s there too!) when i was four years old. the stars make some people feel little, but i felt embraced, maybe it was orion, maybe it was my father. nice to see him at your house.

    Comment by jeannette — October 8, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    • Aye Jeannette, was probably the second one I showed the Dude after the ever present Plough and Pole star. No sign of either this morning but the stags are still ‘at it’, guys, what are they like 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 8, 2011 @ 5:18 am

  2. Orion makes me smile too. It generally heralds a change in luck/mood for the better. I spied it rising in the north east (im in the southern hemisphere!!) the other evening, and as always it has been a good few days for me.

    Comment by Ned — October 8, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    • Hi Ned,

      no sign of him for a few nights now but the mood is still good 🙂 High pressure heading this way, a full moon on Wednesday , wonder if the woodcock will arrive with it from Scandinavia 🙂

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 10, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

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