Life at the end of the road

January 16, 2012

Just the two, well three of us :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:41 pm

I really did intend getting a few words down on here last night but got waylaid by the bane of my life, paperwork 😦 I really despise doing anything that I deem unnecessary in the writing department and most of what I was involved with last night was indeed a waste of my time and someonelse’s  money.

A pile of forms to fill in complete with ‘secret word’ for the bank to register me for telephone banking. This is despite being with them for twenty six years and using telephone since it came out fifteen or so years ago!! The numpties had somehow lost me from their system 🙂 I had to laugh though when I was speaking to them recently about a loan and overdraught for the shed. “We can’t seem to find you on our system Mr Camilli, are you sure that’s the right postcode”, of course I’m sure and what’s more so should you be I’ve got enough of your letters and statements here and they all have the same postcode on!!!!

Then there was a pile of carp for our police checks from the council to do with the ‘respite fostering’ we do. Driving licence, passport, utility bills etc. Now I didn’t mind doing it the first time but every two years!! what’s all that about, do these people not have computers??? I don’t have a passport and we don’t get utility bills, surely if I’ve done anything wrong in the last two years it will show up on a computer somewhere.

Anyway, I was starting to ramble there and got a little sidetracked, which is kind of missing the point a little. Tam has gone, bless his little soul, the Dude is back in the hostel for a week and I should be spending some quality time with the wife and ‘wee dug’ and not plonking away on here. So I’m just going to plonk some pictures on here and go.




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Well I could not believe my eyes when I went to feed the pigs and found our young Soay tup trying to hump a piglet!!!

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Sunrise from Tarbert.

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New art gallery ?

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New roof 🙂


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New paint 🙂


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New propellers 🙂

The Portree lifeboat ‘Stanley Watson Barker’ came to visit on Sunday to try out her new high efficiency five bladed props. They had in fact knocked a staggering four minutes off the ‘pier to pier’ time from Portree to Raasay, it is now only fourteen minutes an incredible 20% faster, crucial in an emergency.

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Of course I just had to have a wee look around 🙂

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This really is a fine craft,


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I just love the care and detail that goes into these boats, just look at all those screw heads aligned the same way, perfection 🙂

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just beautiful 🙂 All funded by donation and manned by volunteers I sleep easier at nights knowing the Stanley Watson Barker and her crew are only 15 minutes from Raasay 🙂



  1. Am well impressed by the lifeboat, too, and approve thoroughly of the screwhead alignment!! Interested to be reminded that you don’t have utility bills, of course you don’t! My son had to do whatdoyoucallthem checks for every single part-time or short-term job he applied for involving children, even when they were with the same department in the same authority.. it was CRAZY! Last time I complained to my bank, by the way, I got £30 inconvenience payment ……. We are having pretty cold frosts here in Edinburgh, lasting all day – guess it’ll be painful having to work outside. Hope the winter to come treats you kindlier than last year. May

    Comment by may cruickshank — January 16, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    • Hi May, had to laugh at your sons experience with the ‘disclosure’ checks, been there, got the book, video and ‘T shirt’, had more checks than you can imagine and still they want more. Do these people not speak to each other !!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  2. Paul, reading your blog for a year now. Spent the 1960’s and most of the ’70’s on the family farm in Co. Sligo, Rep. of Ireland. We hand reared many bonham’s (bon-iv) (Irish for piglet) and lambs. They never came to much, but all were great character’s. Reading about Tam brought it all back. Keep up the good work and don’t let the Chep Rep. see the nice blue roof on your stone wall shed.

    Comment by Michael Leonard — January 16, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    • Hi Michael and welcome, funny isn’t it, you’ve bottle reared loads, they come to nothing or die and then one of them pulls at your heart strings and you go all irrational 🙂 Tam really was an exceptional piglet and we miss him greatly.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

  3. proper kit, glad to see the lifeboats are up to scratch. don’t forget our other safety for mariners, the lighthouse’s and bouys. as a youth i spent holiday time with my uncle, ( a lighthouse keeper) at haverford west. this was only one of his postings, he was all over the country’s coastline finaly to retire from gibralter and live in spain

    Comment by Steve batey — January 16, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  4. I’m quite entranced by the screwhead alignment bit and will look at lifeboats with a much more knowing eye. Imagine being able to point that out to a passerby:-)

    Comment by Kingdomcat — January 17, 2012 @ 12:34 am

  5. very nice orange colour that is!! c

    Comment by ceciliag — January 17, 2012 @ 1:18 am

  6. if the pork/lamb hybrid comes off can I reserve some chops and a leg

    Comment by thinfourth — January 17, 2012 @ 6:37 am

  7. Hi Paul,
    As an extremly boring fact, did you know the screw heads on the trams at Blackpool are all aligned too? ( I’ll get my anorak and leave now! 🙂 )

    Comment by Dan Penketh — January 17, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    • Hi Dan, the screws on my boat were all lined up too but I thought I was suffering from OCD 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  8. Excellent news about the art gallery. Many run down areas of cities have been rejuvenated with the introduction of art galleries. There must be many dramatic places on the island to site sculptures – perhaps a sculpture trail! With vision I can see Rassay becoming the St Ives of the north!

    Comment by John — January 17, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    • Sculpture trail! With those mermaids?

      Comment by Phil Cook — January 17, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    • Never mind the ‘St Ives’ John, what about the Florence 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  9. Pigs with jumpers the natural way! 🙂 A saying goes “never try and teach a pig to sing since 1, it wastes your time and 2, it annoys the pig”. The Soay has obviously gone for a more practical way to give the pig the “hump” .Glad we have got lifeboats and crews of such high quality.


    Comment by Andy — January 17, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    • Hi Andy, “pig the hump” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  10. Banks. Suggesting I pop in to the nearest branch. Yes, there are some on the island I live on (Great Britain) but the nearest (Aberdeen) is a 400 mile round trip away. THAT’S WHY I HAVE A BROADBAND CONNECTION, DIMWITS! 🙂

    Comment by Ed — January 17, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    • Don’t get me started on the ‘call into the branch carp Ed’, we have to go through that on Thursday to open an account for the twelve year old, fecking halfwits, we have to go to the bank in Kyle with passports and ID so we can speak to some numpty on the phone in another branch!!!! twenty five fecking years I’ve been with these friggin clowns. They fecking own me, wages, mortgage, current, savings and business account yet I’ve to drive 35 miles and catch a freakin ferry to open an account for my son, to55ers.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    • Hi Ed, talk about nonsense and banks,We’ve just had to go to Kyle to open an account for the Dude since they’ve made it impossible to use a National Savings account at the Post Office. My local branch is in Portree, they all know me, the bank ‘owns me’ yet it’s impossible to open an account for a twelve year old without going into the branch. Not my branch in the town I visit fortnightly for feed but the one 25 miles in the opposite direction !!!! Best part is when we get there we do it over the phone with to another bank in Lochcarron!!!!!

      The world has gone mad!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 19, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  11. What’s “respite fostering” if it’s not a daft and/or cheeky question?

    Comment by Neil King — January 17, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    • Hi Neil, Graham has got it right we have children who’s parents need a break or sometimes we have foster children who’s carers need a break, anything from a weekend to a couple of weeks. Very rewarding for them and us 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 17, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

  12. Hi Neil, I wondered about that too so had a google – . On reading about it I realised I already knew about it having had a contract with the social Services when I ran a Taxi Company, we where often called on to ferry children to and from schools when they where in Foster Care. A very rewarding thing for both Foster Parents and Children who need short term care while their parent is unwell. Well Done Paul and Wifey for doing this great work.

    Paul, as a long term supporter of the RNLI I have always found the attention todetail is of the highest standard, the craft always gleaming and the crews always willing to show me around their stations and talk about the history of their Boathouses and crew. God bless and keep them all safe.

    Like May we have also got frost all day, playing havoc with the old Arthritis, felt sorry for the telephone engineers who spent the last two days putting up our new telephone pole and rewiring it, they looked frozen, great to have the phone and broadband working well again!

    Comment by Graham Thompson — January 17, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  13. Roast lamb with crackling, sounds rather delicious!

    Comment by Simon — January 17, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  14. Hee Hee Hee, lamburgers on the hoof!
    Screwheads, I was taught that many moons ago Paul,its a sign of pride in your work , or to use an old fahshioned .. craftmanship.
    Same with welds, I practiced and practised and practiced till you couldnt see the join, even if it was painted white which will show up any faults/irreguarities!
    Sadly not a lot of it about these days
    Keep up all your good work!

    Comment by Mike Cunningham — January 17, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

  15. Poor little Tam, a brave fight but difficult for you all I’m sure. Great news about the gallery and the house looks really good too. Back to the road gang on consultation with my dad, definitely Neil Mackay and Ian we think, probably Korea and certainly Peter’s lorry. The answer being that the roads were worked on on a continual basis using island materials and skills so despite the fact that many that worked on them had (like Calum) second and third jobs they did actually care about the island and I bet even taking inflation in to account at a fraction of the cost.

    Comment by Allison — January 17, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  16. Quality post again Paul. enjoy looking in here each evening still, and yes, one day we will visit, I promise!!!!

    Comment by Lloyd — January 17, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  17. I’ll have to show the lifeboat pics to the OH. She thinks I’m nuts for aligning screw heads on the Land Rover and around the house.

    As for the sheep and the pig, does that mean you’ll soon be marketing the trendy shig to gullible toonsers? Or will you just say, ‘ah, it’s a load of pish’? 😀

    Comment by Stonehead — January 17, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

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