Life at the end of the road

January 24, 2012

Carrying on :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:34 pm

To be honest it wasn’t only the tiredness that sent me to bed last night, the half bottle of New Zealand red wine that had us celebrating the end of yet another stressful day had a hand in it too. That and the pint of cider :-(  this particular stressful day being yet another trip to Skye, this time for an MOT on wifey’s car. That would be almost half of me ‘week off’ spent off Raasay doing things that were not particularly productive.

Of course Monday just would be the best day of the week according to the forecast, though it turned out to be interspersed with some pretty severe hail and rain showers so I didn’t feel quite so bad 🙂 As I’ve mentioned, sleep the night before was elusive and I was up early, feeding the pigs then fidgeting around the house until it was a sane time to phone SEPA. An hour on the phone to the sympathetic and helpful ‘environment officer’  was followed by lots of letter and email writing, after which I headed south past my stationary hydro turbine for the 12:15 ferry 😦

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Passing these two beauties on the way, just opposite the new access road to our barn/house site.

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The MOT wasn’t until 15:00 but catching the 14:30 would have made me late so I spent a couple of hours in Portree twiddling my thumbs and composing emails.

Surprisingly the Nissan passed, which says something for the durability of its suspension for it’s been taking a right hammering lately in the local potholes 🙂 Of course I missed the 16:15 ferry by five minutes so was stuck at Sconser until 18:00 😦


The sore head and lack of sleep over the last few days had me out of bed briefly to feed the pigs then back in it until almost 12:00. Much to wifey’s annoyance in my overalls with the wee dug 🙂

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Eventually though we both managed to drag ourselves out in the pishing rain and make a start on some fencing up by the new house site.

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A couple of hours later I was heading off to work to let my ‘back to back’ away,

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past a misty Balachurin with nice toasty feet from a working heater on the Land Rover 🙂

I know it’s a pretty poor effort but it’s after 21:00 and I’m needing my bed, I’ll tell you all about ‘Janet Mackenzie’ tomorrow 🙂




  1. GREAT to have you back, Paul. I was beginning to worry! Your blog is so humorous and informative, really a part of my life. There are some real nasty folks in this world. Don’t let them get you down.
    Best wishes,

    Comment by Flora — January 25, 2012 @ 3:07 am

  2. Keep up the great work Paul. Every photo is precious and very much appreciated here in the desert southwest. Someday we hope to visit and personally thank you for sharing your life with us all. Great job

    Comment by Tony Lucas — January 25, 2012 @ 4:35 am

  3. Hi Paul, That looks like one very nice boat there. Well kept and presumably proudly maintained.

    Comment by yractual — January 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    • Morning Iain, yes, I’m surprised it sold for so little, I only found out about it after it had been sold, would have been good to generate some interest in this part of the world and seen here return.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 26, 2012 @ 6:04 am

  4. That post looks like its got a lean on paul.

    Comment by MW — January 25, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    • “That post looks like its got a lean on paul.” It’s me that’s squint, the post is just fine 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 26, 2012 @ 6:14 am

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