Life at the end of the road

February 3, 2012

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Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:05 am

5:am and all’s well, or it is now that I’ve got rid of the ‘Server not found’ message’ on my browser by switching the modem on and off. If only everything in life were so simple to fix 🙂

It’s been a while since I was plonking away on here at ‘stupid o clock’ but I’m once more full of energy and ready for action. OK, that’s probably putting it a little strongly, I’ve a sore head from the bottle of wine I shared with wifey in front of the TV last night and I’m aching from my creaking neck to athletes foot 🙂 But apart from that I’m feeling much better than I have done in a long while.

The weather of course helps greatly,not having to wade through yards of mud to feed the pigs the sight of the odd primrose and a green hue to the hill. Of course it’s gone much colder both outside and in, less wind and water through the turbines have me sat here with a jumper on and clear skies make for cool mornings 🙂 Still that’s January well and truly ‘seen off’ and February is usually a short month 🙂


primary lunch

And before I forget, I meant to post this a couple of nights ago


you can book a place at this special event by contacting Kirsteen or Ann Oliphant.

If you have any energy left after that you could go to this, copied from an email I received the other night and taking place in the village hall

1)I’m hoping to run this twice a week, a Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon. I must pre warn everyone that tonight’s DVD  is really energetic and I couldn’t walk at all on Sunday. The cost will be £2-£3 depending on numbers. This is the link to tonight’s DVD  if you are coming then its best to bring a bottle of water and an exercise mat it you have one. Also if anyone has other DVDs then feel free to bring them along for future use.
2) I have managed to find a beautician who would  love to come over here one Saturday lunch time to do nails and facials etc. either at the hotel or in the hall this is the link to her website she will be over at the end of Feb beginning of March so who would like to come and what dates can you NOT do.

though I hasten to add it’s NOT organized by me 🙂


The ‘Golden Ember’

Well, with all that out of the way I’ll try and recall what happened yesterday with the aid of my camera 🙂 It was certainly a fine enough day and I set off early for Portree leaving wifey to deal with the pigs. After picking up feed and doing a few errands there I headed to my parents on the mainland via Kyle of Lochalsh


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where I spotted this drilling barge, which is I believe destined for Sconser to drill test bores for the new slipway. It should have arrived a few weeks ago but sank when they lowered it into the water 🙂


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Next it was around the frozen shore of Loch Duich to my parents and a pleasant day pottering about outside

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clearing gutters and replacing a rotten strainer post.

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Which, as it was fitted by my father some twenty years ago was well and truly attached to Scotland and came out only after digging a rather deep hole.

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Even then I had to hammer a steel spike into it to finally work it free and haul it out. Leaving around 16:15 I headed for the second ‘supermarket’ of the day for flour. Super, that’s a joke, I’d already been to the Co op in Portree and come away without flour and yeast !!!! Not my ailing memory but the Co op’s incompetence, no friggin yeast and only empty shelves where at least half a dozen verities of flour should be 😦

My mother gave me yeast and I tried Co op number two in Kyle for Allinson’s country grain flour, not a chance, once more the shelf was bare, though they did to their credit at least have yeast. Co op number three in Broadford had both right enough, good job I set off early 🙂

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The last sailing from Sconser at 18:00 had me back on Raasay to a sad sight indeed,

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the Golden Emblem was now the Golden Ember 😦

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A sad end indeed for the once proud boat, and of course a hefty bill for the council to clean up the mess 😦


  1. If that is the Council only starting GI at Sconser, it’ll be tight for wideing the slip for the new boat. Good to here things are progressing but since I left things last April, clearly not a great deal has happened.


    Comment by Alan — February 3, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    • Hi Alan,

      “since I left things last April, clearly not a great deal has happened. ” 🙂 🙂 you’re not kidding, well apart from about a dozen different plans for the car park 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

  2. A sad day for Louis’ Golden Emblem.
    Good to see Molly still enjoys eating with the piglet.
    Hope you have a good weekend with your band of young helpers

    Comment by chrisb — February 3, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    • No helpers this weekend Chris, what will I do 😦 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  3. Your mom paid for your chores with yeast so you might again rise to the occasion?

    Comment by drgeo — February 3, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    • “Your mom paid for your chores with yeast so you might again rise to the occasion?”

      Then she gave me a bottle of wine and I fell down the stairs 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  4. A sad end indeed. A planned destruction or an act of vandalism?

    Comment by Callum — February 3, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    • Long planned and very expensive Callum 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 3, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

      • She looked like a fine craft – what’s her history? And what a shame that while sound she couldn’t have been converted to a home for some adventurous souls. Was it not possible to beach her and salvage the usable bits? (Yet more timber for the new house and the barn extension – not to mention a diesel engine and some winches that might have ‘come in handy’!) :-))

        Comment by Carrie — February 4, 2012 @ 10:28 am

      • Morning Carrie,

        the Golden Emblem was built in 1958 for the MacBain family in Lochinver as a ‘ring netter’ for herring and she stayed with them for around 25 years before being sold. After that she did spells in the Mull of Kyntre, and Orkney under various owners, trawling, clam dredging and even crabbing. Not sure when she was decommissioned but her penultimate resting place was Erskine on the Clyde. It was from here that the once proud boat was to make her last voyage to a beach on Raasay some seven or eight years ago.

        Advertised for some 14K her first Raasay owner got her for the ‘bargain’ sum of half that but lost interest after a couple more K went into her and sold her for the princely sum of £5 to a man of great vision and character. However his enthusiasm for the boat was never matched by his skill in restoration or the depth of his pockets and the boat spiraled downhill to become an eyesore and health hazard. By this time there was little of any use that had not succumbed to the ravages of wind, rain and salt so it was left to the tax payer to clean up the mess 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 5, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  5. Haggis, neeps and tatties have long been favourites with me…but I’m afraid I’ll give Tipsy Laird a miss…I’ve always preferred my whisky without trifle in it!

    Comment by cogidubnus — February 3, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    • Me too, the only thing a good whisky needs is more Whisky!
      Wish we could get there for this night sounds Ideal, my favourite dinner!

      Comment by Thomson Caravans — February 4, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    • Morning Cog, yup, partial to a little haggis n neeps myself though I’ve never tried a ‘tipsy laird’ didn’t even know what one was until now.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 5, 2012 @ 6:10 am

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