Life at the end of the road

February 27, 2012

The Sunday wash :-)

Filed under: daily doings, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:46 pm

I really had intended to post last night but managed to leave my camera lead at work so couldn’t download the pictures 😦 For reasons beyond my comprehension the particular SD card in my ‘bombproof’ Panasonic DMC- FZ38 does not work directly in the laptop. Works fine via the lead but not in the slot, it’s not the computer as it’s only the one card that don’t work and that just happened to be the one in the camera.

Anyway I’d left you on the ferry just before 23:00 having been called out to collect an ambulance from Sconser. The one ‘casualty’ turned into two (unrelated) and by the time I got home it was 00:50 and the grouse remained firmly corked 🙂 It was straight to bed and there I stayed until just before 9:00am leaving me no time for brushing teeth or shaving before I headed back to the still warm Loch Striven 🙂 Leaving wifey to do the pig feeding and cleaning, normally I’d leave her in bed and do it on the Sabbath but not today.

Today I had to rush once more down Calum’s road to fire up the ferry, well I say rush but the lovely morning had me stopping to rake a few snaps.


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Like this pile of deer fencing material at Sreapadale all neatly bundled ready for the chopper to lift it and then drop it in place.

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That’s a fine bit of work by Donnie from Glenelg, I forget his last name but he does grand job of cutting my mums grass in the summer to 🙂

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A lovely wee ruin near Balmeanach with the birch just starting to get that purple tinge they seem to acquire before spring 🙂

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Holoman island with a mist capped Ben Tianavaig in the background and then onto work a mere three miles down the road.

The day on the ferry was the usual Sunday drills and maintenance before we gave the mess room a good power washing  🙂 Not that we normally pressure wash the mess room, or even that it particularly needed it, I know we’re all guys but we’re not that dirty. This particular ‘cleaning’ was unscheduled, rather OTT and should have been the car deck 😦

It started just after the safety meeting and ‘fire in the engine room’ drill when we set about cleaning the boat, skipper was doing chart corrections and the purser greasing the lifeboat davit. Yours truly starts on the car deck with the 150bar pressure washer when he realizes there’s no detergent coming through. Well there wouldn’t be would there cos the pressure washer is in the same space my ‘back to back’ and I have been painting for weeks and we’ve removed the detergent drum to paint behind it.

Down the hatch I disappears to refit the drum leaving the turned off lance on deck to top up and fit the 25lt drum, of course it’s not straight forward and  as I finish it I hear the pressure washer being switched off. Just before I holler to the purser to tell him I’m using it he shouts to me something about ‘you’d better come up here’.

The pressure washer hose that I’d laid down on the car deck had chosen that particular moment as I went down below to burst 😦 Not normally a problem as it just sprays water and detergent about on the deck, only this time the mess room door was ajar, not open but just ajar and the fountain of spray was gushing in there at 11lts a minute 😦 It was everywhere, my broth was ruined, the sugar container (with lid on) was wet inside and there was at least an inch on the floor. The ceiling was dripping the papers soggy and my overalls saturated, still, by the time we’d mopped and dried it, it was spotless 🙂

That was about it on the cleaning front, I turned the hose pipe on washed away the suds and had a sleep 🙂

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Setting off home in daylight to catch Toots and Jamie Lea munching away at the bracken roots near the fish farm slip. We moved this ark down here a few months ago, or should I say my mate Hooky moved it down here with his Hitachi in November.

It’s a good bit of fresh ground for them to turn and it keeps them away from the croft

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it’s also handy for the the new barn and house site which is just up the hill.


Well, with the new houses at School Park finished it was a good deal quieter on the ferry than a normal Monday, with just the traffic from Mansell for the Raasay House rebuild to boost numbers.

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Having been totally peed off with trying to use my sons ‘touch screen’ phone I decided against zapping it in the microwave or throwing it overboard and gave it him back. Choosing instead to try and fix my £20 Nokia who’s speaker had turned into a whisper, not much use when you’re as deaf as me. Prising off the front cover I removed a black piece of fine mesh that covers the earpiece and cleaned it out. I suppose living in a grubby engineer cum pig keepers pocket it had got blocked for I can now hear the phone once more 🙂

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The rest of the day was spent down here

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just for a change 🙂

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There’s a lot going on in this space, saltwater pressure set on the left for the toilets, blue box in the middle for the batteries that power the ‘standby’ 24v sewage plant compressor. Pressurised hot water cylinder for the shower and mess room, plus of course the sewage plant, Voith unit and prop shaft.

That was it really, after much messing about with different coloured paints I headed home

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in the gloom

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and yes, I know that after 23 years I don’t need a ‘pratnav’ to find my way home 🙂


  1. Glad you got the lint out of your phone, I was about to suggest you take the pressure washer to it!

    Comment by drgeo — February 27, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  2. Burst hose did’nt do as much damage as burst silver wheels paint spray in P B kettle think your self lucky.

    Comment by MW — February 28, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    • Ahh the boiled tin of spray paint and the silver kitchen story, there’s a tale that needs telling 🙂 🙂 All electric kettles should come with a warning “DO NOT PLACE SPRAY CANS IN HERE AND LEAVE UNATTENDED” 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 29, 2012 @ 6:47 am

  3. Well Paul, they say cleanliness is next to Godliness, so hopefully the big man will appreciate your work and keep the ferry safe!

    As always great pictures, always a pleasure to see your part of the world and its wonderful views.

    Like you I have an old Nokia which isgreat for the job, text, phone and no funky stuff, unlike my daughters who have phones similair to your son;s which they seem never to be unattached to, often much to my annoyance. Maybe I am just a sad old git but I am happy! LOL

    Hope you manage to open the grouse tonight, a wee dram or two is great for the health, my doc reckons I should have a glass of Whisky a day, I don’t think he meant a pint one but heyho we have to keep the economy going and support local distillery’s!


    Comment by Graham Thompson — February 28, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    • Good morning Graham, the grouse is now looking a bit like that heron 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 29, 2012 @ 6:49 am

  4. Paul, I had the same problem with my camera card so I just got a new one and it worked fine in the slot in the PC. So much easier than fiddling about with USB cables. I think they have a finite life and the contacts wear out or something.

    Comment by Neil King — February 28, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    • Yes Neil, it’s a right PITA having to use the lead but I’m reluctant to remove the card from the Panasonic anyway. The tiny gray switch fell off the last card and is floating around in the camera somewhere 😦 By the way I’ve got a copy of my ‘feu disposition’ here if I scan it and email it could you translate it into words of one syllable. It may make an interesting read on the blog.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 29, 2012 @ 6:54 am

      • Happy to have a look at the Feu Disp if you can scan and e-mail it to me. Neil

        Comment by Neil King — March 1, 2012 @ 1:15 am

  5. Paul,

    The lad who cuts your mum’s grass is Ronnie MacDonald from Moyle near Glenelg. He runs the small campsite there –


    Comment by Graham Sutherland — March 1, 2012 @ 7:00 am

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