Life at the end of the road

March 7, 2012

Two ferries :-) No ferries :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:23 pm

Well its been a busy couple of days and this is going to be a short one, in fact you’ll be seeing a little less of me in the future I’m sure. This house building carry on takes up much time 🙂 Not that I’m actually doing anything other than researching, getting quotes and plonking away on here, but it all takes time and there doesn’t seem enough of it to go around.

Anyway, after my lovely day on Monday it was back to work a day early on Tuesday after a good ‘wholemeal’ bath at 5:30am 🙂

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The water had obviously been boiling during the night and dislodged some peat from inside the boiler as this is the colour before I got in it 🙂

Feeling refreshed after my ‘acid bath’, for anything with that much peat in it has to be acidic I headed for work,

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to find two ferries 🙂 Actually the Loch Linnhe had arrived on Monday afternoon on her way from Bara to Tobermory to relieve the MV Raasay. She was ‘standing by’ here on Raasay  whilst modifications were carried out to the Striven’s hydraulics.

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As it turned out we only managed the first to sailings from Raasay at 7:55 and 8:55 because of the weather and that ‘spud leg’ barge at Sconser.

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It was a tight enough squeeze on a calm day,

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but with squalls of up to 45knts appearing out of nowhere down Loch Sligachan, it was pure foolhardy to attempt berthing on the slip. Consequently, with a worsening forecast the skipper ‘pulled the plug’ and the Striven tied up for the day. The good ship Loch Linnhe warmed up and ready to sail at a moments nice behind us, however the day got worse and neither ferry stirred, other than to attach extra ropes and put the crews ashore.

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The rest of my day was spent assisting RL’s engineer fit some ball valves in the hydraulic cabinets and some ‘spool valves’ to the capstans and windlasses.

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Not that there was anything wrong with the old ones, but they were 26 years old and obsolete. As fitting the modern equivalent involved major pipe work alterations it seemed prudent to replace them before they broke and whilst there was a spare ferry available.

An attempt was made by the barge operators to move the barge out of the way during the afternoon but the winds were gale force with road signs being blown over at Sligachan so it was abandoned in favour of a 6:00am attempt today.

Home just a little earlier than usual with some spring onions and chilli in my pocket from the Raasay stores the wife rustled up this fine sea bass dish on a bed of rice.

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OK it was supposed to look like this


but it was delicious and the skin was divine, I kid you not the crispy skin infused with the flavour ginger, chilli, etc and crispy around the edges was something else. Though why it has suddenly become ‘sea bass’ instead of just plain old bass is a little beyond me. As far as I’m aware there is no such thing as a fresh water bass in the UK or even Europe for that matter.

That was me last night, I finished the bass and went to bed just after 20:00 having yet another early morning, though somewhat cleaner bath 🙂

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True to their word the barge was indeed moved,

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and although it was further up the shore it wasn’t any further away from the ferry, still it would only be an issue at high tide 🙂

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And I’m sure there is a perfectly good reason why the council hired a gazillion pound barge to dig this hole and not a ten ton digger 🙂

Anyway, that’s it, it’s after 21:00 and I’m off to bed.



  1. With the color of your bath water, just think of all the money you will save on spray tan!

    Comment by drgeo — March 8, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    • Had a shower this morning and washed it all off 🙂 With the color of your bath water, just think of all the money you will save on spray tan! I’ve never been able to get to grips with showers but I’m practicing for the new house DrG

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2012 @ 6:16 am

      • Another way to practice is to attend rock concerts and get sprayed by the police’s fire hose!

        Comment by drgeo — March 8, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  2. Good luck with the house. Can’t wait to see it here on your blog.

    Comment by Tony — March 8, 2012 @ 5:20 am

  3. Come on Paul, share a few details about this new house of yours. We’re all eager to know a little more about it 🙂

    I’ve lost track of how much time I’ve spent researching new windows for our house so you have my sympathy for the effort involved in researching a whole house……

    Comment by Tigger — March 8, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  4. Good luck with building the new house. Late hubby and I built our last house ourselves–we had the builder in to dig and put the foundations in. There is still some freshwater bass,believe it or not here in the south of France,not a lot,granted,but my friend usually managed to catch about a dozen during the season,(which starts this weekend):

    Comment by carol — March 8, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  5. Peat bath my Eye, as a fellow Scot I can inform sassenachs and all other visitors that the Scottish gentleman ALWAYS bathes in a good Malt.
    None o that nancyboy asses milk for us.

    Comment by Rob — March 9, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    • Morning Rob, 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 11, 2012 @ 7:00 am

  6. That peaty bath is very reminiscent of holidays in far-flung places like Ardnamurchan and Acharacle. It’s better than a spa and much cheaper! So I’m told. I can bath myself without recourse to running water thank you very.

    Comment by Kingdomcat — March 12, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    • Morning KC, I’m in training these days with the shower, trying to give up baths but its hard 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 13, 2012 @ 6:24 am

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