Life at the end of the road

March 23, 2012

What a relief :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:45 pm

Another peach of a day here on Raasay, not as blue as yesterday, in fact a little misty at times but beautiful nonetheless 🙂 It’s not been particularly warm but who cares, it’s dry and looks set to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Not only has this put me in an annoyingly good mood it seems to have infected the whole island with a severe dose of ‘the smiles’ everyone I see or speak to is in a good mood 🙂 Not just the islanders but the customers have also caught this ‘spring fever’, or perhaps it’s just that most peoples are actually finishing work today with the prospect of a fine weekend ahead. Either that or they were just glad to get off Raasay 🙂

Unusually I was awoken by the alarm this morning but as soon as I heard it I was out of the bed like a shot to meet the day, which at 5:50 was brightening by the minute.

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The sun putting in its first appearance of the year on my way to work on a week day, I have seen it on a Sunday but that’s two hours later.

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The cairn built by Donald John Graham and Neil MacKay standing as sentinel over a glassy calm Inner Sound.

 

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The fat and healthy hinds watching me with a wary eye,

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the mild winter having been kind to them and their unborn calves.

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Soon enough, despite my dawdling along to admire the sunrise, deer and a buzzard I was at work,

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the last of the new ladders having been fitted during the night.

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At less than two years old poor galvanizing on three of them had seen premature corrosion setting in around the base.

To say that the day ‘flew by’ would be something of an understatement but heavy traffic and a mad painting spree had lunch time here in a jiffy. With wifey on the post I’d been left with the ‘wee dug’ who’d been shut in the Land Rover all morning 😦 Let out occasionally and with all the windows open she was just fine but I took her up to Jessie Nicolson’s at lunchtime anyway. Jessie spoils her rotten and wifey could pick her up after work whilst awaiting the return of our son from school.

 

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Arriving at School Park just in time to catch the start of Raasay Primary’s fund raising effort for http://www.sportrelief.com/schools

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That was it really, the crane went away

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the big MAN truck went away, I did more painting and now I’m off to bed 🙂

 

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8 Comments »

  1. What a nice tidy house – fancy coming down sowf to do mine for me? Are you selling any of the land with the house? if so have you got land where the new house will be for the pigs and veggies?

    Comment by francesp — March 23, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    • Morning Frances,

      land for sale or long term let by agreement and there’s plenty of it 🙂 It’s mainly rock and bog but no shortage 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:31 am

  2. The house looks good, Paul. Better just a bit than the pix you sent me two weeks ago!! I could still be tempted! Can’t believe they are replacing the ladders after so short a time. The manufacturers should be held to account. Keep up the good work on here mate.

    Comment by Lloyd — March 24, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    • Morning Lloyd,

      Better just a bit than the pix you sent me two weeks ago!!

      I should have posted those as well matey, just for the ‘before and after’ look 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2012 @ 6:34 am

  3. Certainly looks like fine weather Paul, brings out the beauty of the area and as you say it is amazing the fact it has on peoples moods, a mix of good weather, the clocks going forward, and of course the weekend ahead, enough to make even an old grump like me smile! (-:

    The state of the ladders is shocking, No doubt an inferior job being done and one that should never of happened. Doesn’t bode well for the company responsibles reputation. I hope they foot the full bill of replacing them including the ferry costs, crane hire etc. That would be a costly!

    Before and after pics sound like a great idea Paul, if wifey lets you show the before ones of course! lol

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — March 24, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    • Morning Graham,

      The state of the ladders is shocking, No doubt an inferior job being done and one that should never of happened. Doesn’t bode well for the company responsibles reputation. I hope they foot the full bill of replacing them including the ferry costs, crane hire etc. That would be a costly!

      Aye it has been a bit of an epic Graham but they’re on now and look lovely 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  4. Hi Paul
    Enjoy the good weather I have a feeling its going to SNOW about the second week in April, then build up to lovely a summer for the whole of the country. Got the bet on anyway. It looks like your pier ladders are failing after only 2yrs the problem is, if QS of the job does’nt stringently check the goods to speck you’ll always get substandard carp in its place instead,

    Comment by Polite Scouser — March 24, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    • Morning Walter,

      Luckily the rest of the harbour is of a better standard, me thinks the ladders were galvanized on a Friday afternoon 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:30 am


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