Life at the end of the road

March 24, 2012

Shop anyone :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:25 pm

Another boringly good day 🙂 It’s only been dry and nice for for four days but what a difference it’s made to the ground, not to mention the soul and spirit. For the last three days I’ve been wearing my steel toe cap sandals for work, not bothered carrying a coat and have yet to meet a crabbit person. Not that I actually meet many folk who are actually grumpier than me anyway.

It was once more the alarm clock that woke me, though I had contemplated briefly getting up at 3:30am and writing down loads of carp that was whizzing around in my head and preventing me from sleeping. Probably that Tramadol that I’ve been taking for my back pain, think I need a rest from it, I keep wanting to grind my teeth together and go all wonky if I drink too much coffee 😦

Anyway, once more, full of enthusiasm, I was late for work. OK, not actually late but not first, these light mornings have me doing all sorts of stuff in the mornings before I set off south and then I get all distracted by the sights. You’d think that after twenty three years I’d be fed up of it but not a chance, even now I actually enjoy driving eleven miles down a bumpy road in an old Land Rover, how sad is that. I don’t even like driving, in fact I hate it but I do relish the sights down forty minute bump to work.

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Apart from the deer, greening larch, formidable mountains of Skye and rather a lot of sheep I saw Skrettings MV Valborg passing slowly through the Raasay Narrows.

 

 

I also discovered that I was not the only ‘anorak’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anorak_%28slang%29 on board a ship with a camera 🙂 Cheers Johan. I think the Valborg was delivering fish feed to The fish farm at the Moll but can’t swear to it as I became lost in more painting 🙂

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Luckily, being a Saturday it was fairly quiet, just as well for I was not the only one getting carried away with at preparation

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and priming 🙂

 

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Raasay Stores for sale

 

Lunchtime, which arrived rather sooner than expected saw me ‘jump ship’ to go and do a few errands, like deposit a ‘wee dug’ at Jessie Nicolson’s, deliver a generator to a friend and go and look at the shop. I’d heard a rumour, well more of a roar actually that our local shop and Post Office was going on the market via the same people that are handling our sale  http://www.iosea.co.uk/ . Though this news is so ‘hot off the press’ that I don’t think it’s on their website, however I’m sure if you phoned up Ian or Linda there they’d fill you in. You can even email Ian and he WILL reply to you 🙂

And if you don’t fancy buying my house and the shop because of the long commute, there is always this one http://www.iosea.co.uk/20961.shtml right next door 🙂

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Centrally situated in the quiet village of Inverarish

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the little shop has much potential, I just hope the new owner gets an alcohol license 🙂

No ordinary wood pile 🙂

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve called upon my good mate Willie Eyre but wifey had insisted that I go and check out his wood pile.

 

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What can I say he puts a whole new meaning to the term ‘log cabin’ 🙂

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That will be ten cubic meters to the chopping block says he, I need another five to make a year 🙂

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And I really must make one of these ‘effort free’ chopping blocks 🙂

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As well as the odd car and campervan bound tourist we had a visit from the steel boat Meridian today from Lochcarron. A regular traveller of these waters I was once aboard her many years ago in Portree, I believe she was built as some kind of harbour work boat but has been well fitted out for cruising.

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The afternoon was yet more painting, though the paint isn’t that bright, the camera was on the wrong setting 🙂

Any botanists ??

Well I know there is  http://www.users.waitrose.com/~suisnish/ Stephen 🙂

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Any idea what this beautiful little plant is in the gravel of the car park ???

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20 Comments »

  1. are you on commission with the estate agency, Paul

    Comment by Carina — March 24, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    • Morning Carina,

      are you on commission with the estate agency, Paul not yet 🙂

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

  2. Don`t know what make of plant that is but it must be flippin` rare as it`s got a mobile phone 🙂

    Andy

    Comment by Andy — March 24, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    • Morning Andy,

      Don`t know what make of plant that is but it must be flippin` rare as it`s got a mobile phone 🙂 🙂

      I see you’re back on form again 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  3. I don’t now what the plant is but the firm Skretting is Norwegian and is a multinational fish food producer they have got a plant here in Holland

    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — March 24, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  4. Hats off to Willie’s impressive wood pile, and not a log splitter machine in sight. I bet he wins some arm wrestling matches at the local.

    Comment by drgeo — March 25, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    • Morning DrG,

      everything Willie does is impressive and if he needed a ‘log splitter’ he’d have probably made one out of an old washing machine and treadle sewing sewing machine 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 6:39 am

  5. Paul, Your plant is Scurvygrass (Cochlearia offficinalis). Stephen

    Comment by Stephen — March 25, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    • Many thanks for that Stephen, most interesting that it got it’s name due to the high vitamin C content.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      • You’d better hope that it’s not Scottish Scurvygrass… it’s listed in my Wildflower Key (Francis Rose) as a “Biodiversity Action Plan priority species” and you might never be allowed to park your car there again!

        Comment by ecobodger — March 25, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

      • Luckily Stephen says not EB, better not mention that I found an ‘oil beetle’

        oil beetle

        in May 2010 https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/apparently-its-quite-rare/

        or I might not be able to build our house 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:22 am

      • No it isn’t Scottish Scurvygrass. Stephen

        Comment by Stephen — March 26, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  6. Hi Paul

    Well – the shop for sale! That’ll be the first time since it was Maclennan’s, I reckon – hope it goes to a good owner. I thought the licence wasn’t renewed a couple of years ago since it was going to cost some £800 which was disproportionate to sales. I must look at the estate agent’s website!

    Cheers from a sunny and warm Bacup

    Sue

    Comment by Sue — March 25, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    • Hi Sue,

      I thought the licence wasn’t renewed a couple of years ago since it was going to cost some £800 which was disproportionate to sales.

      In a society where cash is being used less and less and most small retailers will not accept card sales for less than £10, with no other shop on the island I’d have thought it essential. If I want to buy a box of tea bags or the radio times I’m not going to buy £8 worth of carp I don’t need just to make up a tenner. I would however buy a bottle or two of red 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2012 @ 9:21 am

  7. Hey, I hope CalMac don’t let you steer the Striven like they do the Valborg!

    Comment by Phil Cook — March 25, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    • Morning Phil,

      you’d have to have funny shaped legs to steer the Striven like that 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:15 am

  8. That chopping block with the tire on it is fantastic, i am so sick of chasing after my wood after i have given it a good wack! and it has split in three directions! c

    Comment by ceciliag — March 25, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    • Aye Cecilia, Willie has a great knack of making life easier, he’ll live well past 100 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:16 am

  9. PAUL! BEWARE ! Check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu8pIeeoZcg

    Comment by drgeo — March 25, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    • Morning DrG 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 27, 2012 @ 5:23 am


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