Life at the end of the road

April 19, 2012

It vanished :-(

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:39 am

Two friggin hours I spent last night on here doing a post when I could have been in bed and it just vanished as I was posting the last in a long line of great pictures 😦 Severely miffed I went to bed in a huff so you’ll have to wait until tonight for more news from the end of the road 🙂

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Here’s the culprit, any idea what they are 🙂 answers on a postcard please 🙂



  1. Paul, they’re new-style test blades for a wind turbine

    Comment by cazinatutu — April 19, 2012 @ 7:06 am

  2. Colin says “radar reflectors of some kind….I think”. “I think they are radar reflectors”.

    Comment by may cruickshank — April 19, 2012 @ 7:27 am

  3. Morning Paul, methinks they came from the nautical knick-knackery shop! So long since I did basic seamanship… is the diamond one vessel under tow? T’other at anchor or not under way? Or maybe nothing whatever like that!

    Comment by Carrie — April 19, 2012 @ 7:33 am

  4. Some say the diamond one is for steaming and round one for anchoring but I say the only use is to fold them flat and use to eat lunch when plates break. Stuart

    Comment by Stuart Ross — April 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am

  5. Radar reflectors, which couldn’t be painted whilst your place of work was underway. 🙂

    Comment by Richard — April 19, 2012 @ 8:51 am

  6. Can’t imagine a towing diamond and an anchor ball get much work shuttling from pier to pier?

    Comment by Mark — April 19, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  7. No idea but I really like them!

    Comment by Janice Macpherson — April 19, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  8. son thinks they are for measuring tidal flow, “ask dad”, who of course thinks they are radar reflectors (see above)!

    Comment by may cruickshank — April 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  9. They’re day shapes for indicating the navigational status of a vessel to other vessels. The combination I always remember is ball over diamond over ball for restricted ability to manoeuvre. Why? Because your ability to manoeuvre is bound to be restricted when you have a diamond between your balls!

    Carrie, the combination of lights/shapes for towing depends on the scenario. A diamond shown on a powered vessel towing would indicate a tow longer than 200 metres. A vessel under tow that was inconspicuous or partially submerged would show a diamond as far aft as possible and would have a second one forward if the tow was longer than 200 metres. A tow with restricted ability to manoeuvre would also show a diamond between balls.

    Other shapes I remember are a single ball forward when at anchor and two balls, one above the other, for not under command. Dredgers show two vertical balls on the side they’re dredging and two diamonds on the side down which other vessels pass.

    There are others but I learned them a long time ago.

    Comment by Stonehead — April 19, 2012 @ 11:00 am

  10. Heavy duty good luck charms for those seeking to move large caravans down narrow island roads.Painting them increases their power :-).


    Comment by Andy — April 19, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    • Nice one Andy. :-)) He’ll certainly need to hoist those two (and more!) on the Old Girl’s smoke stack as he tows that caravan home! Another ‘first’ for Calum’s Road?

      Comment by Carrie — April 19, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    • Hi Andy and all who contributed to the ‘shapes’ post, the real answer as you now know was far duller than some of the suggestions, all of which had me in stitches. Flux capacitors, paperweights, lucky charms, experimental wind turbines and tide gauges 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Cheered up, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  11. your new paperweights for your tax returns and paperwork for the new house lol

    Comment by jay and sharon — April 19, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  12. Obviously they are parts to the new Flux Capacitor that Paul is supposed to assemble in his spare time, so that Loch Linney might engage in time travel. When he finished it the first time around, somehow it is always his off week for his back-to- back, so that’s why it’s not done yet.

    Comment by drgeo — April 19, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  13. They are radar deflectors for small craft but can also be used in the navigational status ball and diamond

    Comment by maclennan HMS BULWARK — April 19, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    • Hi J.A. and welcome aboard, hope that wasn’t you jamming my satellite internet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 23, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

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