Life at the end of the road

April 22, 2012

On the campaign trail :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, pigs — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 3:48 pm

I know, it’s been a while but it’s been very much a case of working and sleeping this last few days, the excellent weather bringing the tourists and paint brushes out in equal measure 🙂 Not even sure when it was that I last posted but it’s Sunday now and this is going to be a ‘quickie’, already it’s 15:00 and we sail in an hour after what has been a mainly lovely and extremely active day.

However I’ll try, with the aid of some pictures cast my mind back to Friday

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which started off early on account of me needing to get my bowser down to the pier to have it filled with kerosene for my mates heating oil tank. This may seem like a lot of  messing about when there’s a road right up to the house but the local depot refuse to deliver to Arnish. The bin lorry can drive up, the coal lorry can drive up, Hooky’s beaver tail complete with 7t Hitachi digger can drive up, Colin with his friggin articulated lorry can drive up but the local oil depot can’t 😦

A stunning drive south with the sun rising over the Applecross peninsula and silhouetting Brochel castle helped ease the chore 🙂

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A busy day of painting the foredeck punctuated by ‘the man from Gourock’ making a fine lunch combining various salamis with chillies, cheese, guacamole, pepper, humus and olives. Bit of a change from the normal warmed up leftover or cupasoup and toast 🙂

The afternoon came around soon enough and I had chance to thank Councillor Drew Millar

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for all his help in securing a place for our son at the hostel in Portree. Four months of emails phone calls and letters it took to get the Dude into the hostel, the authorities insisting that it was perfectly reasonable for a twelve year old to spend almost four hours a day commuting. As ‘vice chair’ of the education, sports and culture committee I know that Drew played a crucial role in making them change their minds. His many emails to ourselves arriving often well into the night and on Sundays when most peoples thoughts of ‘work’ are on the back burner so to speak

Drew had come over to Raasay on the campaign trail for the local elections on May 3rd, the only candidate to do so, or so I thought

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for Moira Scobbie turned up the day after 🙂


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After finishing all my painting of the deck and windlass it was time to make sure that it still worked and was not clogged up with black gloss.

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Yup, that works just fine 🙂

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Friday ended with Glamaig wearing a hat

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a rainbow over Raasay

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and a roof on my shed thanks to Lachie and Angus 🙂


That was me pretty much straight to bed on arriving home and the less said about Saturday the better, for I woke up with a splitting headache that refused to budge all day and did the bare minimum to satisfy my ‘job description’ at work 😦

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We had an unusual visitor during the afternoon who, with her master was walking the very same route that Bonnie Prince Charlie did after the 1745 uprising.



Despite being protestant 126 Raasay fought with Charles at Culloden and paid dearly for it.

Again, it was straight to bed, though this time well after 22:00 due to the late ferry and I awoke this morning feeling like a new man.

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Molly and I going out early to feed everyone and check on the piglets, Molly said they were fine 🙂

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We also went to admire the ‘egg lady’s’ hard work, how on earth she and the boys managed to move these hen houses for the soon to arrive flock I’ll never know.

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This is the new chicken run that wifey and the boys have fenced off for the thirty hens. The deer fence was already there but they enclosed a large area within it with chicken wire and the housing is on this side of the fence so you do not have to go into the run to collect the eggs and clean out the coops.

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As I drove to work the NLB Pole Star was cleaning the navigation buoy at the Black Rock in Portree but by the time we sailed at 10:00am she was doing Macmillan’s rock and later the Penfold.

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Just look at the north going ebb pressing on the buoy 🙂


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Not so much tide here but a lovely view and one I saw many times when diving for clams, for this area was always very productive.

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With the DOTI boat in the water and the weather fine we decided to do a little painting

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and that’s about it. It’s 16:44 now and I’ve got things to do 🙂



  1. Really cool didn’t know navigation buoys were cleaned, I suppose its pretty obvious really, told my sailing husband about it, of course didn’t believe me until I showed him your post and picture, he was stunned!

    Comment by Jackie — April 22, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    • Morning Jackie,

      aye the Pole Star is a very regular buoy cleaner 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2012 @ 5:13 am

  2. so would the bonnie prince charlie route hiker dog be — a red border collie? or a… what are those things, a brittany spaniel? what does dr. moll say?
    also, congrats to mrs. LATEOTR for setting up the chicken houses. are there chicken predators there? we have — skunks, coyotes, etc. who love chicken. (the coyotes also love juicy little white sausage dogs. bwahahaha.)

    Comment by jeannette — April 23, 2012 @ 1:26 am

    • Poor dog- having to carry the rucksack ! May the walker would benefit from the ‘carry’ and get fitter?

      Comment by SOTW — April 23, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    • Morning Jeannette, wondered where you’d been 🙂 no idea what sort of dog Meg was and we are fortunate in having no predators on Raasay apart from visitors dogs 🙂 There are plenty of birds of prey but we’ve only ever lost one chick and that was to a sparrowhawk 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2012 @ 5:15 am

  3. Glamaig – we used to use Ailsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone) in Ayrshire for the weather forecast 🙂 When it had on it’s hat it was going to be wat, when it had on it’s tie it was going to be dry and when you could n’t see it at all it was raining. Cows were a good indicator as well. She’d looking good! I sometimes follow the Ple Star on (AIS) It takes me to different places and some of the bouoys I know too.
    All the best. Robin (Heiskir)

    Comment by Heiskir — April 23, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    • I meant SHED not she’d!

      Comment by Heiskir — April 23, 2012 @ 7:33 am

      • Predictive text is a killer. Got me into some trouble sending messages from my iPhone and not checking what’s written.

        Comment by Polite Scouser — April 23, 2012 @ 8:50 am

      • Yup, Walter I hate it to, but what I really hate is that it is the default setting on my phone and no matter how many times you change it, it always returns to predictive txt 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2012 @ 5:18 am

    • Morning Robin,
      we have a Sunday visitor who occasionally comes to Raasay who works on the Pole Star and sometimes reads LATEOTR 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2012 @ 5:17 am

  4. Have you heard anything about a “gusher” out Back of Castle way?

    Comment by Julie — April 23, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    • Morning She, Gusher fixed, not that there was anything wrong with it, just an over enthusiastic German hiker 🙂 Meg was only carrying her own food, which struck me as quite a fair deal 🙂 you should have seen the size of the owners pack 🙂

      Cheers from Arnish 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 24, 2012 @ 5:21 am

  5. That’s what the Boss says about me I’m so predictive. I really must change, probably start by asking her to change sleeping sides on the bed.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — April 24, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    • Morning Walter,
      predictive, hmmmmm 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 26, 2012 @ 5:18 am

  6. Thirty chooks will have that pen trashed in no time. And if it rains for 10 days straight as it’s doing here you’ll have a glorious bog. I’m trying to persuade our 40 layers that it really is best to remain out under the conifers and not fly back into the winter pen, but they have a definite preference for the mud bath. Even if it means they spend all their time looking bedraggled and miserable. Silly buggers.

    Comment by Stonehead — April 27, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    • TEN DAYS RAIN Stoney!!!! it’s been gorgeous here 🙂 and yes I think you’re right about the ground, it’s almost three times the the size of the legal requirement for free range but still far too small. However once they’ve settled in they’ll have 200 acres to roam about in 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 28, 2012 @ 5:48 am

  7. We’ve had a couple of hours sunshine this morning, but the rain returned at noon so I came in for a cuppa. Even with 200 acres, I’ll bet your chooks will pick a couple of favourite spots and trash them, despite your best efforts to keep them out. It’s what chooks do. 😀

    Comment by Stonehead — April 28, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    • Aye Stoney,
      Even with 200 acres, I’ll bet your chooks will pick a couple of favourite spots and trash them, despite your best efforts to keep them out. It’s what chooks do. 😀

      Bit like pigs then 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 28, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

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