Life at the end of the road

May 4, 2012

Very strange

Filed under: daily doings, harbour, stonework, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:03 pm

Dunno what happened to the weather today and I’m certainly glad I put a jumper on because it’s been ‘pure Baltic’. Not sure what that translates to in degrees but whatever the thermometer said you could probably halve it with the wind. A wind that seems to have sped down from the glaciers of Norway over a cold North sea and snow strewn Grampian mountains. Arriving here with enough bite to ensure hat, gloves and jacket were worn pretty much the whole day at sea.

On shore out of the bitter wind it was a fine enough day, well apart from the single short hail shower around midday just to remind us that summer wasn’t quite here yet. The cuckoo may be here, the rhododendron just starting to compete with the gorse and the trees in leaf but nature can still throw a few surprises 🙂

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The day started off with my usual drive down ‘Calum’s road’ with it’s abundance of wildlife but this morning I stopped at the new deer fence at Screapadale and opened it wide. The last few weeks I’ve been seeing a group of hinds pacing up and down the fence between here and Brochel. Today they were quite near the gate so I swung it wide in the hope that they’d escape.

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Although not particularly windy there was a swell and it was building, here it is at the Sgier Cnapach (lumpy rock) just west of Oscaig.

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Not a great deal was achieved in the painting department today, the red gloss being like treacle with the cold and the wind blowing it everywhere but we did manage to get a little done.

Quite bizarre

Some light was shed on yesterdays ‘mayday’ in today’s P&J by this article below.

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It does not explain how a two year old could travel eight miles on his own without being noticed or how you ‘accidentally’ set off a distress call via the DSC but at least all ended well.

Lunchtime had me taking the wee dug up to School Park for some female company after she’d been stuck in the Land Rover all morning. Molly hates the Land Rover and hates the boat but gets the hump if I don’t take her with me.


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Sometimes she acts more like a parrot than a dog 🙂

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That was it really, the wind stayed strong, the sea built up and as soon as the gap between the Arduish and Goat Island opened with the rising tide we were plagued by a huge swell on the slip. A swell that strains the ship, gets the customers feet wet and covers cars in saltwater 😦 Still it’s a gazillion times better than our old berth 🙂


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The wind may not have eased but the cloud cleared and the journey home was lovely

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with me stopping on the way to admire the stonework on this drain under the road just past the water treatment plant.


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I’m sure it must have a lovely Gaelic name but just look at these lintel stones 🙂

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Nowadays it would just be a large plastic culvert and earth, nothing wrong with that  but the skill of these old masons never fails to impress me.

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Speaking of which, just seven miles up the road is one of the few places you can see some of Calum’s original work on his road, just through the cattle grid past the sharp left hander.


calum's work


  1. As you remarked a bit a few days ago, ‘Ne’er cast a clout….’ Here we’ve had snow fr over 12 hours and forecast to continu all day. Already about 3 or 4 inches of the bloody stuff everywhere and we’ve a 200 mile drive to do without winter tyres. Not a prospect to look forward to but an unavoidable trip. Hopefully, we’ll all get better weather soon again!

    Comment by yractual — May 5, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    • Morning Iain,

      rather you than me I hate the stuff, great on post cards and calendars and that’s about it 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 9:21 am

  2. Winter tyres coming off next week. Locally here (Rolle, Switzerland) the date after which we expect no frost is May 15th. In recent years I have been putting plants out that don’t like frost well before that date but you always have to keep an eye on the forecast. I’ve seen 40 cms of snow in early May down here at 400 metres but it does not last more than a couple of days. Still plenty on the hill though but I see it is 20 deg now so that will do. Hope the deer find their way through the gate!

    Comment by Heiskir — May 5, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    • Morning Heiskir,

      your a long way from the sea there, take care in the snow, 20 degrees, you lucky chap, we’re still in single figures at lunchtime 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      • If ever you have time and I know you have little, you can have a look at my wee blog and see that the sea is never far from my thoughts. I will be heading to Dunkirk to work on my trusty ‘Mingulay’ in a couple of weeks time.I will send you an invite by email if you want since it is not open to the ‘Public’ 🙂

        Comment by Heiskir — May 6, 2012 @ 10:33 am

  3. Looking forward to solution of the mystery of the two year old’s 8 mile jaunt. Most two year olds don’t travel in straight lines.

    Comment by drgeo — May 5, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

  4. Did the Loch Striven flag fly at half mast yesterday? Some of the fleet did this in honour of the late A.R.

    Comment by SOTW — May 5, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  5. we have a mason woring on the refurb and your correct paul, the sill of the man is great to watch..

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — May 5, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  6. I always reckon that if they build a fence to keep deer out they should build a ramp to let them out if they get in. I know at least one fenced wood with resident deer inside the fence.

    I’ve been walking at the head of Loch Monar where rhere is a stalkers’ path that has had no maintenance since the dam was built in the 60s and the drains and wooden culverts are still in good nick 50 years on.

    Comment by Phil Cook — May 5, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    • Hi Phil, love the ‘deer ramp’ idea 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  7. I managed to cover about four miles when I was five. My Dad was off on an army exercise and when I asked my Mum where he was, she’d pointed to the mountains behind our house and said “he’s gone over the mountains”. While she was hanging out the washing, I got through the back fence and was off to join him on the other side of mountains. Mum realised I was missing very quickly, but by then I’d disappeared down the street and away. Fortunately, I was found before I got out into the bush on the mountains, but I’ve been walking every since!

    As for the weather, yes, it’s definitely been snowing on the Grampians and on us. This was the scene this morning as we fed our pigs…

    Comment by Stonehead — May 5, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  8. Happy birthday – I remember we share the same birthday! (7th)

    Comment by Catriona — May 7, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

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