Life at the end of the road

May 9, 2012

THREE lifeboats!!!!!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:01 am

It’s after 6:00am now on day one of the ‘week off’, still no internet so who knows when this will ‘go live’, perhaps if it stays dry I’ll take my computer up to the new barn and post via the dongle 🙂 From what I remember the forecast is good for the rest of the week and the most pressing job on the ‘list’ is to start on a proper water supply to the new house and barn site. So far we’ve been managing with a length of 32mm blue pipe just stuck into the well and feeding an IBC on site. Absolutely fine for mixing concrete but there’s obviously no pressure as it’s stored on site and the pipe I’m using has had diesel through it so not really ‘potable’ 😦

An earlier than usual start for a working day had me out checking on Jamie Lea’s six remaining piglets and to my horror one was missing. Fortunately I hound it alive and well behind a pallet some distance away. The wee chap didn’t look great at first glance but as soon as I picked him up I could feel the heat off him and he let out a squeal that had mum up like a shot. Well about as fast as 200plus Kg of lolloping myopic ‘Old Spot’ can move that is 🙂

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Once I’d sorted those out and given Jamie a scoop of feed to shut her up I loaded up my pressure washer into the trailer and headed for work.  The plan being to give our ‘new’ caravan a clean at lunchtime.

The ‘poor day’ that was supposed to befall us yesterday never happened and it was on the whole quite nice and certainly warmer than of late, indeed I actually removed my jumper at one point.

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Though not whilst I was up the ‘monkey island’ right enough 🙂

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The calm and dry weather had me up there for a couple of hours prepping and priming the mast and radar stand.

The lunchtime plan went ‘pear shaped’ when Simon of Raasay Engineering came down to do a spot of welding during the afternoon break.

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Only a ‘wee job’ on one of the ramp hinge pin ‘keeper plates’ but it scuppered my caravan cleaning 🙂

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The day, as usual for a Tuesday flew by in a whirl of cleaning and paperwork that was interrupted by a rare treat.

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Three lifeboats out on an exercise !! Portree’s very own ‘Stanley Watson Barker’, Kyle’s ‘Spirit of Fred Olsen’ and another, the ‘Lifetime Care’. The one on the left being a stranger that could well be the new Leverburgh lifeboat from the Sound of Harris but lack of internet means it’s only a guess. I think the new boat only went into service a few days ago but I’ll have to check later.

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When they’d finished and just as we made ready to sail at 17:00 the three of them came into our pier for a visit 🙂

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A first indeed,

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to think that when I first moved here the nearest lifeboat was in Mallaig

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and if the tide was out there was nowhere on Raasay you could get on a lifeboat anyway. Now the Stanley Watson Barker with her new propellers can be here in less than twenty minutes at any state of the tide 🙂

I have never felt so safe 🙂

Finishing after that run with the arrival of my ‘back to back’ I at last got on with cleaning our new, temporary house.

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Two ‘wheelie bins’ providing an ample water supply for the pressure washer in the trailer 🙂

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All I have to do now is get it up here 🙂



  1. Dear Paul,
    Just a thought with the price of energy going through the roof I have seen a lot of renovation of old houses here in Germany, instead of insulating the house from the inside they put a jacket on the outside. I was looking at one over the boarder a few days ago they stick on 6 to 8 inch thick polystyrene blocks then give it a cement skim and a dash of paint looks very impressive and relatively cheap. That caravan of yours would seem a very good candidate for the same treatment and you can get underneath as well. I like the caravan I think it is great and you have most likely got it for a good price which is even better, but I wouldn’t like to live in it for a long time with three people, I would be frightened of condensation a polystyrene jacket would be just the job, and also keep heating costs down. Just a thought.



    Comment by Yorkshire Miner — May 9, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    • Morning Dave, we’re going for a straw bale exterior on our £200 caravan 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 10, 2012 @ 5:52 am

  2. Hi Paul,
    Have you had any potential buyers for the house yet?

    Comment by francesp — May 9, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  3. Hi Paul

    Remembering that caravan and thinking of the road north, and not just after Brochel, I don’t envy your journey with it as a trailer. Would you go back to Inverarish and take the top road via the Youth Hostel to avoid the sharp left turn past Holoman and Balachurn? But that’s just the start! I’m looking forward to reading your account of the journey. Good luck with it, anyway (and with the cleaning – never mind the outside – what about the inside???).



    Comment by Sue — May 9, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    • Morning Sue, I’m going past the youth hostel for Frances 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 10, 2012 @ 5:53 am

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