Life at the end of the road

May 22, 2012

The holiday starts now :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, harbour — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:41 pm

WooHoo, that’s it I’m officially on holiday 🙂 A full three weeks on the croft to look forward to and a mountain of tasks to complete 🙂 The forecast looks good and I’ve even got ‘a plan’, the only ‘fly in the ointment’ being that we won’t be going to Rockness, or anywhere else for that matter.

Still there is always this on Thursday the 7th of June.

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Last year the PS Waverley’s visit to Raasay provided a welcome distraction to the oil wedding and this year it will be a sight better than being stuck behind the friggin Olympic torch on the A9 🙂 Call me miserable  but when Coke Cola, their sugary drinks being responsible for a generation of blobbies with bad teeth are sponsoring the games, and some plonker has just paid £153K a bit of aluminium


on eBay, I’m a little cynical of the whole affair 🙂


Especially when I have this on my doorstep

poster for raasay A4 (Medium)

and this in my CD player


right now 🙂 A surprise gift that the post lady delivered toady from one of the band members.

A ‘Strangeland’ indeed Richard, a great album and if you are reading this that’s a Grumman Avenger.


‘Strangeland’ being my favourite track but probably being the most appropriate “ the blind leading the blind” 🙂


Released on my birthday too 🙂

The first midge 😦

Anyway there was no posting last night due to trawling the internet for windows for the new house. The fact that had gone ‘tits up’ had pushed me into looking for alternatives to the ‘Rolls Royce’ Austrian windows. Even though it it was just one of their dealers that had gone to the wall and not the manufacturer I thought I’d have a look elsewhere, but to be quite honest I’ve not seen anything yet that comes close in quality and U values for the whole window. Many manufacturers claim values below  1.0 W/(m²K). but closer inspection usually reveals that that is just for the pane and not the whole window 😦 Internorm’s thick foam sandwich between the aluminium cladding and wood helps achieve phenomenal ‘real world’ insulation.


I’m 56 now and my ROI (return on investment) may be pants but I don’t want to be changing windows in my seventies and I’d rather have decent windows for a lifetime than a new car every few years 🙂


After the beautiful day that was Sunday, Monday arrived bright, clear and several degrees warmer 🙂 it also saw a rise in traffic and a lift in everyone’s mood. Molly, as has become normal, insisted in following me to work.

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Although she is now quite happy to wait in the Land Rover for me until lunchtime when we go and visit Jessie Nicolson or, as we did today, Willie Eyre.

The day was one of painting up the mast and cleaning the sea water strainers on the ‘in service’ generator,

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‘making tides’ and warming seas encouraging growth and debris to accumulate in the strainers.

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Though nothing that a power washing on a broom handle couldn’t sort 🙂 The ‘milestone’ of the day being the first midge bite 😦

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Another fine day this morning had me up early and off to work full of ‘vim’

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and rushing around like a madman painting.

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Traffic was heavy

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with another skip for Raasay house and a big ‘changeover’ for

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The High School of Glasgow’s pupils getting a great view of four large dolphins hanging around the ferry terminal.

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This will be the ferry terminal that was going to ruin all the wildlife in the area 🙂

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I’m sure that the pupils enjoyed the spectacle

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on their departure

more dolphins


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and I hope the next batch get as good a show 🙂


  1. Paul
    Couldn’t believe that when Ifollowed the link to your window dealer that their web site directed all enquiries to my office ! Small world or what??

    Comment by David Peakman — May 22, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    • Small world indeed David, any bankrupt stock left over 🙂 Now I know where you are I’ll be in touch when I go bankrupt after building this house 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 23, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  2. Hi Paul, I feel sure your night trawling the internet must have brought these guys to your attention, if not here’s alink to “simlar windows.

    Comment by Neil Sivyer — May 23, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    • Nice windows Neil, and no I’d not come across them before, thanks.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 23, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  3. Enjoy the three week ‘Holiday’ or in your cas working hard on the croft! Have a great day on the Waverley, long time since I was on her and hopefully a treat we will be able to retreat. Dolphin pictures are fantastic, they seem to enjoy putting on the show!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 23, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    • Morning Graham, the forecast is good the weather is good and I’m stuck inside awaiting a phone call 😦 Keep walking past the Thomson and thinking ” a few days at Rockness won’t break the bank” 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 23, 2012 @ 9:37 am

      • Sounds good but you will only spend every minute thinking about the work you could have had finished! Every time I look at our Thomson just now I think there is so much to do and July is getting closer! Still it will be worth it in the end and we can always look forward to the next trip away!

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 29, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  4. With you getting that aircraft recognition book,things now make sense 🙂 The two RN 65,000t aircraft carriers,currently under construction,may be doing sea trials at some point near you.Due to cutbacks,they may now be equipped with Grumman Avengers, a proven WW2 aircraft. At a stroke massive savings will have been achieved,scrapping the jet fighters,and replacing the need for a cutting edge,electro-magnetic catapult launcher,with a twisted elastic band.Money could also be released for two big signs reading “Mind the shingle bank-If you can read this sign without binoculars-You have run aground!”. Good to see you are thinking ahead for your, possible, future air display :-).

    Comment by Andy — May 23, 2012 @ 9:02 am

  5. Hi Paul, Not had internet for a bit so now catching up…….I think Neil might have something. Up in Sweden they sure have some great windows around, triple glazing is commonplace and they’re buit to last too!

    Comment by yractual — June 13, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    • Morning Iain, wondered where you’d been 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 15, 2012 @ 5:15 am

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