Life at the end of the road

May 30, 2012

Not a single bite :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:01 pm

Tuesday already, one week of the ‘jollies’ away and I’m as high as a kite 🙂 The usual mad rush before a return to work being absent has left me in a particularly good mood, especially as the forecast is for more of the same 🙂

And that’s as far as I got last night before falling asleep on the keyboard, OK not actually asleep but ordered to my bed by wifey.

It had not been a particularly long or arduous day but I’d stayed up late on Monday night and only ended up with five hours sleep before getting up. Not through choice I might add but through the two ‘wee darlings’ that we have staying with us at the moment bouncing off the walls at just after 6:00am 😦

Anyway, darling wife would have to deal with our charges today for I was off to the mainland to visit my parents, cut some grass and go for a march with my dad 🙂 Although it wasn’t the blazing sunshine of late it was still warm and dry but I didn’t even make it as far as Dornie before having to stop for a ‘wee sleep’ 🙂


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After forty minutes or so we set off (‘we’ being Molly and I) taking the old road over ‘Carr Brae’ for a change. This steep pass between Dornie and Inverinate was once the main road and a challenge for many an old bus or truck I’m sure.

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Only adding a few minutes onto anyone’s journey it’s well worth the slight detour to check out the spectacular views up Loch Alsh and Loch Duich.

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Midge hell

Eventually I did arrive at my parents, and after another wee rest did a few jobs about the place before going for a walk with my 83 year old father. I say walk but it’s more of a march for he’s as ‘fit as a butchers dog’ and I struggle to keep up with him.

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Out on our hike we came across this holy and hawthorn tree that had been gripped in an embrace for decades with no detriment to either 🙂

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Walking through the forest above Ratagan we took a short cut through the ‘Fireater’s’ riding stables above Loch Duich.

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An ex fisherman, Dave now runs a successful riding school, pony trekking and carriage hire business from near his home in this spectacular bit of Scotland.




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Not far from the stables the rustic smell of horse was replaced by an assault of vanilla from these tremendous gorse and broom bushes a little further down the lane.

After our little perambulation through the woods I set about repairing my mums washing line under the trees.

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A task that would have been impossible were it not for the Smidge 

Whilst the ‘wee devils’ were annoying and getting stuck up my nostrils as clouds of them hovered around me, I suffered not one single bite. My mum and dad had both been driven inside by the blighters but I was just fine :-) 

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The stuck Land Rover will have to wait until tomorrow cos it’s 23:00 and I need my bed 🙂


  1. Secrets of the Arnish Blogger, umm how can we liven it up, ah yes, lets pretend to get the Landy stuck, then I can demonstrate some incredibly ingenious way of rescuing it. Some things you do are so educational and interesting but I can’t believe you got your pride and joy stuck, I await with baited breath on how it will be released from the shale pits.

    Comment by David — May 30, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    • Morning David, was quite dull really just a spade and let the tyres down, could have embellished it right enough 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:01 am

  2. I remember the old road well – it was THE road the first time I was there as a teenager in the late 60’s – the new road was being built at the time and we got separated from our B&B (Mrs Fraser in the Forestry houses at Inverinate) by a low loader that had gone through the road surface and got stuck between Dornie and Balmacara.

    Comment by Nick Bennett — May 30, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    • Aye Nick, that must have been some road to get stuck behind a bus or caravan on 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:02 am

  3. Do the people at smidge know what an advert you are for their product. I for one have switched to it, and sure many others have too. Maybe they should send you some free product 🙂
    I will not be having my usual week in Mallaig next week, so no midgies for me. Instead I am off to Iceland for 2 weeks 🙂

    Comment by Simon — May 31, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    • Morning Simon, are you absolutely sure there are no midge in Iceland, a mate of mine camped at a place who’s name translated as ‘the valley of the midge’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:04 am

  4. Paul, I can’t believe there were no bites from all those little varmints! We’ve been using Skin so Soft but it is very oily and does nip the eyes! Is Smidge more of a cream? Enjoyed the blast from the past of Carr’s Brae – I love that road.

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — May 31, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    • Good morning Anne, aye the Smidge is a nice cream that’s not oily and you forget that it’s on you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:05 am

  5. A landy stuck, surely you gest! Then again I do remember when I worked for Lancs Area Health Authority back in the late 70’s having to rescue one of our drivers who manage to embed a Landy right up to all four axles in mud! It took us two other Landy’s to pull it out, one in the middle, and one at the entrance to the field in order to bridge the gap of the cables which where not long enough for the full stretch. Needless to say it was soon out and the driver reminded that these vehicles do have a four wheel drive on them! Basic error on his part and one that earned him a written warning! Needless to say a few weeks later he did the same trick in another field which left him both red faced and without employment! He just could not get the hang of driving on four wheels rather than two!
    I now await with so many others for the instalment on how you got yours pride and joy stuck in the shale pit and its subsequent rescue!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 31, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    • Was near Roskhill last week and encountered our first ever midges. We were equipped with wipes containing skin so soft plus new secret bug killer ingredient but still got driven inside by the swarm cloud of critters. Because you conquer every adversity, I wonder if you could share the recipes you have developed for midge stew, or perhaps midge fricasee? Or do you make tweed out of them instead?

      Comment by Drgeo — May 31, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      • Morning DrG,

        my mum used to feed the ones out of her ‘midge eater’ to the hens and they loved them.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    • Morning Graham, I can even get stuck on wet grass 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2012 @ 6:12 am

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