Life at the end of the road

June 22, 2012

Those pesky dolphins again :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:49 pm

Confused, that just about sums up my internal clock these days. Three weeks and two days holiday then a return today half way through my ‘off week’ has left me not knowing whether I’m coming or going 🙂 Going back last night to let my ‘back to back’ away for a wedding, today would be my first full day back.

Rain through the night and ‘doom and gloom’ prophesised by the media had made me think that summer was over. The longest day behind  had seemed to have  taken the bright mornings of late with it 😦 The normal morning glow of sunshine over Calum’s house being replaced by a dark and heavy sky and I’d no reason to disbelieve the bad tidings.

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The many potholes on ‘Calum’s road’ being full of water for the first time in weeks an indicator of the nights downpour.

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The day did however have a certain beauty about it accentuated by a damp sharpness about the air and a blue grey sky.

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The white houses on the tidal island of Fladda standing out surreally in the murky hues.

After firing up the good ship Loch Striven, getting the first run out of the way and devouring a couple of ‘Arnish Eggs’ I turned my attention to a leaky strainer.

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The caps on one of the generator sea water filters having sprung a leak due to a split O ring,

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so after cleaning out  the seaweed and a few sand eels I made up a new O ring from the kit we have on board.

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That done and with the strainer refitted I went topside to see the dolphins

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though today it was only a brief show as we steamed out of Sconser

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and not the full blown circus of Tuesday


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It may have been quite grey and a little cloudy but the rain, wind, thunder and lightening of further south never made it up here and the day just kept getting better.

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Not that you would guess from these pictures of the Storr and Applecross peninsular taken during the morning, but by lunchtime it was too hot for the overalls, the puddles had evaporated and the soaking mooring ropes dried out 🙂

Routine stuff paperwork and battery checks filled in the rest of a quiet day on board, my body being unable to grasp the fact that it was Friday 🙂

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My whole life both at work and away from it seems to revolve around batteries 🙂 These two banks being the emergency ones on the left and the VHF ones on the right.

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The bottom one being the 24v sewage plant compressor bank for the pump on the right. This small 100ah bank powers the sewage tank overnight when the ship is shutdown. Our sewage tank needs a constant supply of air to feed the bacteria within it oxygen to breakdown all the ‘jobbies’ and stuff  🙂 No oxygen equals no bacteria equals smelly tank 😦 So at night, once the large three phase compressor is shut down this wee pump cycles on and off to keep the ‘friendly bacteria’ happy 🙂

There was more but it’s going up for 23:00 now and I’m falling asleep :-( 



  1. “keep the friendly bacteria happy” … omg Paul, you sound like a Yakult advert … not that you’d know what that is of course because you don’t watch TV

    Comment by cazinatutu — June 23, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    • YAKULT !!! that seems to describe perfectly the contents of our sewage tank, which marketing genius came up with that name. Don’t forget to flush the loo after you do a ‘yakult’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 23, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  2. Talking of potholes, did you ever get bundle of paperwork?

    Comment by may cruickshank — June 23, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    • Morning May, thanks,yes did get your bundle, the potholes are still there only they are now dry so don’t look quite so bad 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 27, 2012 @ 5:00 am

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