Life at the end of the road

July 29, 2012

They aren’t all plonkers :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:34 pm

Gosh 21:30 already, and what’s more the light is failing 😦 Not dark by any means in fact the sun doesn’t set for another half hour but it is most definitely getting dark. Really noticed it last night when the ‘pratnav’ turned green on the way home, it does that at sunset and it’s been the first time in months.

It really felt like a proper west coast summer today, well apart from the midge, or should I say lack of. Being a Sunday I got my ‘wee lie in’ before departing for work with Molly, after of course feeding all the pigs and a bowl of porridge. Not that I usually get fed before departing for work but our ‘wee girlies’ were up and about and wanting fed. My normal ‘wee girlies’ are piglets but these two are the real thing and staying with us for a couple of weeks, not really used to all the pink stuff about the house but they’re a pleasant enough pair and far cleaner than boys 🙂

It was, as ever a delightful and leisurely run down the road with nothing other than a herd of cows to distract me from the view.

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This large cruise liner was back in Portree but I can’t for the life of me remember its name :-(  I reckon the Land Rover could drive itself up and down the road, the heavy duty suspension and high driving position making it an ideal commuter vehicle for here. Not quite sure how we’ll get on in South Shields with it right enough 🙂

The day at work was the usual busy run out followed by a quiet run back to Raasay, a big breakfast then drills and maintenance. Frequent and heavy showers making it quite miserable at times, though a phone call to wifey at 14:00 found her just putting out her second wash to dry!!! She had seen no rain up until then and we were getting drowned with the stuff??

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Every time I poked my head above the deck to take the wee dug for a walk a shower would come hurtling  down Loch Sligachan and threaten to engulf me.

That one just about to wrap itself around Glamaig was a belter and we barely reached the end of the pier before running back to the ferry.


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Eventually it cleared and we tried again, this time getting past Pig Island (that’s it below in an old postcard I found on eBay, though according to the caption it’s on Skye)


raasay bay

and away up to the old pier

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with its little fleet 🙂

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A quick look up and around the Battery

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and then back to work for the 16:00 ferry and the incoming hordes of holiday makers, yes seriously, a good deck load indeed 🙂

In all fairness

I do go on about the general incompetence and inconsideration shown, by what seems to me at least  a rather large proportion of the kayakers that visit these shores. I know they are not all inconsiderate pr1cks, it’s just some of the ones I meet are and I wish I had a pound for everyone I’ve rescued or given a lift to because they’ve been storm bound. Like I’ve said before, as an amateur diver I did much worse and I’m sure that most of them are ‘jolly decent sorts’ out to have a good holiday in the ‘great outdoors’ without leaving a mess or huge carbon footprint.

Spending a whole week with wet feet, cold and damp without even a decent bed to go to aint my ‘cup of tea’. Well not now at 56 it isn’t, but 30 years ago maybe 🙂 So why would the managing director of this company want to paddle all the way from the Isle of Man to Monaco ?? Of course he’ll not be sleeping in a tent, but to take up such a challenge after 40 years of not kayaking in your sixties for charity is commendable indeed. For that is just what Chris Allix of ‘Dominion Marine Corporate Services’ has done to raise money for some worthy children’s charities.

Myself and my journey

I was a keen canoeist in my youth, perhaps that was one of the reasons I find myself in a marine related business.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a Director and founder of Dominion Marine Corporate Service and specialise in yacht ownership structures. My day job is important to me but I feel there is an opportunity to challenge myself in a fresh way. What better way than to jump in and dedicate my time to training for one of the biggest tasks of my life.

I am currently training under the auspices of Kieran at Adventurous Experiences and, with his tenacious tuition and drive, hope to complete a round Island trip by the year end.

With this training under my belt I hope to complete the long trip from the Isle of Man to Monaco. My planned route will take me across the Irish Sea to England, down through the canal network to the English Channel where I will cross to France. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ll then take on the French canals making my way south to arrive in Monaco.

Now halfway across the Channel he was spotted by a blog reader recently near Wolverhampton.


Well done Chris, who in the lower picture is taping up his fingers to prevent blisters 😦


but may I suggest red tape for the left hand and green for the right 🙂




  1. Your photos are fantastic, I look forward to your post and really miss it when you can’t manage. It looks as though you and your family live in acompletely different world to me! Brenda

    Comment by Brenda Menzies, Inverness — July 29, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    • Sorry no post or picture yesterday Brenda, my internet connection has been ‘throttled’ 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  2. Morning, Paul

    The ‘weather divide’ on the island is indeed amazing. Many a time I have been at the north end and seen rain falling further south – and on Skye – or at the south end and seen rain further north (though it’s usually the other way round, with clearer skies out at sea towards the outer islands).

    Cheers from an intermittently seriously rainy Bacup.


    Comment by Sue — July 30, 2012 @ 7:55 am

  3. Hi Paul,
    As always a very interesting blog and with such wonderful pictures it really is a welcome window to your world for us!

    I was looking for a caravan/camp site over by Ayr and saw an old post of yours from 2007 about a site you stayed at near wifey’s family. Afraid I forgot the name of it now but would be interested to hear about it as a potential site for us next month perhaps.


    Comment by Thomson Caravans — July 30, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  4. Apart from the camera angle,has ‘Pig Island’ altered in some way?

    Comment by SOTW — July 30, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    • Morning She,

      looks the the same to me but I’ve only lived here 23 years. Balfour Beatty did build a harbour next to it so who knows they may have altered it a little but not that I’ve noticed, I suppose you just never saw it from that camera angle before unless you got wet feet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2012 @ 5:18 am

  5. You mention South Shields ? are you visiting geordie land (well technically next-door)

    Comment by mike — July 31, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    • Morning Mike, yup, 68 days and nights at the South Tyneside college, know anywhere I could park my caravan 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2012 @ 5:20 am

      • wow well I just live in Gateshead, I would not leave you caravan around the college (are you staying in it?) you can park it out side my house (but to be honest anywhere in town its the kind of thing that would attract attention) your coming to the land that invented joyriding dont forget (actually I paint a bit of a bad picture I love here (do you know this part of the world)) I’d like to extend my geordie hospitality if you need some where to stay (we have a couple of spare rooms) and if nothing else I’d love to show you some of the sights, their are some beautiful places around here, or if your family want to dive down and visit or your bored at a weekend (I’m a bit like you when it comes to hotels (what a rip) so consider my doors open

        Comment by mike — July 31, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

      • Hi Mike, many thanks for your offer, I’ll be in touch 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

      • ahh glad you caught me message Paul thought you may miss it, Are you planning on keeping the blog going while your down this way (you could re brand it “post cards from life at the end of the earth” nar shields ant that bad. (but you must see some places other than South Shields while your here).

        If you want to drop us an email I can talk about things not in public, but the Geordie hospitality will be rolled out in full my friend (be nice to send you back feeling energised and inspired) “I think Arnish needs a massive steel bridge that tilts”

        speak soon mate

        Comment by mike — August 5, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

      • Morning Mike,

        of course I’ll be blogging, what else would I do 🙂 I’ll be in touch soon P

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:22 am

  6. or if you just need an internet connection to keep the blog going !

    Comment by mike — July 31, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  7. Hey Paul Just heard you ‘lost’ your camera, disaster after you were telling me how good it was, but I see you are up and running. Looked at Tooway but can’t remember why I didn’t go there. If I remember I’ll be in touch. we use Avanti through AB internet, worth a look. Speak soon.
    Bill Rona

    Comment by Bill Cowie — August 1, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    • Morning Bill, what do you mean you use Avanti through AB internet?? you use the HYLAS satellite through a different provider?? any chance of a link.

      Keep up the good work next door

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 2, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    • Hi Paul

      I was asking Lorraine why not Tooway, I think it was some of the reviews and AB offered us a much better deal and system. It turned out they were overcharging us so they quickly backtracked . BUT if you use too much internet with them they will sell you add ons at so much per meg or gig. I can’t remember what but it was reasonable. I think we pay £50ish for a month for 10gb of download and a speed of 10 meg (ha ha). But it seems to work.

      Avanti man installed the gear but it is through AB.

      Have a look and contact Rachel she seemed to know what she was doing,

      Great day


      PS: A B****y yachtie stole Lorraines one and only tomato from the polytunnel and didn’t even hide his tracks, they have stooped to a new low, stea;ing now!!!!!!!!
      Camera Tomato same thing.

      Comment by Bill Cowie — August 2, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      • Cheers for that Bill and sorry to hear about the tomato, like you say camera tomato, same thing. Gotta say I leaning towards your theory of the internet destroying social skills. You know when you stick your head out of the door at Big Harbour and there’s half a dozen folk chatting away, they quite clearly hear you but don’t even turn around. Well same thing happened here a few hours ago, me and the latest ‘charge’ go out on the quad to feed the pigs, it’s seven PM and we’re in the middle of nowhere. As we drive down towards the car park and the pigs come charging towards us there’s this couple faffing about at the boot of some black GTI thing. It’s been there a few days and they obviously been to the bothy, I’m ten yards away on the quad and do they turn round, do they heck. I drive to within three feet of them and still the pair are resolutely refusing to turn around. I stop and say ‘lovely day’ in my friendliest teuchter voice and the dude nearly jumps out of his skin and the lassie gives a vague smile.

        Probably the pair can’t stop twittering on facebook to total strangers but are unable to hold a conversation with a real person. I despair 😦

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 4, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

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