Life at the end of the road

August 5, 2012

The three day hangover :-)

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:52 am

It was hardly an overdose of drink that I had on Thursday evening over at it amounted to two cans of beer and two glasses of wine at the table. It was a fine meal of crab and lobster caught in Loch Arnish, followed by lithe (pollack) also caught on the doorstep but unusually salted for just 3 minutes prior to cooking and what a difference that made to the dish. The quick dip had really firmed and dried up the flesh as well as adding much flavour 🙂 Main course of chicken pieces (hopefully not local) with a lemonny zest to them served with home grown broad beans and new potatoes followed. If there was a sweet I’d had too much to drink to notice 🙂

Anyway I departed some three hours after my arrival, still during daylight in the hope of a little blogging before bed but soon abandoned that idea after wobbling along the track on the quad. Friday morning arrived with ‘the mother of all hangovers’, that I put down to me being out of practice. The plan for an early drive to Kilmuir going right out the window, I was quite clearly not fit to drive anywhere so pottered about the croft for a couple of hours instead. Rocky could wait, the hungrier he was the more likely he’d be to get in the trailer 🙂

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After giving old ‘sour crop’ her dose of natural yoghurt (which seemed to be working) I split a few logs in the hope that it would clear my head.

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Mixing around a teaspoon of the stuff with some layers pellets I went to grab her from under a pile of hens that were about to lay 🙂

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Shutting her in a shed for a while until she ate her medicine, all the while thinking it was really me that needed some 🙂

This was no ordinary ‘morning after’ but eventually I had to leave as I’d an appointment at 15:00 at Sconser and needed to pick Rocky up first. Once more our gentle giant of a boar had been up to Kilmuir in the north of Skye to service some sows.

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This being two from the last litter he sired there in December, I just wish I’d have got a video of them chasing Molly and Molly chasing them, it was hilarious 🙂

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Pressed as I was for time, I could not resist taking the longer route home around the north end of Skye.


Map picture

The day was perfect for it with visibility for miles so I naughtily stopped in a passing place to take a picture  of this lone yacht passing the Black Rock in Luib Score bay, or at least I think that’s what it’s called.

The long arm of coincidence

No sooner had I pulled over than some local type came running down his drive waving frantically, whoops, methinks I’m in for a telling off. Not a bit of it, the chap shouts ‘life at the end of the road’ and introduces himself as Arthur 🙂

G’ afternoon Paul, Re. your heritage caravan. Does it have gas lighting? I have a gas light fitting inc. glass removed from an old ‘van + plus some mantles. If you want these FOC let me know. Dare I say it, they’re getting as scarce as hens’ teeth.

Now Arthur left the above comment on the blog in June and being vacant forgot to follow it up and have been cursing myself ever since I started to clean out the old Thomson. I couldn’t even remember who’d posted it let alone when and here he was offering it me once more, what a hero 🙂 It was exactly what I wanted and came complete with a spring I was missing and some spare mantles. I know I said it before mate but thanks a bunch million 🙂

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The small archipelago of was next, a place I have done much diving around, for it is the home of several wrecks. It was almost the resting place of HMS Trafalgar 10 years ago this November, that’ll be one anniversary the RN would rather forget 🙂

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Next it was Tulm Island in Duntulm bay the final resting place of HMT Rhodesia who was sheltering there one stormy night in WWI when she dragged her anchor and went aground.

(Classified as iron armed trawler: registration cited as H 443, and date of loss as 9 April 1915). Rhodesia: this vessel was reported as wrecked near Stornoway, so is this really Rhodesia?
Registration: Hull. Built 1899. 193grt. Length: 30m. Beam: 6m.
(Location of loss cited as N57 41.18 W6 20.85).
I G Whittaker 1998.
Displacement: 153grt 55nrt
Engines: 40hp (9kts)
Admiralty no: 1215
Port registration: H443
This trawler was bult at the Hull by Cook Welton and Gemmell, and in the ownership of Hull Steam Fisheries and Ice Co in 1915. She was requisitioned in January of that year, and converted to an Auxiliary Patrol Vessel. She was wrecked near Stornaway [Stornoway] on 19 April 1915.

It was about here that I started to feel ill, really ill in fact, so sick in fact that I had to keep stopping. At first I though it was lack of food, after all it was after 13:00 now and all I’d had to eat was a nectarine and some porridge. Eating an apple just north of Portree only made me feel worse so I put it down to the two Tramadol that I’d had earlier.

Catching the 15:00 ferry I took Rocky home then went for a lie down but to be honest I’ve like carp right through until this morning.

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  1. Good to see Duntulm Bay again. And in sunshine, dry and appealing. Saw a lot of cloud and driving rain there in the past! Hope you’re feeling a bit better. Maybe taking it easy – not easy for you, it seems – might help!

    Comment by yractual — August 5, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    • Aye Iain,
      now you come to mention it I don’t think I saw it looking so clear in times past 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:14 am

  2. Left a comment here before but it seems to have gone. But anyway good to see the caravan on the move

    Comment by rob — August 5, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    • Hi Rob,

      lost in cyberspace, happens to me all the time and it’s REALLY frustrating, never after a short post or comment though, it’s always the long ones that get lost 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:15 am

  3. Hmmm methinks the out of date pot noodle may have caught up with you!!!!

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — August 5, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    • Out of date Pot Noodle !!!! more likely the fresh nectarine 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:17 am

  4. Hope you are feeling much better now Paul. Wonderful pictures as always. I have to say the new camera is certainly a vast improvement, didn’t think they could get better but they are so crisp and clear it is almost as if we are there beside you admiring the views!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 5, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

  5. Hmm – symptoms sound like food poisoning rather than too much booze. Hope you’re OK now. Are you leaving the mobile home at Tarbert?


    Comment by Sue — August 5, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    • Morning Sue, lack of Arnish eggs was the problem, I’m fine now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:23 am

  6. Get well soon!

    Comment by heartlandroad — August 5, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    • Thanks Heartland, feeling just peachy now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  7. Hi Paul,
    I’m now at the YH, came on the ferry after you on Friday. A couple of hostellers who biked up to the end of the road yesterday said they’d seen a caravan in a layby and I thought ‘if that’s Paul’s caravan why would he not take it all the way up to the end of the road’ (I hadn’t read this post then). They were quite amazed to see it there! Tried to get some Arnish eggs in the shop but they didn’t have any! They said the hen lady has had to go away for a while. Do you need a temporary egg collector/packer while she’s away – let me know and we can arrange something?

    Comment by Francesp — August 6, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    • Morning Frances, Arnish eggs in the shop now, or at least they were yesterday 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:27 am

  8. Hope you are over your bug. See you real soon.x

    Comment by SOTW — August 6, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    • Morning She and see you soon.X

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 7, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  9. Definitely sounds like Campilobacter, or some other seafood based food poisoning. Hope you are ok up there Paul.

    Comment by Lloyd — August 6, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

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