Life at the end of the road

August 10, 2012

What no dragon :-)

Filed under: boats, Croft house for sale, daily doings, shed/house, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:42 pm

I just couldn’t resist, it’s 22:30, I’ve just sat down, not had a bath and aren’t long in. Which is probably dreadful grammar but just wot I wud have said in Lancashire 🙂 Anyway it’s been a bonny busy day with a few full loads, a little surprise and some great work done up at the house site so I just had to tell you all about it.

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After scribbling a few lines down on here at lunchtime I popped up for air to see Raasay’s very own trawler ‘Lustre’ having some essential maintenance carried out on her.  The unmistakeable ‘ca chun, ca chun, ca chun’ of her Gardner putting the purr of our Perkins generators to shame 🙂

A full deck load on the way to Skye including Michael, a regular blog reader who donated a fine bottle of Welsh whisky to help keep my creative juices flowing 🙂 Cheers matey, wifey and I can’t wait to try it out, if the description on the label is anything to go by it should be awesome 🙂


Penderyn Madeira Finished Single Malt Whisky

Winner of the Best World Whisky, Gold Medal at the 2012 International Whisky Competition, the Madeira finish single malt Welsh whisky defines our ‘house style of whiskies’.  Distilled in our unique copper pot still, matured in bourbon barrels, finished in rich Madeira wine casks and bottled at premium strength, this single malt whisky is smooth, light in character and softly golden in colour.

At a generous 46% ABV, it has a classic freshness with aromas of cream toffee, rich fruit and raisins. The palate is crisp and finely rounded, with the sweetness to balance an appetising dryness. Notes of tropical fruit, raisins and vanilla persist in the finish.

But that will have to wait until I finish work 😦

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Not just for the day

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but for the week, at 46% ABV I’m not taking any chances 🙂


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The Skye bridge some twelve miles away, is often illuminated by the setting sun at this time of year so I stopped on the way home to take a picture 🙂

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My 800lts of diesel following on behind nicely

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until I pumped it into my storage tank.

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After which Molly and I delivered a new breaker chisel to Hugh who had been busy up at our house site removing part of Scotland to level our site.

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Donald’s garden may have caught the sun, but why he built it with a huge bit of bedrock in the middle is beyond me 🙂

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Perhaps he wanted to build a house there but just never got around to it

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and who could blame him really with views like this 🙂

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So that’s it, I’m off to bed.



  1. Greetings from Northern California Paul,
    Your 2nd picture of the bottle of whisky with Skye in the background looks like an ad right out of Malt magazine! I can only imagine how that would go down at your new house site with those spectacular views. Makes me want to chuck life in Silicon Valley and come over and live life at the end of the road. Any houses for sale 🙂 Keep up the good work with the blog. I think I am going on 3+ years as a daily reader and love the pictures and stories.

    Comment by Morgan — August 11, 2012 @ 2:28 am

    • Morning Morgan, aye, you’ll be one of the most persistent readers right enough 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 11, 2012 @ 7:52 am

  2. omg omg omg the views from your house-to-be — i was just telling kate over at needled are so beautiful you can’t believe we’re lucky enough to live on a planet that can look like that.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — August 11, 2012 @ 6:27 am

  3. The photos are brill I have taken to reading you blog daily. Keep meaning to try and do one my self and there may be no better time than now. As we me and the wife are moving to Sutherland on Tuesday to start a new life. Been trying for this for nearly a year then last Thursday got the phone call to say move. So may start the blog this week end

    Comment by rob — August 11, 2012 @ 7:34 am

  4. So, Paul, are you going to name your house Garradh Domhnullach? Or is it just going to be number 4?

    Comment by Phil Cook — August 11, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    • Don’t think I could spell that Phil and there’s already a number 4, I was thinking of Provvedasco my fathers home village in Liguria and where I spent some years as a child.
      <img src="Provvedasco small” alt=”provvedasco” />

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 12, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      • I was trying to figure out how many houses there were at South Arnish from the map, it’s hard to tell sheds from houses sometimes. 🙂 Ah yes, the problems of giving addresses over the phone. I have problems with the name of the block I live in, except in Scotland where they know how to spell a town on the Tay. There I have problems with the street name which is named after an English Victorian art critic.

        Comment by Phil Cook — August 13, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  5. Glad you showed us the new breaker chisel– I wonder whether it will be just a wee stub after your new hoose is anchored to the bedrock? Or perhaps a wine cellar?

    Comment by drgeo — August 11, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  6. Brilliant pictures and read as always Paul, always a pleasure!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 11, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  7. What neat wee boat! Rare enough to see one like that with no shelter, just the original wheelhouse. Most of the wee boats I see have so much superstructure they look like a chest of drawers.

    Comment by heartlandroad — August 12, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    • Hi Heartland, lovely wee boat and not so wee boat hey 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying the blog, it’s what keeps me going 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  8. I’ve just finished my first bottle of Penderyn Madeira finish. Very nice even if it is Welsh! Lovely sweetness to it. My bottle was a Christmas present and I’d certainly buy another bottle.

    Comment by Andy — August 13, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    • Hi Andy and all the other Penderyn fans, yup, I think I’d buy a bottle for special occasions, another round of applause please for Michaels taste and generosity 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  9. Didnt know you liked whiskey but the penderyn is lovely i do believe I have a friend who gives me a bottle of it from time to time and i pass it on as i am not a whiskey drinker but my friend loves it, have you tried ceol ila its an islay one, will bring one overnext time i come if you pass your exams at collage 🙂
    P.S. will bring it any way !!!

    Comment by — August 16, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    • Morning Cath, glad you’re enjoying catching up, what an incentive to pass my exams 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 18, 2012 @ 8:07 am

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