Life at the end of the road

August 11, 2012

The first nappy :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:34 pm

Well it’s arrived, the first one of the season, it greeted me this morning on the car park a full 19.5m from the nearest bin. I’ll try and keep the language civil but it’s gonna be hard, for if there’s one thing that annoys me more than the halfwit canoeists that make the annual pilgrimage to Sconser to lay their offerings on the car park, it’s the beeping nappies. Those stinking little un degradable parcels deposited by unthinking beepstards who think that the ‘apple of their eyes’ droppings should be left as an offering to the ‘bin bag fairy’. That mythical deity that goes around hoovering up all their carp.

Well past halfway through the  ‘silly season’ and it’s the first one, so can’t really complain when you consider the amount of tourists that have been up the north end this year. Mind you I think they’ve been using my mates bin instead, not that I mind that because it’s not me who’s paying £100 a year to pay for a receptacle for other peoples carp 🙂 Anyway these doting louts couldn’t even be bothered to stroll the twenty paces to my mates bin to put their child’s ****** in it. No they couldn’t even be bothered to take the baby **** wipe, that was left nearby. No these fine examples of our society chose to leave them on the car park for everyone else to admire and the pigs to rummage in.

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I know, I know, it was very hot yesterday and you didn’t want to smell out the new car, and of course that large green bin nearby was just too far away for your tired city legs. You wouldn’t do it in town so why the beep do you do it here??? Even the dog beep has to be binned and bagged where you come from so why leave your stinking carp here, you can’t even burn these ********  at least dog pooh degrades, if I knew where you lived I’d post it back to you along with one of Rocky’s 🙂

Deep breaths

Anyway even the sight of the gift wrapped jobbie failed to put more than a temporary damper on my spirit this morning, for once again it was peachy, really peachy. So peachy in fact that I was up and out with the ‘wee dug’ far earlier than was wise for a tired old grumpy git half way through his shift. There was however no stopping me, in the hope of some nice pictures, and perhaps a rabbit, we left early as the sun rose.

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A glassy calm Loch Arnish sprinkled with seagulls to full of fish to fly, the surface occasionally ruffled by a dolphin as it came up for air.

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They may have been a long way off but my new Panasonic DMC FZ48 with its 24x zoom brought them right into the cab of the Land Rover.

saturday dolphin

All watched over by the magnificent Storr,

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some six miles to the west.

Tootling on down  the road we stopped by Calum’s cairn to have a wander around and admire the morning.

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A brief flurry of the dreaded midge cutting my morning coffee on the picnic bench short 😦

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Twenty years and more I’ve been driving up and down this road, ten of them in a bumpy old Land Rover, yet still I look forward to it 🙂

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As the Loch Striven awaited to commence the days work these three tractors rested after their previous weeks hard labour at the silage and hay.

Good weather, a busy boat and a few routine jobs on the ferry made the morning speed by and before I knew it lunchtime was here. Choosing to ‘jump ship’ rather than eat on board I set off to wish my favourite aunty happy birthday. She’s not my aunty and its not her birthday until tomorrow but I went anyway for tea and biscuits, taking the wee dug with me 🙂

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Here too the crofters were busy cutting feed to see their cattle through the winter.

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There was more but it’s 23:30 now and I only got in just over an hour ago so I’m just going to put a couple more pictures on here of a new visitor, sip my Penderyn single malt and go to bed.


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We’re well used to seeing the Ronja Commander, Ronja Pioneer, Ronja Skye and Ronja Viking ‘well boats’ in these parts, but this is the first visit, to my knowledge, of the Ronja Nordic.



  1. new panasonic aye?! I am not sure if i ever told you but I grew up on a beach and every year the Summer People would come. We spoke of them and their rubbish in scathing terms. I absolutely understand! c

    Comment by ceciliag — August 11, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

  2. I totally agree with your disgust about the nappy. People are so lazy and lack respect for the environment which is stunning in your part of the world. I have never been to the Western islands, and living now in Australia, perhaps I never will. However I am loving your blogs and the spectacular photographs. Thank you for taking the time to share your day.
    Elaine from Brisbane.

    Comment by Elaine — August 11, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  3. I have never understood why people throw their garbage just anywhere. Lot of traffic on my road to lake nearby and lots of trash ends up in my front yard. You have right to be angry. Your new camera takes lovely pictures. I can see why you never get tired of your drive to work.I don’t think I would either.

    Comment by mimi — August 12, 2012 @ 2:51 am

  4. has few summer visitors this far out. We get a few cyclists and the odd hiker all of whom have been very tidy people. the only thing left by the side of the road in the past year was a car bumper, left by a couple of oiks out joy riding in there mothers car under the affluence of incerholl (hic#**!) Needless to say, they stuck out like a sore thumbs and the local rozzers nabbed them. Your new camera is performing well, keep it up that man…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — August 12, 2012 @ 3:46 am

  5. Hi Paul,
    Your comment of ‘if I knew where you lived I’d post it back to you along with one of Rocky’s’ made me laugh, and brought back memories of many years ago when a cat of an adjoining garden kept leaving ‘pressies’ in my garden, so I used to wrap them in paper and post them back through the letterbox of the house in question! I saw what looked like a washed up nappy on North Beach on Friday!
    I’ve had a couple of friends staying here at the YH, they are probably on the ferry as I write this,to go back to civilisation, we went up Dun Caan yesterday in that glorious weather,had good views, could see the outer Hebrides, then we drove up to the end of the road in my car, they didn’t quite make it along calum’s road on friday on their bikes as they spent too much time skinny-dipping in the sea near Brochel castle, they were amazed by the road, and it seemed more hilly than I remembered it from previous times! Had a look at your new house site, and yes, what a view you’ve got.

    Comment by Francesp — August 12, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  6. God’s country and folk do that!!
    Incredible, disgusted and very angry to say the least of it!!
    Bloody things aint even bio-degradable!
    Anyway, terriffic pics Paul, keep ’em coming, your new camera certainly beats the hell out of my wee Fuji S 1000!

    Comment by caadfael — August 12, 2012 @ 11:26 am

  7. Re the nappy. It is possible, with young kids, to become a little distracted from time to time. Then again, I have relatives who simply wind the window down and throw what ever out, they don’t even slow down 🙂

    Comment by Tim — August 12, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  8. we have two kids under 3 and we would NEVER do such a thing its so lazy, disgusting and so disrespectful. some people have no shame,if they want to live in a tip they should stay at home. totally disgusting. Paul great pics as always we really don’t know how you fit it all in lol 🙂

    Comment by jay mitchell — August 12, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  9. Paul, I see you had 3 offerings to the bin bag faerie at the top of the slipway, all neatly tied up and weighted down with rocks, if they can go to that trouble why can’t they bin it properly instead … what do you do with these offerings, do you pick them up yourself? …. anyway, sorry I couldn’t complete with welsh whisky but hope you enjoyed your lunch … I’m loving my visit to your part of the world, just had a few days at Staffin … and please please don’t paint all us city folk with the same tarbrush, some of us are even quite civilised … Caz

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 12, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    • Hi Caz, great to catch up with you today and you’ll be pleased to know that the ‘bin bag fairy’ removed the rubbish before the pigs did 🙂 Also wifey and I have just polished off the Macguigan and very nice it was too thanks ‘hic’

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 14, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

      • it wan’t the elusive bin bag fairy … when I went back to enjoy your dolphins yesterday, I thought I was just as bad as the others by seeing it, moaning about it, but not doing anything, so I stuck them in the back of the car and dumped them in the public bins by the shop … thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your lovely island

        Comment by cazinatutu — August 15, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

      • Well done for removing the rubbish Caz, but you stopped me taking a picture of it and having a good rant 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2012 @ 6:18 am

  10. typo … I meant “compete” not “complete” !!! duh

    Comment by cazinatutu — August 12, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

  11. Nothing worse than those who think nothing of leaving their carp lying around, disgusting is a mild description of I feel about these Neanderthals!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 12, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  12. What very, very nice people you have reading your blog – a bottle of Welsh Penderyn! We discovered it in Wales a few years ago but it’s got so expensive that we seldom buy it now – it’s usually well over £30 a bottle! What can we say about the nappy?! If they’re at ‘the end of the road’ you have to assume that they are country lovers but?? Who knows?? I had the experience of ‘wild campers’ in a remote and beautiful summer shieling site in Perthshire who re-arranged 1of the ruins to make a campfire (and this is a Scheduled Momument site) and left all their rubbish – glass, plastic, foil barbecue trays the lot – pushed under the walls of the shieling hut for the bin bag fairy! Can’t believe some people – they carried it in, why can’t they carry out te remains?
    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — August 13, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    • Hi Anne, yes they get everywhere don’t they 😦 some people just have no shame.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  13. As an occasional Munro bagger I never cease to be amazed at the stuff throw down at the hill top. I once encountered a group coming down, exchanged pleasantries, and proceeded to the top where I discovered they had sprayed a very large quantity of pasta, cheese and tomato all around the inside of the cairn (it was still dripping). I exchanged a few un-pleasantries with them when I caught up with them again – it was for the birds honest guv!
    Have looked in often and enjoy every visit – great stuff, thanks for doing it

    Comment by George Malone — August 14, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    • Well done George for catching up with them and giving them a piece of your mind 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 15, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

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