Life at the end of the road

August 27, 2012

We did it :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:12 pm

Despite me showering and eating my dinner at work it’s still after 21:00 and I’ve just sat down Sad smile Actually that’s a lie, I’ve just noticed it’s pitch black outside so I’m gonna shut the chooks in early, back shortly Smile 

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That’s me, I’m back, they’re all tucked up nicely in their wee houses for the night and I’ve now officially finished my chores Smile

Strange parking

There was certainly a change in the weather today, well forecast and nowhere near as wet as it was in other parts, but wet indeed. Luckily I arose well before the rain to a mere gale, or at least a near gale Smile


weather monday morning

A good force 6 powering round the Proven 2.5Kw wind turbine that was doing the first serious work it had in a long while, with the voltmeter well past 54v and the dump load in the porch going nicely.


True to the old proverb ‘red sky in morning, sailors warning’ it was spectacular, a crimson folded affair that reminded me of something my son said when he was about four. The wee chap blurted out one morning, probably around this time of year when I was taking him to work “look daddy, the sky is on fire”. Actually he must have been much younger now I come to think of it, for he’s only 13 and I’ve been working for CalMac for ten years!! It was in the days when I used to drag him out in my fishing boat every day Smile 


Not because I particularly wanted to expose him to the dangers of life at sea but there was simply no alternative, Royal Mail would have frowned on wifey taking him to work so Willie and I did, on the MV Conqueror. It was a great time we all had, watching him grow, teaching him to count scallops, flying kites and scrambling up ladders almost before he could walk.

Anyway, I digress, but that’s what you do when your wife’s 200 miles away and your son in the hostel, so bear with me Smile Well, by the time I’d got dressed the sky had ‘gone out’, however my son did get out of his bed at 6:00am when I went to do all ‘hen stuff’ and we all made it to work on time. Just in time in fact, for despite a pleasant drive to work


past purple heather and red deer, it soon degenerated into a pretty driech day.



Miserable it may have been but it was certainly busy with A Ross’s six wheeler Volvo on the first ferry back


along with ‘Craig’s forklift’ Smile





Not such a nice day for fish farmers Sad smile



or kayakers. I know they were really keen to ‘get out’ but I thought this was a little extreme



it was a little rough for canoes anyway.



Though I have seen them out in worse than this



not that I’ve got much room to talk, having been rescued myself on more than one occasion.


Though never quite so spectacularly, Morar motors of Kyle soon had it sorted


and back on the ferry


Whilst this tale of kayakers/canoeists ended safely, not so for the ones off Gairloch yesterday


for at 17:35GMT, 16:35UTC the search for the final missing person was ‘stood down’

A five-year-old girl who was rescued from a sea loch after a canoe accident has died in hospital – the third child to die in the tragedy.

Gracie Mackay, from the Muir of Ord, was among six people in the boat, including two young brothers, which capsized in Loch Gairloch, near Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands, yesterday afternoon.

Ewen Beaton, five, and his two-year-old brother Jamie, died last night after being plucked from the water and airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

The search for their father, Ewen Fraser Beaton, 32, has been stood down for the day. He is presumed dead.



However it’s after 23:00 now, I’ve not said half as much as I planned, I got home, fed the pigs and hens


collected, candled, stamped and sorted the eggs



put the ‘best before’ dates on, and now I’m off to bed Smile


  1. Hi Paul
    As I was reading your blog on my iPhone I came to your photo of the ditched Tourneo people carrier, my question is how the hell can someone ditch a van that size in the spot it came to rest. I could understand if they were reversing but to drive over the edge of the cut is not acceptable in anyone’s book. I then wondered if you could salvage the aircon system for my Tourneo but then seen the salvaging photos, maybe some other time. Sorry to read about the accident and loss of life, this does show how the sea can be so cruel to the unwary sailor. My thoughts go out to the family.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — August 27, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    • Morning She, Walter, think it was a case of left on hill with handbrake off and wind got up during night 😦 Perhaps airbags only go off with the ignition on and what’s up with the eggs ????

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 28, 2012 @ 5:18 am

      • Row 1 . 2nd from left. upside down !!!!xx

        Comment by SOTW — August 28, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

      • Row 1 . 2nd from left. upside down !!!!xx

        optical illusion I assure you, more than my life’s worth 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 28, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

  2. Did the soft landing in the seaweed stop the airbags inflating ?
    Dreadful business at Gairloch with the kiddies drowning. Hope they find the father of the boys soon. The sea will always have its way, and does so. My sympathy to the bereaved relatives .
    The eggs look bonnie, hope the swine herd does not check the positions….! x

    Comment by SOTW — August 27, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  3. Hi Paul,

    Has anyone told the Hens about the ‘Best before’ dates on their produce?

    Comment by Iain — August 28, 2012 @ 6:35 am

  4. Saw the incident on Gairloch on the news, very sad indeed and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family’s and friends. Also thoughts and prayers to the rescue teams who where involved.
    Bit of an expensive Kayaking trip for the group in the Torneo, someone should have told then that they don’t float, although I did see Le Salvager managed to make a boat out of the roof of one, perhaps they where trying the same thing!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — August 28, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  5. Nice spot of parking. What’s the betting that Mr. Ford’s best is a hire vehicle? The incident with the children shows how vulnerable we are as the human race. The last such incident I was involved in running, was the disappearance of two children washed away off Holme next the Sea beach in Norfolk in 1996. They had been on holiday about three hours, and were found days later exactly as HM Coastguard predicted. If that wasn’t enough another little boy went off Brancaster beach, which is just slightly further East only a very short time after. The sea, as you will know more than many, has to be respected.

    Comment by Richard — August 28, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    • It is owned by who do roughty toughty outdoorsy activity holidays. Remind me not to book a holiday with them!

      Comment by Phil Cook — August 28, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      • It is owned by who do roughty toughty outdoorsy activity holidays. Remind me not to book a holiday with them!

        Why not??? they provide great light entertainment when the weather is too rough to kayak and sent another new van over on the next ferry, pretty good service I would say 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 28, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

      • We have to put our hands up, it was our van. Fortunately no one was in the van at the time and thankfully we had a great team of guides and office staff working tirelessly for a quick solution. We still don’t know the full details of what caused it but we are investigating.

        Thanks go to Morar Motors, who we can highly recommend should you need to get out of a sticky situation.

        Comment by Wilderness Scotland (@TeamWilderness) — August 29, 2012 @ 11:42 am

      • Hi Wilderness, yup, ‘***t happens’ as they say, done worse myself, no one was hurt and it was all handled very professionally by yourselves and Morar Motors 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 30, 2012 @ 7:38 am

      • Yes sometimes it’s the way the cookie crumbles. It does have the effect of creating a few red faces 🙂

        Comment by Wilderness Scotland (@TeamWilderness) — September 3, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  6. Perhaps they mistook the “Kelpie” for the ferry.Fancy waking up to that! But,as you said Paul,it is only a damaged vehicle and can be repaired, unlike the canoe tragedy further north.Our sympathies to the bereaved.

    Comment by Andy — August 28, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    • Good business for the ferry…the rescue vehicle and a replacement vehicle for the campers..every cloud has a silver lining !

      Comment by SOTW — August 28, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  7. Good to see your family egg empire growing Paul . 🙂 Its also good to see “jobs” being created on the island if you know what i mean and as fresh an egg as you can get. I hope when Raasay House finally opens they will choose your eggs 🙂 Its also great to see the primary school designed the packaging . nice one 🙂

    Comment by jay mitchell — August 28, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    • to do that, I think the flock of hens would have to increase a lot

      Comment by cazinatutu — August 28, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      • yes these things take time 🙂 theres nothing better than local eggs free range they taste great 🙂

        Comment by jay mitchell — August 28, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    • Morning Jay, didn’t the kids just do a fantastic job 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 29, 2012 @ 7:36 am

  8. a tragic accident indeed, it’s bad enough to lose one member of a family never mind three. my heart goes out to them. i see also on the news that on the other side of the country there had been a sad loss of two folk riding a trike on the A9, a truly bad day all round.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — August 28, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  9. Hi Paul wetting myself at the van in beside the kelpie, can only imagine the look on the faces of them when they found their van wanting to go for a swim 🙂

    Comment by jimmy mcmillan — August 31, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    • can only imagine the look on the faces of them when they found their van wanting to go for a swim

      I believe blind panic was the expression and ‘where’s my P45’ the thought 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 1, 2012 @ 5:57 am

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