Life at the end of the road

October 2, 2012

South Shields to South Arnish

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:18 am

Well I’ll not be doing that again in a hurry, rushing home that is, much as it was fantastic to see wife, child, wee dug and of course,


the School ‘Coffee Day’.

Of course it would have been impossible in the ‘Old Girl’ but upon discovering Friday was a ‘half day’ a couple of the crew decided to head home for the weekend and I gladly agreed to tag along.

Forgive me it’s now Monday evening and I may have lost the thread a little, but after witnessing a sunrise that you can only witness in the east,


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I tootled off to the very nice clean and warm shower block at ‘Sandhaven caravan park’ where I’m staying. At £25 a night it should be frigging nice, it should have gold plated taps and a Jacuzzi Smile


still, like the college itself, it has a certain charm and I’m getting used to it.

Anyway after the ablutions, bran flakes and six rashers of bacon I headed for the college with a raging thirst Sad smile I know, I know, six rashers is a little OTT but there’s no fridge in the old ‘Thompson Glenelg’ and I didnae want to see them go to waste. I’ve actually not been eating anything like as much as I normally do and trying to keep fit, the four ‘Pot Noodles’ still being unopened Smile  However surrounded by all this cheap cuisine from around the world it’s not easy Smile I believe there are twenty Indian restaurants on Ocean Road and I walk past them daily Sad smile 


The morning ‘workshop’ with the ‘Hairy Bikers’ flew by, especially as we skipped tea break in favour of an early exit, and before I knew it I was ensconced in the back of something twenty two years newer than my own steed, twice as fast and half as thirsty.


Less than a week had elapsed since the ‘Old girl’ and I had driven through Glencoe but already an autumnal hue had descended down the hills.


The spectacular sunrise in South Shields was not, I’m afraid followed by a glorious western sunset at South Arnish, I was too late for that


but there was a bonny full moon rising over Brochel castle.

Seven hours and over 360 miles later we were at Sconser and by 19:45 I was home with ‘wife, child and two wee dugs’, we seemed to have acquired another one in my absence Sad smile Ruby the darling five year old spaniel was needing a new home and it had been left to us to find one. Not that that is going to be a problem because she’s a great nature, if not a little excitable at times, all this dug needs is love and exercise. Though Molly hates her, or should I say used to, for now she is at least letting her in the house, for the best part of a week Ruby was shivering in fear in the porch as Molly would not let her through the door Sad smile 


The first job on Saturday after putting all the bins out feeding the herd and checking hydro turbines was to head south to the ‘event of the year’


This year amongst the many treats on offer was archery


and of course that great favourite



‘THE RAASAY DIGGER CHALLANGE’ Smile with Hugh Mackay Plant’s 3ton Hitachi, I wonder if we’ll ever see the 13ton ‘digger challenge’ Smile



Of course the first thing I did was head to the cafe to see what the chilli was like Smile that was of course after a bowl of ‘Collie Mackenzie’ soup made by the children.


The recipe of which can be found in their very own cookbook which can be bought from the school



I think it was £5 and worth every penny, if anyone is interested leave me a message on here and I’ll find out the details and see if I can arrange postage. Though don’t hold your breath, I’m a long way from Raasay Sad smile

Anyway it was a fantastic day and even the low turnout did not prevent the school passing the £2000 mark yet again!!!!!!! The turnout being down on previous years pure and simply because many folk were sadly away from the island. Still £2k from a school with a roll of well below 30 is pretty amazing, especially when such figures are achieved consistently.

Sorry gotta dash it’s 8:15 and I need to go to college, it was a long couple of days and I was in my bed last night at 18:45 with a splitting headache that is now just reduced to an ordinary one. The sun is shining here and I’m off to college Sad smile



  1. Hi Paul

    Glad you managed to get back – I did wonder if you could, and if your LR was up to it. Another good outcome for the coffee morning! I’d love the recipe book so will try to pick one up on the next visit. I have been in rural Perthshire for a week without a laptop or a mobile signal so have caught up with your South Shields adventures on return – all sounds very different from life on the croft. At least you seemed to miss the worst of the weather last week. It wasn’t bad at all in Comrie (well, outside Comrie), just very windy (trees blown down on the Crieff-Comrie road) with an annoying but not excessive amount of rain.

    Make sure those pot noodles aren’t out of date….



    Comment by Sue — October 2, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    • No chance whatsoever of heading home in the Landy Sue, too long, too thirsty and too risky 🙂 I hitched a lift.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  2. Hello
    Eastern sunrises may be awesome but they never have the majestic hues of a west coast sunset. Why are sunsets so magical, when the real magic is the dawning of a new day ?
    Great you were at TEOTR. I too must get a copy of the cookbook. All the best with your studies.

    Comment by SOTW — October 2, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    • Aye you’re right She, nothing like a West Coast sunset 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 10:39 am


    I was getting woried, your post being a tadd overdue, thoughts turn to wether an unoficial raiding party had twoc’d your laptop. The journey home looks a bit epic, the deisel bill would kill me.
    Regards, steve.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — October 2, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    • Hi Steve, just been too whacked to post, and yes at £105 each way in the Old Girl she’ll be staying put 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      • ouch!!!

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — October 2, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  4. Hi Paul
    Sunsets are best, it’s easy to be up at that time, and you can have a whisky with it. Your workbench reminds me of mine, though I’ve never considered a chicken, does it act as a lightweight clamp?
    I tried the journey from West Lothian to Skye in a (Carawagon) LandRover once. That was enough.
    Keep on with the studies, I can see why ‘The Prisoner’ sprang to mind, it must be like a prison sentence, but with no free food, fewer privileges and no pocket money. I went to boarding school in the ’60s, somewhat similar but you don’t get out for weekends. Hope your eventual escape is less weird than Patrick McG’s.

    Comment by Jim Hewlett — October 2, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    • Hi Jim, as SOTW pointed out, I think that hen hen was looking for the WD40 🙂 🙂 🙂 No sooner do I escape from here than I’m incarcerated in Rotterdam then back down here again in January for six weeks 😦 😦 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 2, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  5. Hey Paul you should of let me know you were coming down this way i would of put ya up and saved you some pennies! If ya down again just pop me a line your more than welcome, wifey too if she fancies a wee hol 🙂

    Comment by louforyou — October 2, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    • Cheers for the offer Lou but I don’t think I could cope with the inevitable party 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 3, 2012 @ 6:49 am

      • Ha ha ha age has set in now Paul I’m left with some fabulous memories of my party days but opt for a bit of a quieter life now! believe it or not I’m the grand old age of 33 now a far cry from the 18 yr old party girl back on raasay it all seems like a million years ago. . . a bottle of wine and good company is my poison these days ha ha 🙂

        Comment by louforyou — October 3, 2012 @ 10:48 am

  6. Ha ha ha my party days are well behind me now Paul I’m the grand old age he 33 now cc far cry from thee 18 yr old party girl on raasay, these days i opt for a bottle of wine good company and my cozy bed at a reasonable time ha ha ha! the sad thing is its true lol x x

    Comment by louforyou — October 3, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    • I thought the first message hadn’t sent! oh well it just backs up the old age thing apparently i repeat my self too lol 🙂

      Comment by louforyou — October 3, 2012 @ 10:56 am

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