Life at the end of the road

November 8, 2012

Wish me luck :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, South Shields — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:02 pm

In fact, wish us all luck, for it’s our first examination tomorrow, hence the lack of activity on the ‘blogging front’ as I’ve been buried in my notes and books for the last three days Sad smile


Week number seven of my sentence is drawing to a close and we’re about to be assessed by some MCA approved examiners on our progress so far as ‘navigational watch ratings’ Smile 

Anyway I’ve sorted out my ‘cow hitches’ from ‘clove hitches’, ‘sheet bends’ from ‘sheep shanks’, ‘stoppers’ from ‘stays’ and ‘gripes’ from ‘gantlines’ so I should be fine Smile

It’s been a lovely day down here in South Shields,


with a nice sunrise



in ‘the village’ and a pleasant walk into college.



HMS Severn being just moored outside the breakwater,

File:Korvette Severn P282 7946.jpg

I know, it’s a rubbish post but it’s just struck 23:00 and I need my bed Smile



  1. Good luck for tomorrow. You’ll be great!

    Comment by Ian — November 8, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  2. GOOD LUCK! Knot that you’ll need it. LOL

    Comment by Phil — November 8, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  3. Good luck with your exams.

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — November 9, 2012 @ 12:42 am

  4. Good morning Paul, good luck with the exams.

    Comment by mi — November 9, 2012 @ 2:20 am

  5. All the best, am sure the blog can wait to be resumed with gusto on 23rd :-).

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — November 9, 2012 @ 5:44 am

  6. Hi Paul, yhe very best of luck in your exams and a speedy return home.

    Comment by Robert Findlay — November 9, 2012 @ 7:55 am

  7. Good luck with the exam and you’ll be home before you know it!

    Comment by Gareth — November 9, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  8. Good luck Paul … and I’m sure you’ll make an excellent navigational watch rating (hehe)

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 9, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  9. Good luck with your exams.

    Comment by Brenda Menzies — November 9, 2012 @ 10:21 am

  10. Hope it goes well for you all!

    Comment by may cruickshank — November 9, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  11. I expect you to be top of the class Paul, good luck

    Comment by Simon — November 9, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  12. So after a sleepless night, butterflies in your stomach, doubt about some of the answers you think you have to remember for the questions you anticipate will be asked and then the relief after the exam, and why did you doubt yourself. How did you get on.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — November 9, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  13. Good luck with exams hope all goes well.

    Comment by mimi — November 9, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  14. That’l be it passed then? home straight now. Hellish squalls today and lightning, bet your even missing those!!! 🙂 You will soon be home now. Are you going to take a big shop back with you? all those things we can’t get in Portree Co-op and everything so much cheaper too.

    Comment by finniedog — November 9, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    • Cheers, Carole, Mimi, Walter, Simon, May, and all,

      exams are funny things, I got a little flustered and for a while had a mental block when rigging the ‘stage’, (something I’d been doing great all week) but ended up with an A- which I was well chuffed with. One chap who’d been responsible for teaching half of the class to splice multiplat rope, does all our own mooring ropes on the Striven with his eyes shut, made a ‘pigs ear’ of his first attempt in the test. Me too had been doing a ‘west country stopper’ correctly all week and made a mess of the one in the exam. Still, it’s all over now and I can at last enjoy a ‘Low flier’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 9, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

      • It calls for a bottle of Red when you get home, all to yourself. Glad you all done well.

        Comment by Polite Scouser — November 9, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

      • Cheers Walter, a fine red, candles, flowers and a home cooked meal, probably with an Arnish egg and pork, methinks perhaps pork loin in egg and breadcrumbs and a bone for Molly 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  15. Glad it’s going OK so far Paul.

    Comment by Stewart Mungin — November 10, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    • Thanks Stewart, only 13 more days to go 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  16. A levels, eh? I’ll drink to that!

    Comment by drgeo — November 10, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    • I am drinking to it right now Dr G 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 10, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

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