Life at the end of the road

December 8, 2012

Farewell to the mountains :-(

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:36 pm

I’m sure that Holland is an interesting place, steeped as it is in maritime history, after all it is where the VOC came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_East_India_Company Wiki reckons that the ‘Dutch East India Company’ or VOC was the the first truly ‘mega corporation’ or ‘multinational’ but personally I reckon that was the church Smile Either way the Dutch like ourselves are a true nation of seafarers and I should be glad to be going there on a freebie from my employer, but I’ve scarcely spent more than a couple of days with ‘wife child and dog’ all at the same time since September so I’m not ‘enthused’. Especially since I had to get a passport specially and have difficulty catching a bus, let alone an aeroplane Smile 

Anyway, after a sleepless night of sneezing, coughing and wheezing that seemed to improve around three AM as the whisky took effect I got up at seven AM and had a bath. After which I spent a could few hours in a flap packing my bag and generally getting worked up about the whole ‘foreign trip’. I fed the pigs, collected eggs, turned off one of the hydro turbines and tried to ascertain if I could take a pressurised container of shaving cream on a flight and all before breakfast.

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Ellie had made her first trip out of the arc in a couple of days and all her piglets were thriving, Jamie Lea was much the same and managed to get through the night without squashing any Smile

 

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With all the animals sorted, eggs collected and breakfast eaten I turned my attention to the ‘Old Girl’, filling her with water and oil before heading for the 12:15 from Raasay.

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The weather was carp and I began my 200 mile trip in rain and mist Sad smile

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However it improved slightly on the mainland once past Balmacara

 

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and I stopped above Loch Loyne

 

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to take some medicine

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and ‘phone home’.  I dunno if this bizarre collection of stones above Loch Loyne has anything to do with the mysterious death of Willie MacRae  in 1985 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_MacRae but it’s in the general area. A staunch nationalist and controversial figure Willie was found dead in his Volvo by two Australian tourists some hours after his murder/suicide, with about as many conspiracy theories as the killing of JFK we’ll probably never know. However it certainly makes interesting reading, if not just for the incompetence Smile     http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/the-death-of-willie-macrae-1.688252 you really could not make this stuff up Smile Gay, alcoholic, MI5, UKEA, and a hundred other theories it makes fascinating reading, but now it’s after 22:30 and I’ve got to go to bed Smile 

Meanwhile back at Hallaig Smile

But before I go and ‘hot off the press’

Hallaig painted

 

the MV Hallaig, our new hybrid ferry almost ready for launch on the 17th Smile

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