Life at the end of the road

January 13, 2013

The triangle

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:15 pm

Well not only have I acquired a TV in my cabin, but I’m actually on the internet too now, though quite how long that will last i don’t know. It’s only a very weak signal but far cosier than the ‘Quiet Lounge’ that is my usual ‘internet hotspot’. In all honesty I’ve been up there for an hour or so already trying to catch up on emails and house stuff and was going to call it a day, it has been a very long day. Mainly on account of me getting up an hour early because I thought we sailed at eight and not nine from Tarbert on Harris Smile Well it is my first Sunday on the boat Smile

Anyway Sunday is a shorter day (usually) and the only day that the boat does that proper ‘Uig triangle’ of Tarbert, Lochmaddy, Uig, Lochmaddy and back to Tarbert. Nothing against Lochmaddy but I prefer Tarbert for its strength of internet and phone signal Smile



This will be the Scalpay bridge connecting Scalpay to mainland Harris taken as we headed out from Tarbert this morning. At one time the crossing was serviced by a CalMac island class ferry like the one that served Raasay for many years but in 1997 the long awaited for bridge arrived at last.


Next stop, just over one and a half hours later was Lochmaddy at the north eastern end of North Uist where we seemed to acquire quite a lot of cargo.


There would be many a tractor enthusiast getting excited with the contents of this truck, hopefully they’d be destined for ‘spares or repair’ rather than scrap to India or China to make bean tins Smile



I also managed to get a look around and squint in the back of Sutherland Fish and Game’s Scania with its cargo destined for the continent.

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Lovely large brown crab that were getting a change of seawater courtesy of our fire pump Smile I also managed to catch up with the driver whom I’d not seen in at least twelve years probably more.




Over an hour in Uig meant that I actually walked off the boat for five minutes to stand on Skye Smile but eventually we set sail once more for Lochmaddy.



Past the Ascrib islands and into The Minch.



This will be the South Uist (perhaps) as we head towards Lochmaddy



and this will be somewhere similar an hour or so later as we head out of Lochmaddy and I go for my steak Smile



Can you believe, I actually get paid for this Smile

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