Life at the end of the road

February 18, 2013

A fine wall, from Donegal !!!!

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour, shed/house, stonework, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:29 pm

Well, I thought it would have been hard to beat Sunday in the ‘peachy day’ stakes but Monday licked it hands down. Hard to believe that such a day would be possible here on the west coast in February. Sure we can get plenty of sun and clear skies at this time of year but that’s usually accompanied by icy puddles, frosty morns and frozen pig troughs, not today though. No Today was probably T shirt weather on land, for it was positively balmy on the high seas with the Finlaggan’s shell plating being warm to the touch by late afternoon Smile

As is usual prior to returning to work I slept badly, my head spinning with all the stuff I have to deal with, VAT return to do, house stuff to chase, wind turbine to collect and a hundred things on the croft. However, once I was up and packed the sky was brightening and so was my mood, I even managed to raise the teenager from his bed with a smile Smile

An hour or so later we were jammed onto a full ferry and heading for Sconser, the boy to school with his weekly bag and me to the Finlaggan with mine.


Upon arrival at Sconser I stopped to admire ‘The wall from Donegal’ Smile I dunno what it is about the council but they seem to have an aversion to using local stone Sad smile You couldn’t make it up, the rock armour for our pier came from Kishorn, the stone for the waiting room from Dundee, the paving slabs from Caithness and the friggin kerb stone from China!!!! So I suppose it seems logical to bring the rock for this wall from Donegal Smile Still, wherever it came from it is a bonny bit of work and the guys were doing a fine job.




After a minor detour into Portree to barter some eggs for grit from the Golden Dawn’s creels I headed for Uig, not that that will make much sense to most folk. Thing is my mate ‘The Wellie’ had been pressure washing his prawn creels and saving me the calceous growths that are blasted off them, these ‘worm casts’ make the best of grit for the hens, helping them to grind up their food and firm up their shells.




The poor Doosan was still in the pooh at Kensaleyre Sad smile



and looked like it was likely to be there for a little longer yet.




My ‘workplace’ arrived on time



and I joined it along with a load of what looked like hydrogen peroxide that was destined for a fish farm the Uists.



A little fresher in Lochmaddy than on Skye but still a fine day for all that.



The turned out to be quite busy, both above and blow decks


and I got to see far more of the outside world than is normal for one who works down below Smile



I even managed to step ashore at Lochmaddy in the evening Smile



This will be the ex military landing craft Jodie Anne loaded up with peroxide for fish delousing and next to her the workboat Tie Venture.

Hot off the press from my ‘inbox’



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more of Angus and Donald’s fine block and woodwork on our new house Smile



  1. Is someone recieving a kick back, or is the coumcil just plain stupid…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — February 18, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  2. House coming on a treat. We’re moving into ours next week but already can’t believe how warm the house is with all the insulation in it – you’ll notice a huge difference too I’m sure. The joiners have been in shorts and t-shirts this last week here in Edinburgh – it was almost tropical at the weekend and a stunning cycle into the office this morning with Arthur’s seat glowing as the sun came up. Long may it continue!

    Comment by Alan — February 19, 2013 @ 9:00 am

  3. Yes, the house looks great. Before you know it you’ll be moving in.

    What happened to the digger? Looks too good to be left there rusting.

    Comment by Gary Sutherland — February 21, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    • Hi Gary,

      the digger was taken were it should not have ever been taken, it’s a wheeled ‘rubber duck’ and not a tracked machine. At almost 19tons that is around 4.5 tons loading on an area the size of a tennis racket 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 21, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

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