Life at the end of the road

February 26, 2013

It really was that colour :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, The daily pothole — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:54 pm

This is going to be a lightning quick effort I’m afraid peeps, 19:40, we’ve just berthed at Tarbert on Harris and my eyes are killing me Sad smile Another total peach of a day here in the Minch with no sign of it coming to an end Smile if this goes on much longer we’ll be short of water Smile perhaps not for drinking but certainly for powering the house. With precious little wind ‘to boot’, it looks like Cyril could be required shortly Smile Cyril being my Lister SR2 6kW generator who’s never started ‘in anger’ since the autumn of last year. In fact, apart from the odd ‘test run’ I don’t think he’s started since September.

Anyway the day got off to a spectacular start around 7:00am when I noticed the sky through one of the TV screens in the engine control room. If it weren’t for these I really wouldn’t have a clue what was going on in the outside world. I’d already been down there for an hour assisting with the ‘start up’ when my eyes were drawn to the blood red sky astern. Not being strictly required for the continuing ‘pre flight checks’ I hot footed it up several flights of stairs to deck 4 for a nosy.


It really has not been ‘photo shopped’ or taken on the ‘creative setting’


Skye, some fifteen miles or more away lay under a crimson sky that should, according to the saying heralded a ‘sailors warning’ or was it a happy shepherd Smile I can never remember.


Sadly it was over all too quickly Sad smile



and I returned once more to the bowels of the ship.



My working day involved a little more ‘purifying’ a lot of sweeping and mopping several good meals a lot of running up and down stairs in a bid to work off some of my ‘middle aged spread’. Of course it would help if I just ate a little less but it’s so difficult to resist all the temptations laid out in the mess room. Today’s lunch was some baked salmon, potato wedges and salad, which of course came only four hours after a huge fry up and dinner at 17:00 was beef olives, mash, peas, spring rolls and cabbage. By the time I get on the Hallaig I’m going to be huge Sad smile

Coming out of Uig at 14:00 I went up to deck 5 to watch one of the FRC’s (fast rescue craft) being launched.

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It sure is a long way down to the sea Smile


Me, I was quite happy to be on the deck Smile

After another few hours ‘down below’ I poked my head up once more as we left Lochmaddy just before dinner time, now there’s a funny coincidence Smile



As we left, the trawler Rival II was just arriving


as was this catamaran called Harmony, I think.


Now this may, or may not be Trodday, I really must get a chart Smile


This will be ‘The daily pothole’, seven for the price of one Smile taken on Raasay just before the good weather and probably even deeper by now.


Map picture


Back to Kishorn

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Kindly forwarded to me by Kenny Millar, that’ll be him in the lifebelt Smile I’ll also put them on this from 2008 as it seems to get allot of ‘bear traffic’ Smile

Cheers Kenny.



  1. photos are unbelieveable!

    Comment by may cruickshank — February 26, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Hi Paul

    The red sky’s are wonderful, How do you get photos like that?

    Comment by Gaz — February 26, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  3. What a sky…… The met men could tell you the reason behind the old sayings. It’s all to do with weather fronts approaching or receeding. As we have a stalemate over the country this week, keep a weather eye out for more of the same at the top end. The Republic is getting fine weather aswell, but once past the tees river things are cloudy and grey for the rest of the unwashed..

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — February 26, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  4. Paul,
    Cracking pictures. Enjoy.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — February 27, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

  5. Wonderful pictures, with views like that it surely is worth a week away, some folks pay thousands to go to foreign climates for that sort of thing and here you are being payed to see them and getting fed luxurious food too!
    BTW any chance of a doggy bag, can’t remember the last time I had baked salmon. :/

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — February 27, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

  6. Hey Paul, if you can’t sleep and are awake in the middle of the night, why not get up on deck and look for the Northern lights!

    Comment by Frances Passey — February 27, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  7. Hi Paul
    You’ll soon be having early Sunrising and late settings, don’t you just love that on the croft. We all enjoy a magic photo especially a dawn or setting sun you have caught the moment with your photo’s keep snapping.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — February 28, 2013 @ 12:58 am

  8. Hi Paul,

    thought you may like to see this – Skye and Raasay taken from the Internation Space Station today, Wed 27th Feb! Beautiful 🙂

    Comment by Dee — February 28, 2013 @ 1:15 am

    • Lovely picture Dee 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  9. completely unrelated

    public service broadcasting are coming to skye

    Comment by thinfourth — February 28, 2013 @ 5:36 am

    • completely unrelated

      public service broadcasting are coming to skye

      Never heard of them until today mate, awesome 🙂

      It’s gone in my diary 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

      • I aways preferred this

        And you should subscribe to the tom robinson mixtape podcast from 6 music as many many gems turn up on that

        Comment by thinfourth — March 3, 2013 @ 7:36 am

      • Yup like that one too TF, and this one Though to be honest I find the original better It’s quite famous “what shall we do with the drunken commentator” 🙂

        Published on 16 Mar 2011

        After generous liquid refreshment in the Officers’ Mess of HMS Nelson, Lt.-Commander Woodrooffe attempted to describe the spectacle of the Illuminated fleet at the Royal Review, Spithead. The accompanying pictures were taken at Portland, also the scene of reviews of the great inter-war Royal Navy.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 3, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  10. Yes, that’s Trodday distinguishable by its wee lighthouse on the top. I’d forgotten about the stack at its north end and there used to be a coaster pranged hard up against the cliffs there as well. The land in the background will be the coast north of Gairloch towards Melvaig and the mountain in the background will be the north-most spur – Sail Mhor – of An Teallach by the side of Little Loch Broom almost 50 miles away!

    Comment by neilking — February 28, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    • Aye Neil,

      there used to be a coaster pranged hard up against the cliffs there as well

      it’s called the ‘Nordhuk’ and is still there, it very quickly slid into deeper water and I’ve dived on it several times.

      nationality: german
      purpose: transport
      type: cargo ship
      propulsion: motor vessel (diesel)
      date built: 1966
      live live
      weight (tons): 1359 grt
      dimensions : 74,7 x 11,9 x 5,2 m
      engine: 1 diesel engine
      speed: 13 knots
      yard no.: 546
      IMO no.: 6620175
      about the loss
      cause lost: ran aground (wrecked)
      date lost: 02/05/1976

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

  11. Great pictures,may I ask what camera you use.

    Comment by Philip Hoad — February 28, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    • Hi Phil, it’s a Panasonic DMC FZ48 and it’s ‘bombproof’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

  12. Raasay crofters get a years shooting rights extension. Great what people power can do…

    Comment by SOTW — February 28, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  13. Hooray for shooting rights extension–who was the island hero( es)? And will we hear from you again now that March has arrived and you have some units left on your interweb?

    Comment by drgeo — March 1, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    • Morning Texas 🙂

      internet seems a bit better DrG 🙂 a full 15Gb to play with now, only trouble is I’m never home to use it 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 3, 2013 @ 6:48 am

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