Life at the end of the road

March 7, 2013

Tarbert in slippers :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:01 pm

Whacked am I, despite finishing work early and being comfortably tied up in Tarbert Harris for a couple of hours or more. It has been a very busy and interesting week aboard the MV Finlaggan and ‘one more sleep’ will see me back home with the family once more Smile Today was another early start on muesli followed by a good three hours or more of checking yet more emergency lighting and then an afternoon of ‘purifying’ Smile However, I must have walked miles today and climbed several Munro’s and Corbett’s   worth of stairs so I’m going to bed early and just leaving you with the days pictures.

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Four thousand horsepower burbling away at 750rpm this morning Smile




Approaching Uig



Looking longingly at my ‘escape pod’ Smile


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Gogar Logistics Volvo from Alloa and ND Macaskill’s Volvo fro South Uist, over 200 miles apart but it looks like they came from the same dealer judging by the registration numbers Smile PX08BVF and PX08CYO, what an ‘anorak’ Sad smile



That lighthouse off that headland near Uig who’s name I forget Smile I really must get a chart Smile OK, I was only kidding it’s Vaternish light on Waternish Point Smile



My berth for the night Smile



The MV Finlaggan by Panasonic DMC FZ48 and UGG slippers Smile They really are so comfortable that I couldn’t face taking them off to go and take the picture Smile


  1. Nice Clean Motor : ) I am off ship next week ( Dsv Havila Subsea) if you would like a volunteer to do your centrifuge filters!! I used to love doing them!!

    Comment by v8mbo — March 7, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Re Finlaggan. It was a couple of weeks ago. Can’t remember where..mentioned the boat in dry dock now to go on Ullapool route until that boat is dry docked. Maybe one of your readers can help with my memory lapse as to why it seemed the Finlaggan was to remain on Uig run for the foreseeable.

    Comment by SOTW — March 7, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

    • Should have said it was a shorter but a more in depth report than the article in W.H.F.P. 15/2/13 pp17. At any rate probably best to ignore it as newspaper reports can be less than accurate !

      Comment by SOTW — March 8, 2013 @ 12:01 am

  3. I was hoping to glimpse a photo of bunny slippers.

    Comment by drgeo — March 8, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

  4. Is that the engine injector system in the 1st photo? Must have pistons the size of oil barrels?

    Comment by Andy — March 8, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    • Is that the engine injector system in the 1st photo? Must have pistons the size of oil barrels?

      Not quite an ‘oil barrel’ Andy, 320mm in diameter, not sure of the stroke right enough.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  5. Not being Scottish, why is the name of the ship spelled differently in the last picture? Seems such a contrast, the beautiful modern ship and your home, I would prefer the wilds and pigs and quiet. Not so much the potholed road 🙂 Cheers!

    Comment by Kate — March 8, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    • Hi Kate and welcome aboard, that will be the Gaelic spelling, all the CalMac vessels also have the Gaelic spelling of their name on the side.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 8, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  6. Paul,
    After a week on rabbit food for breakfast I hope you are going to enjoy a ‘fat boys breakfast’ with a little magic from Stornaway as your second breakfast today. Good spot re the two different spellings.
    How many of the last two litters do you still have on the croft? I know you got rid of some before one of your trips south (unfortunately no room for any yet………………).

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — March 9, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    • That’s me just arrived once more at ‘The Clifton’ Michael and ordered my kippers for breakfast 🙂 Only four ‘wee darlings’ on the croft now but all those are spoken for.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 10, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

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