Life at the end of the road

March 10, 2013

Down ‘sowf’ again :-(

Filed under: Croft house for sale, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, South Shields, The daily pothole — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:47 pm

I never really got finished yesterday, which was a shame because I’d lots to prattle on about and I always make a better job of it when it’s fresh in the old head. To be honest one of the major reasons for me keeping this up for so many years is the fact that my memory is so bad. However, I’ll try, with the help of my photos to cast my addled brain back twenty four hours Smile

Saturday 9th March

Well, to be honest I didn’t actually get a great deal done, other than cutting some wood, filling up the oil tank and a spot more fencing and painting. However, despite the chilly blast of wind from the north east it really did have a spring like feel about the day.

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The ‘green shoots of recovery’ were starting to appear in our garden, though there’s no sign of the ones that Baroness Vadera saw in 2009 Smile



Seriously, our hawthorn is thriving, even with FIVE yes FIVE bullfinches munching their tender buds.


Just look at the fat little beggar Smile there he was with five of his mates decimating what would have been our mayflower Smile I just cannot believe there were so many, I’ve only ever seen two or three here in twenty four years and then a whole squadron turn up in March.


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Not only was it the hawthorn, daffs, snow drops and grass that was growing, even our larch tree had decided to sprout a few leaves.

And that really was just about all I achieved on the ‘crofting’ front, being a little despondent at having to leave home once more and with the forecast being so good. Anyway, as mentioned yesterday I did manage to have a good read of the community news letter produced by Joan and Lloyd.



As a buyer has not yet been found for the ‘lifeline’ shop the community are to have a go at operating it.



Thanks in no small part to a grant of £28,250 from the though it will still need a lot more than that to get it up and running. So here’s your chance to buy shares in the community shop.



Probably best to speak to Lloyd or Joan first on 01478 660 358

Mothers Day

This morning I sprung out of bed at 6:30 am thinking it was Monday and I was late for work, however, once the ‘dust had settled’ I came to and realised my error, my heart slowed down, I let the dog out and went back to bed for an hour Smile Normally I’d have made the most of the bonny day and got on with something but I’m on a bit of a ‘downer’ at the moment Sad smile


Eventually I did get up and went out to feed the herd, realising, as soon as I stepped outside my cosy house why it is that I hate leaving it.


Why would anyone choose to live in a town ????? Two stags and three hinds busy grazing away


and if you look carefully one has got a great tit on its nose Smile priceless Smile

All too soon however it was time to head sowf in the ‘Old girl’ down Raasay’s crumbling infrastructure.

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New harbours, hybrid ferries, returned shooting rights  and Georgian mansions refurbished are all good ‘PR’ repairing the despicable roads  isn’t but I bet there isn’t a single person on Raasay that would rather be able to drive safely than ‘any of the above’ Sad smile



At last I managed to see the progress of the new ‘Heritage Centre’


which is incorporated into the ‘Old Mill’ a history of which can be found in Rebecca MacKay’s excellent wee book.

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Once on the MV Loch Striven at 10:00am bound for Sconser, I was once more reminded of why I love living here so much.

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The photograph is carp and reality much better but it was a young otter swimming across the Sconser narrows, taken from the bridge of a moving ship at 24x zoom it’s a miracle that I even managed to catch it at all Smile

Back doon the road


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What can I say, it was carp Sad smile snow after Dalwhinnie  on the A9 and some clown in a truck shedding several hundred meters of tape on the road



whilst towing it behind him at 60mph Sad smile 

Still, I arrived at the Clifton in one piece and Dave showed me up to my room.

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Room number 8, which looked vaguely familiar Smile




  1. Absolutely priceless what a cracking photo…much better than a what ever sitting on a somethings back.. class.

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — March 10, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    • I have to say Steve, that deer was being very good considering it had a tit on its nose 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 11, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    • As soon as I see one on Ocean road I’ll have a go DrG 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 11, 2013 @ 6:54 am

  2. Perhaps in your spare time you can teach the deer of South Shields how to balance a bird on their nose.

    Comment by drgeo — March 11, 2013 @ 12:00 am

  3. back in the toon again Paul, you’ll be picking up the accent at this rate, have to try and buy that that pint this time to sir..
    see your brought some snow with you

    Comment by mike — March 11, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    • It’s your last chance Mike, with a little luck I’ll never be back again 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 11, 2013 @ 6:55 am

  4. Paul,
    You may be a tad glum & if it is because you are away from your chunk of paradise it is but for a short time only. Think of the rest of us Lemmings that live here permanently (escape plan in progress though) 🙂
    The fact is you will be home before I am up in May & with the pictures you posted above you know how fortunate you are.
    Excellent news about The Princes Countryside Trust, watched Countryfile last night, need more folk with his vision.
    Enjoy the smoke, how long are you south for?


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — March 11, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  5. Yeh, I recognise that bit of road full of potholes, but what a tease you are! you should have filmed a bit further on and given us a shot of the YH. Must get round to writing to someone in Edinburgh about the state of the roads on Raasay. May well part with some of my cash in exchange for Raasay shop shares!

    Comment by Frances — March 11, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

  6. Difficult to see the road for the potholes in the vid.Great pics of the deer.Was the stag giving you the “bird”? Does GDD talk to the animals? 🙂

    Comment by Andy — March 11, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

  7. Looks like a nice cabin. Not as nice as home though, I know. Lets hope it’s the last one. Love the pic of the stag.

    Comment by Lloyd — March 11, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  8. Great pictures yes you are so lucky to have all the wildlife around you, that is why we return to Skye time and time again. I love reading your blog. I also love living in Cumbria with all the sheep, cows, green fields, fells, lakes and mountains. –
    Cumbria where men are men and sheep are nervous !!!!

    Comment by fraoch16 — May 8, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

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