Life at the end of the road

March 26, 2013

Something of a contrast

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:28 pm

Well this has to be a new location for posting, and one I’m unlikely to repeat,


the Portree medical practice Smile 

Not only that but I’ve already been from Raasay to Skye, from Skye to North Uist and back to Portree Smile It’s been a busy day so far and it’s not even 16:00. Sun pouring, well perhaps not sun, but certainly bright light through the bedroom window had me up before the 6:15 alarm and finishing off packing for my trip to Islay. Just like a holiday some thirty years ago I was getting excited about going to Islay for Easter on a Cal Mac ferry. Maybe excited is too strong a word but I was certainly looking forward to sailing down there on the MV Finlaggan and it beats the carp out of South Shields Smile

Funny where life takes you really, in a previous incarnation I’d have been counting the days to Easter and a long weekend of diving wrecks on some Scottish Isle. Now I’m a wreck myself and work for the same company that carried me and all my paraphernalia to the wild and remote places I love. Not only that but I get paid for it Smile

Anyways, I left the house this morning for my first ‘commute’ in over a fortnight that didn’t involve traffic lights Smile No, this morning it was ‘back to reality’ my reality that is.


A young stag and his companion being a far better sight than the morning traffic of South Shields Smile



The morning sun on the northern foot of Ben Tianavaig being far superior to the morning sun on the South Shields town hall Smile



A pleasant drive to Uig had me joining some more compatriots from Raasay on the Finlaggan,  some extra crew however meant that I’d been kicked out of my cabin Sad smile 


Though when I saw my new home with a porthole I wasn’t complaining, sadly it’s only temporary Sad smile



There was after all a little snow on North Uist, if you look very carefully you can see it Smile



However it was nothing like what some parts of the country were still being subjected to, as far as I know much of Arran is still without power and the news showed some serious stuff in Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cumbria Sad smile 



You wouldn’t think these pictures were taken on the same continent or at the same time!!

After a morning of helping ‘the Chief’ I ‘jumped ship’ at Uig to keep an appointment with the doc about my knee, hence the bloggin from here.

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As you can see there’s no sign of snow and the ‘pyromaniacs’ are out in force Sad smile


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Half a dozen heath fires visible in the sixteen mile drive and the fire brigade sirens audible as I type Smile



Anyway, that’s it, I have to see a lady about a knee Smile



  1. Glad to see that you are back to (more or less) normality, Paul. The north-west corner seems to be having the best of things once again. Oh well, the sun shines on the righteous!
    Anne Macdonald

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — March 26, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  2. With you on the comute thing, although i do have one set of traffic lights to pass through… The temperamental little sods seem to please themselves when to change no matter who trggers the magnetic loop in the road..

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — March 26, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  3. Mayhaps they will give you a bionic knee, which you can then supercharge and leap tall buildings at a single bound! Except Brochel Castle isn’t very tall so maybe you should just heal your knee and develop a different superpower… Like road mending? So what was making your knee hurt so long?

    Comment by Drgeo — March 27, 2013 @ 4:45 am

  4. Going by your pictures Paul it was Harris you visited and not North Uist!:)

    Comment by Seumas — March 27, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    • Going by your pictures Paul it was Harris you visited and not North Uist!:)

      Whoops Seamus, so it is 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  5. Love your photos.

    Comment by eileen1929 — March 27, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  6. Islay I remember well. Fantastic diving and camping on the beach with a silent (haha) compressor.
    Hope you got on well with the Knee Mechanic
    I’m off the crutches after 6 months and can walk 5 miles without stix and doing some cycling. But not much as it’s so cold in this Ice age
    Have built up an old Kona Explosif with tractor style tyres so hopefully won’t fall off again
    Good luck with the house and thanks for the blog

    Comment by chrisb — March 27, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    • Hi Chris, glad you’re on the mend, what happened, new knee???

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  7. Paul , hope your knee is better soon. Will the Landy be sailing with you to Islay , as I see CalMac are saying parking is restricted at Kennacraig due to snow? That is , are you sure you’re heading to Islay as I see MV Isle of Arran is on the move to Kennacraig and Hebrides is still in the wet dock at Birkenhead ?

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — March 27, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    • Hi Nigel, sanity has returned at last, the Heb is fixed, the car park clear and me heading home tomorrow 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 31, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  8. Hello Paul, I see the Hebridean Princess has slipped in to Raasay no doubt avoiding the return of the ice age further south.

    Comment by Heiskir — March 28, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  9. Good to catch up with your travels, I’ve just returned home after being snowed-in in the middle of Wales at Dolgoch Hostel! We rang the local council (Powys) and explained our predicament, and they were very good, sent out the snow blower and gritter to clear the road out and the Devil’s Staircase. We had a good time really, as half of the people expected didn’t turn up, so we had plenty of food! We could do with some of your spring like weather down here in the sowf!!

    Comment by Frances — March 28, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

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