Life at the end of the road

April 2, 2013

Three flies!!!!!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:47 pm

Home at last, and back to spring after my brief taste of winter in Kintyre, not only did I arrive back on Raasay to a veritable heatwave with folk ‘sunbathing’ !!!! but I found three flies in the kitchen.

After the trip from Uig to Kennacraig and an overnight stay I arose early, helped with the ‘start up’ then ‘signed off’ just as CalMac’s most elderly and well travelled vessel arrived in port.

 

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Built in 1983 at Ferguson’s she’s the oldest of the major vessels in service http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Isle_of_Arran The Saturn is older but is no  longer in service, as are some of the ‘small ferries fleet’ but this elegant lady is the most senior of the ‘big ships’ and has probably covered more routes than any of the other major vessels in her long career.

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So here they both are together at Kennacraig, CalMac’s newest and oldest major vessels Smile

 

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Much as I was looking forward to going home, there was a little part of me that was sad not to have set foot on Islay once more and then sailed down to ‘The Garvel’ http://www.forth-group.co.uk/gc.html for the annual ‘dry docking’.

 

Garvel Clyde Ltd.

The only thing that stopped me was the fact that you don’t qualify for ‘sea time’ in dry dock, and as that was the only reason for being aboard a major vessel in the first place then it would have been pointless. Well that and the fact that my windows are coming tomorrow Smile

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The long journey home

Sometime after 9:00am I set off on the 200 mile journey home, something that I should have done easily in five hours but it took me that long just to get to my parents some 50 miles nearer. I can’t even blame it on the traffic, for although there was plenty of it, it was all heading south, no, I’m just a carp driver and keep getting distracted along the way, stopping regularly to let traffic by and admire the view.

 

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It wasn’t until I stopped in Fort William to buy milk, which turned into £27 worth of shopping and a bunch of flowers for the wife, that I realised it was 13:00 and the 15:00 ferry to Raasay was just a ‘pipe dream’. Never mind, time to visit the parents for an hour Smile an hour which turned into an overnight stay Smile A lovely meal, a walk with my dad and an early night, all the better for a fresh start at home today Smile

 

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It was Easter after all and I’ve not been for a good ‘tramp’ with the 84 year old ‘Sherpa’ for a long while, not that he remembers, or even knows who I am, but we all enjoyed it.

 

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It’s hard not to though really, imagine waking up to this every day Smile Now I can’t for the life in me remember the name of that hill but it’s the one ‘top right’ and sounds like chrysanthemum Smile 

 

Map picture

 

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No problem with these though, they’re the Five sisters of Kintail, complete with black dot inside camera Sad smile

 

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Not long after our five mile ‘walk’ I got up to do something and my pop chirps up “are we taking the dogs out” Smile me I was shattered and he’d already forgotten he’d been out. He may be suffering from dementia but at 84 he’s still got ‘the heart and lungs of a Sherpa’, as he keeps reminding me Smile

An early rise today had the pair of us out once more for a shorter hike through the indigenous trees of Glenshiel ,

 

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with him and the two dogs in front as usual Smile

 

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A couple of hours later I was at Sconser

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then onto the ‘Striven’

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past two kinds of divers, clam divers in a boat and a shag on the slip Smile

 

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Not to mention this fisherman that George Rankine photographed yesterday by the picnic table near the old pier Smile

Anyway, by 11:30 I was ‘home at last’, chasing hens out of the garden and watering pigs because of our miniature drought Smile

 

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We really are fortunate having such a laid back boar as Rocky Smile any ‘normal’ hormone fuelled male pig would take chunks out of a wee boar trying to hump him Smile

After that I spent the afternoon pottering about with the quads,

 

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adjusting the track on the Honda TRX350 and doing an oil change on the Yamaha

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and of course making old acquaintances Smile My friend must be due to shed that fine pair of antlers shortly, so I’d better keep an eye on him.

 

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That was it really, I fed the pigs, ate some free range pork for dinner, finished off servicing the Yamaha, watched the sun go down

 

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and ‘called it a day’.

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25 Comments »

  1. Hi Paul
    Glad you’re home safe and sound. We just left Raasay yesterday after an all too short visit 😦 I don’t think I’ve ever seen the island so dry – and I don’t just mean the lack of somewhere to get a pint or even a glass of wine!

    Comment by Derek — April 2, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    • Hi Derek, I’m sure the next time you visit it won’t be quite so dry 🙂 either way 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 3, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

  2. Glad you are back home, the weather seems amazing! Still very cold here with snow covering the Pentlands but not a lot else. I see you have a bit of dust or something in camera? I have had to take mine on two occasions to a camera shop for a sensor clean but not sure if yours is the same sort. It did the trick but was annoying to have to pay £36 each time nevertheless! Not half as annoying as finding a black mark on photos though!

    Comment by may cruickshank — April 2, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    • Hi May, I awoke this morning to find my black dot had vanished 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 3, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

      • lucky you! my camera has a dust shaker function (which didn’t clear the problem) – maybe yours has a secret spot remover!

        Comment by may cruickshank — April 3, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  3. Paul your blog remains as interesting as ever. Why on Earth don’t you publish it as a book?

    Comment by Lloyd — April 2, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    • I’ll write a book once I retire Lloyd 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 3, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  4. Your black dot is not on every photo, only when there is a blue sky? Would a lens cloth and some compressed air solve it?

    Comment by drgeo — April 2, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  5. glad to see you made it home, and brought the sunshine with you, house the house going? all the best

    Comment by mike — April 2, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

  6. Clearly it’s true – it’s God’s own country. Fabulous photos as usual, Paul. Is that you done with your travels or will it be back to the triangle after your break? Anne

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — April 2, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

  7. Paul, Nice to see you back in the groove, you sure that’s just a black spot in th camera, UFO more like!!

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — April 2, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  8. Paul, I think you can see the Chrysanthemum (Sgùrr nan Ceathramhnan) in that picture (peeking out a little to the left of the black dot behind A Ghlas Bheinn) but it mostly features the western end of Beinn Fhada.

    Comment by Phil Cook — April 3, 2013 @ 12:32 am

  9. Fantastic pics and blog mate, its a fine life you have there, hows the house coming on? I wish i was not a city kid as its looks fantastic way to live!

    Comment by v8mbo — April 3, 2013 @ 7:19 am

  10. Paul, I fully agree with Lloyd, a book … or several, would be a best seller!
    What with the doings on the croft, the ferry, wildlife and incredible scenery, power generation etc etc … something for everyone!
    Your mini drought is having some serious repercussions for some as the muirburn is getting out of control in some parts, what a shame estate owners dont follow the practise of Jean Pain and harvest the scrub to put to good use!
    Compliments too to George Rankine for that great shot of the otter!
    ATB!

    Comment by caadfael — April 3, 2013 @ 7:51 am

  11. Paul, the picture of the pigs made me laugh out loud. Some lovely pics as usual of the hills. Frances G

    Comment by Frances G — April 3, 2013 @ 8:27 am

  12. Fantastic shots , and I much appreciated the shot of the otter. I do agree with you that the drive from Lochgilphead to Fort William must be one of the most scenic in the world and can’t blame you for taking your time.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — April 3, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    • Morning Nigel, George certainly does take some fine wildlife pictures.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 4, 2013 @ 6:15 am

  13. OOps! Forgot to add a link …
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/80211073/The-Methods-of-Jean-Pain
    🙂

    Comment by caadfael — April 3, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    • Interesting link Mike, I have seen some of the stuff before but not insomuch detail.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 4, 2013 @ 6:10 am

  14. Paul,

    the picture of the Isle of Arran is a cracker. Just goes to show what difference an extra bit of height for the photographers vantage point makes.

    Comment by Stewart Mungin — April 3, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    • Morning Stewart and thanks, she does look lovely doesn’t she 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 4, 2013 @ 6:09 am

  15. I am glad after a long while having visited your blog again. Not the ‘Five Sisters’, nor the ‘fisherman’, nor the wee horny boar, nor the ‘old acquaintance’, let alone the ferry boats let me decide to at least leave a short com(pli)ment, though, but the words you found for the hours you spent with your pop and the portrait you took. Thank you for sharing. I do still feel deeply touched.
    The peace of the night.

    Comment by Sean J. — April 7, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    • I am glad after a long while having visited your blog again. Not the ‘Five Sisters’, nor the ‘fisherman’, nor the wee horny boar, nor the ‘old acquaintance’, let alone the ferry boats let me decide to at least leave a short com(pli)ment, though, but the words you found for the hours you spent with your pop and the portrait you took. Thank you for sharing. I do still feel deeply touched.
      The peace of the night

      Thanks Sean

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    • Hi Jimbo??? that’s in Greek 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 8, 2013 @ 9:18 am


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