Life at the end of the road

April 16, 2013

Back on the ‘Heb’

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:52 pm

Tuesday already, Tuesday night even, for now it’s well after 21:00 and I’m just sitting down in my cosy little berth aboard the MV Hebrides. Having just had a shower after another hectic day and ‘chilling’ in my wacky trousers with a cup of tea. A bottle of red wine would be more appropriate after the last couple of days but there’ll be none of that until I reach Arnish on Friday night, boy I can’t wait Smile



I left home on Monday just after 7:00 with the boy, him for the hostel and me for the hospital for an overdue X-ray on the right knee. The knee that had me hobbling about for months having now miraculously cured itself Smile Typical, but the appointment fitted in reasonably well with heading for the ‘Heb’ and I could join her at 13:30 instead of the usual 9:30.



Just a stones throw from home we spotted the two fine stags that have been ‘in my sights’ on more than one occasion, though on this morning the pair of them were minus their antlers. You can see the dark leathery skin where they would have been just a few days ago and in another few weeks there should be an even finer set grown in their place as these beasts are in tip top condition after our exceedingly mild and storm free winter.

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This is the pair around a month ago and you can see what fine condition they’re in, with great coats and a good ‘layer of fat’, not that there’s actually much fat on venison but you know what I mean.

So somewhere very near ‘Calum’s road’ end there should be a fine set of coat hangers for someone Smile Me I’ve got ‘hunners of them’, this being a Scottish word derived from the English ‘hundreds’  but actually meaning anything more than three Smile Just something that I picked up from the wife who, even after fourteen years still surprises me with fresh phrases in Glaswegian.  The most recent one being when I phoned here from South Shields and enquired upon the speed of our internet connection, “as slow as a week in jail” she replies Smile


Back at sea



Leaving a misty North Uist.



The restless Minch.

I know, it’s pretty lame but it’s been a long couple of days and I need my bed.



  1. Love your wife’s comment about the jail – smart!!

    Comment by tobywilliam — April 16, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  2. Thats a task for the trip norf…Mrs R always wanted to find a set of antlers on one of her many trips to Arran. She never did’ this may be her chance…

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — April 16, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    • I’ll hide some on the croft for her Steve 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 17, 2013 @ 6:13 am

      • that’s a cunning plan wor lad,,

        Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — April 17, 2013 @ 7:53 am

  3. Hi Paul, I thought for a second or two you were back in the caravan!

    Comment by Phil Cook — April 16, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    • Hi Phil, in the caravan hey, those were the days, 12 weeks in the old Thomson, seems like a lifetime ago 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 17, 2013 @ 6:12 am

  4. Love your wife’s expression and the water photos. I live too far from the ocean today so any little bit cheers me up.

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — April 17, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    • Good morning Marjorie,

      I think that the furthest you can get from the sea in Scotland is only around 45 miles, Perthshire I believe or perhaps Dalwhinnie.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 17, 2013 @ 6:11 am

  5. Love your trousers

    Comment by eileen1929 — April 17, 2013 @ 7:06 am

  6. No Mistaking a offshore cabin !! nice breeks btw!

    Comment by v8mbo — April 17, 2013 @ 8:31 am

  7. Dear Barbara, Sorry to learn you are in the slammer. If your barrister claims you were driven insane by your husband, the jury is certain to release you. What flavor cake would you like the file sent in?

    Comment by drgeo — April 17, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

  8. As slow as a week in the jail – a favourite line in our house! Gallus.


    Comment by Alan — April 18, 2013 @ 8:23 am

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