Life at the end of the road

April 28, 2013

Packed once more

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:13 am

Just after 7:00am on a Sunday and once more the bag is packed, having not long since unpacked it and washed the contents. I’m on my travels once more this time to Aberdeen on a training course, now there’s a surprise, PSCRB no less, why do these courses always have mountains of initials, PSST, SHIPS, PAXTRIM, blah, blah blah. Anyway it’s Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (excluding FRC), there’s another, FRC or Fast Rescue Craft, it would have to exclude that wouldn’t it, that could have been quite fun Smile

Anyway I’ve been up since 5:30, almost done the VAT return (now there’s a surprise) fed the animals and finished my packing, it’s pishing with rain and I’m now at a loose end for a couple of hours. A better morning would have seen my hauling 20 bags of coal over to Torran but I can delegate that to the ‘man of the house’ in  my stead.

Seven minutes !!!

Friday saw me at the blunt end of the ship for assisting with pulling the ship forward on to the linkspan with the capstans and winches. A fine morning it was too at 6:30 as the sun just started to poke its head above the horizon somewhere in the vicinity of Scalpay.


The sun looked great but I wasn’t too impressed with the fresh snow on Harris Sad smile


A few hours later we were in Uig, my cabin cleaned, bag packed and bridge informed, I jumped ship and headed for Portree and some potatoes.



The ‘serious’ clam divers were just heading out as I headed in so to speak, I call the Sarah’s crew serious because I’ve known them for years and the two boys on the deck usually lift as many clams in a day as could in a week Smile


Up the hill out of Uig and away towards Skye’s capital I stopped to photograph my place of work and a rainbow, the ‘Heb’ looked lovely but the ‘rainblob’ colourless by the time I’d sorted the camera.


I was hoping to catch the 10:25 ferry but that went severely ‘pear shaped’ at the Co op when armed with a few ‘Roosters’ and a bottle of wine I was told ‘your seven minutes early’ !!!!!!! Apparently the inner cities are awash with teenage binge drinkers and winos so in an attempt to curb this you can no longer buy a bottle of wine before 10:00am!!!! What is the point of that, all the friggin teenagers are either at school or in their friggin beds and how many winos do you see on the street at that time of day!!!! I’ve not had a friggin drink in a month, fancy sharing a bottle of wine with darling wife in front of the fire and to so I have to wait seven fecking minutes and miss a ferry!!!



Work was progressing at Sconser with the slates on the back of the waiting room and some guys stood on a raft ‘chipping and painting’. I think a needle gun would have been more appropriate and I bet the slates are off by next January, around the same time that the flimsy wooden doors are ripped off the shed by the first gale of west wind.

Clowns, I told them to use a roller shutter door and any fool can see that most houses in Sconser use Decra roofing as it’s the only thing that stays on there. Not only that but its a fraction of the cost and looks great, we very seriously thought about it for our new house.



Our new house having gained more of a roof in my absence




and the Storr a little ridge of white.

Anyway, that’s it, 8:10 and I need to get my act together.



  1. Horizontal pish here to paul, not nice when your out checking traps

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — April 28, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  2. enjoy Aberdeen, Paul … sorry to say its blazing sunshine down here in London

    Comment by cazinatutu — April 28, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    • Blazing sunshine here in Aberdeen too Caz and it’s still pishing with rain and hail on Raasay 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2013 @ 6:05 am

  3. Knowing your love of black pudding, sadly lacking from these pages of late, I just thought I’d let you know that the Food Program on Radio 4 just had a 30 minute show dedicated to the blood sausage. It’s on iPlayer, if you have a connection and the bandwidth and is well worth a listen

    Comment by Andy Poulton — April 28, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    • Cheers for that link Andy, funny that I didn’t actually catch it myself as I often listen to Radio 4.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2013 @ 5:56 am

  4. “…at the Co op … a bottle of wine I was told ‘your seven minutes early’ !!!!!!!”

    I’ve had that at my local coey too Paul. Sometimes it’s “you’re too late” on Sundays when the licensing hours end half an hour earlier, but the shop is still open.

    They could salve a lot of problems by plonking a sign in the aisle or on the shelf to remind us.

    I was once caught out in a rather large horriblemarket on a Good Friday when apparently you can’t buy booze between 12 noon and 3 pm

    Comment by Phil Cook — April 28, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    • Aye Phil They could salve a lot of problems by plonking a sign in the aisle or on the shelf to remind us. that would certainly help.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2013 @ 5:46 am

  5. Oh boy, Aberdeen! Make sure you bring back a drum or two of North Sea Oil. The roof on the new house is looking ready for hanging the top layer…. but the long shot reveals the Dude will not enjoy mowing the “front garden”. Perhaps now would be a good time for him to add plantings among the outcropping, so he wouldn’t need to mow? As for not waiting 7 minutes for wine, I guess there is no chance you would hang around for a nice 30 year water of life?

    Comment by drgeo — April 28, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

  6. Well bon voyage yet again Paul, Aberdeen has some good memories for me and know doubt my two nephews who are studying at the university will have as fond a time as I did. They are more used to Life on Orkney but with a good host of friends in Aberdeen from both mine and my brothers past they are being well looked after.

    Been enjoying your travels of late on the Heb and hope that it won’t be too much longer until you are back enjoying life on the Raasey/Skye route and spending more time at life at the end of the road!

    House is certainly coming on well and I am looking forward to future updates. Enjoy Aberdeen and all it offers and best of luck with the training.

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — April 29, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    • Morning Graham, Aberdeen certainly looks nice in the sunshine, hoping to make it to the maritime museum today.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 30, 2013 @ 5:45 am

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