Life at the end of the road

May 5, 2013

The all day puncture :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:51 am

It’s just been ‘one of those days’, a day in May, more like a day in December, only wetter, I’ve not seen the croft so wet at this time of year, ever. Still at least I’m back home, I’d rather be wet in Arnish than dry dry in Aberdeen, though I can see the attraction if you’re into ‘civilization’ the ‘granite city’ has much to offer. Much as I’m a fan of rock and granite in particular I wish the architects and masons had varied the colour scheme a little, everything in Aberdeen is grey, even the concrete is granite coloured. There must be other hues available as the many cobbled streets, kerb stones and flagstones are varied with pinks and blues yet all the buildings are monotone.

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Aberdeen seems at its best in the early morning sunshine and I’d no complaints at the view from the Premier Inn on West North street, just across from the ‘Lemon Tree’ http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com/venues/the-lemon-tree

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That’s the Lemon Tree bottom right and the tower belongs to the Arts Centre http://www.aberdeenartscentre.org.uk/ but I’ve no idea what the fairy tale tower in the background is.

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This edifice just opposite my room I mistook for a cathedral but it turns out to be the back of the Marischal building, a college or museum or something.

The day at the Petrofac training centre was spent mainly in the pool righting upturned life rafts, jumping from heights and generally honing our skills as would be castaways Smile As darling wife was taking a day off the croft to brave an eight hour bus journey to be with her  husband I hung around in the town awaiting her arrival. Taking the opportunity to go and visit the maritime museum up the delightfully cobbled Shiprow just off the harbour.

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A museum with a heavy (and rightly so) bias towards the local oil industry with fascinating displays of platforms, rigs, jackets an all manner of things oily Smile

 

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The ‘Siebe Gorman’ standard diving dress and hand pump being my favourite Smile 

 

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This is the view from the window, like I say, just by the harbour,

 

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sadly, it closed at 17:00 and I had to go and meet a very tired swineherd.

We were both too tired to go and see the drummers at the Music Hall and settled for an early night after an excellent meal in the hotel.

Sunday

Lost it for a while there, dried up, couldn’t go on and went to bed, anyway we both jumped into the Nissan around lunch, wifey after shopping and me after an assessment on the river and in the class. It was the 3rd of May and friggin miserable with showers of snow, hail and temperatures down to 1 degree Sad smile

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Normally the best month of the year and it’s like winter with no sign of it picking up until I’m back at sea Sad smile 

Still we got back home in daylight, wet miserable windy daylight but daylight at least and Saturday turned out to be a reasonable day, reasonable for December that is. Some bank holiday weekend this is going to be for the folks going venturing north Sad smile

The never ending punctures

Well I’ll tell you all about those later, it’s almost 9:00am and the rain is momentarily off so I’m going to go and feed everyone.

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13 Comments »

  1. Hi Paul
    I can vouch for it being rather wet on Raasay (we are up for the weekend), but like you I would rather be wet on Raasay than be dry anywhere else :-). We had the pleasure of having lunch at Raasay House yesterday and I hope you don’t mind me using your blog to tell folks how great the food (and service) was – highly recommended 🙂

    Comment by Derek — May 5, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    • Glad you enjoyed your visit and I do hope that all went well for the guys at Raasay House, I was just too tired to go out.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 6:03 am

  2. Some of best visits to Argyle & Bute for the weather is the last two weeks in May. I would expect similar for Sky & Raasay, never failed and just before the lovely midges raised their ugly self in avengence.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 5, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    • Some of best visits to Argyle & Bute for the weather is the last two weeks in May. I would expect similar for Sky & Raasay, never failed and just before the lovely midges raised their ugly self in avengence.

      Amen to that Walter 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 6:02 am

  3. Paul, I wish I could package up a little bit of London sunshine and send it up to you

    Comment by cazinatutu — May 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    • Paul, I wish I could package up a little bit of London sunshine and send it up to you

      I wish you could too Caz

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 6:01 am

  4. You can’t beat a good drop of Raasay rain, anyway Happy Birthday for Tuesday Paul I’ll suppose you be on the Minch and won’t be able to enjoy though .Stan

    Comment by Stan Henderson — May 5, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    • Aye that’s me packed once more Stan, though this time complete with birthday cards 🙂 Pity I’ll not be able to have a glass of wine though 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 6:01 am

  5. Wikipedia: Marischal College is a large granite building on Broad Street in the centre of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland, and since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. However, the building was constructed for and is on long-term lease from the University of Aberdeen, which still uses parts of the building to house a museum and for ceremonial events. Today, it provides corporate office space and public access to council services, adjacent to the Town House, the city’s historic seat of local government. Many Aberdonians consider Marischal College to be iconic of the “Granite City” and to symbolise the zenith of Aberdeen’s granite-working industry. It is the second largest granite building in the world.

    Your birthday is Tuesday, so perhaps a celebration today?

    Comment by drgeo — May 5, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    • Morning DrG and thanks for informing me, the second largest granite building in the world hey!!!!! second only to some palace in Spain, wow, there sure was and is plenty of money in Aberdeen.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 6:00 am

  6. ………the fairy tale tower in the background is – the Aberdeen Salvation Army Citadel building. Cheers, Arthur.

    Comment by Arthur — May 5, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    • Good morning Arthur, a little different to Kilmuir hey 🙂 glad to see you’re still keeping up, many’s the time I look over towards your old place as we approach Uig. Thinking all the while of when we first met, you waving franticly at me as I parked in a ‘passing place’ and me thinking you were about to give me a bollocking 🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 6, 2013 @ 5:58 am

  7. Arthur beat me to it Paul, Aberdeen Salvation Army Citadel is indeed the fairy tale tower, One I have been in several times both as a Salvation Army Bandsman visiting with Dundee Central SA Band and also when my elder brother Ian was the Salvation Army Officer there, many years ago now.
    My two Nephews both attend ‘The Citadel’ while at Aberdeen University, their home corps (or church) is Kirkwall.
    Several good friends at the Citadel which is also known as ‘The Castle’.

    History – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlegate,_Aberdeen

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — May 6, 2013 @ 5:15 am


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