Eight thirty and I’m probably not going to finish this or do justice to the last couple of days events, I’m sat here with a glass of wine, which could be someone else’s feeling ‘comfortably numb’. It’s been a rather physical weekend and I’m enjoying a rather pleasant back ache!!!!! strange turn of phrase I know, but my back feels like it’s just run a marathon. Not that I would know but I’m guessing that people that do such things feel quite satisfied with their aches and pains afterwards. Well, that’s just how I feel, I’m pure shattered and loving it
I think I left you around 2:00am on a Saturday morning halfway through my night shift on the MV Hebrides, well that finished at 6:30 and I turned in for a blissful few hours prior to an Irish stew and heading home.
Leaving the good ship Hebrides just after 13:40 I headed for the multinational ferry terminal at Sconser, I say that because the slates are from Spain, the stone from Ireland the paving slabs from Caithness and the fendering from China !!!!!!! This will probably be rubber fendering made from scrap European tyres shipped to China then back again as fenders for the Sconser pier, the world has gone mad. There’s no shortage of stone on Skye and I’m quite certain that fenders could be found nearer than China. The council make this big thing about recycling, most of which is pointless, renewable energy, of which I’m a great fan but wind turbines in school playgrounds are not the answer. They (and we all) would do far better saving the planet (and the locals) by sourcing stuff locally.
The one that took the biscuit for me was the buoy they placed on the reef at Sconser, the weights that keep it anchored to the seabed are Chinese railway wheels!!!! I kid you not, instead of employing some dude on Skye to cast some concrete blocks to moor a buoy they use railway wagon wheels from China, I despair.
Still, it will be a lovely job when it’s finished and I’m glad to see that they have at last put sacrificial anodes on the pier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_anode . These zinc based lumps of metal welded to the steel work are replaceable and corrode in preference to the steel, they’ve been used on ships for generations but it’s taken a while for them to ‘catch on’ on piers.
Clam dredger in the narrows
Once back on Raasay the first thing I did was collect my trailer which had recently been filled with heating oil for the Old Schoolhouse http://www.uniquescotland.com/raasayschool/index.html at Torran. That would be 800lt in four barrels that I’d need to take over there by quad and trailer.
Driving home with my load I was stunned to see road resurfacing equipment at Brochel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As soon as I got back to Arnish
Molly and I took one barrel of ‘kerro’ over to the schoolhouse whilst my pal the stag looked on.
Just look how much those antlers have grown in a few days !!
the weekend before.
A matter of interpretation
Anyways, once home and with the first barrel of oil safely delivered down the Torran track, pigs fed and dinner eaten I unpacked my present.
This will be a gift that found its way into my cabin at Lochmaddy, from whom I do not know, but once all the ‘gaffer tape’ and Sunday Times wrappers were removed I found three fine bottles of red wine It’s only after drinking two of them that I’m wondering if they were actually for me or ‘CalMac crew Loch Striven’ and I was supposed to deliver them Either way I’m most grateful, but if they were for someone else let me know and I’ll replace them
Well that got off to a really bad start, with me getting up early to take more heating oil over to the schoolhouse,
something that ‘ended in tears’
and got even worse
as I tried to remedy it.
Distracted by a missing BlackRock and rapidly approaching 23:00 I’m going to have to ‘call it a day’