Life at the end of the road

May 24, 2013

So much for that then :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:00 am

Five thirty in the morning and I’m just out of my bunk having been in it since eight pm yesterday !! I kid you not, and I was actually lying on top of it for an hour before that almost shivering, no I’m not ill, it was boodly freezing. so much for . So for the first time since I joined the MV Hebrides some six weeks ago I turned on the heating in my cabin.

So with half an hour to kill before I start work I’ll write a few lines.


It seems like Tarbert has a new lifeboat Smile



This is how you remove kinks from the heavy multiplat mooring ropes, made out of eight strands, four laid left hand and four laid right they are less prone to kinks than ordinary ropes of a single lay, but still do. The ropes are streamed astern then hauled in on the capstan to untwist them.



That looks very much like rhododendron to me at this house in Tarbert, if so it’s weeks ahead of Raasay’s, which is funny because both the grass and daffs were earlier on this windswept rock that is Harris.


In inauspicious start to Thursday morning in North Uist.


The clam diving boat Auk UL 554, which I think is a 40’ Aquastar, leaves the berth in Lochmaddy at 7:00am.



Heading to the fishing grounds on a scabby day.


It was pretty fresh all day in the Minch, with extra traffic due to cancelled sailings on the Stornoway Ullapool route.





Green Reefers, MV Green Freezer ploughing northwards.


Think that was the entrance to Lochmaddy during the afternoon.


And before I forget, a lapwing on Raasay


Loch Striven2

and the Loch Striven punching north courtesy of George Rankine.



  1. Morning Paul.
    I remember when we use to tie our new jeans to the log line. throw them over the a-r- end to condition them for going out ashore best way to lighten the colour as well.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 24, 2013 @ 5:12 am

  2. Paul, Beautiful photo of the lapwing. Didn’t realise they were so colourful. Gorgeous elegant birds.

    Comment by Carolyn — May 24, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    • Hi Carolyn, it’s surprising how beautiful even pigeons and starlings are close up.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 27, 2013 @ 5:40 am

  3. So would you rather that your future lay on the Striven or the Heb?……………..I suspect your loyalties are divided.

    Comment by Lloyd — May 24, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    • Morning Lloyd, no contest, the Striven everytime 🙂 well apart from meal times that is 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 27, 2013 @ 5:39 am

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