Life at the end of the road

June 2, 2013

Midged at last :-(

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:48 pm

June the second and I’ve not had a bite yet, that has to be a record, I heard one in my ear right enough but it never managed to ‘score’ before I dealt with it. Not so lucky my son who was hiding in the undergrowth on ‘pigeon watch’, nope, the poor Dude said they were out in force and gave up after only potting one of the blighters. That will be the flying rats and not ‘wee devils’ of course, you shoot one pigeon and it’s a full five minutes before the greedy beggars return, you kill one midge and ten thousand come to the funeral immediately.

Things seem a little farther ahead on the mainland but only by days and not weeks, bigger rhododendron, whiter may flower, bluer bells slightly taller bracken, but still weeks behind normal. My good friend ‘The Beetle man’ who’s sojourns to Raasay are more regular than a Seiko watch, reckons about a month behind normal and I can quite believe it. Richard Moore of  ‘The Beetles of the isle of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides’ fame

The Beetles of the Isle of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides

has been visiting here twice a year on more or less the same dates ‘since Adam was a lad’ and he should know. Anyone who spends weeks at a time immersed in the flora and fauna during the same short periods over a thirty of forty year period must know what they’re talking about.



When Richard first came to visit Arnish in the seventies he brought this


and just look at it now!!!!!


and at 4:30 this morning

Anyway, he’s away tomorrow, for the first time ever without being midged so he should know Smile

Fathers day

Well I thought it was, so I went to visit my parents, luckily I didn’t buy the present or card before I found out I was two weeks early. Still it was a good excuse to visit the folks, not that I need one, or that my dad knows what day of the week month or year it is. Dementia is a terrible thing especially in one so fit but it’s always great to see him, even if he knows not who I am.

On the way there I came across this bizarre sight at the head of Loch Duich,


it’s a horse asleep on the seaweed !!!!


See, I told you my 83 year old dad was fit



All three of us spent a couple of hours cutting and splitting wood



after which we had a delicious home made gnocchi . My mums being made of potato and served with a blue cheese and cream sauce.



After that it was only possible to have a short walk with my dad through a forest carpeted with bluebells before we had to dash home for the ferry.

Since then I’ve been feeding animals, sorting the boy for his week away and dealing with eggs for the shop, and now I’m going to go to bed Smile



  1. Paul,

    Not sure what is going on as this will be the third time I have tried to post message on this ‘post’. Now I know what it is like for you when you loose a days blog.

    Glad to see you are back up and at it, as I am sure you have a busy two weeks ahead of you.

    Anyway, just thought I would drop you a line to say what excellent pictures from Lochmaddy and by George of the Puffins, I do not know why but seeing a picture or even better one ‘in the flesh’ always brings a smile to my face.

    On the subject of Pressure washers, I was trying to see what one you had a came across these two, which I think would do the job but seem to be the same just with a different brand name:
    HighLine GX240 on fleabay

    Any thoughts/advice greatly received.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — June 3, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    • I think I found the problem, it would not let me post a cut & pasted www address in the text, took that out and all is fine now.

      Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — June 3, 2013 @ 6:03 am

      • Morning ATB,

        probably would have let you post the links one at a time, I think it does that with adverts to prevent spam. Both of those pressure washers tick all the boxes. Honda engine, Interpump pump with good flow and pressure, you won’t regret your purchase mate. Make sure it doesn’t run dry or freeze up and it will last forever under domestic use, use it daily commercially and you may need to change a few seals every five years but all parts and advice readily available from Bruce at

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2013 @ 5:27 am

  2. Don’t yu look like your Father!

    Comment by eileen1929 — June 3, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    • I thought he was bruce Springsteen when i first found this site 🙂

      Comment by Gaz — June 3, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

      • I thought he was Bruce Springsteen when i first found this site

        ‘Born in the USA’ that’ll be the Uther Side of Accrington 🙂 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 3, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    • Thanks Eileen, he’s dead handsome 🙂

      diamond wedding

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2013 @ 5:16 am

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