Life at the end of the road

November 4, 2013

Confused :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, wind turbine — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:40 am

Almost six AM now but I’ve been awake since 4:30 and up for over an hour, why oh why do they mess about with the clocks???? Am I the only person who’s body clock goes pear-shaped twice a year?? I must be, for when we had ‘The Purser’ around for dinner last night I was the only one falling asleep at eight PM. Himself, wifey and the Dude were all wide awake, right up until 8:40 when the ferry got called out, he rushed off and then I went to bed, I really am a ‘morning person’.

Anyway, whilst Sunday, as far as I was concerned finished at twenty minutes to nine, it had started early enough and fine enough some fifteen or sixteen hours earlier. Something that I have missed this last 14 months is being ‘late’ for work on a Sunday Smile I’m always ‘late’ on Sundays. Not actually late as in late but late for me. The extra hour or so at home always has me getting distracted prior to setting off down Calum’s road to the ferry. Especially  so at this time of year when Sunday is the only day that I see sunlight at home,

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so, after feeding hens and pigs I climbed my mast again. The Yangzhou Shenzhou was still whirring away despite me having removed the tail yesterday, not as much right enough but still smoothly and still producing a little power.


A 24mm spanner, hide mallet and length of rope soon had the blades off however and I lowered them gently to the ground just leaving the generator up on the pole. I’m hoping that there is just a burnt out connection under the cover and not a serious failure of the windings but I’m encouraged by John’s experience with his.



Another reason for the tardy arrival aside the MV Hallaig was the day itself, definitely a ‘pottering down the road’ day. How I’ve missed the daily commute to work this last year or so, this certainly beats the 5h1t out of driving through Greenock or walking through South Shields. Deer, woodcock, rabbits, eagles and not a single bit of chewing gum, fag packet or broken bottle of Buckfast.



The only other vehicle I saw was another Land Rover that followed me for eleven miles on my right hand side Smile



There was even a tiny hint of snow on the Storr.


Not only that, but I wasn’t actually the last to arrive at work for a change Smile



That sure is a big lump of a boat


and we now have a proper means of access after almost forty years of climbing ladders.


On the whole the day was lovely and much ‘touching up’ of the paintwork got done as well as  another rescue boat launch.



The 40hp Yamaha propelling the Zodiac up to Oscaig and back  at I guess, well over 20knts.


We weren’t the only ones at sea either


the Dunan Star was busy hauling creels!!!!!



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We also took the opportunity to clean all the weed off our 765kg anchors as all our practice at using them had left them festooned in weed.



That’s it really, we had the first ‘big breakfast’ on the Hallaig, another ‘tradition’ that I’ve missed this last year or so. Not the ‘fry up’ itself but the ‘craic’ around the breakfast table.


We were just short of a little birthday cake to finish it off Smile I dunno which baker made this lovely cake for the grandson of one of our skippers but I’d have loved to have seen it ‘in the flesh’. I’d also have loved to see Jack’s face because he truly is ‘ferry daft’ Smile



  1. “Deer, woodcock, rabbits, eagles and not a single bit of chewing gum, fag packet or broken bottle of Buckfast” … omg Paul, is your memory so short you’ve forgotten the bin bag fairy

    Comment by cazinatutu — November 4, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    • Never saw the ‘bin bag fairy’ this week Caz, she usually disappears when the city folk leave.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

  2. Hi Paul.
    All the machinery on the ferry. Is it all electric or do you have certain machinery still run on Diesel?

    Comment by Polite Scouser — November 4, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    • Hi Walter just three main diesel generators and one emergency/harbour set.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

  3. Some wonderful pics there Paul. You seem to spend a lot of time and effort recording everything in pics – good for you – it’s grand that you share them. What camera do you carry with you?

    Comment by basketbob — November 4, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    • Hi Bob, it’s a Panasonic DMC FZ38 and it’s brilliant, though I suspect it’s about to die 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

  4. A lovely photograph showing the old and the new alongside. You most certainly see the difference in size between them both.

    Comment by Richard — November 4, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    • Aye Richard, wonder if the Hallaig will still look as good as the Loch Striven in 27 years!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

  5. Dear Paul,
    I wonder if Jack is ferry daft or just Granddad daft, A few years ago I designed and printed out a certificate for a forklift opperater. complete with ribbon and seal. The chap in charge of logistics at the firm where my wife worked used to bring his little grandson to work on Saturdays when they used to get the assemble line ready for production Monday, He used to ride around on his Granddads lap while he was doing his work He was forklift daft if ever I say anyone. I went there one Saturday with the wife and we had a little ceremony and presented him with the certificate. you should have seen his little face eyes the size of saucers and his mouth wide openHis granddad gave him a little present for being such a good pupil guess what it was a model forklift the same his granddad drove. Then it was pop and icecream and he could hardly wait until he got back to Granies to show her.
    Then of course there is my son who was tractor daft, but then what do you expect when Granddads got a farm with six tractors. I cannot tell how many times I drove him to treker tref. I don”t know if they have them in England but they are a regular part of the cultural life her in Limburg. Tractor enthusiast get togeter to meet in a field from a local farmer, it is usually over a weekend they come with there old reconditioned tractor pulling a caravan, up goes the beer tent mobile toilets out come the colapsible tables and chairs and the parasol and barbaque. Then it is just a matter of getting round to see old friend to see what they have got and discuss the different merit of Lance bulldog over a Old John Deere.



    Comment by yorkshire Miner — November 4, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  6. For goodness sake, Paul, it’s a week now since the clocks went back and even if they hadn’t you would still have been dropping off at 9p.m.which is a bit early! You need to be a bit more accepting of things you can’t change but it is good to see you back to your normal ranting self instead of being so down in the dumps. It’s the magic of home!


    Comment by Anne Macdonald — November 4, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    • You need to be a bit more accepting of things you can’t change

      WHAT I NEED A BIT MORE ACCEPTING!!! I’m affronted, the rest of nature be it animal or the planet doesn’t mess around with time and you think I should change. I don’t think so, were I not working for a company that kept to a timetable and still fishing the tide would still go out at the same time and not alter for the friggin clock.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  7. Glad to hear that you’re back to your normal routine, Paul. The Hallaig certainly looks big alongside Loch Striven. I’ll have to come up for a holiday, rather than a working holiday, now it seems like I won’t be needed at the YH anymore (one of the volunteers who was there back in August/September told me that a few people came round to view the YH and were planning to keep it as a hostel if they bought it) Uig YH is also for sale by SYHA!

    Comment by Frances — November 5, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    • That will be the reason for the road repairs around the youth hostel then. It was badly needing repaired even before Scottish Water rendered it unusable for the average motorist. Hope more of the potholes get sorted out before the real winter weather arrives.

      Comment by SOTW — November 5, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

      • Morning She,

        Hope more of the potholes get sorted out before the real winter weather arrives. 🙂 🙂

        We live in hope X

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 6, 2013 @ 8:19 am

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