Well it’s been a pure peach of a day by recent standards, not that I’ve seen much of it, for I’ve been ‘stuck in the office’ all day!!! And believe me, I never, ever in my whole life thought I’d utter those words as I dislike paperwork more than Rupert Murdoch, soup spoons, sprouts and Donald Trump rolled into one. The thought of being confined to a desk on a nice day after two weeks of wind and rain is enough to make me feel sick.
OK, it’s quite a nice wee office and the view from the ‘escape window’ changes by the minute but it’s still a friggin desk and computer, and it doesn’t come naturally Sadly it’s the world we live in and filling in the right piece of paper these days is more important than actually doing the job. Me, I was born ten years too late, 1946 would have had me just missing WWII, enjoying the ‘swinging sixties’ and diving on loads of untouched shipwrecks. I would now be retired like my ex workmate ‘Lucky Jim’ and laughing at all these fools that have to fill in a risk assessment to blow their nose and have a certificate to operate a microwave oven. In short I am a dinosaur and proud of it
Anyway, enough of that, it’s the penultimate day of 2013 and I finish work tomorrow for two whole weeks, yes indeed we’re going ‘two weeks on two weeks off’ and I can’t wait. OK, I’ll have to work for two whole weeks, but apart from the paperwork I actually really enjoy my job and a fortnight at work will enable me to get on with some serious projects. Not only that but a full two weeks off will leave me much more scope for getting wrecked at summer festivals Well it will once I finally get my house built, pay off all my debts and send my son to college or university On second thoughts I don’t think I’m ever going to have enough money to do anything like that ever again. Of course when ‘I write the book’ I’ll make a fortune but I’ll not be able to that until I retire for fear of losing my job, driving licence, firearm certificate, disclosure, and possibly wife
You’ve got to laugh
It wasn’t all paperwork, I managed to fix Henry too, that’ll be Henry the hoover
who’d seized up with that expensive smell of smoke associated with ‘Lucas prince of darkness’.
Now these Numatic http://www.numatic.co.uk/ vacuum cleaners are normally the Rolls Royce, dogs danglies or just plain best hoover on the planet. Trust me on this one, a Numatic hoover will suck up anything from hydraulic oil, to soot and even raw sewage and it will do it year in year out, I know cos I’ve done all three plus bilge water engine oil and even gear oil. They are in short indestructible, until now
Me suspects that ours has at some point been dropped in the sea, however, after cleaning it all out, removing the brushes and freeing them off Henry recovered nicely.
Look, half a dozen potholes worth of tarmac, you gotta laugh, that’ll be well over £100 on the ferry for a 7m pickup with 1 ton of tar when for double that they could send 12m truck with 15 ton of tar
The day was getting busier and busier on the traffic front as it progressed, with locals going out to ‘stock up’ and visitors arriving by the car load.
The 16:15 ferry carried 15 cars and a trailer but what really made me laugh was car number 13 complaining about our new ferry. Car number thirteen would have complained a lot more had he been left behind if a Loch Class ferry had come over at 16:00 and only taken away 10 or 12 cars
Just look at that, three lanes of traffic, enough room to easily get out of your car and you can hold a conversation on deck, even if it is to moan This is a really good ship.
It’s looking like it’s going to be a really ‘kicking’ New Year here, Raasay House http://www.raasay-house.co.uk/ is full, there’s a band playing and a whole heap of crew on Hallaig. I reckon this Hogmanay will be like they used to be twenty years ago, pure epic and lasting for days
The best calendar ever
After getting most of my paperwork done and tying up for the night I headed home past a festively illuminated Raasay House
that was finally getting into the ‘swing’ of things only 19 days shy of the fifth anniversary of the great fire https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/raasay-house-is-ablaze/ and the thirteenth of our wedding anniversary.
Once home I got tore straight into a rum and coke and the best calendar I have ever, ever seen, forget the legendary ‘Pirelli calendar’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirelli_Calendar it’s not a patch on the Kinlochshiel Shinty club effort, and I’m not gay. This offering is a pure work of art,
seriously, it’s brilliant, better than all the calendars that I’ve ever seen.
Shot in black and white, sponsored by local businesses and featuring one or two people I recognize it is pure genius,
just look at that stonework
and that Cat, ‘no hill too steep’ priceless. http://www.whfp.com/2013/10/11/shinty-clubs-naked-ambition-set-to-be-showcased-at-calendar-launch/ OK, not actually priceless but only £10 from
Dornie Store, Glenelg Shop, Buth Bheag, Kyle Pharmacy and Inverinate Filling Station
All I can say is, well done chaps, that must have taken an ‘awful lot of bottle’