Life at the end of the road

December 26, 2013

No mention of the sprouts :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, weather — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:19 pm

With many parts of the UK having a truly miserable Christmas on account of flooding snow and storms I’m kinda feeling guilty about enjoying watching the wind speed rise on my new weather station. The trusty old WH1090 weather station that kept me so well informed for a couple of years died whilst I was away on one of my many training courses and I never got around to replacing it. To be honest I probably wouldn’t have still had mum not bought me one for Christmas. The WH 1090 is no longer made but she got me a Nevada WH 3080 as a replacement and it also includes solar info and a UV index.

It was darling wife that got me the first one, and in a re run of Christmas 2009 I got the sensors mounted on the mast behind the house.

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That’s the old sensor array on the left



the new one incudes a small solar panel and rechargeable batteries but it does seem quite flimsy. In view of that I put and extra stay made out of ‘builders band’ between the top of the ‘hygro – thermo’ sensor and mainstay. It’s a long way up that mast and I don’t want to be doing it any more than I have too.

That, however was this afternoon, this morning I’d headed down to work for the one and only scheduled sailing from Raasay at 10:00am.



The contrast with the last week or two couldn’t have been greater, barely a breath of wind, and Loch Linnhe’s 15 mooring ropes as limp as the basil in our roasting kitchen.


Lustre too was now lying peacefully alongside after her severe bucking of the last couple of days.

As with Christmas day we sailed once more in ‘Battery only’ mode, something that is strange to experience if you’re not used to it. Almost 500 tons of steel and aluminium moving silently through the water, It was certainly far busier than yesterdays ‘mercy mission’ on the way out but only one car and passenger returned and he was an extra crew member Smile 



It was ‘The Purser’ that brought with him a copy of the ‘Sun’



that carried with it a small article about the ‘selfless crew’ of the MV Hebrides, but no mention of our ‘lifeline’ sprout run on Christmas day Sad smile The BBC even had a piece about the ‘exceptionally unusual’ Christmas day ferry to the Isle of Man but still not a word about Raasay sprouts Sad smile 


Luckily wifey had bought me a bottle of ‘Highland Park’ 12 year old Orkney whisky and we all had a ‘wee dram’ to console ourselves once the working day was done

Trouble was I had to scale a very high mast once I’d got back home and then take some barrels of fuel over to Torran,



which, as you can see did not go very well Sad smile

Still, at least I got the weather station working

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though I’m not quite sure how that gust of 57mph got there, must have been a sprout Smile




  1. Amazing isn’t it – the boodly Sun can’t even find a picture of the Hebrides to put in their (deficient) story!

    Comment by fingalextravaganza — December 26, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    • Amazing isn’t it – the boodly Sun can’t even find a picture of the Hebrides to put in their (deficient) story!

      They’d have found it if it been from Essex with t**s

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 26, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  2. Paul you should never believe what you read in the Sun as they always report the wrong story or get it wrong. That’s why it doesn’t sell in Merseyside . I’d rather listen to the man on the ground i,e you and know the correct local condition for weather.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — December 26, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    • I think it doesn’t sell on Merseyside because of their 5h1te reporting of the Hillsborough disaster.

      On the 20th anniversary of the disaster, government minister Andy Burnham called for the police, ambulance and all other public agencies to release documents which were not made available to Lord Justice Taylor in 1989.[5] This action led to the formation of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which in September 2012 concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths, and that attempts had been made by the authorities to conceal what happened, including the alteration by police of 116 statements relating to the disaster.[6][7] The facts in the report prompted immediate apologies from Prime Minister David Cameron; the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton; Football Association Chairman David Bernstein and Kelvin MacKenzie, then-editor of The Sun, for their organisations’ respective roles

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 26, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  3. yay … you got weather back on Raasay … I’ve missed your weather charts … have fun with it

    Comment by cazinatutu — December 26, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

  4. Glad your weather station is up and running again. But shouldn’t the mast be up at the new house?

    Comment by drgeo — December 27, 2013 @ 12:14 am

  5. Hey Paul, my identical unit to your new one as I said, registered 89 mph earlier in the month, has had to be lowered by Simon as the recharge/solar thingy broke.
    I’m going to have to fit some kind of extra support as you have done when I get up next week.
    Be interesting to compare results from the other end of the road!!


    Comment by George — December 27, 2013 @ 10:55 am

  6. Not been on over Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and best of luck for 2014 I look forward to reading about it.

    Comment by Alistair — December 27, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

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