21:20 and I’ve just sat down so this’ll be a quickie, I might be wrecked but I’m sure the rest of the island will be just warming up nicely for tonight’s bash at the village hall. I’d love to go but 5:30 starts and a fair old chance that there’ll be a ‘late run’ tomorrow rule that out, even if I did have the enthusiasm to drive down there now and back home at ‘stupid o clock’
Leaving the house at just after 6:00am I was mortified to discover no radio reception on the ‘Old Girl’s’ ‘ICE system’ at least I think that’s the more modern term for the thing that I used to call a ‘radio cassette’ player before they went out of fashion. Actually it plays CD’s as well but I’ve heard mine all a gazillion times and I’ve kinda got used to John Humphries in the morning. To be honest it was more the foreboding of storm damage and power cuts that I was worried about rather than the lack of John’s dulcet tone. It hadn’t seemed half as bad as they were forecasting during the night but then we’re pretty sheltered from the south and south east so wouldn’t have felt it anyway.
A little gull http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/L/LittleGull/index.aspx in the middle of the road didn’t bode so well either, as I reckon he’d been grounded by the weather. He was so tired that I had to lift him out of the way, still a little further down the road I saw the lights of Portree then Braes burning. Still no word from John right enough so I settled for Leftfield’s classic
The day at work was busy enough and brightened by a couple of otters playing around the ferry and at the other side of the pier.
Just check out those teeth!!
After the first relaxing day at work in weeks, nay months
I even got a lunch break
A spare crew arrived during the afternoon and took the MV Loch Linnhe away
and off she went to Mallaig
before heading off to relive another of the Cal Mac workhorses.
A couple of ‘wee glitches’ there with the weather station, dunno how I’ve ended up with two 57.3mph gusts and the rain seems a little pessimistic, still, I’m sure I’ll sort it out.
Well I never, six years to the day since I ditched the pen in favour of the keypad !!
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