Life at the end of the road

January 8, 2014

Skyped :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:17 pm

Well, you’re not going to get much out of me tonight I’m afraid, already It’s 21:45,


the second bottle of wine has been opened and the ‘wee dug’ is chasing a Boursin wrapper around the kitchen floor. From this you can deduce that both wifey and I are ‘well oiled’ and have just had a severe dose of the munchies, leaving Molly to hoover up the crumbs from the biscuits and prepare the cheese wrapper for the blue bin.

The reason that I’m blogging when I should be getting ready for bed is that I’ve been ‘Skyeping’ thanks to Patrick . OK, it’s pretty obvious to most people, but I’d never realized that you could ‘Skype’ a landline and I already had an account. I’d created one over a year ago to try and see darling wife whilst I was stuck in the ‘Village’ doing pointless training with the rest of my shipmates.

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It seems like a lifetime ago now and the Skype was pretty useless on our satellite link with due to the latency and pathetic data allowance. However the program was still on my laptop so I ‘fired it up’ bunged a tenner in my account and ‘hey presto’ the clearest, sharpest calls I’ve had on a phone since I started diving in 1977!!! Seriously, I’ve not had a decent phone conversation in forty years, I hate the fecking thing cos I can’t hear it. OK, my hearing has been dodgy for years on account of my diving and it’s not helped that I’ve lived 11 miles from the telephone exchange for almost 25 years, but I hate using the phone. Having the called person blasting out in ‘Conexant smart audio stereo’ from the laptop however puts a whole new perspective on this telephone lark, so I’ve been phoning everyone from mum to mum in law just to check it out Smile


So, that’s why I’m late (and pished) so I’ll now try and recall what I did for the rest of the day, well for one thing I didn’t wear any oilskins or wellies for the first time in weeks.



There was rain, but on the whole it stayed on Skye and passed us by, we did get the odd shower but much work got done on the new house



and GDD turned up with his truck and digger.



You’ve gotta laugh or else you’d cry, Hooky can get this beast up, there’s been two articulated lorries up to Arnish, Jewson’s have delivered several times, a cattle float has been up here, the bin lorry comes up every week and the coal lorry every other week. All these vehicles are heavier and longer than the oil tanker which refuses to deliver past Brochel!!!! We definitely need some competition in the oil market on Raasay, there’s plenty of companies that would be glad of the extra business Smile




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All these and many more have visited ‘the end of the road’ yet can’t manage it Sad smile

It’s not like we need oil every week at the north end of Raasay, a couple of deliveries a year would be just fine.



Anyway, that’s it now, it’s well after 23:00 and I need my bed, so I’ll just leave you with some lights in the barn


and some pigs coming for a visit Smile


Oh, and of course the cat


in its nest.



  1. Skpe is great. I discovered it several years ago and all was well until (Billie), he of win 95 bought it and messed with it. I used to use it to contact foreign friends across the pond. Around these parts in Cheshire we often see big companies offering their phone number with a Skype logo in front. I put a Tenner on mine several months ago and still have £7.34 despite 2 American calls and one Canadian call! Suit you sir…

    Comment by David Grundy — January 9, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    • Hi Dave, what impresses me is the quality of the sound, I can actually hear the phone clearly for the first time in 25 years!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

  2. Lights in the barn will certainly make it more usable, especially at this time of year! Any space feels much more finished once you get some lights on.

    I’d completely forgotten you were no longer dependant on satellite for your broadband – fantastic to hear that your new service is able to accommodate Skype calls. With this in mind, could you not just get rid of your landline completely? Saves paying BT to come and install a line at the new house too. I think you can even get normal phone handsets that connect to Skype if you want to hold something to your ear!

    Comment by Markp — January 9, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    • I’m seriously considering it for the new house Mark.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

  3. What Markp said – talk to Skyewright about SIP phones (sort of an open version of Skype) which could be better for receiving calls when the computer’s off, etc, though, as Markp also says you can get phones that do Skype, e.g.:

    Personally, I’ve given up on Skype but more as a matter of principal than for practical reasons:

    Comment by Ed Davies — January 9, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    • Cheers for all that info Ed, very interesting though I doubt my conversations would be of interest to MI5 or the NSA, well apart from my left wing rants, misuse of mushrooms, IRA sympathies, support of CND, Amnesty International and ‘the raving looney party’ 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

  4. I am also just getting the hang of Skype only I have no webcam on my laptop so decided to try and plug one into a friends smart tv and hey presto it works on your television!
    I have just bought a special liitle tv box that will connect my tv to the internet and I will be able to Skype on the telly!
    I also noticed you have found the Raasay Facebook page, I can recommend a page that I do now down here on Scilly.
    It is at
    Hope you can find the time to check it out!

    Comment by The Isles of Scilly (@TheIslesofScill) — January 9, 2014 @ 10:56 am

  5. The oil truck was about to drive to Arnish, but then saw all the photos of you in the ditch when you try to deliver drums to the schoolhouse!

    Comment by drgeo — January 9, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

  6. Hi All. Having wandered along “the road” last week, we can vouch for the fact that there is a damn site more room to turn at Arnish than anywhere else on the way! (Except perhaps by the turbines half way back to the ferry perhaps? )
    Thanks for the pic in the blog last, by the way, and apologies again for the horrid green coat and hat! I can see now how they disrupted the landscape………
    Gaffer well fed up the dog got the boursin, she loves it but allergic to cheese!! Best our bog rat gets is bits of burnt toast.
    Greetings from sunny(!) Wiltshire one and all – missing Raasay already!

    Comment by Dave S — January 9, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    • Wiltshire hey Dave, that’s a mighty long way away 🙂 Nice to meet you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

  7. is this a trick you could copy, Paul?

    Comment by cazinatutu — January 10, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    • That is even better than Willie Eyre’s tyre trick 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 10, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

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