Life at the end of the road

February 24, 2014

Quite a contrast

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:21 pm

Last night I retired without finishing off, it was 22:00 and I was pure wrecked, the normal relaxing Sunday had been a hectic scramble up and down ladders accepting alarms, resetting breakers and rebooting servers. It was a pretty wild day to boot and borderline whether or not we sailed at 16:00


that’ll be a gust of 63.9knts whilst we were tied alongside yesterday afternoon!! That’s ‘violent storm 11’ just .1 of a knot short of an official hurricane!! Of course it wasn’t a constant wind so the sea never really built up but one of the squalls that hit us must have been approaching 90knts. Like I said yesterday I forgot my camera but picture never do the weather justice anyway. However, my shipmate Finlay spotted what could only be described as a tornado heading straight out of the mouth of Loch Sligachan bound for us



so we went outside to meet it! Well, it took our breath, nearly knocked us off our feet and went charging up the edge of the pier to make landfall near the boatshed. Once there it moved a heavy four wheeled galvanized plant trailer sideways before going onto move several large and heavily weighted down sheets of play across the road and into a field.


A little different today hey Smile


yup, Monday was a ‘pure peach’ of a day.


Funny how a little sunshine can very quickly make you forget just how bad the previous day actually was.


Twas even a good day to be a fish farmer Smile

Pretty poor effort I know, but hey it’s my last full day at work today, tomorrow I finish for a whole month of croft, house, pig, hen and Land Rover work.


  1. Thanks to Finlay for the pic its awesome. Would have been better if you had your camera though! Leave a post it in your jeep to remind you to take camera:)

    Comment by Catherine Ann Macleod — February 24, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

  2. A whole month off ! You certainly do take hiding Easter eggs seriously.

    Comment by drgeo — February 24, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

  3. New hoose finished in the next month then, mate? Will it be numbered 3a or 4?

    Comment by Lloyd — February 27, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    • Number 5 Lloyd, this house is actually 3 & 4!!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Hi Paul.
    Had to reply to your ( or Finlay’s! ) tornado pic. I was sat on the extreme south east corner of the Aird at Braes and was hit by same!. I didn’t see it coming but certainly felt it arrive. Had I have been standing I would have ended up being thrown off the rocks and into the sea for sure. I watched it track across the narrows to the pier.
    By the way, it would appear that your Skipper is still forgetful when it comes to navigation lights. The 16.00 sailing on Sunday was proudly displaying a red light to starboard.
    Keep up the best blog on the net, and the ONLY one that I follow.
    Best Regards,

    PERRY. ( Up here for the winter again ).

    Comment by PERRY DARK — February 27, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    • Silly chap Perry, he didnae have the lights the wrong way around, we were going astern at 9 knots 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 28, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

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