Life at the end of the road

March 13, 2014

And now the expense :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, life off grid, New hybrid ferry, shed/house — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:42 pm

Well, the wife’s back, and the joy of her return kept me off the laptop last night in favour of putting away the shopping Smile


Well, not quite, but it had been a very busy and expensive day that’s for sure, not only had the post lady cleared out the shelves at Lidl’s on her way north but I’d cleared out my bank account at Jewson’s in Portree Sad smile

The day was a ‘pure peach’, the nicest I can remember in a long while and it was like that from the moment it arrived in the east and departed to the west. Far far too nice a day to be going into Portree for building materials and a visit to the school but it had to be done, the ‘solar powered hen shed’ needed wood. Apart from the roofing sheets it’s cost me next to nothing up to now as I’ve utilized all reclaimed or salvaged timber so far and probably saved around a grand in wood. That was all about to change though for I was fast approaching the need for OSB and flooring to progress the build further.

However, I left my sojourn to town as late as possible so as to make the most of the beautiful day, which even had the new pullets out and about early.



The dozen ISA browns we got from ‘Donald the hen’ were coming on well and had been getting more settled, adventurous and bold by the day. A far cry from when we first got them two weeks ago and would hardly come out of their house. You couldn’t blame them really, after spending all there lives warm and indoors then being dumped in the middle of a Scottish winter. They’ll be kept in this small enclosure until they start laying, after which they’ll have the full run of the croft like the other chooks.



The hens weren’t the only things with a ‘spring in their step’, the two young Tamworth boars recently let out onto the hill were trying to ‘spring’ onto Rocky Smile He really is the most ‘laid back’ boar I’ve met, though he’ll start tearing chunks out of them if they’re not careful.

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Eventually though, I had to set off for the 12:15 ferry but as you can see by the views over to the Aird and Storr, it was a bonny drive south.



After loading up the back of the Landy at Harbro with sow rolls, mixed grain, layers pellets and tying some corrugated iron sheets on the roof it was off to Jewson’s for a serious load.



A ton of sand, seven lintels, sixteen sheets of Stirling board, forty 22mm x 150mm x 4.8m sarking boards, four bags of cement and several kilos of nails.

We were early for the 16:15 by almost forty minutes so soaked up the afternoon sun at the vastly improved Sconser ferry terminal and its community garden.


I just love the stone seat Smile


Eventually Hallaig arrived and shortly after we embarked for Raasay,





which, after just four dry days in a row was on fire Smile


I let darling wife go ahead in the Nissan, I would take almost an extra hour to reach Arnish, having to travel the entire eleven miles in low ratio on account of the heavy load and disgraceful road.



So, by the time I reached the new house it was after 18:00 and I just unloaded the cement and walked home.

Once home, I made dinner whilst wifey dealt with the herd and flock, then a spell on the laptop to deal with emails and the like, one of which had a couple of great pictures of the latest ‘new build’ for my employer.


Loch Seaforth

The Hallaig was launched into the Clyde in December 2012 and wasn’t in service for almost another year, by contrast the largest ferry ever built for CalMac the Loch Seaforth is due for launch this weekend. Built in Flensburg Germany the first steel was only cut in September and she should be in service this summer!!!!! That’s German shipbuilding for you Smile


Having said that, this is the superstructure in Gdansk, about to join the rest of the ship. I’d love to see them lift that onto the hull Smile

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Pictures courtesy of the vessels owner.



Fortunately the grey day that was predicted turned into anything but


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and after spending several hours unloading the trailer and carrying all the wood up to the hen house

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I got to work.

The flooring is just thrown in there to let it air and dry and the roofing boards are purely to stop condensation forming on the tin roof  from the heat of the hens. I was going to use hardboard but couldn’t find any in Portree, still the 9mm OSB wasn’t that much dearer.


It’ll be split into four sections with at least two for the hens, perhaps three, with a store at this end.




  1. Morning, Paul

    The new Sconser terminal looks good – but I’m glad the old tree is still there.


    Comment by Sue — March 14, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    • Aye Sue, it lost a limb a few winters ago but is doing just fine now 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 14, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Paul if you look at the FSG website they have 2 webcams covering the building hall and fitting-out berth. It should be possible to see the superstructure being lifted on.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — March 14, 2014 @ 11:01 am

  3. Interesting set of picture how FSG put the superstructure on a Canadian ferry at,

    It is a pity that your company did not get Mr Brinkmann (FSG’s steel designer I think) to take a series of picture as he did for fans of the 4 Canadian ferries recently built.

    Comment by Tedgo — March 14, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

  4. Paul. LS being launched next Fri and I will get you pics of the single lift ( 810 tonne) being lifted on the following day regards JS

    Comment by John Salton — March 14, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

  5. C530 … + Lachies’ trailer, just looks so ‘right’. I’ll bet you could put it to permanent use.

    Comment by Arthur Findlay — March 14, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

    • Morning Arthur, good to hear from you 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 15, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  6. The full set of pictures is here

    A really impressive yard.

    Comment by Tedgo — March 14, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

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