Well, it’s been another couple of ‘peachy days’ here on Raasay, perhaps not quite ‘wall to wall’ sunshine but dry nonetheless. The only ‘fly in the ointment’ being our relocation to Mallaig for Easter, though I must confess I’m quite looking forward to it. Having said that that it’s not ‘set in stone’ yet but we’re certainly heading there tomorrow in the good ship Hallaig to see if she’ll fit on the ‘link spans’ at Mallaig and Armadale. Measurements seem to indicate that she will but we’ll not know for sure until we try.
With the inception of the summer timetable on Friday the MV Coruisk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Coruisk would normally be on that busy tourist route but she’d had an ‘accident’
and is now being repaired on the Clyde.
The MV Loch Linnhe arrived on Sunday and will be ‘picking up’ our service as of 7:55 on Wednesday so any travellers will have to make sure they arrive in plenty of time to be assured of a place on the ferry. After the football pitch sized car deck of the Hallaig, Linnhe’s will seem awfully cramped, especially when the bin lorry or gas tanker turn up.
Not that the car deck is always full This will be the council pickup going back to Skye with a clean bed and two shovels in the back. Usually it’s still got tar in it However not this time, no, on this occasion it was over assisting two local lads repairing the roads properly for the first time in years. Neil and Norman did a fine job and I urge everyone to contact the council and tell them as much http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourcouncil/yourservices/seniormanagers/contact-dir-tecs.htm?id=dir-tecs I did. The councils road budget has been slashed by a third yet the price of tar has doubled, the only way to get Raasay roads repaired properly is to get Raasay folk ‘on the case’. Sending this pickup over once a fortnight with a ton of tar in is pointless, send 15 or 20 tons over in a larger lorry ever few months for the same cost and then get Gofer and Slim ‘on the case’
Anyway, apart from preparing for our trip to Mallaig tomorrow I’ve been busy keeping the Hallaig running sweet
by changing the fuel filters
and replacing some leaky hydraulic hoses.
Spring is here
Yes, it really is, with bats, wheatears, frogspawn and greenery.
This field was pure mud a week ago, now it’s ‘greener mud’
lush grass and flowers