Life at the end of the road

August 16, 2014

The truck was late :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:23 pm

I need not have worried, Catriona’s truck arrived last night and I woke up this morning feeling like it had run over me then reversed back for another go Smile Now for those of you who have not got a clue what I’m talking about, let me explain. I suffer from incredibly painful bouts of sciatica from time to time and am in the middle of one right now. I’ve visited many doctors, had several jags in the sacroiliac joint seen three different osteopaths and taken more pills than Elvis. However nobody, well apart from the Diazepam gives me more relief than Catriona Purll of Staffin .

Catriona Purll is a specialist therapist practicing Remedial Massage, Body Alignment & Craniosacral Therapy. She graduated from the Northern Counties School of Osteopathy & the Northern Institute of Massage.

Having previously run very successful practices in Beckenham, Kent & Stafford, she moved to the Isle of Skye in 1996 & has thriving practices in Staffin, Portree & the Uists. Specializing in deep tissue massage Catriona is able to treat a wide range of problems from muscular pain to sciatica, frozen shoulders & arthritic conditions, neck problems & sports injuries to name but a few.

For those suffering from stress & related tension, she offers skilled therapeutic massage, combined with relaxation techniques which have been proven to be extremely beneficial. This also helps with migraines & tension headaches.

Every year or so I go and visit her, usually too late, when I can hardly walk, spend forty minutes on her table and then walk out of her surgery feeling light as a feather. That night whilst I’m asleep in bed I get run over a truck and wake up the following morning in agony. Well, I was a bit worried yesterday as the truck never arrived, must have been caught in traffic on the A9 for it came last night instead. This morning I could hardly move but really am feeling quite good just now, even managed a few chores around the house and a walk in the woods with the dogs. I use the plural because we’ve temporarily acquired another, wee Murray, a cute little Jack Russell belonging to Davey the shop manager.



This will be Murray cooking in front of the kitchen stove, Molly tries to ignore him but has just appeared when wifey opened a bag of crisps Smile


We’ve had the wee chap since Wednesday and after the initial ‘set to’ they’ve settled down and even have moments of playing together,


though not at the right time. This will be the pair of them having a session as I’m trying to put clean linen on the bed!



And this will be Murray eating a mushroom!!!! I didn’t think anything ate mushrooms Smile I took the pair of them out for a walk in the birch woods this afternoon to collect a few chanterelles for tomorrows breakfast. I held this one up to take a picture and Murray took a bite out of it!!


The shrooms have been phenomenal this year and I’m looking forward to those tomorrow fried in butter, instead of the usual muesli or porridge  Smile Not that there’s anything wrong with either but they do both leave me feeling hungry about an hour later.

This being ‘on the sick’ may give me loads of time to actually sit down and blog, trouble is I’ve precious little to write about. Today’s list of achievements being confined to a bowl of mushrooms, a soup made from pork stock, bones, sweet potato and barley that I was particularly pleased with.

I know, I know it’s rubbish Sad smile I’ll try harder tomorrow Smile



  1. Strewth girolles already (winter chanterelles are called chanterelles here, just to confuse folk I guess) very jealous! Rare as rocking horse poo here or just too many people hunting for them! Just found a couple of hedgehog fungus hopeful of ceps in the next couple of weeks. Dogs love mushroom hunting a good excuse to to lout about in the woods. Hope the back improves.

    Comment by Andrew — August 17, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    • Morning Andrew, we get the winter chanterelles too, my Dutch friend Ron calls them ‘yellow legs’ which I think sounds so much better.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 17, 2014 @ 9:49 am

  2. Shock news about Ferguson’s, though it don’t surprise me politicians will always go for the cheaper option. Regardless how many poor b—ers they put out of work in their own country. Sorry to hear your on sick leave again join the club i’m into third week and going stir crazy as her indoors won’t let me do anything.

    Comment by Stan — August 17, 2014 @ 9:19 am

    • Aye Stan, this ‘twidling yer thumbs’ business is doing my head in. I’m missing the old Hallaig, though not at 5:30 when I usually get up to go to work. All these pills are keeping me awake at night 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 17, 2014 @ 9:47 am

  3. Paul,
    Sorry to hear about the back, like yourself we try and do too much and it bites us on the butt. Taking it easy now & again mixed with plenty of stretching certainly works for me. I know we are all different.
    What is happening then with the Hallaig’s sister ship, Seaforth??, will another yard have to finish her?
    Are you allowed to help the Hen lady with her eggs now you have more time at home?
    Take it easy and hope to pop by in a couple of weeks time.


    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — August 17, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    • Hi Michael,
      the Seaforth is a much larger ship and being built in Germany, our sister the MV Lochinvar went into service at the beginning of May and led the ‘Commonwealth Flotilla’ up the Clyde. There was talk of a third hybrid but for some reason it never materialized. Shame really because I’m sure that would have kept Ferguson’s afloat and brought a little more prosperity to Clydebank.
      Aye that’s my new job, sorting eggs sitting down 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 17, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

  4. Hi Paul it must be something in the weather at this time of year. I was strapped to my bed last year with the old sciatic pain myself thinking back on it, I’ve had the same problem about the same time of year for the last 10 yrs.
    Rest and tabs is my medication.
    Sorry to hear about Ferguson’s, but until the government adopts a policy to protect our trades and industries you will see more people on the scrap heap and then we will all be rummaging on the rubbish heaps with the rest of the people we attract to the shores of this great country of ours. Hope your back stretch does you a world of good and you get back to normality before the weather starts changing😜.
    Regards Walter.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — August 17, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

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