Well, it’s been a pretty miserable day here in Cambeltown that’s for sure, not that I’ve been outside much, having spent a good deal of it cleaning the bilges. Not that they were that dirty but a ‘wee snag’ with the sewage plant had left a rather unsavoury whiff and a brown tide mark in the aft engine room
That would have been one of my tasks on the journey south once three miles offshore, the annual cleaning out of the sewage tank Actually it’s not so bad once you’ve removed all the things that shouldn’t be in there
It’s going to be a very early start in the morning as we’re due at Dales dry dock in Troon http://forth-group.co.uk/index.php?page=Garvel-Clyde-Ltd-Troon tomorrow. It will be my first visit to a ‘dry dock’ as such, all the other ‘dockings’ that I’ve attended have been on ‘patent slips’ http://www.clydesite.co.uk/articles/patent.asp so it will be a novel experience to be level for once. My spells at Ardmaleish http://www.ardmaleishboatbuilding.co.uk/ and the now defunct ‘Timbercraft’ have always been on a slope
Sure it’s going to make a pleasant change not having to walk up and down an angled deck but we’ll be at the mercy of the weather. One thing about Ardmaleish was the nice big sheds, not to mention the luxury of the Victoria hotel in Rothesay.
I wish they’d stop messing with the clocks
According to my watch it’s just after 20:00 but my mind says 21:00 and my body feels like it’s 23:00 so it’ll not be long before I turn in to my luxurious bed aboard Hallaig. It’s just me and the skipper aboard, the rest of the ‘team’ chose the relative comfort of the ‘Royal Hotel’, me I prefer to keep an eye on the Hallaig. With no shore connection available here to run her complex systems overnight we need to be aboard to keep an eye on things.
That will be ‘Emby’s’ pasta bake
and that will be one of the things that needs ‘keeping an eye on’, Emby’s pasta was spectacular and far better than tonight’s offering.
Somehow two Tesco ready meals don’t ‘cut the mustard’, especially when compared with my mum’s moussaka. Still, they were only £1.26 each and we’ve got a lovely roast to look forward to tomorrow,
I know cos I’ve just carved a chunk off it
Clutching at straws
It’s been that long since I was scribbling that I seem to have lost the knack so I’m just trawling through the images on my phone. Another reason for the lack of input has been yet another defunct camera, I’ve spent thousands on cameras over the seven years I’ve been blogging and I’m sick of it. So I’m afraid you’re just going to have to make do with carp pictures from now on
This will be me testing out the recently overhauled Warn XP9500 winch on a sunken rock at my parents house.
The annual visit from Sarah and her expert clam divers, these two boys lift more clams in a day than I could in a week. Mind you I burnt about 5 gallons of red diesel a day in the MV Conqueror, they big Evinrude’s could do that in a few minutes
At some point over the last six weeks I must have gone to the cinema on Raasay to see something in the ‘Screen Machine’ https://screenmachine.co.uk/ . The venue was first class but the film was pish https://screenmachine.co.uk/films/mrs-browns-boys-dmovie/
Well, that’s us in ‘Cameltoon’ yesterday and now at 21:00 I’m going to have to ‘turn in’.