Life at the end of the road

November 4, 2014

Two ‘Fat ladies’ and one Czech lager

Filed under: daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:34 am

Three AM here in Troon and once more I fell asleep after dinner with the aid of excellent scran and some Datei:Staropramen Logo.svg

Czech lager, though this time it was only one pint. The two that I’ve managed daily for the last week being impossible on account of me being ‘pure feckered’ Sad smile And it wasn’t just me, Hallaig’s master was also way too tired for number two and the pair of us retired early after a three course dinner in ‘The two fat ladies’ restaurant here at ‘The Marine’ I’ve never really understood this ‘franchised carp’. OK, I can see it with the likes of the ‘golden arches’ and Starbuck’s where the ‘sheep in us’ likes to conform and buy the same carp in Newport Pagnel as Novosibirsk, but gourmet food, what’s all that about? I mean one of the ‘fat ladies’ is dead and I’m sure the other aint been to Troon in years. Sure the ‘pumpkin tortellini’ was delicious but with only five ‘parcels’ it ensured that you got ripped off for a sweet afterwards Sad smile 

You may well gather from this that after seven nights here we’re getting sick of the menu, not to mention the £4.25 surcharge for kippers, £9.95 for steak and ‘blah, blah, blah,’. Don’t get me wrong the Marine is nice the staff exemplary and the rooms ‘just peachy’ but I’ve had enough and want to go home. This morning we couldn’t even manage any ‘dead animals’ at breakfast and the pair of us settled for a lighter option.

I know, I know, it’s not ‘hard life’ and I should be grateful but I’ve had enough now and I want to get back to Raasay. With any luck I’ll be back at my beloved Arnish on Wednesday but before that I’ve a ship to take out of dry dock.


The MV Hallaig’s dock is due to be ‘flooded’ at 15:00 and I’ve an awful lot of stuff to check first.


At some point the water level either side of this huge steel gate will be equalized and Hallaig will be ready to go to a berth in Troon harbour.


As you can see, it’s a busy place with JST’s hardware taking up much of the available space.

Prior to any of this of course the staff at Dale’s were all over the ship like a rash.




My Polish friends Wojeck and Tibi grafting throughout the weekend on the ramp pins and bushes.

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Whilst they were busy underneath the ship the ‘Greenock crew’ were making the most of Troon’s  sunnier climes by getting on with the painting.


Ok, Ok, I know it’s a rubbish post but it’s 4:28 now and I may manage two hours sleep if I’m lucky Smile










  1. Both the fat ladies are dead, Paul – probably explains why the menu doesn’t change very often! Oh well, not too long until you’ll be back on the “Sceptred Isle”. Good Luck!


    Comment by Mark James — November 4, 2014 @ 6:25 am

    • I’m not surprised they’re both dead, a good salad on the menu would help 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 4, 2014 @ 6:37 am

  2. Don’t know of the relationship with the TV two fat ladies but there are at least three other restaurants under this name, one being in Glasgow. Anyway, doesn’t sound a recommendation for eating there!

    Hope you, the skipper and the Hallaig get back safely and soon to the beloved island.

    How’s the back?


    Comment by Sue Styles — November 4, 2014 @ 9:05 am

  3. Ah Paul, home and family are calling to you! It must be time to go home!

    Comment by Anne Macdonald — November 5, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

  4. Not just in the UK Paul, big scandal so many restaurants buying in pre prepped food, 1 euro a portion, ping in the microwave, serve at 11 euros. Personalise with a little Chantilly cream, or sprinkle a few fresh herbs. What is a fresh veggie? Portion control, frozen muck so no waste. Fresh eggs sold yolks only in bottles!
    Nobody it seems wants to prepare food. Or the other extreme where some *osser, expects the peas to be peeled. Bah humbug.
    Safe journey home and some decent tuck.

    Comment by Andrew — November 5, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

  5. Humpback whales sighted sounding just south of Portree this morning!

    Comment by Drgeo — November 5, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

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