Life at the end of the road

January 8, 2015

Awaiting the storm

Filed under: daily doings, life off grid — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:56 pm

Well, it’s been one of those days that you can only experience whilst living on an island and off the grid. It actually started yesterday when the new neighbours couldn’t get to Raasay on account of the ferry not sailing, just one of the ‘joys’ of island life. However they managed to get a room at The Isles in Portree and had a great night, unfortunately the Isles does not seem to have joined the 21st century yet so has no website. Probably why it’s so good Smile certainly I can vouch for the food there, having been


on the receiving end of one of their steak and ale pies some years ago.

When today arrived here at the old schoolhouse in Torran it was quite chilly, well it would be wouldn’t it, it’s January and I’d turned off the central heating last night. Central heating timers may be quite normal items to the majority of the populace but they’re beyond the grasp of a simpleton like me. Anyway, once we’d all got to grips with the day and I’d fried up some pigs kidneys for breakfast I set off for Arnish. The new owners would be arriving soon and there was still more stuff to move!!!!!


And here was me thinking it was all done!

The visit to ‘number 3’ had also furnished me with a string of messages on the answerphone that needed dealing with. Messages from solicitors and officialdom that needed dealing with. The trouble with these ‘types’ is that they have no perception of island and ‘off grid’ life, so the ‘pop into the office’ to sign some papers becomes a whole days work.

Having wrecked my whole day just to scribble my mark on a bit of paper I then returned home to do the simple task of transferring some money to a building society. Fat friggin chance!!! sure, I have a respectable internet connection via a satellite broadband link but I cannot confirm this without a telephone!! Now you try explaining to someone in a call centre that you have internet and no phone and they will think you are from a different planet!

However, before all that, here was the morning’s weather at Torran


which must have included a little sun at least.



Many is the lobster and scallop I’ve picked from beneath that cliff, a true ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow.

Eventually though, at some time after 18:00 we all got back home and I received my final present from Santa


a cracking Petzl head torch from the Dude. My current one had suffered several years ‘hard labour’ under Land Rovers and in ship bilges, consequently its elasticated strap was ‘unelastic’ and its switch not very ‘switchy’ Smile



Not that Molly or Charlie cared Smile

Emmerdale arrives at Torran

Now regular readers will appreciate that I’m not a fan of ‘the one eyed monster’ but I do like to ‘keep the peace’, especially with my lovely MiL being in residence.



Well, I managed to get the TV working!!!!! probably the first time ever at Torran Schoolhouse Smile



  1. do you normally carry your tooth brush around in your overalls pocket?
    P.S. meant to say to you but are your inverters on the ferry made by Vacon, they look familiar, I hear they have been bought over by Danfoss. Not sure of what will happen Vacon now? All the best and Happy new Year and here’s to a great year in the new house. Thank you for sharing with us

    Comment by willie — January 8, 2015 @ 11:27 pm

    • Happy NY to you 2 Willie, and yes they are Vacon inverters, will have to check that out.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 9, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

  2. Well my friend it is now 3.40am here in Whitburn and I have given up on sleep, since around midnight the wind and rain have been at full pelt and the 100mph storm has been working hard. As our house faces east the west end has been taking a great battering so much so that the wheelie bins are now against the house having moved from their relative safe place behind the fence which usually stops them moving, thankfully so far the fence is still in place as are the garden sheds, but I am a tad worried. The street looks like a river outside the front of the house as the rain is falling almost horizontally. No doubt the island will be taking a fairly similar battering as our forecasts where alike for tonight and tomorrow. I hope you are all safe and keeping warm. Roll on the spring! 🙂

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — January 9, 2015 @ 3:44 am

    • Roll on spring indeed Graham, was awake myself late last night listening to the weather.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 9, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

      • Counting my blessings, my wee brother was on Harbour master duty up in Orkney all night, busy night keeping an eye on things and making sure boats where safe in their moorings, think he may well be enjoying a well deserved day off today and tomorrow. 😉

        Comment by Thomson Caravans — January 10, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

  3. charlie is molly’s son? or husband? anyway it’s wonderful to be getting daily updates again, and to see my favorite highland lass has lost none of her gusto.

    Comment by Jeannette Smyth — January 9, 2015 @ 5:10 am

    • Hi New Mexico, keep an eye out for us next year 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 9, 2015 @ 10:35 pm

  4. I’ve noticed that with Petzl bonce lamps. The elastic loses it’s trickery after a while. I’ve got one I wear with a wooly hat where I replaced the elastic with plain webbing and an adjustable buckle.

    I suspect that Paul uses an old toothrush for cleaning oily gunky stuff. I have several old manual ones in the toolbox for that.

    Comment by Phil Cook — January 9, 2015 @ 2:18 pm

    • Yup, dead right about the Petzl but wrong about the toothbrush, me forgot to lift it from ‘number 3’ 🙂 Having said that I do keep the old ones for odd jobs Phil.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 9, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

  5. Paul, your new neighbours are certainly getting a wild welcome to Raasay

    Comment by cazinatutu — January 9, 2015 @ 9:07 pm

    • Best way, then they’ll appreciate the good times 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 9, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

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