Life at the end of the road

March 29, 2015

The ‘fifth man’ :-o

Filed under: daily doings, The daily pothole — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:02 pm

What a pleasure it was to wake up at a sensible time or at least nearer to the right time for going to work. The 5:00am starts of late just became 6:00am ones, and for that I’m grateful, still a little early for a Sunday right enough but it gave me chance to get a few things done on the way to work.

Rather than taking the quad I walked the half mile or so in my oilskins in the pishing rain!! No, I’m not a sadist, I just had time to kill, felt like I needed the exercise and it was perfect weather for clearing verges.

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Just a few minutes with a shovel can make a huge difference to the state of the track and helps both your feet and the shopping dry.

After dealing with the chooks up at ‘Sonas’ I pottered down the road in the ‘Old Girl’ and another shovel.

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The ‘Wilkinson Sword Border Spade’ has to be the most useless spade I have ever come across. It’s unique ‘shock absorber’ handle makes it feel like a jelly every time you thrust it into the ground it bends. Talk about a useless gimmick, luckily the soft verges didn’t prove too taxing and I managed to empty a few ‘lakes’ on the way to work.


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Sure it’s the Highland Council’s responsibility but I find it more hassle complaining to them than actually doing the job.

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Of course, as is usual for a Sunday, I was late, I’m always late on Sunday Smile

Dunkan the dummy

Arriving at work just after 9:00am to find the rest of the crew there before me I then set about the usual pre start checks prior to sailing at 10:00. A busy boat outbound and a quiet one back to Raasay was followed by the usual ‘big breakfast’ a ‘Safety Meeting’ and then a MOB (man overboard) exercise. It also gave use chance to use Dunkan

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for the first time Smile 

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Poor Dunkan fell overboard and had to be rescued.


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Luckily the Hallaig’s crew were quick off the mark

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and Dunkan was soon rescued.

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Once back on board we hosed him down and locked him in cupboard until next week Smile

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As well as rescuing Dunkan we put a fire out on the car deck using the 30kW ‘Drencher pump’,

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you don’t want to be on the car deck when this baby starts up Smile

Home in daylight Smile

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and it’s still not dark two hours later.


  1. We have a similar man overboard “person” but called bob.

    Comment by steve patch — March 29, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

  2. enjoy your next 2 weeks ,,,summer not far away.will visit you over the Summer,if you know of anyone with a Perkins engines or Generator pleas let me know


    Comment by Duncan Boyle — March 29, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

  3. You had better make sure wifey isn`t around wearing her yellows on Sunday mornings. She could get mistaken for Dunken!

    Comment by jaycee — March 30, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

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