Life at the end of the road

May 14, 2015

Up in the air :-)

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:35 pm

I ‘clocked off’ at 21:00 again tonight, just as the sun started disappearing behind the Storr. It’s late enough, I’d been at it since 7:00 and at last feel like I’m getting somewhere. This concrete polishing is turning into a bit of an epic, the discs are £120 each and I’m on my 5th!!!!!! Hopefully I’ll not need five more, but I won’t be far off and that doesn’t include the special 100mm ones for getting in the corner.

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I did an hour this morning before breakfast, having finally started on the living area last night I wanted to press on.

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I also made the switch from a medium disc to a fine disc, though subsequent research has led me to believe that I need even finer discs to finish off. Anyway I spoke to a helpful chap today at and some finer ones are on the way, and with a bit of luck they’ll be here on Saturday.

The only way to see Raasay

Anyway, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, for yesterday I ‘cashed in’ my birthday present from  the ‘post lady’,

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a ‘taster’ in Mike Westman’s Ikarus C42. Both wifey and son have been out with Mike before and I really cannot think of a better way to see Skye or Raasay.


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Here’s Scalpay, where I lived for four years prior to moving to Arnish 25 years ago, I never realized the lochs were so big, or that there were so many ruins.

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Fearns on the south east of Raasay.


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The Dun Caan lochs and Dun Caan itself.

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Screapadale, Brochel then the hard rock of the Arnish ‘common grazing’ with Loch Arnish, Torran and Fladda on the west side.

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Truth was I only flew over to check on the builders Smile

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It was all over far too soon and I bade Mike farewell

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until my 60th birthday Smile Seriously though, you can have a shot at flying for a lot less than you think and I can thoroughly recommend the experience.

Back to the grind

After my exciting trip I headed back sedately in the ‘Old Girl’ and caught the 11:25 ferry


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arriving back at Sonas to a ‘hive of activity’.

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Lachie, Donald and Angus had made great progress and I continued with my friend ‘Mr Werbel’

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but at last seemed to be making progress

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and that will be the best part of 100kg of concrete dust removed today.

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Also managed a quick 66,000 mile service o Phoebe Smile



  1. Wow what stunning pictures of the isles and locks was there anything else you could get into your day?

    Comment by Stan — May 15, 2015 @ 6:43 am

  2. We must’ve just missed you – we were flying with Skye Seaplanes earlier this week! Had great weather for it, gives a great alternative perspective over the isles – I also noticed the number of ruins and outlines of old buildings on the land!

    Comment by markphelandotnet — May 15, 2015 @ 6:55 am

  3. Paul your packing a lot in this week, photographs look great. Maybe for your 60th you could book one of those cruises that pass Raasay. And your house is looking great.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 15, 2015 @ 8:16 am

  4. Impressed with how much you fit into one day!

    Comment by SK Waller — May 15, 2015 @ 12:35 pm

  5. Fantastic views Paul. I have always wanted to ask does anyone live in the house with the red roof just to the north of your old house. Those pictures just shows how lucky you are living where you do.

    Comment by Alistair — May 15, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

  6. Paul
    After you’ve done your house chores I think you might like to create one of these handy helpers.

    Comment by Polite Scouser — May 15, 2015 @ 9:37 pm

  7. Thinking of polished concrete in my extension. The advise I got was always to keep the floor wet /damp. Keeps to dust down and cools the heads so they don’t wear out as fast. The machine your have looks like a normal floor polisher the one I was shown has 2 rotating heads with solid diamond covered teeth. Looks hard work. Can’t wait to see how it looks.

    Comment by Gavin's ferguson — May 16, 2015 @ 8:49 am

  8. Love the ariel views and love polished concrete (will definitely be worth the effort) but not half as much as Robin LOVED her ferry trips. She’s still saying a hopeful ‘ferry?’ each time we get in the car. Hoping she might be able to see the steering wheel sometime 😉

    Comment by Janjce — May 16, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

  9. There must be something useful for all that dust you’re collecting. Perhaps use it as grout between pavers on the path to the hen house? Glad you have become an air ace, remind me to buy you sky diving lessons for your 80th. Gosh, the Queen jumped after James Bond, surely you could land somewhere soft.

    Comment by drgeo111 — May 17, 2015 @ 7:53 pm

  10. Now that’s a good idea for my next visit to Skye. Great photos.

    Comment by Nigel Macleod — May 20, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

  11. Hi Paul. Missing your posts which are always of interest. Hope to see something whenever you can?

    Comment by David Gartside — June 16, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

  12. any news of where paul is. David in Spain

    Comment by david hardisty — June 17, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    • He’s away filming the new top gear show.Lol

      Comment by - — June 18, 2015 @ 9:59 am

  13. Happy Father’s Day Paul. Hope all is well. Your fans around the world anxiously await your return to the blogosphere.

    Comment by Morgan — June 21, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    • Can I second that last post.

      Comment by Nigel Macleod — June 21, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

  14. Hope you are well, missing your news and wonderful photos. Cheers

    Comment by Kate T — June 21, 2015 @ 5:55 pm

    • Yes can I echo thoughts above. Just wondering if Paul and family are ok?

      Comment by Sal C — June 22, 2015 @ 8:55 am

      • Morning peeps,

        thanks for your concern, and sorry I’ve not been around for a while. I’ll be missing this last month or so’s posts myself in the future I’m sure. It’s always a good way for me to ‘check up on the past. However the house has to take priority at the moment and we’re at that stage where there’s much finishing off to do so I’m seldom in the caravan before 22:00.
        Not only that but the trusty Lenovo G570 died a month ago and I’m having to make do with a ‘clockwork Amilo M3438G which I abandoned years ago on account of it’s slowness and continual crashing. Anyway, it really is time that I ‘put pen to paper’ once more, much has happened in what must be the worst summer so far on record. Another reason for the lack of input being the general ‘air of gloom’ hanging over everyone due to the lack of sunlight and abundance of rain 😦

        Cheers, Paul

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 23, 2015 @ 5:18 am

  15. Hi Paul,
    Good to hear from you,,, sorry things have been tougher than usual,,,, Best wishes and hope things pick up for you and the family
    Chris & Chris xxxx

    Comment by chrisbbbbbChris Burton — June 23, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

  16. Hi Paul,so pleased to hear you’r still in the land of the living,you had us all worrying there for a while. Can appreciate your preference for finishing the house as apposed to telling all your followers what’s happening, just hope you don’t forget all that’s been going on so we all can catch up eventually. I’m sure I speak for all your readers that we can’t look forward enough to read your goings on again.

    Very best regards. Robert Findlay.

    Comment by Robert FINDLAY — June 23, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    • Aye Robert,

      it’s just too handy ‘living on site’, I fully intended to scribble a few lines last night and post some pictures but then spent until 22:10 messing about with my shower tray.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 24, 2015 @ 5:06 am

      • Solidarity with Calmac workers

        Comment by — June 26, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

  17. What you need is more hours in the day!!!!

    Good to hear that you’re well and the new house is coming on, can’t wait for a full update. I agree about the weather, all this dullness is making me SAD.

    Comment by Steve — June 25, 2015 @ 5:52 am

  18. Hi Paul

    Glad you’re OK , if busy. Missed seeing you when we were on the island a couple of weeks ago though we met the postie a few times. Also enjoyed 6 lovely Arnish eggs. Didn’t see the skipper either so you must both have been on the next shift.

    Weather not good. Cooler than I remember over goodness knows how many years all week on Raasay though not much rain.

    Looked at your new house from a distance – lovely stonework.

    See you next year!


    Comment by Sue — June 26, 2015 @ 5:49 pm

  19. Hi Paul, glad to learn you are still alive, was beginning to wonder! Hope to be able to see a new digest when you can mate, to see the latest progress. All the best to you all.

    Comment by Lloyd — July 4, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

  20. Sorry about your computer dying and leaving all of your readers (including Peter and me) at a loose end. Can’t do anything about the rotten weather, but there might be a solution for the computer. My husband (that would be Peter) works for an organisation which occasionally has good used machines available. No lorries have lost their tailgates, honest! If you might be interested, give me a shout.

    Comment by Serinde — July 8, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

    • Morning Serinde, yes thanks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 11, 2015 @ 5:50 am

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