Just trying to ‘keep it together’ really and get back into the regular posting biz, not really got oodles to say, and not really done a great deal. Been trying right enough but this exceptional weather has somewhat hampered things.
Monday morning started off quite well with no sign of the torrential overnight rain that was forecast. I headed down the road to work at my usual leisurely pace just as this cruise ship steamed towards Portree at a similar pace. Both of us in no hurry whatsoever, I guess she was saving fuel whilst most of her passengers slept. Me, I was just enjoying the lack of precipitation.
I did check the AIS when I arrived aboard the Hallaig to check out her name, but ‘true to form’ I’ve forgot it
Whilst it was dry at Arnish it had certainly been raining at the south end, and with more rain forecast for the day I was hoping to get some painting done in this relatively sheltered area at the forward end of Hallaig.
It didn’t go very well
and in the end I gave up, the wind, cold and rain getting the better of my Monday morning enthusiasm.
Scotch mist through my prison window
A group of divers arrived on the charter boat Gaelic Rose http://www.gaelicrose.com/ and the skipper expertly ‘parked’ her behind our long term neighbour the MV Loch Bhrusda. Many is the happy weeks diving holiday I’ve had on similar vessels with 11 other divers crammed into that small space. A constant chug from either the engine or generator just a few feet away. A perfect cocktail of diesel, sweat and damp shaken but not stirred by the relentless motion of the sea. Oh, happy days aboard the likes of the MV Chalice http://www.northernlight-uk.com/our-boats/previous-small-ships/chalice/, I went on her maiden cruise in 1980 and she’s still taking out divers 35 years later.
Today, Tuesday wasn’t much better, at least not until later in the day,
though by lunchtime it was at least dry
as a lorry headed north with Calor cylinders for ‘Number 3’. Of course, like most other vehicles of late they went up to Sonas first Obviously Calor don’t give their employees very good direction, well that and the ‘pratnav’ can’t cope with us all having the same postcode up here!!