Life at the end of the road

July 21, 2015

Jus’ painting in the rain :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:17 pm

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.

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I did check the AIS when I arrived aboard the Hallaig to check out her name, but ‘true to form’ I’ve forgot it Smile

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.

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It didn’t go very well

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and in the end I gave up, the wind, cold and rain getting the better of my Monday morning enthusiasm.

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Scotch mist through my prison window Smile

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A group of divers arrived on the charter boat Gaelic Rose 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, I went on her maiden cruise in 1980 and she’s still taking out divers 35 years later.


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Today, Tuesday wasn’t much better, at least not until later in the day,


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though by lunchtime it was at least dry

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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 Smile 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!!


  1. Hi Paul, that big boat was at Oban today and guess what We can’t remember the name either!! However the passengers had a wee tent at the end of the jetty that had hot tea and coffee for the lovely yankies!! We also seen the loch striven which I think is on the lismore run, I went to school on that ferry to Largs many moons ago. Take care Paul.

    Comment by Alex and Lesley — July 21, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  2. It was the Prinsendam:)

    Comment by Alex and Lesley — July 21, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

  3. So good to have the blog back. Always interesting, no matter how short. Keep up the good work. Sonas looking good.

    Comment by Mags philp — July 21, 2015 @ 10:16 pm

  4. Your both wrong, It was the “AZAMARA QUEST” . Was in portree on Monday afternoon.

    Comment by fred — July 22, 2015 @ 12:30 am

    • Morning Fred and welcome,

      it was certainly the Prinzendam that showed up on Hallaig’s AIS and they do look quite similar from a distance.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 22, 2015 @ 5:18 am

  5. Good morning Paul.
    The weather still not cleared for you either, we’re not having many sunny days on the Mersey and with the constant showers the wife’s starting to get annoyed about the drying of the washing, we do love a good line blown dry.
    What about using water based paint I’m told it’s good for all weathers😉

    Comment by Polite Scouser — July 22, 2015 @ 7:41 am

  6. Hi Paul, I was in portree on Monday and have four photos I took of the ship and I can confirm that is was indeed the Azamara Quest that you seen. If you give me your email I will send you the pics to upload to your site if you like.


    Comment by willie — July 22, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    • Ps,Its good to see you back blogging again, ive missed the updates while eating my breakfast Lol.

      Comment by willie — July 22, 2015 @ 2:43 pm

    • Must have been the Monday before Wille cos I just phoned the harbour master and it was most definitely the Prinsendam that was anchored in Portree Bay this Monday. The Azamara Quest was in the week before.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 22, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

      • Aye you are right Paul, was Monday the 13th right enough. My bad lol.

        Comment by willie — July 22, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

  7. Same weather in the Brecon Beacons, Paul. Mist and fine showers every day. Autumn is here.

    Comment by Lloyd — July 23, 2015 @ 5:32 pm

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