Life at the end of the road

July 23, 2015

A fine show

Filed under: boats, daily doings, shed/house — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:11 pm

Almost 21:00 now, I did try posting yesterday but it just didn’t happen. I’d like to say that it was because I was working hard or working late, but in truth, that would be a lie. My builder Lachie Gillies was doing all that, me I was just distracting him by talking.

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He’d been doing some of the ‘smooth render’ and fitting scaffolding to the stone gable, me, I’d just spent the day trying to get some paint on Hallaig in between the wintery showers. I ‘kid you not’ there were even showers of hail on Skye Smile 

We chose the smooth render rather than the more traditional ‘roughcast’ after much deliberation. Firstly it’s far far easier to paint, a major consideration for old age and secondly we figured that it would contrast nicely with the natural stone gable. Anyway, we’re well pleased with the results so far.

Sorry, it’s 22:30 now, and one of the serious disadvantages of living in a caravan, the total lack of space, has left me watching ‘The second best exotic Marigold hotel’ so totally incapable of blogging for 90 minutes!

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Anyway, I’m back, I’ve dried my eyes, had a glass of wine and am now totally focused (aye right).

A very busy harbour

So, where was I, well, judging by the pictures heading for work Smile


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That’ll be the ‘Golden cliff’, nesting place of sea eagles below the peak of Ben Tianavaig,

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many is the clam that Willie Eyre and I have lifted from below there.

A little while later I was at work

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along with four other craft, all of them pouring much needed revenue into the local coffers. Dunno about the MV Harvest Caroline II and MV Loch Bhrusda but the Hallaig pays around £400 a night to tie up on Raasay pier!!!

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Once at work I made a valiant attempt at painting but every hour or so the heavens opened, the wind freshened and I scurried down below like a mole.

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Life ‘went on’ on Raasay, a company called Horsebridge came over and fitted a Tooway satellite dish which is going to give us a ‘seamless’  reliable and fast internet connection on the ferry and at the terminals Smile Aye right, ‘been there, got the book, video and Tee shirt’ satellite internet is pish.


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The Raasay based FV Lustre landed prawns to Scotwest at Sconser.


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That’s it, sorry, I’m off to bed!



  1. Morning Paul

    What a difference in the weather from exactly this time last year! We were, unusually, on Raasay then and it was so hot most days that it was like being under a grill. It was even too hot for the midges (but not the cleggs).

    House coming on – when is moving in envisaged?


    Comment by Sue — July 24, 2015 @ 7:57 am

    • Morning Sue,just said to one of my workmates today, I’ve not seen a single clegg this year!!! and only a handful of flies, wasps or bees.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2015 @ 5:26 am

  2. That last picture is amazing, we don’t get light like that at this time of year in Salford tough we seem to have our fair share of shipping on the ship canal at the moment.

    Comment by Alistair — July 24, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    • Salford!!!

      Those were the days, queuing for hours on my way to work at Rout One Ford next to the Rialto trffic lights on Bury New road.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2015 @ 5:25 am

      • 3 boats on the canal last night, one full of cement one collecting scrap and another probably full of Australian wine to be bottled for tesco’s. I work near salford quays so I drive along the canal in the morning. Shipping will increase over the next few years with the new port of Salford container port being built.

        Comment by artimaginguk — July 25, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

  3. Good morning Paul,

    Re the £400 fee for tying up at night for your place of work, how on earth does the Company manage to make the ferry link pay financially, or is there some form of grant or aid from an official body? It would seem common-sense to wave any fee, as the ferry is a vital transport link, and without which Rassay would be scuppered. That’s a land-lubber’s perspective.

    Comment by Richard — July 24, 2015 @ 8:27 am

    • Morning Richard,

      Re the £400 fee that’s just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ Richard. The council take pier dues on every passenger and car ticket which amounts to something like a quarter of the cost of the fare. They also get paid £50 every time the ramp lands on the slipway and we do 18 sailings a day. Then of course there’s the £3k a day to lease the ferry off CMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 25, 2015 @ 5:23 am

  4. Hi Paul, It’s Louise (Naughton – from Great Harwood BASC from all those years ago) I can’t believe I stumbled across this blog, your blog, after so many years. How are you? It sounds as though life on Raasay is extremely interesting!

    I’m in Derbyshire – as far away from the sea as one can get in the UK!!

    How is Syliva? and are the bears still going strong?

    I think the last time I saw you both was in the late 80’s. I hope life is treating you well at the end of the road!!

    Louise xx

    Comment by simplychanging — July 26, 2015 @ 9:28 am

  5. Hi Paul
    Pleased to see house progressing nicely. I’m on Skye 19th-21st August, would it be ok to pop down to Sconser and say Hi if you are around please? Had great few days on Raasay couple years back, amazing, and saw your Pigs sign!. Would love to stay again but duties don’t permit this time. MInd you could do a ‘non landing’ trip!. Hope you will be in the new ‘hoose’ very soon. Regards Sally

    Comment by Sally — July 27, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

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