Over a month now since I’ve actually posted anything other than the odd comment but that’s about to change. Tis’ 17:00 now on a Friday afternoon and the good ship Hallaig has just departed Raasay leaving the MV Loch Linnhe to cover.
She arrived on Wednesday night right enough but only ‘picked up the route’ this morning. Weather and a lack of suitable berths at ports to the south of here having kept us in port. However, that’s us well and truly on our way to dry dock, at Cammell Laird http://www.clbh.co.uk/ in Birkenhead!!!!! Well, it’ll make in interesting change from the Clyde that’s for sure
The reason, or at least the main reason for lack of input has of course been the house and the long hours that it’s demanded from both the wife and I. The fact my dear mum took a fall and broke her hip also ensured that I’d far more on my mind and in my schedule than usual. However a marvellous health care system, friends and neighbours that were ‘the salt of the earth’ and a month in NHS Scotland hospitals have set her well on the way to a full recovery.
We have also lost two dear friends from Raasay in the space of two weeks and that too has taken its toll emotionally, it’s been a ‘helluva’ month!
There has been some progress on the bespoke oak kitchen right enough, and with that we’re well pleased.
The stonework on the gable is also finished and the old railway sleepers are now in position.
They took a bit of getting up there right enough and Lachie did it on his own, my only input being to sort out which was the right way around
The blocks around the ingoes need rendering but to say that we’re ‘chuffed’ with the result would be something of an understement. Norman Shanks who did the stone work is something of an expert to say the least.
Here’s another house he’s working on on the mainland.
This newbuild on the mainland was designed by Ben Wear who did our airtightness test and also helped with the site survey at Sonas some years ago. It’s just so refreshing to see that some people still prefer quality over quantity, for what this relitively small house has cost in masonary work you could have built a dweling twice the size, but just look at that stonework, it’s a masterpiece, no wonder the CEO of Lego is after Norm I only wish we’d had enough dosh to get a few more walls done in natural stone.
And what a view the owner will have, not as good as our right enough, but pretty cool
Funny how things turn out
I’ve lost track of the days but just came accross this pic from a few weeks ago, which just goes to show that things are never quite so straight forward here on Raasay.
Arriving on our good ship one early morn to find a total ‘blackout’ caused by a power cut I proudly ‘pats myself on the back’ when I ‘recovered’ from it and got Hallaig ready to sail on time at 7:55 only to be greeted by a tremendous vibration once the drives were started. It was very obviously something wrapped around the Voith Schnieder propellor unit and we were going nowhere Fortunately we managed to clear the obstruction and only missed a coule of sailings, and luckily a team of divers were on hand to check for damage http://lochcarron.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/wester-ross-diving-services-ltd-22250678.html . Turned out it was my good friend and one time boss Euan, who now works for ‘Wester Ross Diving’ and arrived with a team of suitably whiffy compatriots.
“How I hate the smell of dead salmon in the morning”
After a mounatain of paperwork they sorted us out and we all left very happy.
This chap didnae right enough but the hunter that shot him was as ‘pleased as punch’, Raasay is overun with them and precious few trees get chance to grow and thrive thanks to their inscesant munching of saplings. Just a few months ago some thirteen stags were seen on the small tidal island of Fladda off Raasay’s north western shore.
I’m sure he’ll be burgers in the local shop by now and will have contributed greatly to the local economy.
One thing for sure, the weather has gone seriously ‘tits up’, after the wettest ond most miserable summer on record we’re now confronted with the driest autumn I can remember!!! So much so that our hydro turbines have produced ‘didly squat’ and the leaves are still on the trees.
As if all this ‘strangeness’ wasn’t enough, one Sunday I’m minding my own business in the caravan when the dug starts barking like a ‘pure no righty’
and I looks out the window to find this on the drive, a 1970 Range Rover with an Inverness reg and chassis number 295!!! Turns out to be a rather interesting Dude on a charity mission in a 45 year old 2 door Rangie!!!!
Seriously, you just ‘can’t keep this man down’
Applogies Richard if we weren’t more welcoming, and sorry for not feeding you after the dogs ate your lunch but we’d ‘an awful lot going on’.
The weather really has been amazing
So, that’ll be the obligitary ‘disabled ramp’ being expertly installed by Lachie
and the ‘soakaway’ for the septic tank.
Oban Saturday night
Anyway, that’s us firmly tied to the ‘Lighthouse Pier’ in Oban tonight