Life at the end of the road

November 1, 2015

Recycling the ‘smalls’ :-)

Well that’s it, I’ve run out of socks and undies Sad smile I did pack ten of everything so I dunno what’s happened, or perhaps I’ve been away longer than I thought. Anyway I have now reached the point of having to sieve through my dirty linen to find the least offensive whiffy socks and boxers!! Well, at least I don’t have to lug them all home, I’ll leave most aboard Hallaig and just keep a couple for the journey north. Having said that the hotel will wash them, or at least get someone else to do it ‘for a fee’ but only during the week and for an extortionate fee.

The best meal ever

I really am a miserable old git, moaning about having to go out for meals instead of eating in the hotel. The ‘Holiday Inn Express’ only does breakfast and I’ve been sorely dischuffed at having to wander the Albert Dock looking for chuck. Me, I like to come home from work, have a beer, eat something and go back to my room. Sure there are plenty of restaurants around here and it seems to be a magnet for trendy people, it’s just ‘not my thing’. However, last night we wandered out the hotel, turned left and came across this place in yet another converted warehouse

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It was Halloween, the dock was heaving with zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts yet we managed to get a table there with only a few minutes wait, at a fish tank!!!! I kid you not, we had our Kingfisher lager on a fish tank. I’d like to tell you what we ate but I can’t actually remember other than it was a couple of lamb based starters and a chicken main course for me.

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My Lamb kebab type dish was lovely but the skippers was even nicer, luckily we did a little swapsie Smile The staff were brilliant and I’d definitely go back again, in fact if it were up to me I’d be back there tonight but I’ve been overruled Sad smile

Being far to old to spend a night on the town I turned in early as we’d a busy day ahead today, it may have been Sunday but the Cammell never seems to sleep.

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Sadly it was thick fog for most of the day, and with humidity at 87% the painting was cancelled for the day. It was even foggy inside the dock, still, at least it meant we could pump the fresh water over the side without upsetting the painters Smile

Also managed some serious mods on the anchor windlass arrangement, which has been less than ideal for the last two years.

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Now, thanks to some excellent fabrication by Ryan and Jim we have some lovely smooth chain guides and spurling pipes.

We did get finished a little earlier today but sadly, I was too tired and grubby to do any sight seeing.

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This is the dock itself with the old warehouses and pumping station in the background.



  1. It sounds as though you aren’t suffering too many privations. ‘They’ say you can microwave your smalls to kill any bacteria. (Don’t try it, they tend to catch fire.) I always have a small amount of washing powder and just do them in the sink, then dry them on a piece of string.

    Comment by englishjim — November 1, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

  2. Can you not wash them in the sink or something or as wifey gotta do it.

    Comment by Stan — November 1, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    • I could wash em in the sink, but then where would I dry them? Don’t have a problem with washing anything San, managed to look after myself for years and stay in clean dry underwear. Don’t have a problem cleaning the toilet pan either, but I do like to have the right tools for the job and I’d consider a washing line or radiator as a minimum requirement, my room has neither 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 2, 2015 @ 10:37 pm

      • It was Stan not San wot said it 🙂

        Comment by San — November 3, 2015 @ 8:48 am

  3. The Albert dock brings back memories of my student days back in the 80’s. Don’t know what it is like now but Flanagans Apple on Mathew Street was always a draw with excellent live music, and a sublime pint of guinness.

    Comment by Alistair — November 1, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

  4. Paul great to hear of the good workmanship at yard i am a fitter on the Strangford ferries in N, ireland. They are building a replacment ferry and now are going to dry dock the MV Portaferry II ,i think she will be taking your space in the dockThey are coming any day to pick her up

    Comment by john murray — November 2, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

    • Hi John and welcome, we should be out of there Wednesday, it’s a great dock and the workers are terrific.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 2, 2015 @ 10:32 pm

  5. Buy some new underwear and socks, then when you get home wrap them as Christmas presents and place under the tree……2 birds, 1 stone!

    Comment by drgeo111 — November 3, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

    • Hi Paul
      I shall refrain from comments on underwear (!!) but just wanted to wish you and the crew safe passage back home. You’ll be dying to get back to the sanity of Raasay and see what progress has been made on Sonas in your absence. Hope it’s not long before you are cosily fully moved in and able to enjoy it. Hope your Mum is on the mend as well. Best regards. Sally

      Comment by Sally — November 4, 2015 @ 7:49 pm


    Hallaig now out of dry dock and tied up at quayside in Birkenhead. Use above link if you wish to follow her back to Rasaay

    Comment by David & Margaret Gartside — November 4, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

  7. Sorry you’ve had a tough month Paul, but glad you’re back in the swing and (kind of) enjoying refit. Enjoying the blogs, as ever. Hope to get the silver bullet (wannabee Thomson) up to Rassay again soon, ‘speshly now RET is in!

    Comment by Andrew J Ditton — November 5, 2015 @ 11:44 pm

  8. See above link at 6. Hallaig now underway at 0654, heading NW, 9.8 knots. Off Crosby. /Users/Gartsides/Desktop/Hallaig 0654 6:11.png

    Comment by David Gartside — November 6, 2015 @ 6:58 am

  9. 1358 – Hallaig arrived Douglas IoM.

    Comment by David Gartside — November 6, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

  10. 0845 Sat – Hallaig still in Douglas.

    Comment by David Gartside — November 7, 2015 @ 7:48 am

  11. Halal now in harbour at Bangor, N Ireland

    Comment by David Gartside — November 7, 2015 @ 5:44 pm

    • Is that kosher info?

      Comment by San — November 8, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    • Hi David
      Thank you for giving us the link to AIS, we can now follow Hallaig directly, if we wish to.

      Comment by Sally — November 8, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

  12. Thank heavens the Hallaig is in capable hands!:

    Comment by Nancy — November 12, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    • Hi Nancy and welcome,
      yup, my son was on that ferry 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 15, 2015 @ 8:45 am

  13. Surely underwear lasts longer than that, front to back, back to front, turn inside out and repeat. That’s 4 days. Throw at a wall, it they stick – you need to change, if they don’t stick – repeat.

    On a different note, saw this homemade turkey plucker and it made me think of your good self

    Comment by Andy Poulton — November 24, 2015 @ 8:56 am

  14. Seems Paul may have major communication problem judging by no posts here or another site he makes contributions to.

    Comment by John. — November 26, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    • I think we just have be patient, and hope all is well with Paul and family. He’s got a lot on. Am sure we all wish him well.

      Comment by Sally — November 27, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

  15. R.I.P lifeatthendoftheroad blog is was good while it lasted. I hope all is well with Paul and family.

    Comment by jay — November 29, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

    • Jay, I think that Paul, being the thoroughly decent bloke he is, would do a last post, properly close down and say cheerio, not just disappear, If he was unable to continue the blog. Like I said, he’s got a lot on, and we wish him well meanwhile..

      Comment by Sally — November 29, 2015 @ 11:19 pm

  16. I think he is probably trying to get the house finished and moved in.

    Comment by Alistair — December 10, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

  17. I must say I’m also missing Paul, but I know what it’s like building a new house and what with Christmas looming, no doubt he’s up to his eye balls in last minutes jobs. He might also be busy with work, I see CalMac have just launched a new hybrid ferry and as Paul is one of only a few hybrid experts, he’s probably involved!

    Comment by Steve — December 11, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

  18. Great to hear you are ‘in’ . We hope you all have a happy peaceful and contented time in your new home.
    Missing your blog big time, but trust to read of your comings and goings very soon xx

    Comment by SOTW — December 18, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

  19. Happy Holidays from California to you and your family Paul. I was hoping you were on a top secret mission for CalMac (taking the first hybrid, stealth ferry to the North Pole or something), butI’m sure moving into your new home was challenging. Hoping you have time for a post or 2 in 2016. You bring Rassay all corners of the globe. Next year is year 8 for me following your blog!

    Comment by Morgan — December 20, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

  20. Merry Christmas To Paul and family. Hope you’re all having a wonderful time in your new home. I look forward to the time when you are able to start blogging again.

    Comment by Steve — December 21, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

  21. Happy Christmas Paul and your family,,, and best wishes for everything you wish yourself for 2016

    Comment by chrisbbbbb — December 25, 2015 @ 7:29 pm

  22. Hi Paul/everyone,

    Just asked Raasay House via Twitter to tell Paul that his blog followers are missing him and also asked them whether Paul is ok.
    Anyway, a very good 2016 everyone!

    Comment by Leonard — December 28, 2015 @ 11:37 am

  23. Here’s to 2016 Paul all the best for the new year.

    Comment by Alistair — December 31, 2015 @ 9:28 am

  24. All the very best wishes to you all in your new home.
    We’ll all be thinking about you and your family here in Devon
    Many miles away but always close to ourhearts
    Augurissimi i nostri amici

    Comment by chrisbbbbb — December 31, 2015 @ 11:15 am

  25. Have a good on Mate all the best M&K.

    Comment by MW — December 31, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

  26. Happy New Year to you. Hope you’re getting settled in to your new home and hope that it’s not long until you find some time for a sneaky wee update. All the best for 2016. Stuart

    Comment by md93 — December 31, 2015 @ 10:21 pm

  27. happy new year from new mexico, to you and yours.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — December 31, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

  28. We hope you all have a happy and prosperous new year in your new house. xxx

    Comment by SOTW — January 1, 2016 @ 9:56 am

  29. happy new year to you and all the family … hope you have many good years in your dream home

    Comment by cazinatutu — January 3, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

    • Yes a Happy New Year to Paul and family.
      SOTW and others, just curious how you have been able to let us know Paul has moved into Sonas? Like other I’m concerned if everything is ok, as it is not like Paul to go over 2 months without blogging. Lets hop Raasay House are able to help out, as Leonard indicates above. Regards all. Sally

      Comment by Sally — January 5, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

  30. It was the Halloween Indian meal what done him in! 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — January 5, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

  31. Maybe Paul has moved to Germany after this story about Calum’s road:
    But seriously: Paul, hope you are well and have a great 2016 in your new house!

    Comment by Leonard — January 6, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    • Possibly prevented commenting while he works on the book version he mentioned a while back.

      Comment by freddy — January 7, 2016 @ 8:20 am

  32. Maybe there is a relation between Paul’s AWOL and this report:

    Comment by Leonard — January 7, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

  33. We are sure you and yours must be delighted to be installed in your ‘forever home’. Just heard on the grapevine that it’s ‘the bees knees’. Hope you get back to blogging soon, and we get to see some pics of the finished article x

    Comment by SOTW — January 7, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

  34. Comment by David — January 23, 2016 @ 11:11 am

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