Life at the end of the road

July 31, 2017

Back online :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:33 pm

Woo Hoo, that’s me back ‘online’ after more than two months without the Internet Smile Smile Smile Many, many thanks to Sean and Ali of Applenet who turned up here around 11:00 and sorted us out.

So, where was I since I spoke (or was it ranted) last, a couple of weeks at least I guess and one of those was spent working with my ‘back to back’ on the other shift. Your truly was called in at the last moment to cover one of the ‘seaman pursers’ who was doing a radar course. With a gazillion and one things to do and Belladrum on the horizon the last thing I wanted was a few days ‘call back’ but the extra spending money will come in handy right enough.

So, with my hen like memory I’ll trawl through my pictures and see what I’ve done.


This will be giving  you an idea why were insane enough to build a house here in the first place, sure we’ve no landline, an iffy phone signal and no backup for the Internet, but it does have its compensations. Sunsets like this being one of them


and morning visitors like this another.

The commute aint bad either,


a couple of velvet covered young stags at Tarbert.

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The ‘Department bull’ and his harem at Glam one fine morning with a few sheep awaiting shearing.


The drive home last Saturday night with the sun going down over Portree bay.


Early morning view of Hallaig and Glamaig.


Churchton bay filling up with yachts one fine evening.


The MV Proud Seahorse another visitor, though this time on a pretty miserable day.

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The ‘superyacht’ Amaryllis a mere £690K per week to charter Smile


One of the many rainbows Smile


Home at last, or at least very nearly. This will be ‘Calum’s road’ just after Tarbert on the way north, probably me listening to Front Row on Radio 4.

They just keep getting bigger

With a Range Rover parked in my barn you’ll forgive my indulgence in this beauty,



a ‘mint’ Rover P5 3.5V8 from Holland . Now, when ‘I was a lad’ this was a huge car, probably the largest you could buy outside some ‘yank tank’ or a Rolls Royce. Now it’s the same size as a fiesta!!!!!!


People are getting fatter, cars are getting bigger but supermarket car parking spaces are getting smaller Sad smile 

More recently

So that’s it, I finally finished worked a few days late and managed to do some wandering around the hills of Arnish,

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the ‘wee dug’ and I looking for a 4g phone signal. EE recently put a mast up at Skriag on Skye and I was thinking that this would be an excellent ‘back up’ if the ‘AppleNet’ system went down again. Methinks it would be feasible using something like this with a suitable router. Many thanks to Mostie for that ‘nugget’ Smile Cheers Graham methinks you have put me on the right track for a suitable back up.


I reckon one of those Yagi antennas on the wind turbine mast on the right would give me a good reception from the Skriag transmitter Smile

Getting ready for Bella Smile

So, once I finally finished working I got stuck into getting the ‘Old Girl’ ready for Bella.

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First task being a full service then some work on the Warn 9500 winch. A new motor and winch wire being the order of the day.


  1. Wonderful pictures Paul! Was hoping for a treat tonight like beautiful pictures of Scotland and you delivered. Cheers, Morgan in California

    Comment by Morgan — August 1, 2017 @ 4:00 am

    • Morning Morgan, glad you like them.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2017 @ 9:11 am

  2. Nice to have you back, once again. Re the WARN winch I was wondering if you were aware of where they are actually made? I bought a WARN winch recently and was not at all impressed with the customer service from their UK importer. During my enquiries I discovered to my dismay that, although marketed as an American brand, they are in fact made in Taiwan and China. The recommended battery to contactor, and contactor to winch cables were not even strong enough to cope with the maximum current draw. No doubt with your own expertise this would not be an issue, but for the poor souls who are reliant on the manufacturer providing the goods, well they will have to live in hope. Hey ho 🙂

    Comment by Richard — August 1, 2017 @ 8:33 am

    • Hi Richard,

      aye, I’m well aware of Warn’s shortcomings and I’d never buy another. I paid ‘top dollar’ for this one over ten years ago it was over £700 with the bumper and it is now on its third motor!!!! Having said that I’ve had no issues with their service, on the contrary the chap with the white 90 in Oregon was very helpful. I just fitted a ‘Goodwinch’ motor to it yesterday, a third of the price and three times the quality, bigger brushes in brass holders. The Warn holders are steel, rust and then the brushes stick burning out the commutator 😦

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2017 @ 9:10 am

      • I assumed that you would be fully aware of the quality issues re WARN winches. They do not deserve the supposed reputation that they bask in. 😦

        Comment by Richard — August 2, 2017 @ 8:34 am

      • Aye Richard, that was an expensive lesson and I’d not buy another.

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 2, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

  3. The last place you want the antenna is on the turbine mast. The blades will produce all sorts of scattering of the RF and most likely will result in a poor signal. You want to put the antenna clear of the turbine blades and preferably not pointing towards the turbines.

    Comment by Andy — August 1, 2017 @ 5:39 pm

    • Thanks for that info Andy, methinks I’ll try it up there anyway but brake the turbine first to test the theory. If I get reception then I’ll unbrake it and see what happens, if it goes pish then I’ll just put up a dedicated guyed mast nearby.

      Cheers, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 1, 2017 @ 5:56 pm

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