Life at the end of the road

May 11, 2018

More pours

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:11 pm

Sadly, it’s been somewhat dull ‘at the end of the road’, that is, unless like me you get excited about concrete Smile I’ve always liked concrete, probably since I was at school and had a fascination with air raid shelters, pill boxes and underground bunkers. When I was a lad pretty much every school had an air raid shelter nearby and close by the many Lancashire cotton mills where my dear Mum worked there were some crackers. These we’d explore and play all manner of games in and around involving bits of wood in the shape of machine guns.

Back to the old slipway

So, apart from some more fencing work around the croft and trips to Skye for cement and pig/hen feed, all I’ve been doing is mixing concrete. Sad I know, but I actually quite enjoy it. There’s the ‘big kid’ in me that likes shuttering and inserting rebar and mesh. The kind of rough work that takes me to building dens and tree houses out of old wood.

Of course the trips to Skye are easier now we have the Hallaig back but harder cos I gotta take Wifey’s Subaru which just aint the same as the ‘Old Girl’, for a start I can’t put anything on the roof and then I’ve gotta try and keep it clean.

I was surprised the other day to see the dive charter vessel Halton alongside the pier and according to ‘the boys’ she’d been there for a few days. More usually seen in the Sound of Mull, Scapa Flow or the Norwegian fjords the Halton is a very seaworthy ex Danish fishing boat that’s been converted for diving charters.

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When I was down at Lochaline a few weeks ago she was taking divers out there, love the blue and white superstructure, I guess it’s an enhancement to the ‘A flag’ Smile which must be flown when you have ‘divers down’. It tells other boats to slow down and keep clear, not that all boats take any notice or that all diving boats fly one, but they most certainly should, both of them Smile


The trip to Portree had to be extended to Broadford as well as I couldn’t get rebar there, indeed I bought the last 5 lengths they had in Broadford too. My cordless grinder making short work of turning 5 6m lengths of 10mm bar into 15 x 2m ones so they’d fit in the trailer. No trip to Broadford would be complete without a visit to Deli Gasta for a coffee and sandwich, mine being a smoked venison one with Cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers. The chilies you have to ask for, they give the sandwich a nice kick and complement the venison and cranberry sauce, honestly. 

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That’s been it really, most days involve taking the dogs back from Tarbert in the morning after Wifey drops me off on the way to work.

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Tarbert, Manish and Ard Torran on one of the nicer mornings. It may have been warm darn sowf but it’s been boodly freezing here and often wet, especially in the morning. Having said that it’s been great concreting weather and the tides have been perfect.

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Much time was spent cutting up salvaged mesh and inserting wherever I could prior to shuttering.

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Shuttering being complemented by rocks, expanding foam and drilling & pinning.

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The wee Daihatsu is like the Subaru in that it’s no substitute for the Land Rover Sad smile

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I’ve been spending so much time down the slip that I’m getting mail deliveries there Smile


That’ll be the sun about to disappear behind The Storr, it’s gonna be a cracking sunset,

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well, it sure was Smile


  1. Have they made a start on your Land rover yet? any chance of some pics of the teardown and rebuild?

    Comment by Kev — May 12, 2018 @ 8:45 am

  2. Love your pics of the sunset.

    Comment by Eileen Scott — May 12, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

  3. Some stunning pictures which do make up for the short stories of late. Interesting use of expanding foam to hold the rocks in place I’ll have to remember that one!

    Comment by Matt — May 13, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

  4. Great sunset pics Paul. Hungry for an update now 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — May 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    • Be back soon Lloyd 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — May 26, 2018 @ 5:02 am

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