Life at the end of the road

June 3, 2018

Baking elsewhere :-)

Just after eight fifteen PM here at the ‘end of the road’ and the end of a rather grey day, which is, in fact why I’m here at the laptop and not outside ‘tinkering’ Smile The ‘wall to wall’ sunshine we’ve been having of late never materialized.


That was what greeted me this morning


and that’ll be tonight’s feeble excuse for a sunset Sad smile Having said that, just ten miles south in Inverarish it’s been baking with blue skies Smile Can’t complain though it’s been an awesome spell of weather for the best part of three weeks now and we’ve been ‘lapping it up’. Tools left outside, car windows left open and double watering the garden every day. We didn’t even see a midge until June arrived and I can count the number of bites I’ve had on one hand. That gentle north wind we’ve of late keeping Sonas on the whole ‘midge free’.

Hence the lack of activity on the blogging front, truth is I’ve not been in the house until after 21:00 recently, whereupon a glass of red in front of the ‘one eyed monster’ with darling wife has been the ‘order of the day’.

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Well, with most days ending like this, it would be a crime not to have a glass of red wine hey Smile

In the water at last

Camilli’s current obsession has been getting the Avon Searider, getting ready for sea and making a place to recover it safely at Arnish. The latter is still very much ‘work in progress’ but we’ve been ‘on the case’, despite it being a little warm for concreting.

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Still, I took the opportunity of ‘press ganging’ my mate into helping for one good ‘mix and pour’ of a couple of tons. Looks pretty rough but that’s deliberate so as the next batch will get a good key to it. On a 5m tide I’d be able to get the Searider out here with the Land Rover or dumper but going down just past that mesh means 4m would be doable.

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I spent an inordinate amount of time fitting a Garmin 95CV sounder to the boat, a job I could have done in a couple of hours but managed to string out for two days. To be honest I was just enjoying the weather and doing things at a very leisurely pace. The month’s holiday had been quite physical and the ‘two weeks on’ had seen us working manically painting the Hallaig so it was good to just ‘potter’ about. The Searider actually came with a perfectly adequate sounder for finding good ‘scallop ground’ but there’s a few  wrecks I’m planning on looking for and visiting and the new Garmin’s ‘side scan’ facility will make this far easier.

Flat out at Raasay Distillery

It was great to get my son back from Heriot Watt for the summer but no sooner had he arrived home than he was ‘head hunted’ for a job with R&B at Smile OK, perhaps a bit of an exaggeration but they have started letting out some rooms to the public and it has been doing very well. No surprise really cos the rooms are absolutely beautiful and the setting idyllic. And, who wouldn’t want to stay in a distillery hey Smile


    So, my son and I aint been doing quite as much of the ‘male bonding’ I’d have liked, him being working pretty much full time since he arrived Sad smile Anyway’s, we did at last manage to get the Searider launched on Saturday and headed north to Loch Arnish for a spot of clam diving Smile

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Nikon Coolpix W300

Sadly, not much in the way of photographs cos my Nikon Coolpix W300 died again Sad smile

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The very expensive camera I purchased as Christmas present to meself last year is friggin useless, at least in the water. I could have got something better for half the price but this camera is allegedly good down to 30m. Aye right, the first one flooded in less than 7m and this one died at 25m. You can see the yellow seal by my thumb nail has failed. I am most dischuffed Sad smile

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Still, seeing the boat sitting happily on its mooring a ‘stones throw’ from home made up for it,


as did our bag of clams.

Scallop recipes

Guess what we had for dinner Smile  Having made a living clam diving for much of my adult life I’ve tried them most ways but that was afore I had the Internet Smile Now you can just ‘Google’ for inspiration, so I did came up with a variation on that.


Never been much good at following recipes so I just melted a quarter of a pack of butter, fried 5 rashers o chopped bacon in it, added basil, oregano, chili flakes and three cloves of garlic, cut the roes off the clams, chopped em up and threw them in the pan for the last 30 seconds or so then served with linguine. It was good but missing some cream and salt, I figured the bacon would be salty enough but was wrong. Today we had something similar for Sunday dinner but used all the roes, mixed in some Munro’s black pudding and half a pot of double cream at the end with some chopped parsley. Now that was awesome Smile

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And the weather has improved too Smile



  1. Good to see you back… :0)

    Comment by Matt — June 3, 2018 @ 9:48 pm

    • Morning Matt, good to be back, I needed a rest 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2018 @ 5:19 am

      • We all do from time to time and you are of course entitled to it! 😁

        Any word on the old girl yet? I’m guessing they’ve made a start on finding all the problems they didn’t expect. 🤣

        Comment by Matt — June 4, 2018 @ 8:02 am

      • Morning Matt, just awaiting some pics of the ‘Old Girl’. My wallet can feel the pain already 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 5, 2018 @ 5:24 am

  2. Welcome back Paul. Great sunset pictures. How is Molly and her leg healing? My son and daughter made it ti Raasay for 2 days in April, but alas, did not heed my instructions to deliver a bottle to you. I am coming over in April for the Local Hero musical premier in Edinburgh with hopes of making it back to Raasay and performing a bottle delivery in person. Cheers, Morgan in California

    Comment by Morgan — June 3, 2018 @ 11:23 pm

    • Look forward to it Morgan.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2018 @ 5:19 am

  3. Nice job. Scallops and black pudding, ye cannae whack it – well apart from washing down with cold white wine.

    Comment by John Rushworth — June 4, 2018 @ 1:32 am

    • Hi John,
      I just cannae get to grips with white wine, though you are right.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 4, 2018 @ 5:18 am

  4. Hi Paul

    Great pics. Coming to Raasay on 23 June. Are the ferries fuller this year with distillery visitors?



    Comment by Sue — June 4, 2018 @ 2:50 pm

    • Hi Sue,
      Raasay Distillery bring plenty of visitors to the island but Hallaig coping nicely, no sausages left so I hope you like scallops 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 5, 2018 @ 5:22 am

      • Hi Paul

        Scallops – great! Better whilst we are there than trying to bring them home, though. Will trade for a bottle of red though if you’re not working your car won’t be there, if you see what I mean.

        I was really asking whether there would be room on the 4.15 ferry for my LR!


        Comment by Sue — June 5, 2018 @ 8:05 am

      • I’ll be on the ferry then Sue. If you arrive 30 mins early you’ll always get on as the locals are always late 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 5, 2018 @ 10:18 am

  5. Great to see you back, matey after so long. So yes, how’s Molly?…..And the Old Girl….Don’t forget I have first refusal? 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd — June 4, 2018 @ 8:47 pm

    • Morning Lloyd,

      Molly doing just fine and the ‘Old Girl’coming along, just waiting some pictures. Don’t worry about her, I’ll remember you in my will 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 5, 2018 @ 5:21 am

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