Life at the end of the road

August 1, 2018

Gone flat :-(

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Well that’s us safely ensconced in ‘Green Pastures’ at Ranish in the Isle of Lewis,

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after an uneventful journey across the Minch aboard MV Hebrides

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It wasn’t the weather we’d been hoping for but the rain would be welcome throughout the rest of the country I’m sure and it certainly didn’t dampen our spirits.

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The cottage we rented on the shore of Loch Grimshader may not have been our first choice or even look much on the outside

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but it’s warm, clean, well appointed and James, the host is extremely helpful. Not only that but with one of these outside,


the Internet is awesome Smile

Turns out that ‘Green Pastures’ was a great ‘choice’, though if I’m truly honest, due to our late booking it was the ‘only choice’ . It’s actually quite central for exploring Harris and Lewis, there’s a great shop, petrol station and hairdresser nearby and at least one easy to use slipway that does not need a Land Rover and trailer to recover a 5.4m Searider.

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The exterior belies its spacious and modern interior and our only complaint so far is the lack of a tea towel for drying the dishes. James is somewhere off the coast of Brazil at the moment but I’m sure he’ll sort that out for the next customer Smile Smile Perhaps you don’t actually need a tea towel if you have a dishwasher, me I wouldn’t know Smile

Stirring old memories

It was ‘darling wife’ that actually suggested this trip and at quite short notice too. Me, I went along with it cos I’d just purchased a £300 grease gun and felt I needed to get back into the ‘good books’ Smile Actually that’s bollox I’d do anything for my dearest cos she puts up with an awful lot of carp from ‘yours truly’. Anyway, in this vein I decided to skip the diving today and take the family out exploring. My son has never visited Harris or Lewis before so it seemed like a good idea to ‘show him the sights’. It would after all be a better diving day tomorrow Smile

It was only when we set off for Callanish that I started thinking about the last time we were here and with who.

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For it was here, some three years ago today that we spent a fantastic holiday with Jessie Nicolson who passed away two years later (almost to the day) just shy of her 96th? birthday.

Off to Bernera

So, after our visit to ‘the stones’ we headed to Bernera for lunch at the community centre and museum there.

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The place is really worth a visit and whilst it’s only small the exhibits are riveting and the food excellent’

After lunch it was  the Iron Age village at the beautiful Bostadh Beach .

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The magnificent beach and scenery is only rivalled by the enthusiasm of the curator at the Iron Age house there.

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OK, it’s pretty dark in there until you eyes get accustomed to the gloom, but once they have and you start soaking  up the curators ‘spiel’ it’s mesmerizing. I kid you not, well worth the effort and £3 is a bargain.

The ‘Chinese’

That done, and after an abortive attempt to find the man who makes driftwood furniture on Bernera we headed for Metropolis (Stornoway) and a ‘Chinky’ at the Golden Ocean restaurant. We had been before and were not disappointed Smile

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