Life at the end of the road

January 1, 2019

Very civilized :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:08 pm

Half past eight in the evening now and I’ve not had a drink yet Smile perhaps I should make a habit of it, New Year and all that. Well there’ll not be much action on here tonight cos not a great deal has been done today. A little ‘first footing’ to the Torran schoolhouse where I came back with a chainsaw to fix, typically I forgot all about it and it’s still sat in my workshop in need of the carburettor cleaning. Had a good walk along Calum’s road this morning with wife and dugs, where else would you go for a long walk still in your pyjamas Smile Truth be known I was wanting to go and have a look at the Searider as she’d been sat on the morning through the teeth of a gale.

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There was rather a lot of water in her and the petrol tanks were floating, one of them upside down!!! Still, I wasn’t worried as they are unsinkable and designed for this kind of eventuality. Not quite sure how the fuel tanks came adrift though, they were securely held down with a ratchet strap, or so I thought.

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Anyway, we continued away by Tarbert and Rainey’s wall before heading back home with the three happy dugs.

After that I took the quad along to Torran to scrounge a real Italian coffee with three sugars in it returning with that chainsaw I’ve still to fix Sad smile

After a cooked brunch I donned me dry suit to go and swim out to check the Searider.

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All was well bar the upside down floating fuel tank which just happened to be the ‘in service’ one with the air vent open. There was absolutely no sign or smell of petrol in the boat but I swapped the tanks anyway, thinking it would be wise to take it ashore and check for water in the fuel. After a quick blast around the loch to ‘clear the deck’ I swam back ashore after closing the tank vent and throwing it into the sea.


The tank is plastic, well sealed and the onshore wind sent it on its way. By the time I had gotten back home and out of my dry suit the neighbours had arrived for ‘cheese and biscuits’. A very civilised affair around our kitchen table with fine views ‘over the sea to Skye’ Smile 

That was it really, I sat down with a good book and fell asleep, went to bed for an hour or two and then we had the traditional Scottish steak pie New Year’s meal, awesome.

It’s 22:00 now and time for bed, just as soon as I finish this glass of ‘19 Crimes’  Smile


  1. Hi Paul – haven’t looked in here for a while and it wouldn’t have surprised me if you’d given up the blogging a couple of years ago, which I would have been disappointed about but my fault – use it or lose it and all that. Anyway, when I first started reading this blog it was written by a bloke who lived in an old house with a green roof and worked on a ship called the Loch Striven which sailed from a pier called Suisnish. It now appears to be being written by someone completely different altogether! HNY & ATB Neil

    Comment by Neil King — January 2, 2019 @ 11:18 am

  2. Love your blog. Keep it coming xx

    Comment by So tw — January 2, 2019 @ 11:06 pm

  3. Love your Post

    Comment by Heather jones — August 2, 2019 @ 11:08 pm

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