Life at the end of the road

March 5, 2019

Following the sun :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, pigs, shed/house, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:51 pm

Well, that’s it, half past seven of a Tuesday evening and I’ve finally landed at LA Smile That’ll be Lochaline and not Los Angeles but I could have easily crossed the Atlantic in the time it’s taken me to get here!!! I kid you not, I left the house this morning at 7:00am and didn’t pull up here until 5:00pm.

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Sure, it was a pure peach of a day as Molly, Leah and I bumped down the road from Arnish to catch the ‘Growler’, that’ll be what I call the MV Loch Bhrusda, her Cummins V12’s can be heard miles away on days like this Smile It was a beautiful day for a drive with next to no traffic on the roads and nowhere to be in a hurry, at least it was until Balmacara when an illuminated sign told me the road was closed at Sheil Bridge Sad smile Of course there’s no phone signal there so I had to drive up the hill at Auchtertyre to try and find out what was happening.

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What the Internet, telephone and Radio 2 told me was not good, road blocked by overturned fuel tanker and ‘seek alternative route’ aye right

So, I can either go via Inverness and Fort Augustus which is only 80 miles out of my way or go back via Skye and the Armadale to Mallaig ferry but that doesn’t leave Skye until 16:45 Sad smile So I decides to go via Inverness, at least that way I can get some shopping at Lidl or Aldi. Two minutes after setting off though it occurs to me I have not got enough petrol to get as far as the next fuel stop at Dingwall some 60 miles away. There’s none at Broadford due to the CoOp refurbishment and I’d planned to fill up at Inverinate cos it’s a right PITA to get fuel at Kyle when towing. No worries methinks so I turns around at Braeintra, loads up with expensive shopping at Kyle and fills up with fuel at Armadale. Sure I gotta wait 5 hours for a ferry but it’s a lovely day for walking the dugs and me caravan is now full of food Smile

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No such luck, they don’t like taking caravans on the MV Loch Nevis cos you gotta reverse on Sad smile So I tells em, no problem to me, I’m an expert Smile Then we go to the office, check the ‘puter and it says already 7 cars booked on so may not fit Sad smile No worries, says I, I’ll go via the A87 and wait.

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And to be perfectly honest, had I just ignored the sign, Traffic Scotland website and media hype I’d have been here hours ago. As it was I drove nearly 200 miles, spent 10 hours on the road and paid through the nose for me shopping at the Co Op Sad smile Asparagus £2.16 at Coey, 96p at Lidl, Pasta 56p at Coey and 26p at Lidl, Pot Noodle £1.00 and 36p!!! OK, I know they are our ‘e numbers’ in a tub but the ones in the caravan are from last year’s Eden Festival Smile

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After our brief stop in Fort Bill it was onto Corran and the ferry. Once on the other side it’s less than an hour to Lochaline but we stopped for a couple of walks and a feed.


Methinks I’m gonna regret bringing ‘big black dug’, it would have been me Mam’s birthday today and I’m sure she knows.

Pigs back on the croft Smile

Sure there’s been hunners going on back home, I just been too tired to write it down, first off, after the best part of two weeks we finally got the two Iron Age girls onto my old croft, which hasn’t seen a pig since we left there four years ago.

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Judy and Tilly finally made it into Donnie Oliphant’s trailer on Sunday for relocation from Suisnish to Arnish.

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I towed them up to ‘Number 3’ with ‘The Tank’ then used ‘Calum the Kubota’ to push the trailer round to Ginger and Rocky’s old spot at the eastern end of the croft.

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The girls certainly went out much easier than they went in Smile They have not looked so happy in a long while,

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They have a new dry house and lots of trees to scratch against, they are two very happy pigs Smile

It’s in the shed Smile

I had much to do on Monday checking both car and caravan over for the trip down here. The caravan has not been used since last June and need the brakes, bearings, lights repairing and a puncture. To be honest though, the real priority was putting the Searider in its new shed Smile

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Again, using the tow ball on ‘Calum’s’ blade and with a little surgery to the flagpole Smile

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I was well impressed Smile

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Anyway, I made it in time for the last sailing and now I’m off to bed with a good book and Molly as ‘hot water bottle’, Leah is out in the car sulking Sad smile


  1. Is there enough length in the trailer towbar to be able to push the boat all the way in?
    Will you need to put the towball on the digger arm to be able to reach?

    Comment by Kevin Morgan — March 6, 2019 @ 8:16 am

    • Plenty room To push it onto the level Kevin, then it’s easy enough to push by hand. I did consider making a bracket to go on the hitch or even just drilling the back of a bucket to take the ball, just not got around to it yet.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 6, 2019 @ 10:46 am

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