Life at the end of the road

March 15, 2019

Rumour has it :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:57 am

Methinks April has come early here at Lochaline, could be the rest of Scotland for all I know as I don’t even have my regular dose of Radio4 or Radio2 in LA Smile Last year I brought a radio with me but the reception was pish so I never bothered this time, sure I could listen via the Internet but I only have a small allowance of data on my MiFi contract. Never actually used it all up right enough but I’ve been burned, nay, scorched before with going over contract limits. When I was down at the Nautical College in South Shields five years ago I got hit with a £200 bill from Vodafone after me having a £15 or £20 contract for yonks. Sure, I’d gone over me minutes big style cos I was away from home for months but it came as a serious shock when I got the bill. Fair play to Vodafone though, when I spoke to them they shaved £50 or £100 off it cos of my ‘history’.

Of course there is a TV on the ship but ‘I’m not a fan’, seldom watch it and on this route we don’t even get free ‘titty papers’ as I call the ‘red tops’. Never really understood the newspaper thing, me Pop got a paper every day (a thick one) with all the weekend supplements and read them ‘cover to cover’. If the papers arrive late on Raasay, or worse still not at all, it’s like there has been a death on the island. The highlight of the week is Thursday (West Highland Free Press day). I just don’t get it. In my experience ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ most of what you read is written by someone who has no grip on the subject and nearly all the media is controlled by a handful of eejits or megalomaniacs. I always find that news is better served up many years after the event by someone without an axe to grind Smile

Take my epic journey down here a week ago  https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/following-the-sun/ had I not had all that ‘news’ at my ‘fingertips’ I would have just driven down here and probably been stuck for half an hour or an hour at Cluanie. As  it was with Traffic Scotland, the BBC, Facebook and other media outlets ‘keeping me informed’ it took me all friggin day and a fifty mile detour. Sometimes it’s far better to be kept in the dark Smile

Anyway, where was I ? Well it’s been a day of what can only be described as ‘April showers’ one minute brilliant sunshine and the next pishing rain and wind. One minute oilskins, the next shirt sleeves, well not quite cos it’s been cold at sea but LA itself has had its moments, sheltered as it is from most of the weather.

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Nordica Hav https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/NORDICA-HAV-IMO-8324684-MMSI-304334000 a small Antiguan registered cargo ship heading for the LQS sand pier up the loch. She has been anchored off Mull for a couple of nights sheltering from the weather or something.

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Seems to be minus her stern anchor too.

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George Leslie Plant making a fine job of their site for he soon to be started harbour works, that would be a fine site for a house there Smile

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Some survey work on the old pier.

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And I thought my Subaru was a ‘skip’ inside Smile

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Some mighty big trees leaving Mull and some fencing materials going there.

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Another coaster https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:271768/mmsi:246787000/imo:9466233/vessel:ANNE_DORTE the 3500t Anne Dorte from the Netherlands. LOTI heading to somewhere, not sure where.

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Fish farmers at work in the Sound of Mull.

Anyway, that’s it for now, tis 5:45 and time to go and ‘flash her up’ and perhaps catch the latest Brexit nonsense on TV, it’s bound to be on Smile I was gonna post this last night but guess what, I was in bed early with a good book. What’s more it looks like we may well be here longer than expected, I hear that MV Lochinvar may delayed a day or two Sad smile Still there are much, much worse places to be stuck working than sunny LA Smile

3 Comments »

  1. Love the shed on the boat, I presume its going on a salmon cage somewhere, spent many a lunchtime sheltering from the rain in a small plastic shed in kishorn.

    Comment by Alistair Gray — March 15, 2019 @ 9:20 am

  2. With your lack of Radio I thought I should give you this for a later listen https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00036lz – a bit gung ho, but leads you to this magnificent man:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Archer
    – now he is worth the read. So is this, one of his engineering masterpieces https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fram

    The result was a 30′ wooden boat powered by sail that went round the World, was fixable with low tech [copper sheets and nails] and modern sailors are flabbergasted.

    I hope you enjoy the many aspects of these intertwined stories. 🙂

    Comment by tessa — March 15, 2019 @ 10:06 pm

    • Many thanks for that Tessa.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 18, 2019 @ 7:13 pm


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