Life at the end of the road

March 19, 2019

Will it ever stop raining ?

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:53 pm

19:40 local time here in LA, sure it would be ‘twenty to eight’ on Raasay and I’d just be driving home had I been ‘on shift’ there Smile I’ve been in my toasty wee caravan with ‘wee dug’ for the best part of an hour but I’m ready for me bed!!! I dunno what it is in LA but I’m doing some serious sleeping here.


Still, at least Molly don’t mind going to bed early and she never complains of my snoring Smile This could well be my last but one sleep here, with a bit of luck it’ll be the Sconser car park or home on Thursday Smile Smile Then it will be a full ‘month off’ a whole month of mixing concrete, building sheds, fixing generators, mending fences buying pigs and even seeing my son. I just can’t wait, much as I love my wee annual jaunt down to LA, I love home the best. Having said that, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I may be back here in a months time. Not that that would bother me greatly but it would mean that Raasay is stuck with a smaller ferry yet again if Hallaig ‘stays put’ Sad smile 


Well, it wasn’t exactly dry today but it wasn’t too wet either, in fact, I actually managed to get aboard the ship and ‘let go’ without my waterproofs on, which must be a first this fortnight. In fact, to be honest it wasn’t such a bad day by recent standards. And, being a Tuesday most of the crew ‘were up to high doh’ it being their last day and all that. Admiral Woods and myself would be doing a couple of extra days right enough so did not share their euphoria. To be honest I was sad to see the back of the ‘188 club’ that’ll be what we called the crew of MV Hallaig this week for ‘the young fella’ upstairs had to cope with us three geriatrics for the week and that was our combined age. Sure we even developed a special handshake and have ordered T shirts Smile 

Looked like a spot of ‘Morting’ going on at Scottish Sea Farms Fishnish site. Methinks they’ve been putting smolts in here and the divers from ‘M-Dive’ would be checking for dead fish after their helicopter or ‘well boat’ journey. Something I’ve done plenty of myself in days past, a nice easy job and not too smelly. The smolts are generally delivered unstressed and in great health, this part of fish farm diving work being one of the better tasks Smile

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The poor salmon farming industry gets much in the way of undeserved bad press when folk are quite happy with their bacon sandwich, chicken tikka or Big Mac. Trust me the fish farming game is far better to its stock than the intensive pork, beef, turkey, prawn, or chicken industry.

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A serious tyre change on one of LQS’s CAT loading shovels by Fort William Tyre Services Methinks it would cost more than £2 to dispose of that tyre Smile


Servicing Number two DG

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Yeoman Bontrup one of the worlds largest self discharging bulk carriers at 96725 gross tons  heading to Glensanda quarry


Just passing Ardtornish Point and castle

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We want to go home Smile


  1. Ha, good to see our kit with No 2 genny. PS it was quite dry up in the NE last week 😏

    Comment by Panomphaean — March 19, 2019 @ 8:59 pm

    • It’s always quite dry in the NE John, just feckin cold 🙂 Aye, we got quite a bit of Victron kit on the Hallaig, best of stuff 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 19, 2019 @ 9:01 pm

      • You’re so right. I lived in Aberdeen when I was a ROV pilot and other jobs. Much Victron kit on your boats?

        Comment by Panomphaean — March 19, 2019 @ 9:08 pm

      • Just half a dozen battery chargers John, mainly for the four generators as none of them have alternators which strikes me as a really good move. Less stuff to maintain, quieter, more reliable and one less belt to get something caught in 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 20, 2019 @ 5:48 am

      • And people wonder why I don’t like salmon .

        Comment by artimaginguk — March 23, 2019 @ 9:06 pm

  2. Enjoy the present. When at home enjoy home. 🙂

    Comment by Lloyd Owen-Reece — March 20, 2019 @ 11:07 pm

  3. Morting salmon never a pleasant job but at least morting after smolt transfere is usually fresh. Nothing worse than morting a raft full of furunc infected fish.

    Comment by Alistair Gray — March 21, 2019 @ 1:03 pm

    • Aye Alistair,
      morting a few smolts into a wilk bag beats the carp of loading a cage on the end of a crane in a meter deep hole of rotting fish any day 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 23, 2019 @ 8:15 pm

      • And people wonder why I don’t like salmon .

        Comment by artimaginguk — March 23, 2019 @ 9:07 pm

      • And people wonder why I don’t like salmon .
        So by that measure if you knew what went on in the pig, chicken, turkey, beef and prawn industry I guess you would be vegetarian 🙂 Me, I lived alone for many years here at the ‘end of the road’ and thoroughly enjoyed it, 10 miles from the next human being with just a wee dug for company. I had three simple rules that kept me sane. 1) I never drunk alone, 2) I always cooked a proper meal every night. OK it usually last two or three days but it was made from real food and not processed muck and finally 3) I had to eat salmon once a week 🙂 To be perfectly honest I never managed to totally stick to the last one and even the dug and cats got sick of it but I kept it up for long enough 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 24, 2019 @ 6:52 am

  4. when do you get your land rover back

    Comment by Duncan Boyle — March 23, 2019 @ 6:57 pm

    • Good question Duncan 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 23, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

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