Life at the end of the road

April 12, 2019

Murky ??? :-(

Filed under: Avon Searider, daily doings, food — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:33 pm

Well, that’ll be the telly fixed Smile It died a couple of months ago and cos I rarely watch it I never got around to fixing it, what with all my other ‘wee projects’ on the go. I’d kinda been putting it off on account of where the antennae resides, which is in the loft above 900mm of insulation. I’d a feeling it wasn’t a good idea fitting it up there when I installed it 3 or 4 years ago as it would obviously be loosing some efficiency through the slate roof. However, external TV antennas and dishes in these latitudes usually get battered by the wind, loose signal and inevitably leave rusty streaks down your walls. Anyway, I’d traced the fault to the booster which was no longer showing its ‘powered up light’ and fitted a new one with a built in amplifier and 4 way splitter. That was of course after carefully peeling back 3 x 300mm layers of insulation from above the loft hatch and carefully picking my way through it complete with breathing mask and gloves. Boy does that stuff irritate or what. So, now I’ve got my gazillion TV channels back but after a quick look through them tonight I figured I’d be as well off on here Smile How is it possible to have so many channels full of 5h1te?


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Yesterday I once more borrowed the neighbours ‘Tank’ to go and get stone from Sconser Quarry, this time 20mm ‘chuckies’ for the drive around ‘Callum’s shed’.


Thanks to a Windoze or Firefox update I’ve lost most of me pictures right enough but I was really chuffed with the outcome Smile

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MV Loch Bhrusda, the noisiest ship on Scotland’s west coast and FV Sarah the best clam diving boat on the planet Smile Don’t let looks fool you Smile



Sure Thursday did have a great deal more to offer but as I mentioned previously I lost all me pictures thanks to an update Sad smile Why do we need all these friggin updates (please don’t answer that). My first laptop was an old IBM Think Pad with a pirate copy of XP on it running Firefox. I had that laptop for years and cos it had this pirate software on, it never had a single update installed in all the time I had it. The thing preformed faultlessly for years until the actual laptop keypad failed and even then I fixed it temporarily by putting it in the freezer overnight. Every time  install a Windoze or Firefox update something barmy happens Sad smile is it just me?

Anyway, with the weather being so settled and me having ‘worked my butt off’ this last wee while I figured I was due some ‘me time’. So after getting the Searider all ready for sea and polishing up my diving gear I went for a ‘blast’ Smile I had spent the morning dropping off my neighbour and collecting cement from Sconser then returned home to take generator, mixer, poker and wot not down to the shore at me slip. The tides were just about as small as they could be with a HW of only 4m at 13:05. They do not get much smaller than that and my goal during all my slipway ‘civil engineering’ had been to make my slip usable at ANY ‘high water’. Well today I did it Smile I managed to launch the Searider around an hour before at around 3.93M Smile Sure the wind was from the east and the pressure high so it was probably even lower than that but I was ‘well pleased’.

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And after a quick tour of Loch Arnish


and a visit to the ‘Horses Cave’, which looked like it had suffered another ‘roof fall’, I sped around through the Fladda Narrows into Loch a Sgurr for a dip.


  That’ll be the ‘Huntsman’s Leap’ on Fladda, legend or is it ‘nonsense’ has it that someone jumped the gap on a horse ‘aye right’ Smile Anyway, it’s pretty spectacular and as you can see from the vegetation devoid of sheep and deer Smile

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Managed to drop my anchor almost on top of the first scallop Smile this ‘clam diving’ is a bit like ‘riding a bike’ Smile

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I gotta say though that I was severely disappointed with the water clarity, it was a tad murky, which was a surprise after all the settled weather. Perhaps it was a plankton bloom cos the water temp was 8 degrees!!!! which from memory is a good 2 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.


Once I’d finished ‘catching dinner’ it was a mad rush to Sconser quarry to load up a couple of tons of aggregate ready for tomorrow’s mix, if it ever happens Smile

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Aggregate back home, dugs fed and then back down to the shore to recover my trailer, diving cylinder and dinner. I gotta say, it’s much easier with a digger than Land Rover Smile I had just one scallop for me dinner fried in the same pan as a cod fillet and some chorizo, it was boodly amazing Smile


  1. Though it’s not my favourite of his, this seems a decent version:

    Comment by San — April 13, 2019 @ 7:46 am

    • Can’t argue with that San 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 13, 2019 @ 8:52 am

  2. “How is it possible to have so many channels full of 5h1te?”
    “Every time install a Windoze or Firefox update something barmy happens Sad smile is it just me?”

    And breathe….

    Comment by Kev — April 13, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

  3. Well hello I here. I hope all is well. I cannot think of anyone who does more at the end of the world than you do.

    Comment by Charles — May 23, 2019 @ 7:55 pm

  4. Hope no news is good news, Paul. Missing you, it’s been too long.

    Comment by Mike H — May 28, 2019 @ 12:32 am

  5. Long time no post…I hope all is well with you & yours on Raasay, Paul. I miss the escapism your posts and pictures provide down here in flat, land locked north London! Hope to see a new one soon, but if not, sending very best wishes.

    Comment by John — May 29, 2019 @ 12:16 pm

  6. Hope everything is ok, missing the updates!

    Comment by Stephen Jones — June 5, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

  7. Two months. One of Paul’s longer gaps, no?

    Comment by Dan Grey — June 12, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

    • Ah no, Paul didn’t post April/May/June 2016!

      Looking forward to his return.

      Comment by Dan Grey — June 12, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

  8. Just curious as I haven’t seen any posts since mid April.

    On Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 3:34 PM Life at the end of the road wrote:

    > lifeattheendoftheroad posted: “Well, that’ll be the telly fixed It died a > couple of months ago and cos I rarely watch it I never got around to fixing > it, what with all my other ‘wee projects’ on the go. I’d kinda been putting > it off on account of where the antennae resides, which is i” >

    Comment by Greg Blizard — June 19, 2019 @ 3:26 pm

  9. The trouble started when he fixed the tv, nothing since then, hmmmmm.

    Comment by Charles — July 6, 2019 @ 8:13 am

    • The ‘trouble’ started when his wife left him 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 7, 2019 @ 7:06 am

      • Oh Paul, I’m so sorry to hear that.
        Thoughts are with you, the World can be a cruel place, but every door that slams shut does seem to open another one.
        I hope things get back on an even keel for you.

        Comment by Derek McGaw — July 7, 2019 @ 10:21 pm

      • Oh no! Hope you’re as ok as can be.

        Comment by Dan Grey — July 8, 2019 @ 9:45 pm

      • Aye Chaps, we all fine just working up to posting again “I’ll be back” 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 9, 2019 @ 5:42 am

      • That left me looking stupid. Very sorry to hear it especially as I have followed all the hard work you have done over the years to build your home. A real shame, I do hope life goes as well as it can in the future, you deserve it.

        Comment by Charles — July 12, 2019 @ 2:29 pm

      • Not at all Charles, the two things were probably related anyway 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 14, 2019 @ 6:27 am

  10. Hope you’re keeping well Paul.

    Comment by Dan Grey — August 16, 2019 @ 5:01 pm

    • Hi Dan,
      still ‘keeping it together’ thanks, all is quite rosy really. Been a lot happening here on Raasay, record numbers of visitors, Raasay gin, dolphins and much, much more. Got me another vehicle and been busy concreting. I just need to find the time and enthusiasm to start putting ‘pen to paper’ once more. I’m sure once I actually start then there will be no shutting me up 🙂
      Thanks, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — August 16, 2019 @ 7:54 pm

      • I am looking forward to it 🙂.

        Very glad to hear you’re well.

        Comment by Dan Grey — August 17, 2019 @ 9:05 am

  11. As a long time reader , Ive always found your blog very inspiring , wishing you the best and looking forward to an update .

    Comment by christopher michael gear — August 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am

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