Life at the end of the road

September 4, 2019

A murky start :-(

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:27 am

Well, that’ll be me back ‘before the mast’ for a fortnight, it’s just after 21:00 so there will be little chance of this getting finished tonight. Still I’ll get something down whilst sat at the kitchen table if only to digest another of my son’s excellent meals, a chicken thigh number with parsnips in a lovely mustard and thyme sauce. I joined the good ship Hallaig at 15:00 after an unusually leisurely Tuesday, normally I’m rushing around like a headless chicken (probably not the best analogy in light of recent events Smile ) but not today. Nope, this particular ‘back to work’ day was blissfully relaxed despite the grey and murky start. I had achieved much during my ‘fortnight off’ so decided, as part of my ‘blood pressure reduction regime’ to go into town early.


It was a dreich, grey but calm morning that must have followed an equally windless night, for the spiders had been out in force.

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There were few inanimate objects not festooned with delicate webs, all of which would be full of ‘wee beasties’ in a little while.


For the greyness was lifting and no doubt the midge would be out soon

Me, I just pottered about in the shed until 10:00am then headed slowly down the road in the WiFE to catch the 10:55 for Skye.

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The cruising season not quite over, the MS Star Breeze was anchored in Portree bay

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That’ll be her portside take from Glame on Raasay, her starboard from Portree pier and one I wish I’d taken of her in Potroferrario on Elba Smile

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Dunno the story behind BRD18 the former trawler Alex C but she looks in a sorry state, unlike the Serene at the other end of the pier wall Smile

In the ‘brown stuff’ again Smile

After my saunter around Portree visiting feed merchants, hardware stores and garden centres I headed back to Sconser to join Hallaig and catch up with my ‘back to back’.


The poor soul had been a little preoccupied with the disabled toilet and sewage tank earlier in the day Smile You really DO NOT need a sewage plant problem on your last day of shift. Inevitably the last day ‘on shift’ is as manic as the last day ‘off shift’ with hunners of paperwork, ‘end of trip reports’, ‘handover notes’ and ‘checklists’ to finish for your ‘back to back’.

Well, guess what my first job is tomorrow Smile

A couple of new visitors

Yesterday’s post wouldn’t be complete with the two new visitors to Raasay, one launched the year before Titanic sank and the other just last year.

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Me, I was busy catching up with acting ‘Captain Ali’ who was just completing his first week as the Hallaig’s skipper. Must be the first Calmac skipper with a bun hey Smile Still ‘fair play’ to Mr MacInnes, it is for cancer sufferer wigs.

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Raasay’s newest arrival was this serious 490ton workboat the MV Volt Processor Norwegian flagged and probably crewed and built judging by her immaculate condition and build quality.

Not dark yet

That was it really,

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couple of Bambi’s on the way home and some beautiful raspberries for my son’s muesli in the morning.


  1. Delighted to hear you are back at work (sorry) , my wife and I will be hopefully on the 13:00 sailing next Tuesday as we are staying at the Distillery. I have a book for you ( in return for the hours of pleasure in reading your blog) which has been on my shelf ever since my diving days finished many years ago. “Dictionary of disasters at sea, during the age of steam”. It has all your old favourites like John R Park, Underwood, Hispania and as K Tell used to say many more! Hopefully I will see you on the crossing if not I will pass it onto one of the crew for you. It’s a shame for it not to be in the hands of someone who will appreciate its contents.

    Comment by Neil Sivyer — September 4, 2019 @ 10:09 am

  2. Me thinks the spiders have spotted the change in weather and are making plans for a last hurrah before winter kicks in… My garden and indeed house are littered with them which is not impressing my children as I have a no kill policy on creatures that don’t need killing!

    Comment by Matt — September 4, 2019 @ 10:19 am

  3. The new motor looks great for its age.If it is free of sunroofs,air suspension and ACE(active cornering enhancement) it should be an easier life in terms of electrical/mechanical issues.

    Whilst I found ACE to be a great asset,on my TD5 Discovery 2, it was a pain when hydraulic hoses began breaking due to age/wear etc.The sunroofs were a nightmare in the Highlands for leaks,due to broken internal plastic frame-drainage outlets and lightly applied mastic sealant during build(all easily fixed once the roof lining was out ,sunroofs removed and many curse words employed).Air suspension was great but problematic at times.

    All said though,I enjoyed driving it and found it to be a very practical,powerful and comfy vehicle for the 100,000 miles travelled in it.
    The RAVE workshop manual CD is recommended if you don’t already have one.

    Comment by Andy — September 4, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

    • Morning Andy,
      yes, the WiFE is free of all those things but did come with an alarm/immobilizer fault and no MOT so I got it for ‘buttons’. Managed to fix the immobilizer for not much more than £50, it was the unit in the roof 🙂 Cos it had no sunroofs the job could have been a nightmare requiring the whole headlining dropping but ‘yours truly’ did a ‘bodgetastic’ repair via the courtesy light, leaving the old remote sensor in place, extending the earth lead to the new unit then wrapping the new one in foam and slipping it through the enlarged light opening 🙂 Do you have a link to the RAVE? Everyone keeps ‘banging on about it’ but I can’t find it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 5, 2019 @ 5:14 am

  4. Glad to see you back. I thought you had given up as I haven’t had posts since April.

    Comment by Eileen Scott — September 13, 2019 @ 3:59 pm

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