Life at the end of the road

February 15, 2020

Dennis is here :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, harbour, weather — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:25 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_the_Menace_and_Gnasher

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher the dog.jpg

Sure enough, the much awaited ‘Storm Dennis’ has arrived and according to XC Weather he was bang on time. I left the house around 6:30 Friday on a dry breezy morn and arrived at Hallaig just after 7:00 in time to get aboard dry. Just as well cos after that the ‘heavens opened’ and somebody turned on the fans!!!

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Fifty three knots of wind and gusting to 60, a good storm by anyone’s reckoning, so bad even the ‘secret clam dredger’ was tied up. I say ‘secret’ cos in true clam dredger fashion he’d been towing his dredges over the Raasay power cables for the last week.

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Not content with that he’s also managed to snag the creels of three of the local boats too Sad smile Of course they knew who he was but no one else would cos his identification numbers were conveniently covered up on both sides with tyres and the one he’s legally required to display on the roof wasn’t even there!!! This destructive method of fishing should not be allowed in inshore waters. It shouldn’t be allowed ‘full stop’, it’s a bit like cutting down trees to harvest mushrooms as my old pal Willie Eyre would say Sad smile I suppose everyone needs to ‘earn a crust’ but if they could actually see the destruction they do on the seabed then perhaps they’d not be so keen.

Illustration showing the key parts of a spring-loaded scallop dredge and how it works on the seabed, including how it affects marine life on boulder reefs. Colin Munro Photography Scallop dredger ©Adam Scott

Anyways, that was us and the dredger tied firmly to Raasay until midday when he headed off to Braes and we went to Sconser.

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If the storm was Dennis then the clam dredger is Gnasher Smile https://www.openseas.org.uk/evidence/ and more depressing images here https://colinmunrophotography.com/blog/tag/scallop-dredge/

Relatively undisturbed boulder reef, Lyme Bay, rich in branching sponges and large tunicates (sea squirts). Colin Munro Photography. An area of 'worked' boulder reef in Lyme Bay.  Almost all larger and slow growing species have been removed.  Broken scallop shells and a live scallop buried in a sediment hollow can be seen. Colin Munro Photography.

Kinda ‘before and after’ Sad smile

As for the rest of the week since I last plinked away on here,

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a new crash barrier got installed on the road to Clachan after the landslip last year.

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Strong winds midweek blew down a solar panel at Sconser, part of Highland Council’s solution to speeding motorists through Sconser village and by the ferry terminal. Any sane person can see it should be a 40MPH speed limit through a village where there is a ferry terminal, school bus stop and now take away and bunkhouse. Nope, not HRC or Transport Scotland they deem an unrestricted road perfectly safe and spend gazillions on surveys, consultants, solar powered signage and a bus shelter when two 40MPH signs either side of the village would do the job better and safer for a fraction of the cost.

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It’s been a good week for rainbows too, here be a couple at Glame and Glame Brae.

Speedwell lifting gear in the Raasay Narrows and then back on her mooring.

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Storm Dennis didn’t seem to bother the eider ducks Smile

Well, Gnasher left yesterday afternoon, we finished early and Dennis went to sleep for a while only awaking around 3:00am to do some more ‘menacing’ it’ll be 7:00am now and time for me to go do the hens and check for damage. The pishing rain hasn’t arrived yet but all sailings are cancelled until a 14:30 review. Last night the worst I saw was a dustbin out of place but it was dark, wet and I figured I’d leave my inspection until daylight.

9 Comments »

  1. Good to see the road fixed and the new crash barrier in place. Might be functional (which is of course important) but not as pleasing to the eye as the old wall.

    Comment by Derek Peakman — February 15, 2020 @ 8:29 am

    • And at least a crash barrier will let the water through, most important if you don’t maintain the drains!!!!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 15, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

  2. Dennis is also a shiny red fire engine

    Comment by cazinatutu — February 15, 2020 @ 10:51 am

  3. Hey Paul, self isolation doesn’t mean you cant blog mate. LoL

    Comment by tam — March 14, 2020 @ 11:31 pm

    • Hey Tam, sorry for the lack of input, not been myself 😦 I will be back 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 15, 2020 @ 7:02 am

      • Hope you’re ok.

        Comment by Dan Grey — April 2, 2020 @ 9:21 am

  4. Hi Paul – hope you are doin’ OK up there. At least social distancing will not be a problem. One piece of good virus news overnight – John Travolta has been tested and cleared of Coronavirus – apparently it was only Saturday Night Fever D&M

    Comment by David Gartside — March 22, 2020 @ 12:28 pm

  5. Hello, Getting back into following your posts from over here in the desert. I love the literally cool looking pictures when its super hot and dry over here, thank you for sharing

    Comment by Tony — March 25, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

  6. Hoping you and yours are well. Hugs.

    Comment by Marjorie Stintzi — April 2, 2020 @ 5:19 pm


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