Life at the end of the road

October 25, 2021

Just west of Oban :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:47 am

Twenty minutes past six in the morning, the good ship Hallaig must have departed Oban’s North Pier around 6:00 cos she’s entering Loch Linnhe heading for the Sound of Mull. Looks like she’ll be home tonight Smile 

west of Oban

Me, I’m sat drinking strong black coffee staring out into the pitch black void into the eyes of the Storr cat. My name for the pin pricks of light from the car park toilet block that watch over me these days. I suppose at least I’ll get ‘early warning’ if there’s been a power cut on Skye these days Smile That way I can set off early for work to get the blacked out Hallaig ready for action Smile She may be a pleasure to work on, quiet, smooth and comfortable but she’s a pig to get going if the power goes off overnight Sad smile The first time we had an overnight blackout it took me six hours to recover the ship! the second time two hours and now, after years of practice and drilling around twenty minutes so we still sail on time even from a ‘dead ship’, it’s just nice to be prepared Smile


The Sabbath wasn’t a great day with plenty of showers that were just shy of being truly wet and miserable, just not bad enough to skip the morning walk with Bonzo. So after my usual hour or so at the table drinking coffee, checking Facecloth, the forecast, blog and seeing which ships were torpedoed, wrecked, sunk or missing ‘on this day’, I went out. Today we headed east up the narrow valley behind Sonas toward my water tank then over the rock and heather northwards.

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The water tank was full and we continued to the summit where on a good day the views are spectacular, Skye and the Outer Isles to the NW and Brochel Bay, Dun Caan and the whole of Raasay’s eastern shoreline to the SE.

It’s was hard to imagine yesterday that even this bleak, barren and rocky landscape was the site of small cultivated areas.

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Potatoes were once cultivated in this bit of ground, the remnants of the walls and fences still being visible. Now just a place frequented by stags that wallow in the peaty mud to make themselves look fierce and intimidating.

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A rock fall below the cliff that borders the northern end of this ‘field’ is the site of a shelter, store or perhaps hen house from long ago.

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Loosing Bonzo around here I headed back home figuring he’d probably got pi55ed off with the rain like me.


Fine views of Arnish and Torran despite the weather.

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And from way up here I could hear Bonzo barking to be let in my house which is on the left by the wind turbine so I headed down the valley home.


Spending most of my Sunday under the Land Rover before driving it down to the village to collect a parcel and take the dogs for a gentle stroll in the wood by Henderson’s bridge.

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That blob in my hand must have been a mighty fine cep a week ago Sad smile, now it was just mush!


  1. You’ll be looking forward to going back to Hallaig when she arrives home then Paul.
    I found plenty of ceps like that when I was walking in the woodland near me yesterday after I’d been away for the week. Found a new area too that I was delighted about. Have you tried drying them for a winter treat?

    Comment by glenelgadventure — October 25, 2021 @ 7:30 am

    • Aye, certainly used to dry them in the past, my mum had a professional mushroom drier but I made one by splitting a wilk bag, stretching it over a wooden frame I’d made then hanging it from a bracket over the wood stove. It worked a treat and was a great way of utilizing the many boletus mushrooms that abound up here. They tend to be quite slimy when fresh but are delicious when dried. Must make another up for next year and hang it the ‘bunker’ (my plant room) the heat pump and warmth from the electronics and pipe work keep it warm and dry in there.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 25, 2021 @ 8:26 am

  2. Have you checked whether the Stor cat’s eyes are connected to mains electricity – could they work on solar ?

    Comment by Caroline — October 25, 2021 @ 8:34 am

  3. I look forward to the day when I can wander around and see some of the history around the land you call home. High on my hit list!

    Comment by Matt — October 25, 2021 @ 9:56 am

  4. I am so enjoying reading your posts! Stay dry there, ok? 😜

    Comment by dreamsofthedragonfly — October 25, 2021 @ 10:17 pm

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