Life at the end of the road

November 29, 2021

Sunrise to Sunset :-)

Monday morning now, after 7:00AM and I’m not long up Surprised smile a good night’s sleep on the back of a nice leisurely Sabbath behind me Smile. The forecast for the day is quite grim

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but there no sign of anything untoward just yet. It’s ‘black as the fire back’ outdoors and all I can see is the lights of three fishing boats heading north with the two ‘cats eyes’ of the Storr car park toilets watching over them, and me Smile

Sunday

My day ahead isn’t really planned out yet, I’m waiting to see what the weather does but it will probably involve waterproofs, in the morning at least. At any rate it’s unlikely to be as satisfying as Sunday was. I was never really into the whole Sabbath thing that gripped Raasay when I arrived here thirty years ago but living where I do it never really affected me. Other than that is people driving up to the North End every Sunday to escape the Sabbath fervour in Inverarish Smile Where hanging washing out was frowned on, the play park was closed and the church was busy.

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In my book Sunday was just another day, all days are special and I certainly don’t believe that some Dude created the world in six days and had one day off Smile That was until Willie Eyre started working for me and skippering my boat around 25 years ago. Willie, a native of Raasay certainly didn’t believe in the whole ‘world in six days’ thing either but much to my dismay he wouldn’t work on Sunday. Even if we’d been tied to the pier all week due to weather and Sunday was a pure peach of a day, he wouldn’t come out in the boat.

I gotta say that I wasn’t too pleased with this and would often go out on my own at first. However I soon came round to the idea that Sunday was different, for whatever reason and it is good to have a day off Smile  Willie taught me many things as he expertly skippered my boat but I guess taking it easy on Sunday was the most significant Smile

So when Sunday did arrive Bonzo and I walked along the road to Tarbert and followed Rainey’s wall eastwards. This wall having been built by one of Raasay’s former landlords as a method of keeping his tenants well and truly in their place. Their place being the infertile and rocky ground that is Raasay’s northern extremity. It was a fine morning and the sun had not yet fully risen as we left the road following the wall towards the sea on the eastern side of the island.

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A lone stag eyed us warily in the distance as we followed this reminder of a brutal oppression that was once the norm in these parts.

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Where the stag had more protection than the people, though perhaps not so different when it comes to planning permission right enough Smile Just try building a house or putting up a wind turbine these days and you’ll soon be filling more environmental impact forms and dealing with the RSPB, SNH, SEPA, etc. etc. Perhaps it was easier dealing with a ‘benevolent dictator’ than the wheels of 21st century bureaucracy Smile

Anyway we continued eastwards, the wall’s construction becoming noticeably different in character the further east we got.

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The initial double stone construction giving way to a more chaotic but still skilful single stone affair.

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With the sun at last gaining some traction on the day we turned northwards to head overland towards home.

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Finding yet more ruins of past occupation of the land along the way.

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A snow covered Dun Caan to the south.

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High above my house a bizarre pile of stones, what is their  significance or were they just a collection of fine building stones left by some mason long ago.

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More walls and ruins.

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Once back home I loaded an IBC into my trailer ready for taking south and then turned my attention towards my Mate’s Land Rover that needed an oil change and a few other bits and bobs. I’m not too obsessive about the Sunday thing Smile it was all very ‘laid back Smile

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He’d brought me a trailer load of wood that needed taking along the track to Torran.

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It was a fine afternoon for it

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Harris looking much nearer with it’s snow capped hills behind Brother’s Pont on Skye.

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Aye, it was a fine end to the day indeed as the sun went down Smile

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The solar panels at Torran catching the last rays of the sun as evening wore on, think it was only 3:00PM Sad smile

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