Life at the end of the road

March 19, 2019

Will it ever stop raining ?

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:53 pm

19:40 local time here in LA, sure it would be ‘twenty to eight’ on Raasay and I’d just be driving home had I been ‘on shift’ there Smile I’ve been in my toasty wee caravan with ‘wee dug’ for the best part of an hour but I’m ready for me bed!!! I dunno what it is in LA but I’m doing some serious sleeping here.


Still, at least Molly don’t mind going to bed early and she never complains of my snoring Smile This could well be my last but one sleep here, with a bit of luck it’ll be the Sconser car park or home on Thursday Smile Smile Then it will be a full ‘month off’ a whole month of mixing concrete, building sheds, fixing generators, mending fences buying pigs and even seeing my son. I just can’t wait, much as I love my wee annual jaunt down to LA, I love home the best. Having said that, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I may be back here in a months time. Not that that would bother me greatly but it would mean that Raasay is stuck with a smaller ferry yet again if Hallaig ‘stays put’ Sad smile 


Well, it wasn’t exactly dry today but it wasn’t too wet either, in fact, I actually managed to get aboard the ship and ‘let go’ without my waterproofs on, which must be a first this fortnight. In fact, to be honest it wasn’t such a bad day by recent standards. And, being a Tuesday most of the crew ‘were up to high doh’ it being their last day and all that. Admiral Woods and myself would be doing a couple of extra days right enough so did not share their euphoria. To be honest I was sad to see the back of the ‘188 club’ that’ll be what we called the crew of MV Hallaig this week for ‘the young fella’ upstairs had to cope with us three geriatrics for the week and that was our combined age. Sure we even developed a special handshake and have ordered T shirts Smile 

Looked like a spot of ‘Morting’ going on at Scottish Sea Farms Fishnish site. Methinks they’ve been putting smolts in here and the divers from ‘M-Dive’ would be checking for dead fish after their helicopter or ‘well boat’ journey. Something I’ve done plenty of myself in days past, a nice easy job and not too smelly. The smolts are generally delivered unstressed and in great health, this part of fish farm diving work being one of the better tasks Smile

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The poor salmon farming industry gets much in the way of undeserved bad press when folk are quite happy with their bacon sandwich, chicken tikka or Big Mac. Trust me the fish farming game is far better to its stock than the intensive pork, beef, turkey, prawn, or chicken industry.

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A serious tyre change on one of LQS’s CAT loading shovels by Fort William Tyre Services Methinks it would cost more than £2 to dispose of that tyre Smile


Servicing Number two DG

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Yeoman Bontrup one of the worlds largest self discharging bulk carriers at 96725 gross tons  heading to Glensanda quarry


Just passing Ardtornish Point and castle

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We want to go home Smile

March 18, 2019

Me, San Pellegrino and the wee dug :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:33 pm

Well that’s me been in LA for thirteen nights and I’d normally be getting all excited tonight cos ‘only one more sleep’ Smile However I’ll be doing a couple of extra days to cover me ‘back to back’s’ lieu days. Not that that is a problem ‘yours truly’ will be well paid and I can think of worse places to be than Bonny LA. Give me Lochaline to Los Angeles any day Smile Seriously Lochaline has everything you need, a great wee shop, a petrol pump, a laundrette, a selection of drinking establishments and a ferry to Mull Smile There is also stupendous diving in the Sound of Mull and great fishing if you are that way inclined. Me, I just enjoy being here with the two dugs, some San Pellegrino and the knowledge that I’ll be well paid for doing something I love.

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I was stunned 12 months ago when I found San Pellegrino blood orange juice at the LA store and was gutted when I arrived here two weeks ago and found none to be had Smile Now, ‘far be it’ for me to assume that they got it in specially for me but when I went to the store the other day, there it was Smile My favourite juice of all time, OK, the company is now owned by some faceless multinational and the drink is full of sugar but I do love it, if only for the memory of times past. It was their spring water I used to be hooked on, apparently Leonardo da Vinci drunk it Smile Whatever, in my book it’s a gazillion times better than the American muck and that stuff ‘made from girders’ Smile

The shipping news

Now that was a good film/book but here are today’s movements.


NLB’s Pharos which looked like she had been servicing the Eilean Glas light in the Sound of Mull.


LOTI going to Lochboisdale on South Uist.

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The old ‘regular’ MV Loch Fyne heading for Mallaig


The venerable MV Isle of Arran and the MV Havgul


And now, @ 20:30 with ‘wee dug’ as me hot water bottle, I’m off to bed and a good book Smile

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