Life at the end of the road

August 20, 2017

Water, Water, Everywhere :-(

Rain, rain and more rain, even today hasn’t been great and it was supposed to be sunny all afternoon, aye right Sad smile The forecast looks pretty grim too with nothing great on the horizon until next weekend, which being a whole week away could turn out to be completely wrong. I was just looking back few a few blog entries for the last couple of years around this time in August and it was the same then, pishing rain with the odd spell of sunshine in between the frequent showers. Much like winter really but a bit warmer with longer days and the dreaded midge when the wind drops Sad smile Tis no wonder I’ve felt a little glum this last week or so since we returned from Belladrum.

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The first whole day back being spent removing mud, cleaning the caravan and marking the frame of the awning with coloured insulation tape. What a nightmare that was trying to assemble that at Bella, with instructions in German and no Internet to find any, well it should certainly be easier next time. In my weakened state that took me pretty much the whole day and I’d to resort to using the wheelbarrow to move some diving cylinders round to the compressor for filling. Normally I’d carry a couple at a time without even thinking about it.


During the leisurely clean up operation of van and Landy I had four visitors, our Sasso ‘table birds’ were heading for the kitchen door prematurely having escaped from their small run in the garden.

Back to work


The Storr covered in cloud from home


and Glamaig wearing a cap of the same stuff from work.


During what was probably the only good day in August at least one crofter got some silage cut but that was all.

Two velvet covered young stags near Tarbert, by the end of the month that should be gone and the antlers visible.

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The Annie E workboat belonging to Mallaig Marine heading for a night alongside Raasay pier.


The first time this summer that we have berthed after sunset, methinks it would have been around 21:20 last Saturday when this was taken.


Last night, exactly a week later it was almost dark and the pier lights were on when we tied up.


The Maltese flagged motor yacht ‘Spirit of Fortitude’ passing through the Raasay Narrows.


The Italian flagged? UK Coastguard tug Ievoli Black 

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has signed a 5-year agreement with the marine salvage company Ardent for emergency towage services off the north and north-western coasts of Scotland using the tug Ievoli Black.

This will be to replace the 4 that were axed in 2011 a decision made two days before HMS Astute ran aground at Kyle.

Stuck: HMS Astute is believed to have been damaged after a tug-boat tried to rescue it after it ran aground on mud and shingle banks

Despite a nuclear submarine running aground near Kyle of Lochalsh the Tory government still removed the tugs, I guess half of them being stationed around the coast of Scotland would not have lost them many votes Smile


The clam dredger Star of Annan ‘OB 50’ scratching away in the Raasay Narrows.

The superyacht ‘Sea Walk’ that’ll be my picture on the left as she left the Scalpay Narrows.

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The wet stuff

From the pics above you probably think I’ve been telling ‘porkies’ about the weather, well here we go.

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The sunshine and showers wasn’t so bad, at least there was a little respite and a rainbow or two by means of compensation but some of the days (and nights) it was just relentless.


This patch of ground between the east and west coasts of Raasay has a Gaelic name something to do with ‘The men of Oskaig’ it’s also the only place on this island that you’ll find that long grass in the middle of that lake. I can’t remember the name of that either, one thing for sure I’ve never seen this much water there,

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or there, or in that burn on the right.


It was pretty wet at the distillery too that morning and whilst it doesn’t look anywhere like finished outside methinks there’s a lot going on that you cannae see. There’s a delivery of grain next Friday and there’s an awful lot of activity even at the weekends, when this is up and running it’s gonna be a real ‘shot in the arm’ for Raasay.


There has been so much rain that much of the sea is brown with fresh water and peat, but only on the surface. As the ferry cuts through it you can see the lovely clear water below. OK, I know it’s not very obvious from the picture but that faint white line from left to right is the brown water from the Inverarish burn being pushed northwards by the outgoing tide.

Happy Birthday Ali

It did eventually stop raining on Saturday, just in time for Ali’s ‘secret’ 30th birthday party in the boatshed.

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I know the pictures are pure carp but that’ll be Ali in the blonde wig and Superwoman outfit. Me, I’m a pure lightweight and was working today so just called in on my way home and had 1 can of Strong bow. Methinks the youngsters would have been there until the ‘small hours’ Smile I just headed home to spend the night in the caravan with me wife, we’d given the house over to my son and some friends for the day. It was a belated eighteenth ‘birthday bash’ for him. Poor lad had to cancel the actual one on his birthday cos he had a terrible fever.

Our night in the caravan was pure brill, just like a festival without the mud and noise Smile Even better, the house wasn’t trashed and no one slept in our bed Smile Probably no one slept at all Smile

Man over board

Today (Sunday) was, as usual busy traffic wise and full of drills and maintenance in between.

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Dunkin the dummy fell in the sea and had to be rescued and I did some work in one of the battery rooms.

More eejits

I never did put up the sign on account of its poor punctuation


Wish I had cos since then I’ve pulled out two more cars !!!!!!


Luckily, this time they caught me in a better mood Smile

August 19, 2017

It will never be the same

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 3:13 pm

Two weeks since Belladrum and it barely seems to have stopped raining, pretty sure we’ve not had a single dry day in August. It has been a while since I’ve been on here but the truth is, I just couldn’t face it. Sure there’s always a bit of a ‘come down’ after a weekend festival but never like the one many of us have been on this last fortnight. It was whilst we were away ‘living it up’ that Raasay’s most ‘senior citizen’ and our true friend Jessie Nicolson passed away. Yes that will be the same dear lady that was up at Sonas just a couple of days afore we went to Bella

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At a spritely 95 this would have been the first time in her life that she’d not walked the arduous ‘Torran Path’ to her family home. Indeed she had words with ‘Willie the Wiz’ for being late. “I could have walked half way to Torran the time it took you to get here” is what she was heard to utter after waiting patiently for her ‘taxi’. That was the last time I saw her and as usual, she was smiling, Jessie was always smiling.

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Sadly Jessie died in her sleep on Friday night in the home where she raised her four sons Donald, Ewan, Willie and Torquil,

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who were the last pupils at the Torran Schoolhouse.

Cool Cottages: Raasay Schoolhouse,  Raasay, Highland

Jessie is going to be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her, ourselves included. Indeed there will be a large gaping black hole in many folks lives right now, especially family and friends of whom there were many.  A veritable goldmine of information on hens, ‘North Raasay’ history, lore and Gaelic place names she made awesome pancakes, was great company and very much part of our family too. Many is the time she looked after my son, dog and even wife, the latter who invariably called in at School Park to see her and seek shelter whilst working on the post. Photo0044

Here she is spending a short break with us on Lewis a couple of years ago


and here partying at Torran with family ten years ago. What a night that was

Just a day shy of her 96th birthday Jessie was laid to rest in Raasay’s cemetery on August 11th 2017 at a very well attended funeral. The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ will never be the same without Jessie Nicolson.

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