Life at the end of the road

November 14, 2021

6:00 and all is well :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, for sale, New hybrid ferry — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:45 am

Aye, it is Smile well, actually it’s 6:30 now and I’ve been  outside to greet the fine morning whilst I was on my way to my big freezer to dig out some stores for the week ahead at work. Though why I actually need a BIG freezer is a bit of a mystery really, cos I’ve an under the counter one in the kitchen and I do live alone, well almost Smile


Bonzo and Molly are still in bed, they unlike me having little trouble sleeping Smile Though having said that, I have at last started sleeping right through until the alarm goes off. Well I did one day at least but the other two I was actually in bed when it went off, if not actually asleep. Today being Sunday I don’t actually need an alarm but even so it was 5:55 before I awoke to find myself wedged in by two dugs.

This ‘messing around with clocks’ really does feck me up Sad smile Luckily I’ve had neighbours who have been dealing with the pigs so at least they’ll be getting fed on time. Me, I’ve been virtually coming in from work and going straight to bed being too tired to do anything. Luckily normality is gradually being restored and this morning I’m feeling, well like it is morning and not the middle of the night.

So I find myself this fine morning with a little time on here before setting off for work on the good ship Hallaig.


The first week back


The ‘office’ is certainly looking spic and span after her annual service and MOT Smile


An additional crew member being our very own ex purser Finlay, now promoted to ‘Pool Skipper’ and no he’s not asleep, it’s just a pish photograph Smile


Some VIP’s arriving at Raasay House the other day Winking smile


A group of shags drying off their wings during one of the brief periods of sunshine, not that there is much of the stuff at Sconser in the winter.


Back to walking the dugs at lunchtime once more this time up at the Home Loch which has had a lovely path made around it.

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It looks a bit of a war zone after the forest was cleared a couple of years back but already the new growth is starting to push through. Pretty soon it’ll look far better than the oppressive plantation it replaced.


Free to good home

The Egg Chariot is needing a new home if anyone wants it? No MOT, needs an exhaust, brake discs, done a million miles, free to uplift from Sconser.

August 1, 2017

Ticket for Bella anyone :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, for sale, pigs — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:26 pm

Not the brilliant day they were promising right enough, at least not in the morning, in fact it was pretty pish AM considering we’d been promised a good day. I was up as usual at ‘stupid o clock’, put on a pot of coffee a little after 6:00AM and gazed westwards over to Skye full of enthusiasm for the day ahead. Five minutes later it was pishing with rain so without touching it I left the Brazilian ‘blend in the pot on the hot plate and went back to bed. Almost three hours later I had another go, the coffee having benefitted from it’s long gestation on the 300W hot plate ‘hit the spot’ and I trudged forth in the midge infested morn and fed the zoo.

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It was not actually raining then but within minutes of me stepping through the door into the house it was Sad smile I was not impressed, XC had promised a good day and this was certainly not, at least what I’d seen of it so far didn’t live up to much.


Sure there was a nice rainbow or two but I was wanting a little sunshine and to forego the oilskins for once.


Luckily I have a shed so got on with finishing off a few jobs on the ‘Old Girl’, yesterday’s winch repair for one. I fitted a new motor on Monday, a ‘Goodwinch’ one and not a genuine Warn one as I have in the past. This motor is direct replacement for the Warn one and a third of the price, not only that but the brushes are larger and fitted in brass holders. The Warn holders are steel and rust, which makes the brushes stick and burn out the commutator. This I know cos it’s happens every couple of years, usually when you really need the winch Sad smile


Also changed the gear oils in the axles and transfer box using this vintage gear oil pump that I’ve had at least 30 years and it was an antique when I got it from me mate at in ‘Accy’ all those years ago.

The birthday boy Smile

Sure enough it did finally brighten up so The lad and I went out for a dip.


He’s been pretty sick this last couple of weeks, fever and now a cold but the worst of it seemed by with so off we headed to Port Arnish.


There was a bit of a traffic jam on the way with a certain ‘birthday boy’ going in the same direction as us Smile

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Our plan had been to search for a large anchor below the Torran Schoolhouse that I once used as a mooring for the Conqueror. This we’d been searching for ‘on and off’ now for over a month without success but we had cleared the ground of four smaller anchors so planned to grapple for it after our dive. First though we anchored off the white house at Torran to search for the chain we’d found last month. The chain had been marked with an orange buoy but that had mysteriously vanished. Whilst we never actually found that chain we did find yet another massive anchor and even more BIGGER chain!!! Seems like Loch Arnish is a bit of a chain mine and anchor dumping ground Smile


It’s pretty good for clams too Smile bit like riding a bike this scallop diving, you just never forget how to do it and I wasn’t even trying Smile

As well as the clams we picked up a bucket of cracking mussels from a sunken trawl float that had returned to the surface after a long stint on the sea bed. I guess the float had gradually sunk under the weight of marine growth and mussels but after lying in deep water for so long much of the growth must have died off due to lack of light. Eventually it floated back to the surface where we found it, covered in its bounty of mature grit free mussels.

Whilst out in Loch Arnish we met up once more with the ‘birthday boy’ and managed to unload some of our ‘ocean bounty’ on him. By the the time we finally got home, his mum, Raasay’s oldest resident was ensconced in our  living room awaiting her taxi.

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Methinks the cailleach will be 95 this year and is just learning the art of quad riding to Torran. Jessie normally walks!!! I kid you not she usually walks the mile or so rough track to her old home without ‘batting an eyelid’.


Just as Jessie was leaving Arnish the 81,769t MS Zuiderdam was leaving Portree Dunno if she’s the largest vessel to visit Skye’s capital but she cannae be far off, that is a seriously large ship.

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Almost as large as the ‘birthday boy’s’ selection of drink Smile

A spare ticket


For sale at ‘face value’ £150 a Belladrum 3 day camping ticket and parking pass

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