Life at the end of the road

February 8, 2019

Eleven hours in wellies :-)

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:44 pm

Home early tonight thanks to Erik who’s 60 knot winds put paid to the last two sailings. He was late in arriving right enough but the pishing rain was well ahead of the blow. It was so wet this morning that I put my wellies and oilskins on just to get to the car and open the gate !!! In all my years working on the ferry I’ve never done that before, sure, once or twice I’ve wished I had but today is my first day with CalMac when I have spent the entire day in wellington boots and waterproof trousers. I didn’t even take em off when down in the engine room working on the sewage plant, though that would probably have been a good move even on a sunny day Smile 

The drive down the road to work was something else, I swear I’ve never seen so much water. I know I say that every year and today I figured out why, it’s cos the frigging council have stopped clearing run offs at the side of the road so the water just lies in the many hollows and pot holes. The whole stretch from Holloman to Oscaig is like a river, purely cos there are no run offs through the grass at the side of the road to let the water away. Every summer the verges at the side of the road get higher and every winter the puddles get deeper. Sure, occasionally they’ll pay someone to patch up the holes in the road but why can’t they just pay someone to clear the water off first??

Whilst Erik was well predicted, we were supposed to be ‘in the eye of the storm’ with average wind speeds of only 19knots, well they got that bit spectacularly wrong. The solitary sun that XC placed in one of its hourly predictions did appear, albeit only briefly but it was a welcome break in the relentless rain. Not enough to remove the wellies right enough but bright enough to produce a nice rainbow or two in-between the gloom.

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The Spindrift decided to leave her mooring in favour of a sheltered berth astern of Hallaig

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and that was it really. We put extra ropes on Hallaig and bade her farewell, I even got halfway home in daylight. Once home I locked the hens in, collected the eggs, cleared a blocked drain, finally removed my wellies and ‘called it a day’.

You call that an egg!!


Look what one of our chooks laid, probably in protest of me forgetting to let them out this morning Sad smile Luckily I remembered before lunch and one of our neighbours let them out Smile

Stir fried monkfish


It may have been a stormy day but the fish van managed to make it safely over with some lovely haddies, smokies, cod, salmon, scallops, prawns and much more. I came away with a nice piece of monkfish that darling wife stir fried and boy was it deelish. The lovely glass of McGuigan Back Label is washing it down just right Smile Sure they say white for fish, me, I say white for cooking, red for everything else Smile 

A wee night out

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Tomorrow afternoon it’s ‘Pie, beans and a pint’ all for a tenner at the Raasay Distillery Actually it starts with the rugby at 14:00 and finishes at 23:00 but I’ll be popping in for the ‘pie and beans’ after the 18:00 sailing from Sconser. Methinks they stop serving food at 19:00 so I’ve booked my pie already Smile perhaps I’ll go back for my pint after the late sailing Smile Might even have a few more and stay in the ‘toon hoose’ Smile


February 7, 2019

Erik is on his way :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:58 pm

Bit later home tonight cos I brought 1000lts of diesel up the road on the back of the Egg chariot and being as the trailer is only rated at 750kg, the roads are carp and 1000lts of diesel weighs 842kg at 20 degrees, I took my time.


The Subaru is brilliant with its heated seats, low ratio and awesome radio but it just aint the ‘Old Girl’, which would hardly even notice the trailer on the back. Consequently I crawled most of the way to Arnish in the lower gears and arrived home late. Not that that really mattered, darling wife was once more in the ‘toon hoose’ and I’d be heading home to a house devoid of human company. Again, not that that really mattered, the dugs would be delighted to see me and at least the feckin telly would be switched off Smile Indeed it was so peaceful when I got home that I removed the battery from the clock. Do you really have any idea how uplifting total silence can be? 


It really is absolutely silent here at Sonas, OK, my hearing isn’t great and Leah did have a spell of licking her fur


as she ‘hid’ from the UFH but seriously this is pure bliss, I can even hear my finger rubbing the laptop touchpad Smile

As for Erik

There is certainly no sign of ‘Storm Erik’ that everyone is getting into a flap about. Not that they shouldn’t right enough, methinks Erik is gonna be a beezer, I just get the impression from the chart that Raasay is gonna be in the ‘eye’ of him. Sure we put extra ropes on the Hallaig just in case but just now it is eerily silent and I’m savouring every minute of it.


That’ll be Erik at this time tomorrow, looks pretty scabby for the North of Ireland and Kintyre Smile


Well, I was up not long after 5:00am to take the dugs for a walk but by 6:30 it was time to head sowf in the egg chariot with the empty IBC in tow. In truth, I cannae remember what the forecast said but whatever it was, it was wrong, the day, until lunchtime at least, was a pure peach.


Hardly a breath of wind with the ‘roddy’ burning going in full swing.


Robert Duval famously said ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning’


me,I  love the smell of burning rhododendron anytime Smile and the Polish wood cutters were doing a fine job of it.


It really was one of those mornings when you feel good to be alive Smile


I mean, how could you not?

It sure was an amazing morning with lots of traffic on the ferry as a result. The afternoon was a bit of a ‘damp squib’ right enough  but that didn’t seem to bother anyone Smile

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The ‘Screen Machine’ departing Raasay and the MV Aqua Senior passing through the Raasay Narrows

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