Life at the end of the road

September 5, 2019

Chim, chimney, chim, chimney, chim, chim, cheroo :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:07 pm

Thursday already and it just seems like I’ve just started work, not been there for two and a half days! The weekend is almost upon us and I cannot say that I’ve actually done much other than a little ‘chimney sweeping’ Smile Well not so much a lumb as the vent for the sewage tank, which got a little blocked of late, not seriously but enough to ‘slow the jobbies down’ Smile


I kinda suspected something was amiss when I felt rather a lot of ‘positive pressure’ from one of the drain plugs that I removed. No water came out of the plug but plenty did when I opened up the pipe itself.

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Some work on this section removed rather a lot of gunk but I suspected the main blockage to be around the next 90 degree bend where the pipe heads up through three more decks to exhaust stacks.

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Sure enough, it was blocked solid with flakes of rust but a combination of the rods and Charlie the hoover sorted it. Oh the joys of working with the sewage tank Smile

A long way from home

Aside from the chimney sweeping it’s been pretty regular on the work front, a busy Tuesday and Wednesday led us into a quieter Thursday. The miserable August gave way to a slightly better September but still nothing ‘to write home about’. I think it’s just down to your luck where the showers land, some of them have been pretty brutal but some missed us entirely.


The ‘wee pier’ was still blessed with a few boats but the summer fishing creels were being brought in by at least one fisherman.

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Fine project for someone with a lot of time and patience Smile tel 07855 179778


Glamaig with its ‘hat’ on.

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Someone a long way from British Columbia, apparently he’s done some 79,000 kilometres on it!!!!!


Someone else a long way from home, well Tarbert Loch Fyne Smile that must have been taken when the sun was out.


Another fine meal by Ross Camilli, baked veg and smoked salmon, I really am gonna miss his cooking when he goes back to uni Sad smile


Methinks the ‘wee dug’ will too, she’s gonna have to spend more time in the car Sad smile

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25% of the crew ‘hard at it’ Smile 

A busy boat

The MV Volt Processor was back alongside again after another day at the Moll fish farm.

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There is some serious hardware on the very capable looking craft, fish pumps, cranes, grading equipment and I guess it’ll be fitted out for de lousing too.

Well, that’s it, I’m off to bed, it’s 21:00 and I’m shattered with another of young Camilli’s fine meals inside me Smile

September 4, 2019

A murky start :-(

Filed under: animals, boats, daily doings, shed/house — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:27 am

Well, that’ll be me back ‘before the mast’ for a fortnight, it’s just after 21:00 so there will be little chance of this getting finished tonight. Still I’ll get something down whilst sat at the kitchen table if only to digest another of my son’s excellent meals, a chicken thigh number with parsnips in a lovely mustard and thyme sauce. I joined the good ship Hallaig at 15:00 after an unusually leisurely Tuesday, normally I’m rushing around like a headless chicken (probably not the best analogy in light of recent events Smile ) but not today. Nope, this particular ‘back to work’ day was blissfully relaxed despite the grey and murky start. I had achieved much during my ‘fortnight off’ so decided, as part of my ‘blood pressure reduction regime’ to go into town early.


It was a dreich, grey but calm morning that must have followed an equally windless night, for the spiders had been out in force.

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There were few inanimate objects not festooned with delicate webs, all of which would be full of ‘wee beasties’ in a little while.


For the greyness was lifting and no doubt the midge would be out soon

Me, I just pottered about in the shed until 10:00am then headed slowly down the road in the WiFE to catch the 10:55 for Skye.

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The cruising season not quite over, the MS Star Breeze was anchored in Portree bay

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That’ll be her portside take from Glame on Raasay, her starboard from Portree pier and one I wish I’d taken of her in Potroferrario on Elba Smile

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Dunno the story behind BRD18 the former trawler Alex C but she looks in a sorry state, unlike the Serene at the other end of the pier wall Smile

In the ‘brown stuff’ again Smile

After my saunter around Portree visiting feed merchants, hardware stores and garden centres I headed back to Sconser to join Hallaig and catch up with my ‘back to back’.


The poor soul had been a little preoccupied with the disabled toilet and sewage tank earlier in the day Smile You really DO NOT need a sewage plant problem on your last day of shift. Inevitably the last day ‘on shift’ is as manic as the last day ‘off shift’ with hunners of paperwork, ‘end of trip reports’, ‘handover notes’ and ‘checklists’ to finish for your ‘back to back’.

Well, guess what my first job is tomorrow Smile

A couple of new visitors

Yesterday’s post wouldn’t be complete with the two new visitors to Raasay, one launched the year before Titanic sank and the other just last year.

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Me, I was busy catching up with acting ‘Captain Ali’ who was just completing his first week as the Hallaig’s skipper. Must be the first Calmac skipper with a bun hey Smile Still ‘fair play’ to Mr MacInnes, it is for cancer sufferer wigs.

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Raasay’s newest arrival was this serious 490ton workboat the MV Volt Processor Norwegian flagged and probably crewed and built judging by her immaculate condition and build quality.

Not dark yet

That was it really,

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couple of Bambi’s on the way home and some beautiful raspberries for my son’s muesli in the morning.

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