Life at the end of the road

October 3, 2019

Southbound again :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:59 am

Well, it’s that time of year again and we’re heading off to sunny Troon for our annual drydocking.

I did set the alarm for 5:00am but ‘true to form’ was up before it, we were due to muster on Hallaig at 6:00 ready for a 6:30 departure. Where exactly we were going depended on a few things, weather and ability to get a berth being two of them. Whether it be Craignure, Lochaline or Oban it would be well south of Raasay for sure.

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So, as soon as Hallaig was ‘flashed up’ we departed the berth, loaded our cars and headed off for Troon, or at least the ‘first leg’.

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Bade farewell to Raasay and Dun Caan passed by the new Mowi fish feed plant, MV Mikal With  and under the Skye Bridge.

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By midday we’d passed the Small Isles, cleared ‘Archie’ (Ardnamurchan Point)  and taken the chicken out of the oven Smile

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Yesterday was spent manically preparing for today both at work and home, gear needed loaded aboard Hallaig and Sonas needed getting ready for MiL, instructions written, feed bins filled and car packed.

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MV Serene passing by a new Raasay residence being constructed.

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All fuelled up and ready to go 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.

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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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