Life at the end of the road

October 29, 2018

A green light :-)

Filed under: daily doings, food, Trucks and plant — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:19 am

Well, that’s me body clock ‘topsy turvy’ for a few weeks now the clocks have changed, 5:30 now and the kettle is on but I’ve been lying awake for hours. Must confess though, part of that is the excitement of today’s big pour, there’s a lot of money getting poured into the sea today so I’m a little apprehensive to say the least. Having said that the portents are good, better than forecast or expected and everything has gone like clockwork really. Tide is good, weather is perfect, temperature just right, area prepared and the tools all ready. The only thing I haven’t done is consult my horoscope Smile but as soon as I’ve finished me cup of tea I’ll go down there and have a looksee.


The tide should be around the same height just now as when the batcher arrives, 2.85m @ 6:04 and the same at 13:13.

After everything going so well yesterday we’ve moved the pour forward an hour and a half so I’d better shift the booking of Ross’ batcher from 13:00 to 11:25 as soon as the office opens. Say an hour and a half from leaving Sconser and Eyre Plant’s batcher should be here just after 13:00.

Sure enough, all is peachy down at the shore,

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the incoming tide is just lapping the stone ‘shuttering’ that will be the foot of the pour and my ‘forest’ of galvanised M12 bolts bonded into Scotland have not been covered by loose stones.

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The turning area I made for the dumper is still there despite having been ‘washed’ and Calum is sat on a pile of rubble held in reserve Smile

Could not have asked for better

Clock movements aside, Sunday was a ‘perfect day’ and despite having much to do I was chilled enough to take the dugs out for a long walk before breakfast. Instead of the usual wander down to the hydro turbine to check for blockages or slipway to look at progress, we went to Torran Schoolhouse  for coffee.

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The Storr had lost its cold white covering, Loch Arnish and Manish Point looked magnificent with porpoises in the loch and no white ‘fluffy’ breakers on the shore. The corrugated iron look of Saturday gone and a billiard table in its place. It was a truly awesome start to winter, at least my definition of winter which is when the CalMac timetable changes and the clocks go wonky Smile Yup, it was a ‘good to alive’ day and the prospect of the best cup of coffee beckoned. My Italian heritage has had me drinking STRONG black coffee on and off for over fifty years I guess and outside my Father’s homeland I’ve only ever had a decent cup twice. When I say ‘decent’ I mean in, as I had in Italy and that is so strong that you have to put three sugars in a tiny cup to make it palatable Smile I had a cup in Cafesia in Broadford a couple of years ago that ‘hit the spot’ and I always get one at my Mate’s house over in Torran. I am talking cups you can stand a spoon in and leave you rattling right enough. Well after two of those with Andrew and family I was ready for anything Smile

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Once home I assisted Wifey in moving furniture for more of her unusual painting,


seriously, it grows on you Smile


especially when you find your son’s ‘stash’ Smile My oh my, my boy has good taste Smile

Slow roast pork belly

Still a little early for slip work I started prepping dinner, a slow roast pork belly.

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Sure I did do some Googling but in the end just used my initiative with the home grown pork and veggies from the Raasay walled garden. Just rubbed salt, pepper olive oil into the pork, laid it on a bed of carrots and celery, sliced garlic, apples, spuds and garlic on top but forgot the onions!! Then bunged it in the oven for 30 mins at 9 before turning down to S for 4 or 5 hours.

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That done it was off ‘diggin and dumpin’ again with not a breath of wind and both turbines having a well earned rest Smile

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When the tide did ebb it was a relief to see all my stone shuttering still in place and a pure joy to be walking back along Calum’s road to collect me dumper.


Even the hens got let out for a wander in the garden Smile


And yes, dinner was awesome with extra roast Rooster potatoes and gravy.

Anyway, better go, it’s 7:15 which to the pigs is 8:15 cos their clocks do not change Smile

October 4, 2018

All packed up and ready to go :-)

Filed under: daily doings — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:03 pm

Well, that’ll be the Linnhe on her way fresh out of dry dock and hammering up to Raasay to let us away. As soon as she arrives we’ll head south and that’ll be me away from home for the best part of the ‘fortnight on’. So, with a bit of luck we’ll be away before lunch leaving the wee Linnhe to pick up the service at 12:15. The last few days have been spent getting ready for the trip doing the important stuff like organizing berths at Oban, Campbelltown et al and most importantly sorting out our food for the trip down, expect lots of mince and a big pot of soup Smile


having arisen at ‘stupid o clock’ yesterday to walk the dogs and feed the animals before 6:30 I was somewhat shattered last night and in me bed early, so here’s some of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s events on Camera.

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One of Tuesday morning’s dumper trips back from the quarry looking over Loch Arnish to Torran and it’s beautiful aspen bellow the cliff there. These trees are always striking against the majority birch and abundant willow and hazel.

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Off for a walk with the pigs and dugs Smile 

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Rowan berries at South Arnish and Cnoch an Uan, again striking against the birch.

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Hector’s Bothy Smile under construction at the Sconser ferry terminal, hopefully we’ll see a bacon roll or burger out of there next year. Tis gonna be a much needed ‘take away’ and bunkhouse just by the ferry. Dunno where everyone is going to park right enough cos it’s chaos in the summer now, but at least they’ll be able to eat whilst fighting over the queue Smile

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Dun Caan on Tuesday with a dark tree on Skye and a dark Dun Caan on Wednesday with a light tree Smile


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So, after a delightful end to a dreadful day I packed up the car and called it a day.


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