Life at the end of the road

January 13, 2020

Eighteen ropes !!!!!

Well, that was a short day Smile Home during the hours of daylight in January? unheard of. Sure ‘Storm Brendan’ was pretty well forecast but we were at least hoping to get a couple of runs in prior to ‘knocking it on the head’. Alas that wasn’t to be and the furthest we moved today was up and down the berth to lash more ropes onto Scotland.

P1160166 P1160168 P1160169

That in itself being ‘no mean feat’, between the wind that was strong enough to knock you off your feet and loud enough to drown both radio and speech it was a miracle we got any extra ropes on at all. Still we did, just about every strand we had aboard went out, eighteen in total, all ‘bar tight’ and singing like ‘piano wires’ once we’d finished.

P1160170 P1160172 P1160174

Speedwell ahead of us at the berth, the Mary M having moved round to the ‘wee pier’ a few days ago Smile

Having secured the ship, finished the paperwork and shut down the vessel we called it a day. Miraculously we were all still dry, tis a rare thing indeed to have a storm like this unaccompanied by pishing rain. Sure it wouldn’t be far away, but for the morning at least it was just the waves we had to dodge Smile

Me, I headed off to see Peter and share his 92nd birthday cake,

P1160175

prior to taking Bonzo and Molly for a walk, and, it was still dry!!!!!

Home in daylight

It was still dry when I drove home and stopped at Brochel castle for a wee walk there with Molly.

P1160176

Was pretty boodly wild there too considering this was Raasay’s sheltered side!!! It wasn’t much better at home, in fact, I could barely stand up and Molly refused to get out of the car until it was parked safely in the shed. Normally she tries to leap out when I get out to open the gate onto the croft. Once out she made a ‘B line’ for the front door and then once inside went straight to bed. Me, I toured the ‘estate’ making sure all was lashed down securely, the drains were free from debris and picking up a few stray buckets, plant pots and scallop shells (don’t ask) Smile Then it was indoors to think about dinner or should I say wade through the fridge and freezer looking for something suitable. Being short on inspiration I boiled a few Roosters for a couple of minutes then threw in some chopped asparagus, leaving that to boil for a further five or ten mins. Then with the asparagus nicely tender and the spuds cooked I drained the pan contents into a large sieve, leaving it to dry whilst I added chopped garlic, olive oil, sea salt and balsamic vinegar to the now warm dry pan. I put contents of sieve back in pan, drizzled a little more olive oil on it then refitted the pan lid and shook it enough to bash and mix the contents. Serving said concoction with a few slices of nduja and home made black pudding Smile Hardly ‘haute cuisine’ but quick, easy, very filling and just as good without the dead animal on the side. OK, perhaps not quite so good without the charcuterie but a really good vegetarian option

P1160178

The rest of the week

Truth be known I’m only on here cos I finished work early, normally by the time I get home and make dinner I’m too knackered to blog. We did finish early the other day and I managed home for 19:00 but by 19:30 I was in me bed too tired even to read a few pages of my current riveting publication, ‘The Darkest Dawn’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkest-Dawn-Story-Iolaire-Tragedy/dp/1789070244 

At 1.55am on 1st January 1919, a naval yacht carrying sailors home on leave ran aground on rocks near the village of Holm, a mere 20 yards from the shore of the Isle of Lewis and less than half a mile from the safe harbour of Stornoway. HMY Iolaire was crowded with 280 men, mostly naval reservists returning to the safety and comfort of their homes after the horror of the Great War.

by Malcolm Macdonald and Donald John Macleod. An examination of the loss of HMY Iolaire on Hogmanay 1919 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMY_Iolaire

Sunday

Anyway, it’s ‘pitch black’ outside now, not even 7:00pm and the rain is well and truly lashing the windows, so where was I?

P1160156 P1160158 P1160159

Well, today wasn’t my first daylight commute of the year, that ‘milestone’ fell to Sunday morning and was blessed with a full moon over the sycamore at the bottom of Glame Brae.

P1160161 P1160160

Was pretty nice when I got to work too with a dusting of snow on the Black Cuilin.

P1160163 P1160164

I even managed a spot of painting whilst the boys prepared for Brendan by splicing a new spring and extra head ropes for the aft quarter.

P1160165

Another day Smile

P1160147 

A mountain hare in its winter coat, OK, I know the picture is pish but I only ever see this chap in the winter and always here at Glame. Probably only actually see him cos he’s brilliant white in the winter and sticks out like a sore thumb in his ‘camouflage’. I guess this another sign of global warming, probably there was much more snow back then when evolution gave him suitable winter attire Smile

 

P1160149 P1160150

The Portree creel boat Mharie Bhan II off to catch an early prawn or velvet crab.

P1160152 P1160154 P1160155

Wrong way from Sconser? Smile sailing this way to execute the famous ‘Henderson turn’ at Raasay, awesome seamanship Smile

P1160143 P1160145 P1160146

The most important job of the week, Raasay’s new ambulance and the magnificent Storr from an unusual angle.

With ‘SAS who cares who wins’ topping the Raasay TV viewing charts https://www.channel4.com/programmes/sas-who-dares-wins/on-demand/70078-001 the Hallaig’s crew have drawn up a daily exercise regime.

 P1160141

Brimming with testosterone the ‘young bloods’ have been aboard at 6:00am every morning working out!!!!! I kid you not Smile

October 6, 2019

All quiet on the Western Front :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:31 am

Unfortunately ‘yours truly’ has forgotten to bring his power supply for the trusty Del Latitude Rugged 5404 that serves as the tablet upon which I chisel out my posts. I say that cos this laptop is something of a brick and weighs as much as several. I got sick of breaking laptops a few years ago so bought this gel filled monster that is not only bombproof but virtually waterproof too. More importantly for me, it also has a serial port so I can use it to interrogate my various inverters and charge controllers. Sadly, being something of a professional standard your average £6.99 Chinese power supply doesn’t fit it. The battery life is pretty good but I have been rationing its use until I can get mine sent or brought down from home.

Much as I like my iPad and Chinese ‘spy in the pocket’ my thumbs are not dextrous enough to be blogging on a touch screen. However, it be 7:00am on Sunday now at the Willowbank Hotel in Largs and I’m at a bit of a loose end so thought I’d ‘have a go’. There are only two sachets of Nescafe left, breakfast aint until 9:00 and I don’t do newspapers or TV Smile Truth is I’ve been missing you all as well as ‘wee dug’ and home Smile

IMG_1072

Well, we arrived safely in Largs around 19:30 on Friday evening, put our vehicles off at the slip and tied up alongside the west or is it south side of the pier.

IMG_1059

Out of the regular MV Loch Shira’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Loch_Shira way with 125A power supply to keep us ‘live’ without the need for running generators. Cold Ironing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_ironing they call it for some reason,

Cold ironing is a shipping industry term that first came into use when all ships had coal-fired engines. When a ship tied up at port there was no need to continue to feed the fire and the iron engines would literally cool down, eventually going completely cold, hence the term cold ironing.

good old Wikipedia Smile

me I just call it ‘plugging in’ Smile

Yesterday was spent preparing for docking and that’s what’s on the cards for today, just not quite so early Smile

Older Posts »

Blog at WordPress.com.