Life at the end of the road

March 22, 2019

Carping meself :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:30 am

Well I’m almost home after a two week plus stint in LA Smile Much as I love Lochaline it’s environs and folk, I love home the best. I was relieved hours ago by my trusty ‘back to back’ and common sense would have dictated I stay there until tomorrow and drive north today. Sadly a desire to see the wife, croft, hoose and all things dear to my heart had me leaving LA at around 16:00. Not a good move due to the forecast and I have only myself to blame, for whilst I did have a nice drive home and called in at Kyle for a ‘Chinese’ I’m now stuck at Sconser with two terrified dugs. Leah is in the car and won’t come out and Molly is trembling at my side. Bits are flying of the caravan, the ferry probably will not run and the only person I can blame is myself. Still, the jacks are down on the van which is still firmly attached to the Subaru, so with a bit of luck we won’t blow over or into the sea Smile


Sign says ‘disruption likely’ well ‘amen to that’ Smile

Sure I fully intended posting last night but manged to forget me ‘dongle’ so had no Internet, sure I had my employers Internet at the port but that cost millions and is carp whereas mine costs about a tenner a month and is pure amazing Smile

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Amazing tractor towing chipper that can demolish 2’ diameter trees!!!!

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Old bogie and mine entrance at LQS

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Serious dumper at LQS Smile

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A wee walk along to the pontoons in Lochaline with the dugs.

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Fishermen and fish farmers in the Sound of Mull.

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Teuchters on tour and a ‘tight load’.


‘Admiral’s chicken’ that’ll be Sandy’s chicken breasts basted in pesto, butter, cheese and bacon then served with oven chips, baked sweet potato and broccoli, awesome Smile


Leah and Molly at feeding time, they have been great company Smile


A Norwegian submarine transiting the Sound of Mull.


Briggs Marine’s ‘Kingdom of Fife’


FPV Minna


A very tidy looking tug called Strathfoyle at Lochaline West Pier, listed on AIS as Dutch built by Damen shipyards in Holland but actually ‘made in China’ Smile

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A fishing boat heading south and the Yeoman Bontrup heading north. The Bontrup is one of the two ‘worlds largest’ self discharging bulk carriers in the world at some 96000 plus GRT.

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Rare pics of MV Loch Linnhe at the LQS pier in Loch Alainn, she was just waiting there for Hallaig to load.

March 9, 2019

The weekend has landed :-)

Well, I did intend scribbling a few notes on here last night, not that there was ‘much to write home about’ right enough but I was full of good intentions. Trouble being that once I got showered and settled in me cosy caravan with ‘wee dug’ I just started ‘nodding off’ and that was well before 21:00, in fact, truth be known, I think it was before 20:00. I never even heard a cheep from the Lochaline Social Club which is just at my ‘back door’ so to speak. Not that it’s usually noisy but I do generally hear the odd car pulling up or conversation from the outdoor smokers. I keep expecting to hear the big black dug in the car barking her head off, she usually does at home Sad smile but Leah has been ‘as good as gold’ in that department.


Apparently all second hand Subaru Foresters have a tow bar fitted and smell of wet dogs. Well the ‘Egg chariot’ had neither when I bought it four years ago and now, at last, it ‘ticks both boxes’ Smile


Despite it only being a few hours ago I can’t remember much about it,

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but it was busy with two articulated lorries on the first sailing and one car left behind at LA and Fishnish. Having said that, the Fishnish one arrived late and would probably got on had he been on time.

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Took the dugs out for a walk at lunchtime down by the sand loading pier where the Swedica Hav was still being loaded with the fine Lochaline sand.


Then, as it was still pishing down I gave the deck drencher and fire pumps a good testing Smile


As ships go by

I guess not much else happened really, a few boats ‘crossed our path’ as we plied the Sound of Mull but the greyness of the day made for dull pictures.

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Briggs Marine’s MV Kingdom of Fife  passing by. Quite often on charter to the MoD she’s a regular visitor around Raasay and the North West. One of her Masters even skippered our very own MV Hallaig for a while and a pleasure it was to work under him.

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The MV Isle of Arran heading to Oban from Lochboisdale on South Uist and the MV Isle of Lewis on her way back from Castlebay on Barra.


Swedica Hav, now full of LQS fine sand heading out of Loch Alainn as we finished for the day.


Allegedly there’s a real bout of carp weather on the way, snow this afternoon followed by gales early next week, dunno if it has a ‘name’ yet but if the charts are to be believed it deserves one.

Sunday 12th

Not that there was any sign of it this morning at the Lochaline boat graveyard Smile

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The Gaelic Rose headed out this morning with a load of divers destined for the SS Rondo off Eilean Glas in the Sound of Mull.


Rondo was sheltering from a blizzard in January 1935 when her anchor parted or dragged and she drifted onto Dearg Sgeir, the ‘Red Rock’ north of the ‘Green Island’. She now lies virtually vertical down the north side of the reef with the stern in 9m and bow in 50 plus! Not much left of her right enough as she was well salvaged before she slipped off the reef. However she’s quite a spectacular sight.

The ‘Screen Machine’ arrived at the West Pier for tonight’s showing of Mary Poppins and the Favourite .

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A regular visitor to Raasay the ‘Screen Machine’ is a proper, warm seated venue that folds out from the trailer to produce a proper cinema. Were I not so tired I’d wander along myself to see The Favourite but it doesn’t start until 20:30 and I’ll be in my bed before then I’m sure.

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A nice house in Lochaline with a name from Raasay, Kyle Rona it’s called, I wonder if there is any connection? Nice view from up there Smile


The tide ebbing at a good 3knots on the Loch Alainn ‘port hand’ marker buoy.

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LOTI and Isle of Arran heading south.

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Finlay and Jim doing the weekly soundings of the void spaces, peaks and dry tanks. Serious bits of the ship that should not have any water in them Smile As usual, they were dry Smile

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