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 19, 2019

Will it ever stop raining ?

Filed under: boats, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:53 pm

19:40 local time here in LA, sure it would be ‘twenty to eight’ on Raasay and I’d just be driving home had I been ‘on shift’ there Smile I’ve been in my toasty wee caravan with ‘wee dug’ for the best part of an hour but I’m ready for me bed!!! I dunno what it is in LA but I’m doing some serious sleeping here.


Still, at least Molly don’t mind going to bed early and she never complains of my snoring Smile This could well be my last but one sleep here, with a bit of luck it’ll be the Sconser car park or home on Thursday Smile Smile Then it will be a full ‘month off’ a whole month of mixing concrete, building sheds, fixing generators, mending fences buying pigs and even seeing my son. I just can’t wait, much as I love my wee annual jaunt down to LA, I love home the best. Having said that, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I may be back here in a months time. Not that that would bother me greatly but it would mean that Raasay is stuck with a smaller ferry yet again if Hallaig ‘stays put’ Sad smile 


Well, it wasn’t exactly dry today but it wasn’t too wet either, in fact, I actually managed to get aboard the ship and ‘let go’ without my waterproofs on, which must be a first this fortnight. In fact, to be honest it wasn’t such a bad day by recent standards. And, being a Tuesday most of the crew ‘were up to high doh’ it being their last day and all that. Admiral Woods and myself would be doing a couple of extra days right enough so did not share their euphoria. To be honest I was sad to see the back of the ‘188 club’ that’ll be what we called the crew of MV Hallaig this week for ‘the young fella’ upstairs had to cope with us three geriatrics for the week and that was our combined age. Sure we even developed a special handshake and have ordered T shirts Smile 

Looked like a spot of ‘Morting’ going on at Scottish Sea Farms Fishnish site. Methinks they’ve been putting smolts in here and the divers from ‘M-Dive’ would be checking for dead fish after their helicopter or ‘well boat’ journey. Something I’ve done plenty of myself in days past, a nice easy job and not too smelly. The smolts are generally delivered unstressed and in great health, this part of fish farm diving work being one of the better tasks Smile

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The poor salmon farming industry gets much in the way of undeserved bad press when folk are quite happy with their bacon sandwich, chicken tikka or Big Mac. Trust me the fish farming game is far better to its stock than the intensive pork, beef, turkey, prawn, or chicken industry.

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A serious tyre change on one of LQS’s CAT loading shovels by Fort William Tyre Services Methinks it would cost more than £2 to dispose of that tyre Smile


Servicing Number two DG

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Yeoman Bontrup one of the worlds largest self discharging bulk carriers at 96725 gross tons  heading to Glensanda quarry


Just passing Ardtornish Point and castle

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We want to go home Smile

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