Friday, 12 December 2014
I used to entitle my posts when I arrived home simply "Home" or "Home Again" but this causes Blogger all sorts of problems. Well it causes Blogger to act in a way which causes me problems to be precise.
We set sail last evening at 1745 from Ullapool. ETA Stornoway 2h 40mins later. However the freight ferry which had also not sailed since Monday was just ahead of us and had to unload at the same berth in Stornoway. It had 38 commercial vehicles from Transits to huge artics on board and the shops and hauliers were set up to work through the night to get shelves filled and things sorted.
The skipper said that we should be careful because the swell left from the storms would likely cause a less-than-pleasant crossing. As it was he managed to read the seas perfectly and the journey was very pleasant. Unfortunately we had to wait a long time wandering around outside the harbour for the freight ferry to unload and leave the berth and I eventually arrived home somewhere just before 11pm. I unloaded everything from the car and apart from putting a few perishables in the fridge was in bed and fast asleep by 2340. I slept until 0813 without as much as an opened eye during the previous 9½ hours.
I've woken to 40 mph gales and more cancelled ferries and an intermittent internet showing a download speed of 0.02 which is next to useless even for emails on the iPhone never mind blogging. I shall seriously start looking at satellite broadband I think.
I've spent the morning with all the usual chores and the enjoyable catching up and after a bite to eat I shall catch up with Gaz in town and then pop in for coffee and catch-up at Pat and Dave's.
As I never tire of saying it's a hard life but somebody has to do it.
Posted by Graham Edwards at 13:24