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Old 18 August 2016, 14:33   #11
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If I may I'll offer a small toast to you Gurnard... slightly lighter gravy than your usual but no matter.

Today has been our last boating day of a brilliant fortnight and on our return in a few days I'll chuck up a post of lands visited and natives met.
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Cheers to you too Fenlander ..and pass my best wishes onto your family

It was a pleasure meeting up with you all on Saturday..even though it was a land visit and not a sea adventure..but next time.. Im sure we will get the boats out together. It was Gala day so we didn’t interfere by using the slip.



Glad you saw the odd beaver too ..I didnt see one this time around..perhaps next time

I slept under the bridge at Loch Crearan that evening..and awoke to this view..before meeting the guys on this Morven Shuffle.

Its a hard life being a full time adventurer



And I look forward to reading of your holiday adventure

Safe journey home
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Ah David I left you some good weather. I hope your pics have me in them. It was lovely to meet up and remember give me a bell early if you want the Barn as it is well used.
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Gunard I was beginning to worry that the antifreeze would not make a show on this trip
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Cheers Jambo... yes we were left some of the best days of the last two weeks... idyllic yesterday in light winds and sun. Packing day today in the odd shower... and a final blowout lunch in the cafe that has served us well.
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Hi again Two Stroke Mick.. I find the fresh sea salt air gives me a raging thirst. And because I knew we would encounter Force 6 conditions in the sound of Mull the following day .. I had to carry a lot of ballast in my booze box bar.. which helps keep the nose of the guppy down in a decent size chop. The wee Arran whisky samples didnt quench anyones thirst..but they did whet our appetite for the real deal..and were in fact .. a very tasty mouth wash



My outboard used less that £20 of petrol on this adventure .. but I dread to think what we all guzzled on internal fuel ..but hey..that’s the price we have to pay to go adventuring

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Kerny.. Next week looks a good week too..so I may well visit Arisaig Sunday and Monday ? Where will you be re hydrating your bladder in the evening and I will try to visit ?

Maximus is up there then too ?

AIan.. you up for a wee dram Sunday night if all can meet ? Would be good to see what you all look like
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Sounds like a plan Gurnard P.M. Sent
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Replied to your PM Kerny..will PM A1an too shortly :-D


Suitably refreshed ..and back on the water again.. we soon came to the only “Blot on the Landscape” on this remote area. Glensanda granite quarry is slowly but surely eating into the mountain of Meall na h Easaiche. It ships 6,000,000 tonnes of granite chips across the world..per year.



There is no road access ..so only boats can get here. ..and the boats are huge .. as this photo of The Guppy meeting the Yeoman Bridge illustrates.



Its a sobering sight seeing such a big ship ... so I made sure there were many mooring lines holding her down..before approaching so close. I fear it would be like a small midge slapped by a human hand ..if she started to move. However..I almost failed to see one line holding her in position..until the guy on the ship yelled.. “hey ..watch for my line will ya !! “



It took till early evening .. paddling down Loch Linnhe.. round the Rubha an Ridire point ..into the start sound of Mull ...



Where a local lad was waiting to show us another old estate cottage that we could shelter in for the night.



It too was full of mice..and I suspect the odd rat ... so we pitched our tents in the garden.. thinking it better sleeping with a midge than a full sized rodent



The old crofters were obviously as frugal with their money as I am..so I appreciated their DIY Fishbox furniture



And large pieces of planks ..obviously washed ashore



The midges outside were murder..so we had no problem feeding the rats..and ourselves by cooking supper in the cottage. The food was washed down with man sized mugs of various flavoured whisky .. and tins of delicious gravy



There is no electricity or running water in the cottage..but we sat until the early hours of the morning.. babbling happily .. by the light of the fire.. candles and head torch light



Eventually .. the gravy finally put my lights out ..so I retired to the tent and slept soundly till morning.

To be continued ...
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Cheers Jambo... yes we were left some of the best days of the last two weeks... idyllic yesterday in light winds and sun. Packing day today in the odd shower... and a final blowout lunch in the cafe that has served us well.
Glad you got out before the squall. safe journey and keep in touch. atb J
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