April 7th, 2011



Well, when this prompt appeared I thought I was going to really struggle. I don't even have a Ramsey ladder into the loft / attic. My fall back was going to have to be some sort of still life using my step ladder or a photo of the stock in the local builders' merchant or to go for a ride on a ferry...

And it has poured with rain since Sunday. I was hoping to find one of the campervans or HGVs with an external ladder but none to be seen. I went looking for buildings with ladder style fire escapes but nothing anywhere.

Today the sun shone and I went off the the shop. And outside our tiny telephone exchange I found a BT van with ladders on the roof

So I could stop worrying about Ladder.

But after I'd shopped I thought about going down to the new pier in case I found a ladder there; I'd checked the old pier already and couldn't see any.

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In the background, on the right, is the other side of Broadford Bay and behind the mountains to the East of the Island and on the left is the mainland, probably somewhere near Applecross


There is, honestly, a ladder at the centre of this picture: you can just see its lowest rungs about two thirds of the way up in the centre. It's the only means of access now for the guys who are working on improving the roof at my work. It has been an interesting week, watching them build up the scaffolding substructures right in the middle of our main corridor. Under the cut is a picture of the indoor scaffolding they've had to build to do it - and that's at second floor level, so there's a lot more lower down too. Scaffolding men are scary and apparently fearless.

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I've never had the prettiest view from my office window, but since the beginning of last week this is what I have looked out at...


What is disconcerting is that the men undertaking the stonework renewal that is the reason for the scaffolding etc, frequently have little get togethers right next to my desk. It's very off putting... men standing where there should be thin air!!