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I can’t quite talk him into it


That’s the Stoer Head Lighthouse in Scotland, and it’s for sale. They’re asking £367,000 (about $450K), which sounds a lot, but isn’t really for here. Well, it is for Scotland, but not for a 19th Century lighthouse built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s dad (who was bitterly disappointed his boy didn’t go into engineering).

It’s on the mainland, so no tiresome ferries, but it’s a fairly long hop to a pack of cigarettes. Two complete apartments and a bothy (sort of a liveable shed). The article says it gets 10,000 visitors a year (almost certainly birdwatchers). I reckon you could spin a tidy little business out of it.

Whatever. Sometimes, stuff comes on the market here that makes me write whole novels in my head.


Comment from technochitlin
Time: April 3, 2017, 9:13 pm

Stoaty: OT: check yer sweasel mail. Skyrim Classic only. 🙂

Comment from technochitlin
Time: April 3, 2017, 9:16 pm

My greatgreatgreat-something granddaddy was the lighthouse-keeper at the Jupiter lighthouse in Florida, when he wasn’t running rum and gunpowder into the swamps. Bet I’d fit right in there. If I could only get to England…

Comment from Ben
Time: April 3, 2017, 9:40 pm

There’s a pretty good book on the lighthouses built by Papa Stevenson

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 3, 2017, 9:51 pm

Ah, for the good old days before GPS and radar! You could pick up a bunch of extra money on stormy nights by dousing the regular light, firing up a decoy down the coast a bit to lure freighters onto the shoals, and then go for the salvage rights. I understand this was not uncommon along the coast of the British Isles until a generation or three ago when technology made absolute reliance on lighthouses unnecessary.

The above is wrong and silly both. The idea of living in a lighthouse is wonderfully romantic in the larger sense of that word. I’d love it there (as long as I had internet connection of sufficient bandwidth for streaming in HD!).

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 3, 2017, 10:23 pm

Did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson died in and is buried in Samoa? That’s about as far as you get away from the cold, damp, clammy atmosphere of Scotland as one can retreat, is it not?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 4, 2017, 1:01 am

Oh—I could do. Maybe not 24/7/365, but certainly for months at a time. I like that the lighthouse property faces west. I prefer to stick my face in the storm instead of having it at my back. And the north light must be magnificent.

Comment from Niña
Time: April 4, 2017, 1:58 am

Too far from my doctors, which is not something I ever expected to say at my relative young age of sixty. Which is a bitch, because it sounds like fun otherwise.

AirBNB, sign me up! Birders are quiet, respectful, and spend money. 👍🏼

Comment from catnip
Time: April 4, 2017, 4:44 am

I regret lacking the aptitude to find direction for providing a direct, clicky link, but if you and Uncle B would prefer relative solitude to the constant coming and going of BnB guests, a different business start-up comes to mind. The unique location of your budding concern would allow you to offer customers at least two options largely unavailable to them if they were to contract for services with your competitors in the trade.


Comment from catnip
Time: April 4, 2017, 4:48 am

(Thank you, WordPress. You are brilliant!)

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 4, 2017, 1:20 pm

Note to self:

(1) Win lottery

(2) Check into purchasing home in Scotland. Like, I dunno, this one

(3) Perfection.

Oh. Wait. Does it have high-speed internet?

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 4, 2017, 4:20 pm

Tonight’s euro lotto is $72.5 million. Tomorrow’s UK lotto is $12.9 million. Dont think you have to pay taxes on it either.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 4, 2017, 9:02 pm

Do these novels involve long haired heavily muscled badgers without shirts ripping bodices of fainting weasel girls on or about the light platform of the lighthouse?

Euro Lotto? My how the world has advanced. My dad used to get Irish Sweepstakes tickets every year, waiting for his ship (that had never even rolled down the ways, let alone sailed) to come in.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 4, 2017, 10:06 pm


Comment from Niña
Time: April 5, 2017, 4:27 am


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 5, 2017, 4:36 pm

I don’t view lottery tickets as lottery tickets, I refer to them as a license to dream.
So I write novels like those when the amount gets up into the the $RidiculousMillions amount.

After all, one can’t be ridiculous with only $5 or $10 million you know. One is practically waiting to go broke with those amounts.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 5, 2017, 5:35 pm

I think of it as buying a little bit of hope, durnedyankee. But stoaty is in for a treat: there are 2 massive euro lotteries this Friday:
EuroMillions $81.1 Mil
EuroJackpot $76.8 Mil
And of course the UK Lottery at $12.9 Million tonight.

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