Welcome to a new blog from Applecross on the NW coast of Scotland. I hope to give a taste of life on one of the remotest parts of the British Isles. Although there are only 220 people living on a 65,000 acre estate there is usually something going on. After a lot of IT instruction from Sarah, who has recently arrived in Toscaig with Aaron,Onion and Compost, the dogs, the hens and not least the crow, all the way from Tottenham, 4 or 5 false starts and yet more instructions from Sean we are now under way. Compost, by the way, is a lovely eccentric boxer who usually heads out the back door as you come in the front. The last time I met him he took a fancy to one of my fingers but now he’s approaching best friend status admittedly with the help of Aaron’s dried venison liver.
I have fished for prawns, starting way back in 1978 with a break for a bit of further education, for about 30 years and more recently have worked at the Applecross Inn. This is a good combination as I work on my own when I fish so it is a nice antidote meeting some of the many visitors at the Inn. The rate the prawn stocks are declining it looks like a bit more time at the Inn.
Weather has been really grim. Varying between windy,gael force and storm force, not forgetting the rain. Xmas day and Boxing day were particularly bad with Angus from Sand telling us on Xmas day it was blowing a steady 68 knots at 10 am. Although today was quiet there is more severe weather coming in tonight for the next couple of days.