A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Xmas Weekend

It was a busy weekend. Got a call from Calum, son No2, to say he had missed the last train to Kyle. This meant a 180 mile round trip to pick him up in Inverness. I was supposed to be going to Strathcarron for him in the afternoon and when word of that got out there was a scooter to pick up, Baxter to take over to his nephews and Charlie to be contacted to let him know what the weather on the Hill was like. This is our local network at work. Our Big Society has been working for decades before the Etonian thought it up for a couple of votes.

Xmas eve saw a fund raising quiz organised by Judy for a charity Calum is working with. He is hoping to go out to India for 6/8 weeks next summer to help instal clean water, improving the quality of life in the poor rural parts of India. Good night with just short of £200 raised.

Xmas Day saw a busy pre-lunch drinks at the Inn. It was another example of a warm and friendly community gathering tucking into nibbles and glasses of bubbly before heading off to their own dinners across the peninsula. Just about every one who was on their own had an invite to someone’s dinner table.

After a quiet day yesterday the wind returned with full force, this time from the W NW and blew up a storm. Today was punctuated with 4 visits to the community Filling Station, twice for power cuts but also for an intermittent fault on the petrol pump. The service engineer was out yesterday and changed the motor but we still have the same problem. The station is run by volunteers on behalf of the Community Company and provides an essential service to both residents and visitors.

This afternoon saw me driving over to Strathcarron in the community minibus with Sarah and Aaron to pick up some friends visiting from London. The drive back was probably the windiest and wettest I’ve seen on the Hill, James sitting in the front was well impressed. Got the sense when I said I was nervous that was too much info for the women. As a community we are very fortunate to have so many assets,bus,pier,Heritage centre,Archeological site,hall, Filling Station and Community Company all run by volunteers.

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