The first day of the year is usually quiet with the occasional party keeping a few people going. This year it was at Robert and Marion’s. This was our first new year with out Roddy, Robert’s dad. Roddy always had a lot of young people round him and I think this was a reflection on how he thought. He always wanted the best for people and never stood in anyone’s way when some one wanted to build a house, for example. ‘It’s only a bit of rock and heather why can’t they?’ The lay out of his house is like this. In the past his father’s neighbour had a big family and needed another room and when it was offered back to Roddy it was just a shrug of the shoulders, he did not need it so he did not want it. Not that many people had that view on life. A man worth toasting, vodka and four fingers of lemonade.
Yesterday the guys from London were very concerned when the forecast was predicting heavy snow and gales for today. James had to get back to the kitchen today so after a no of phone calls by Judy, all to no avail,the safest way of getting him on the plane was to hire the bus and take them to the airport.. It was miserable this morning when we left, sleet, wind and in the dark but as it turned out the weather was not so bad, the usual snow at Achnasheen. They are now friends of the Community Company as are another half dozen visitors over the new year. James and the guys were really generous with their donations to the bus and the Company. He put a condition on one of them. That if we manage to construct a community poly tunnel we are to name it after him. Can be arranged I’m sure. They will be back, bitten by the Applecross bug.
Called in to see Rod with a book/food parcel from Toscaig and he was in pretty good form although he will be happier when he finds out what is the matter. The network has as usual sprung into action and despite the weather he is getting visitors most days. Little food shop in the Co-op and then off home. Living in rural parts you try as much as possible to support the local outlets. Ali and Seonag’s PO and shop is invaluable to the community as is the Filling Station. Only once have I filled up outside Applecross last year and that was on a trip to Dorset. The ‘use it or lose it’ slogan is critical in places like here.