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

Connections and meetings.

Bit blase about the baking now. It tells you what a good book it is rather than my baking skills. Still waiting for my new kitchen scales from Amazon so was up at the Inn weighing out my next bag of flour. Am still staying on my first easy loaf and keeping my 100% record. The Inn was very quiet over sunday lunch but it gives you an opportunity to talk to people and sometimes the connections you discover are brilliant. I spoke to a couple, Simon and Tabitha,the conversation first of all revealed they were working in London,then it was catering and before you knew it Aaron, James and Nye came into the conversation. So after a quick phone call to Toscaig these guys are meeting up with Sarah and Aaron who Simon had worked with for 5 years and did not know was in Applecross and they are having tea with them this week. Also turns out Simon is in the Tapas Bar next to James’ restaurant. Small world. It is a feature of Applecross, although you sometimes get a bit of ‘cabin fever’ you get the world coming to you.

The weather was a lot better yesterday but unfortunately the health was not like a lot of Applecross residents. Went out to the boat to give it a once over and check it was fit for the improving weather later in the week,cleaned out the hen house and did a bit of tidying up in the garden,all with Dougal’s help and then off to the ALPS meeting in the evening. The Applecross Landscape Project has been going for a year and a half and I am on the management group which is overseeing the various projects. Last night involved a long discussion over who to award the dry stone dyke contract to. Interesting in that local people have been trained up and one of the tenders came from this direction and the question was do we go with the newly trained waller with little experience but living locally or some one with a more established portfolio. I backed the argument that the newly trained guys should get a chance otherwise how do they build up a portfolio. The big problem with the ALPS project is its legacy,(where have I heard that one) and if residents can build up a skills base and use it what better. Another project is the south coast deer fence which is good in itself but is hopefully going to be followed up by crofters increasing the biodiversity of the land which has been in serious decline over the last couple of decades. But more of that later. Meetings continue with Community Council and Community Company tonight and thursday respectively.

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