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

Meetings and a Birthday

The Council Meeting on tuesday evening was attended by our ward manager who gave us the depressing news that the Bypass closure is as bad as rumoured. It is directly affecting the tourist trade here as it is part of the main route up the west coast. There is an unpractical detour of 140 miles, one of the longest in the country. Not a lot of contention at the moment and the Council seems to be reporting other agency’s work such as the Community Company’s LDO and ALPS progress.

Resulting from the ALPS meeting on monday met with Archie in Toscaig to see the potential in increasing the bio diversity of the township, which should not be too hard as it has been overgrazed by sheep for the last 30 years with nothing put back. I have always wondering about the wisdom of this. I hope to reseed my croft with species rich ,basically bring back the hay meadows when I used to come over in the 60s for my school holidays. We hope to have areas for more tree planting another way for soil enrichment and habitat creation for birds etc. That may be more difficult as it needs decision by committee. Some of our committees are very skilled in not taking decisions. Brings back memories of a strong working community where every one got together to help at the fank, sheep shearing and marking and dipping. It was no golden age but it was more community driven than today and the ground and environs were better looked after. Introduce markets, cash crops and that side of the model does seem to fall apart.

The Community Company meetings are so much more positive than any other committee I have been involved with. We have to deal with lots of issues here but trying to solve them is the aim is the Company. Setting up a Hydro scheme is a major plank in the Company’s portfolio, hopefully we will be able to have an income to provide an base for employment to take forward elderly care, housing, depopulation,decent broadband provision….the list is endless and we will not get any of it if  we do not do it ourselves.

A bit of light entertainment after a day in bed with a bug can’t shake off. We went out to the Inn to help Judy celebrate her 23rd year in Applecross. Unbelievable really but Applecross has that effect on you. It was a curry and fancy dress night so it was time to dust off the old Indian kurta, last worn in L.A. but maybe more of that some other time. Mark’s hairstyle was definitely sharp while I thought it was best that Charlotte’s dad had already gone home before her entrance. Lasted a couple of hours and headed home after an amazing curry cooked up by the numerous chefs we have here. Sign off with a good luck for as long as Judy wants. She’s done ok so far.

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