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

Competition at the Inn

There were a few people out and about for sunday lunch. We have set up a little competition for the staff this year. It is quite simple in that we have to guess the number of nationalities who are going to visit the Inn. It has caught the imagination of the staff and there have been lots of discussion involving things like are the Olympics going to affect the total. There is a range of 32 up to 93 and we plan to put up a world map and as the nationalities arrive a pin goes on their country. There are many  european countries certain to come here,Dutch, German, French etc along with U.S.A., Australia, NZ. I reckon it is going to be at the higher end of the guesses. On sunday alone we had our first visitors from Malta, Denmark and Eire and even off season we  have racked up 10 countries already. I suspect we will rapidly get to 30 odd and climb slowly after that. It is also a good way to make contact with visitors. I know when I travel the local residents, food and what happens are just as interesting as the scenery. Alison had a look at the Filling Station transactions and found 27 nationalities and we know there are quite a few cards not signed up to the Data Cash system.

Monday consisted of washing a fleet of creels on the pier, splicing a new rope and blowing up and painting some replacement buoys. I was out fishing today and it turned out to be quite hard work. It is an awkward wind to work in. It was blowing a 3/4 southeasterly and I had to be in gear most of the day. There are a few more prawns about which eases the pain a bit. I had my first landing to the Spanish market tonight. This involves me taking ashore all the prawns I have caught in the week and take them round to Ardeshlaig where they are kept over night in chilled vivier tanks. They are then packed into air freight boxes and flown out to Barcelona. I cannot get my head round this sometimes and think it is only a matter of time when we reach or pass peak oil that flying quality food round the world will be deemed excessive. Eating fish and shellfish should be an integral part of the Scottish diet, more so than deep fried mars bars anyway.

Listened to a great program on Radio4 this morning about Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. Very interesting and it’s obvious he had a huge influence on those people around him. Looking forward to a concert of his music on BBC Scotland from Celtic Connections on tomorrow night. Lots of really good musicians involved like Rab Noakes and Paul Brady.

Alison is just back from Inverness having handed in the application for the Community Company to take over the tiolets. Having seen the application and knowing how much work went into it here’s hoping. It will be another first for Applecross. The first locally owned and run toilets in the Highlands.

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