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

China,Rugby and the Ferry

Longer shift at the Inn today. Usually do till 3pm but went through to 6. Good practice for the summer. It was a good shift. I really like working the bar on my own. It keeps you on your toes when you have to answer the phone for bookings and serving a steady number of customers coming in for lunch. Good having a chat with people from anywhere, finding out what they do where they have come from and where they are going. You can tell the ones that just want a quiet lunch and you just make sure they are well served. Today we had our first visitor from China, Bejing to be exact.and she really enjoyed her king scallops. Quite a few prawns went out today and that is always a conversation tag. Customers came from Lossie air base, Inverness, Edinburgh,and there was a German doing a post graduate course at edinburgh Uni with his partner touring the north. Locals were out in strength too. Almost forgot the 15 guys from west Yorkshire who came north for the snow, bad timing as Yorkshire was snowed in today with not a scrap of snow up here.

Managed to keep the subject of rugby off the agenda as Scotland were beaten by England 13.6 yesterday. To be honest both teams appeared to be competing to see who was worse than the other. Frustrating as our wee country has a fine set of players at the moment. Living in hope we will see what happens next week.

Off to Skye tomorrow for a couple of days as I am doing a Social Enterprise Academy course that hopefully will equip me better when working on community projects. Although it is a Leadership course I am a bit coy about ‘training’ to be a leader. There are a good bunch of people on the course. It is curious to watch what is happening south of the border when you hear of this wonderful new idea called the ‘Big Society’. It has always existed and you get a little cheesed off when you hear politicians claiming ideas for their own. This is coming from a political party which claimed a couple of decades ago that there was no such thing as society.  This is my second two day block with a total of 12 days on the course. It is held in Sleat at the Gaelic College and we stay over night. One of the highlights will be the trip over as the road is still blocked on the south side of Lochcarron so Highland Council have put a ferry on which works across the Strome narrows. It will be a blast from the past as the last time I was on this ferry was in the 1960s when I used to come over with my Mum and Dad to visit my grandfather in Applecross. Brings lots of memories back of childhood  summers in Toscaig where there was a good working township with good agricultural practices carried out on fairly marginal land.  Plan a day working on my hauler so may not be out fishing till thursday but they do say variety is the spice of life and I cannot think of a more varied life than the one I live at the moment.

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