It has been busy two days starting on saturday morning leaving the moorings for a days fishing at the later than usual time of 9am. It was a glorious day, not full on sunshine but glass calm for most of the day which enabled me to get my last two fleets sorted out. Everything went well despite a fleet that was cut in two and two others that were shot over with other people’s creels. As there are so many boats working on The Inner Sound this is one of the inevitable consequences. Quite often as we work so close to other boats our gear does get tangled. It is good to get out on the water, to be away from life’s hassles and trivialities. I always think we complicate our lives so much when life can be simple and pure. The catch was ok and we landed some to the Inn where they were immediately cooked off by Robert and Dave. There are not many places where you can eat fresher seafood than The Inn at Applecross.Then it was off to work at The Inn . Was a very pleasant and fairly busy one at that with a nice mix of residents having a pint at the bar and visitors enjoying some pretty special food. I always find it easy working ‘front of house’ as the food is of such a high standard I can honestly not recall the last complaint that I have had to deal with. The same continued today for our Sunday lunch shift. I always enjoy the connections, today saw a guy who I recognised but seems it was his first time in Applecross. Turns out hat he works in a store in Inverness that I buy parts from and his partner works with my cousin at Abriachan in their Forestry School. Small world. The competition is progressing nicely with Italy arriving yesterday and our first Canadian today.
After watching Scotland lose again at rugby this time against Wales, but the game was so much better than last week, I headed of to Ardban with the dogs and a rucksack. i went initially to pick up some coral from the beach to take back for the hens as it enriches their eggs and is good for them as well. I noticed Chris and his family were up and staying at their house their so I called in to see how they were doing. As their house is at the end of a one and a half mile track they do not get many visitors when they are here. It was a lovely way to pass an hour and I have recruited another two friends to join The Community Company. I enjoy the positive outlook on life that Chris and family seem to share it so was in good company, talking about the growing potential of the Applecross community if it is allowed. Dougal and his mum, Eilidh, enjoyed the beach part of the walk. Called in to Janet’s on the way home to discuss ways of moving forward our Hydro negotiations. The result is an email which is going to be sent to the chair of our Estate. Oh if life was as simple as it was yesterday on my boat. While writing this I am listening to Cara Dillon , a beautiful singer from Ireland, pure and peaceful.