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

Although it was a very unsettled forecast it turned out to be a really pleasant day. I had decided early on that it was going to be a fairly relaxed day and as it was bright sunshine meant the garden. Having a list as long as my arm sometimes mean that I end up doing very little but not the case this morning. I made another hot compost box with recycled wood railings that I no longer need with the new deer fence close to completion. I have also purloined some polystyrene boxes from the Inn for the inner. I am not sure of my first batch as I have not seen my temperature increase as much as it should have done but it certainly seems to be breaking down with only about 25% left in volume. Got some more greens from the Inn and started a second batch with cardboard and hen droppings.While I was constructing the box a peacock butterfly landed on one of the many dandylions out catching the sun. No sound of the cuckoo yet but spring is well under way. Peas,brussel sprouts,lettuce and curly kale planted on saturday. Hoping that most of the potatoes will be in by the end of the week and Dougal proofed. Most of the day I have been listening to Raghu Dixit,the result of rising early on sunday morning and seeing him on Andrew Marr’s programme. Brilliant musical mix of mainly Indian with a Western influence.

The day was very much influenced by something I heard on the radio this morning and it was a question/survey in China. Would you prefer to be crying in the back of a BMW or laughing on the back of a bicycle? I remember a comment I made in the Inn to a mate over a couple of pints that I would have a BMW by the time I was 30. I have to laugh at that as my ‘ambitions’ have changed so much through the decades and have found that I get more pleasure from simplicity and none at all from the material world. Building a compost box has given me more than buying my Renault Traffic. Seeing people really enjoying the prawns at the Inn I am fortunate to catch means far more than the money I get for catching them. People are really interested in how we live in such a remote part of the country and want to know about the state of the fishery and how the prawns are caught

Today’s chill out was needed as the Easter fortnight was manic at the Inn and this means double the effort for me, supplying the prawns and then working at the Inn. No complaints though as it means I can spend a day in the garden and take Dougal and family for a walk and not feel too guilty for not going fishing. It is quite hard to turn the live to work mantra round to the real one of working to live. The brainwashing that goes on in our society that we have work and achieve to ‘get on’ I find very destructive. It is very individualist and tends to work against community togetherness. Speaking of which Applecross Community Company was on Reporting Scotland tonight about our ridiculous connection offer from SSE. Alison and Carolyn are going through tomorrow to meet with SSE and guys from CES to see a way forward. It is really frustrating when we are supported by members, friends, visitors and politicians but when it comes to commerce there are some sectors of our society who want too much.

Spring is definitely here evidenced by the banks of primroses everywhere.

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