A day of peaks and troughs. The story hit the printed press and it did not put the Council or Company in any bad light. We, both councillors and directors have had a lot of welcome advice about the possible problems ahead both with the media and the running of the Company. This has really been appreciated especially as this has come from resident in Applecross residents. During the day there has been a coming together of quite a few folk, not in pro or anti camps, just people who know that what they believe is being done in their name is with the best possible intentions. Spoke at length to a guest staying at the Inn over the last couple of days and he could not have been more encouraging especially when I was told he is in a position to know what he is talking about. It is always encouraging to get that non-political support and to be told that you are on the right track. He was very impressed by how much was going on in such a short time. This has been part of our problem in that some of the boring bits have not been kept up to date and time for communicating has been short but there has been a new enthusiasm, if that is possible, about how we are going ahead. There was a slight correction to one newspaper report just to make sure a statement was personal and not representing an Applecross body. I was also told I should not have been on radio, but when I asked had she heard it I was told no, I just smiled because I had not either and the conversation sort of stopped. So lots of book work this afternoon in amongst press, phone calls, emails etc and then on to a shift at the Inn. A couple of rallying emails and some lovely customers followed by an episode of Scandal on More 4 and finishing the day off with yet another blog. I think there is a lot more to run and I may well have some shocks in the near future to have to deal with but there is a growing feeling of strong solidarity amongst us. Hope this is not miss placed. This morning while still in a bit of a trough, waiting to see what was in the papers it was off up the road with Dougal and family. Round by the stables were the two hill ponies, docile and friendly despite Dougal’s excitement
Back round in front of the Big House were the Graylag geese in probably for most of the winter.
Past what I’ve been told is one of the oldest pedigree herds of Highland cattle in the country just munching away with out a care in the world. Down on to the shore where the oyster catchers keep a wary eye on Dougal.
But Dougal being Dougal sees a hoodie crow take off from the shoreline and thinks I can do that so away he goes. On the way back to the van you cannot help but notice the fantastic colours on the rocks. Winkle pickers means something different here on the west coast in the winter and all of a sudden there are quite a few of them.
So how can you end a day, even a hectic national press day with lots of lurches up and down, like this on a downer when you feel the community spirit reasserting itself and you sort of wonder what is it all about? I think I have always known but you lose sight of it in stressful times. The Facebook stream of quotations kicked of by son No 3 certainly kept us smiling through the day.