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

Just seem to be ticking over and not doing too much and am trying not to feel too guilty about it. Looking forward to a bit of fishing during the rest of the week. Despite little seeming to go on there still is plenty to do and one meeting that took place was the monthly ALPS gathering. Always a mistake to say at the start of any meeting that we will just rattle through everything and we will be home in no time. An hour and a half later we get home. This meeting and yesterday’s meeting seems to have the Coal Shed Pier application on track. A fair bit of information to be collected and one or two things to be clarified for it to be resubmitted. Discussion instigated at the end of our meeting about what happens after ALPS. I have lots of thoughts about this but feel very uncomfortable at the moment as anything remotely controversial written in the blog is taken out of context and used against me personally. I have never experienced this before so have to get used to it and hope the fog of mistrust will clear eventually and I can write what I really think and believe again. Never found it a problem to disagree with people in the past and still have a cup of tea with them ,unfortunately this is different. Strangely enough I took a phone call tonight requesting a contribution to a tourist outlet writing about Applecross and the contact came through the blog so maybe I am giving my critic too much credence. Reckon I will be in touch with our resident proof reader. I remember the advice given to me when I went on to the Council, “you will always be wrong”…so true. Found myself in a discussion with one of my piping, soon to be a medic, sons about the Dunning-Kurger effect yesterday. It ties in with the Council advice a bit in that very basically you have to be quite intelligent to know how stupid one is. It’s great having kids more intelligent than you are….you learn so much from them.

Toady’s main feature was a long walk with Dougal and Co and is one of his favourite tasks, that is going up the Tor Mor to check on the stability of the Broadband dish. All seemed well but there is a bit of damp that has got into the box. It is in good physical shape considering we had 87 knot winds at Sand a couple of weeks ago. On the way there I went through Carnoch and going across the Milton crofts I noticed a buzzard using the westerly breeze, hovering, possibly looking for snacks. Her chances diminished as Dougal was charging round with Eilidh digging up anything they heard in the undergrowth. It was beautiful to watch and felt so grateful to have the time to stand and watch her hovering, swooping and climbing again before disappearing to the north over Carnoch wood.

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Again I am very fortunate to have two very well positioned offices and while at my shore desk a glance out of the window stopped the show. The weather is on the turn and the sunset was so unusual it was off out for a quick photo shoot and to just stand and watch a spectacle of setting sun behind a weather front and the added image of the cloud spilling off the mountain made for a tingling 20 mins.It got better and better.

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Had to go back out again for more.This was as it was with no messing about on the desk.

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