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

Forty Shades of Grey

Very productive couple of days starting with Struan, the Sparky, coming over yesterday morning to have a look at my electrics and half an hour later we were all sorted out. Turns out that I really am not an electrician, but I knew that anyway. As the new alternator was slightly different in the wiring posts I took instructions and everything was ok until I tried to thread a bolt into too small an eye electrical end. Left it and did not rush out to get smaller bolt as I thought it was just the Rev counter that I was without. Unfortunately it had a dual purpose and the second reason for that connection was an exciter for the alternator, without which, no charge. (Reminded of Billy Connolly”s Song of the same name.) Sorted now and a spring clean and refuel saw the morning off. A little change in the weather and I like this just as much as full on sun, so many shades of grey.

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Looking north over Camusterrach Bay, although you see it practically every day of your life sometimes it has a different feel, with the headland of Camusteel reaching out on to the Sound guarding both Bays.

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The entertainment lined up for the afternoon did not take place due to the wrong form being filled in. Huge amount of public money being spent on these disputes, unnecessarily I think, although I was sort of looking forward to it in a macabre way. So glad not to be any part of a dispute but watching the attempted resolution can be instructive but not to be this time. Some do run and run and this one will.

Fine day to restart the fishing career and although not very bright it was flat calm for most of the day. Good to see all the gauges all in their correct position and the day went well with no surprises after finding my hydraulic hauler would not work. A couple of trips down to the engine room had me puzzled but problem solved when I switched the oil valve on!!. Oh the little things in life are so important. Hauled 350 creels for a decent catch, looks like I will be sending some prawns to Spain next week, and went over to Lochcarron to the bank and then for a much needed massage. Turned out to be pretty painful but very relaxing. On the way to Sheildaig the loch at the side of the road just before the Coast Road turnoff was remarkable still and a couple of shots were called for. This is supposed to be the most westerly stand of Caledonian Pine on the mainland.

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Back home round the coast, picking up some boxes and inners for next weeks fishing and feeling as though the year is finally getting under way after a long slow start. Stopped off at the Inn to pickup some steaks for tea…nothing to beat a good sirloin from Speyside with a little Bruichladdich in the sauce. Had a wee chat with our residents about the blog and all good. It is interesting when guests come year after year and suddenly you seem to get to know them a lot better after serving them food and drink over the years. Seems the “Independence “question was asked again last night and to the wrong guy. Four hours later….. Lots of niggles going on even in this calm weather. We are still battling with Gilbarco to get the Filling Station software sorted out and are in touch on Monday with Proteus, this software sort out will allow us to get the long overdue bills out. Bank refuses to pay fuel bill despite monies in account. Sorted now but can do with out the extras. These are hassles that make volunteering just that little bit harder.

On the positive side Highlandeco, our Hydro firm, that has been with us from the start came over to do a top soil survey and are generally very optimistic about the scheme. They have seen so many fall by the wayside coming across seemingly insurmountable issues. We have not had it easy with over long lease negotiations, connection charges and export limitations have all been there to overcome. Now at planning stage finding finance is going to be a major issue but we have to keep believing. We are heading down to Strontian tomorrow to speak to their community about the importance of putting together a development plan. They are also trying to put together a hydro scheme and what you do with the finance is up to the community. It will be an overnighter and Dougal is invited.

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