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

Diary of a Day Off.


Up at 7.00 am, breakfast with an eye out for the boys arriving from Eigg and Rhum on the Lola. A turn back to the older days when guys traveled by sea going from place to place up the west coast. Their alternative was to take the ferry from Mallaig and drive up to Applecross,involving timetables and fuel and expense. 7.45 am after seeing the Lola coming around the Ardban peninsula went down to the pier, got them onto the mooring and ashore, meeting George and Sean about our broadband installation roll out.



All very technical so it was up to the Bay with Dougal and Co. On the way up the first sighting of a dredger. The worst April Fool, I think, on the west coast is the opening up of the lochs to the mobile sector and I have to say that I find this method of fishing simply depressing. Stopped at Milton Loch and took a picture of Kenny quietly hauling his crab pots,sustainably, I think, and astern of him a boat totally unconnected to Applecross either socially or economically dredging for scallops. Tomorrow Kenny will be fishing there and the other boat will be destroying grounds somewhere else. Once he has done three or four runs over the ground that’s it for the year. Some one tell me that is a good way to treat the environment and explain the benefit to the seabed. 9.30 am, the bin for the Filling Station needed emptying and hopeful news on the software front as we are promised a visit next week. I rebooted yesterday and saw in the diary that was the third in four days. Lovely and crisp at the Bay where there was a mix of sunshine and frost on the seaweed. Dougal has a slightly mad look on his face but he is going somewhere very fast…don’t think he knows either.


Back to the house after a cup of tea at the Inn and the boys were ready for a lift back out to the Lola. Simon and Ian were upbeat after the meeting and there are plenty of options and potential for the roll out. There are lots of things going on at the same time such as working with CBS and finding out how to best secure the best speeds and also to tap in to the latest exchange upgrades. All good and going ahead. Zipped up into the dry suit for a dive around the Varuna for lost prawns and some work on my moorings. Did not turn out to be too successful as I did not have enough air, the wrong size of shackle,pea soup visibility, and not quite enough weights. As I am not diving so much now and not really a natural I find I need a bit more weight to get down. Time is getting on ,it’s 12.30 pm now. It is a blue sky day and warm.


Out into the garden for the afternoon and almost finished the four new raised beds courtesy of the salmon farm industry. Been told there are more coming into Kishorn in a couple of weeks so that will a job for the rest of the summer. First red admiral of the summer spotted and getting used to the new sound of the summer, bees flying back and fore collecting pollen for the hive. Lots of different colours coming in. Now 5.00 pm and getting a bit sore after diving and riddling soil for around three hours. Washing dry but going to leave it out and the tea cooked, barbecued pork chops.


Now 7.00pm, Archers and coffee and printed out the pier bills, so engrossed missed the first ten minutes of the Barcelona game but not the sunset. lots of issues in the day’s travels but only a diary today.


Comments on: "Diary of a Day Off." (2)

  1. Hi Ally I thought it was Spring that had just begun and we would expect summer to follow but as we all know it does not always work out that way

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Saw a big depression of west for the beginning of the week. Brilliant spell but the presbyterians are always right. We will have to pay for it.

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