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

Friendly Day

In the Western Capitalist world I had a useless day, Did not work,  produce or make anything. I did not contribute to growing our GDP but in my little world I had a great day. Started of quite slowly and after checking up that the fuel was coming to the Filling Station today I headed up the road to the Inn to wait for our unhealthy kayaker. He turned up early and after a couple of phone calls to change the order of the day it was off to Kyle. I got a message before we left saying that my clutch was in town so things were looking up. Turned out that we were in Kyle before we knew it and had chatted the whole way about communities, horticulture, Andy Wightman, land reform, bad landlordism, local disputes and other fascinating topics. It is amazing how much you can talk when you stop and listen to the other person talking as well. Recently learned to listen more to what the person speaking to me is saying rather than thinking of the reply first. That way you do not assume what is being said. Turned out my passenger lived in Bute, both “charitable landlords” “picked on” by Andy Wightman trying to show the paucity of charity involved in both places. Arrived in Kyle

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only to be told that he did not recognise the car park, five minutes later in Kyleakin we found his car. As he reached to pay me I told him politely that I believe in the  continuous cycle of people helping people. He immediately understood and did not try to force anything on me and called it the Buddhist Circle of Life.  On the way across the Bridge the Heb passed under on her way to Plockton. Could not change the lens as I was parked on the main road.

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Called in to the Co-op for some Fair trade tea and coffee and sugar for the combined launch on Tuesday of the Energy Efficiency project,Gaelic place names and the mapping of Clachan graveyard. Plan to go out early that day as it will to be a very illuminating day at the Community Hall. I will be learning facts about Applecross that will have been passed down for many generations. This is one of the true legacies of the ALPS program. Intending to get ideas for insulating the Schoolhouse over the next year or so as well as putting in some thermal panels, trying to cut down the heating bills and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time. From the Co-op, after a chance meeting it was up the road for a cup of tea with Sandy and Sheena and when time flies like it did you know you are enjoying the craic and company. Another couple of phone calls needed to update my lateness!! Outside Kyle on the way back to Balmacara noticed the bluebells were out in carpets, especially just before Kirkton.

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Picked up a French hiker at the turn off to the North and a very similar conversation took place. A very perceptive young lady with views I have taken a life time to formulate. She had spent a couple of days in Glasgow and then Skye. It was nice to find her view of us as Scots was very complimentary and it was nice to bask in a reflected glow of the nation. Don’t worry, I know Ferguslie Park still exists but what she said was good to hear and she left an email address which my busking son No3 may use if he ever finds himself passing through Toulouse. All good as was the massage and the drive home, picking up my clutch on the way . So yes nothing done but lots achieved, making, keeping and being with friends. Two posts in one day but tonight’s was to try to reflect on the highs of meeting and just connecting with people.

Comments on: "Friendly Day" (6)

  1. Beautifully written. Here in Manchester planting poppy seedlings…but yearn to be back in Applecross with the peace and quiet and kindness of others.x

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Thank you, its a late start to the year. My wild pansies have only just made an appearance.

  2. Very nice post again. The weather looks duller than when we were at the Kyle earlier this week – had a fantastic four days hopping from Oban to Mull to Ardnamurchan, to Skye and then Lochcarron. Tried to book a bed at the Inn on 30/5 but it was full – left it too late, great shame.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      You got some good weather, turned on the friday to sunshine and showers. To book a room for a weekend in May it usually needs to be done in January.

  3. Jamie McIntyre said:

    But if we measured our GNH (Gross National Happiness) like they do in Bhutan, then it sounds like you actually had a very productive day. Here’s a nice article http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/01/bhutan-wealth-happiness-counts

    Highlights one of the frustrations about the current constitutional debate – it’s not about the money (or shouldn’t be), personally I find it insulting that politicians think that our votes will be made on the basis of which option gives us a few pounds more in the pocket!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Quite agree Jamie. Have found it interesting that the “best” fishermen is the guy that catches the most fish. The impact on his life or environment is not taken into consideration. Maybe its an age thing but the “stuff” that make me happy has no bearing on how much income I earn. Have to admit that I live in relative comfort so may be influenced by this. If hassled by bank I may think differently. Good to have friendly days to consolidate my views. Cheers

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