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

Bees and politics.

A day off which meant finishing of clearing the croft. Left it the other day thinking it was a half hour but three hours later….

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Have another pile of wood for burning and then it was down to Lower Toscaig with Dougal and Co. There was a carpet of sea thrift down on the shore, seems to be a burst of flowers around.

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Maybe due to the late spring followed by this warm spell and everything is under way at the same time.  Sometimes I think Dougal’s main aim on walks is to get as dirty as possible, unlike his serenity the evening before in the late sunshine.

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He looks so innocent but seems he is a good traffic calming influence for cars passing the school, at least with local drivers.

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He does let his image slip a little sometimes.Some good summer rain today and it is supposed to be heavy tonight, the garden does need it, but no wind forecast so a day at sea planned for tomorrow.

The Community Council AGM was on tonight with an ordinary meeting to follow. This time the audience was treated to a Chair’s report, a little unfair saying this but there was a previous one that has stuck in a few people’s minds. This involved not using the toilets during high tide…leave the rest to the imagination. A reasonably positive list over the year, weekly food waste collections over the summer,playground equipment installed, ACC taking forward transfer of pier, toilets, installing broadband and hydro scheme, securing graveyard fence from deer intrusion, and ongoing matters such as looking at snowblower replacement and setting up a first responders unit. So this balanced up against the negatives of the continuing doctor/gp recruitment and having to deal with a very unusual petition last autumn as a result of the LAS campaign against the Trust. A fairly positive year looking back. despite often wondering at the time is it worth it.

As a day’s fishing planned tomorrow a “meet the Trustees” days will probably pass me by. This is as a result of last years campaign where the Trustees are trying to make themselves more visible to the community. It would have been better to have maybe held it in the evening and possibly in the Community Hall instead of during the day and at Clachan.This knocks out the younger/working part of the community….the future. But the fact there is a meeting at all is an improvement.

Chatted with Audrey about bees and their health and she said she had lost two of her three hives this spring and the tricky local subject of varroa came up. So my next job is to sprinkle some castor sugar on the bees soon as they groom the sugar off themselves and knock some of the mites off as well. I still have not seen any mites but better safe than sorry.

Comments on: "Bees and politics." (2)

  1. Compared with the inn and fishing, you don’t mention the croft very often. I would be interested to hear more about it. Is it just that strip in the middle of the photo there? Does it have a grazing share? Do you have sheep and/or cut hay etc? You said you were “clearing” it – if it’s not a bewildering daft question, what were you clearing it for?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Although I have “inherited” a croft I do n’t really consider myself as a crofter. No real interest in animals although had chickens off and on. Am getting it ploughed and sown with species rich grass…basically recreating a meadow, what was there when my grandfather and all the crofters cut the hay Having got bees is one of the reasons for doing this and the few crofters who have any can put their animals on the croft once the meadow is established.The township is not well managed and hasn’t been for the last 30 years with the animals not going out to the hill grazings at all and the place is pretty dirty in the summer. It has a hill share with it and I was part of the group that set up a crofting forestry area back in the 90s but even that has struggled along.

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