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

Busy and Breezy

Breezy weather both yesterday and today means a couple of days ashore and a bit of recovery time from the hectic pace at the Inn. Kenny told me yesterday morning that he was woken up  by a nightmare. The last two portions of starter prawns were sent out but went to the wrong table which resulted in a big scrap over who was going to have them. Unfortunately this was triggered by the Inn selling out of approximately 20 kilo of whole prawns on Sunday. So none on the menu until Wednesday.

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The extra-large landed in the morning plus the box from another boat had all gone by evening. But not really surprising as when they come out the next table say”I want some of these.”

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The last two shifts at the Inn were rather busy, possibly the understatement of the year. Only between 7.30/8pm on Saturday evening did we get a little worried. The first group of 10 were still on the table while the next group of 10 came in early and were waiting at the bar. As well as this the 2s 3s and 4s kept coming in. At 10.30pm you genuinely wonder how it works. As well as the Judith magic I think there is something of Applecross that looks after us.

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Sunday at 4pm when you would expect a break every table was full and Kenny,No1 son, never left the stove for 10+ hours, Kitchen and prep room staff long enough breaks to eat. Aaahhh the dedication to the cause of service. It does have lots of benefits though when you hear the compliments and praise directed at the Inn. Sunday afternoon was good fun with people I knew visiting from Barleyport, Achmore and Kinloch. Rave reviews on food and especially ice cream, with golden syrup coming out tops. Nice wee post appeared on Facebook.

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Suspect these guys from Elgin are Yes voters.

Monday morning involved being around when Brian appeared to sort out the petrol pump problem. It did not seem too major but out with our knowledge. Involved fuses, connections and an electronic board. A reboot in the afternoon, wet dipping and ordering more fuel takes up another chunk of the day.

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ALPS meeting last night and although I have tried I am not finding much enthusiasm since last October. The least said the better but so different to the joy of going up to Ullapool and being surrounded by community spirited people.

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