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

Nothing Much.

Coming back from the pier yesterday evening the light over Camusterrach was wonderful and went straight back down the road with Dougal and Co to take a couple of photos.

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Probably one of the most lived in hamlets on the peninsula I really enjoy the light compared to the slightly darker Toscaig. On the way back up Dougal spotted a bit of movement and headed off to find June,I think, also checking out the light.

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Just a little while later the moon appears over the Culduie ridge and settles in for it’s traverse across the front of the house.

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This is all in the same place where 125 meals are served in an hour and a quarter. I know some people are uneasy about the number of visitors that come here but firstly why not share the paradise you live in and give every one a welcome and second, you can leave the hubbub behind with a five minute walk into solitude…best of both worlds, employment and tranquility.

Going by the forecast this is the last of the sunny, hot days although my forecast is good into next week….no wind. Plan to stay fit and breakdown free and try to catch a few prawns for the customers. A busy week ahead culminating in the Annual Applecross Games at the Campsite. There are always indicators as to what time of year it is here, Bikers, push bikes, Norwegians, Ashbys, Applecross Games, Fishing Competition/Raft Race along side the usual jobs one does, like washing creels etc. On the way out a cormorant is often surveying his domain from the rock on the Culduie side of the moorings.

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Turned out to be quite a hard day as every spare second was spent tailing squat lobsters, never caught so many in a single days fishing. Most of my creels were on harder ground as the deeper water is not fishing well at all just now and the squats were not about as well….until today. Had to leave the Inn early before the prep room staff saw the shelling they had to do.

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Went back to the pier to load up some creels on the rising tide as the Blue Mist is tied alongside, waiting repair. Picked up a mooring to strech it out but not sure that worked out as the bridal seemed to move as well. Tonights tea of squats in ginger, garlic with fried leeks and mushrooms served with new potatoes is meal equal to any I have had this year and living in Applecross that is saying something.

Comments on: "Nothing Much." (6)

  1. That first shot is stunning – where else but Applecross

  2. Ali, is there nothing on the front half of squats that is any good to eat, or are they just too fiddly?
    Good to see you had a good haul. :0)

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      No chefs have tried to make a squat bisque but it is bitter, reckon it’s the hairs that do that. They are very labour intensive to get to the plate….why most places do not do them, but are well worth it.

      • Thanks – I’ve never eaten them, but I will if I’m up again (providing you’ve caught some, of course). I enjoy most shell fish and crustacea but I found crayfish tails, which we get down here, a little too sweet, probably because they are fresh water. I would imagine squat tails are much more savoury.
        We do have Cromer crabs by way of compensation :0)

        Cheers!

      • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

        They are worth a try, certainly very popular. Chefs here do them in garlic butter, sweet chilli sauce or a mayo/tomato sauce.

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