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

Nice breezy day where, completely justified decision was taken in not going fishing today. Fine morning for looking across to the Cullin

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while the Dog family race around checking for any rodents. Although it seems not a lot of constructive work was done, prawns were delivered to the Inn and a few headed down the A9, watched from the wires,

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sent a few emails, and pondered a few sticky local problems. Despite a positive outlook on where I live there are always little disputes going on most of the time. I tend not to concentrate on these issues as there is too many positive events and projects going. Maybe there is a need within a community for some people to focus on items that do not work to balance out the more positive actions taking place here. Our growing trachles surrounding the community minibus are starting to get just a little embarrassing, it will be sorted but only hope there will not be too many casualties on the way. Some of the afternoon was taken up with a bit of bee keeping and well impressed by their efforts, will manage to get some honey of the hive sometime next month.

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Nice flower by the back door, bit invasive but shows really well, as you can probably tell I have no idea what it is called.

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Time is an interesting concept and also the fact that you are established in an area and not part of the now mobile population who stay in a place for 5/10/15 years and then move on. It means that some people come and go as you see changes, or not, taking places and as you age maybe you get less impatient. At the ALPS meeting tonight there were a couple of items that I found really interesting, the building of the pier at the Coalshed, and the replanting/management of the 45 odd hectares of the Gateway project. As it is going to be in the minutes anyway writing about tonight’s meeting is not revealing anything confidential. I am really interested in the replanting and the management aspects of the woodland after the clear felling especially having gained a little knowledge over the weekend’s chat. The ideas that were put forward that could mean that if the newly planted area was managed with the community in mind then it could become a huge local resource. If it was a planned planting it could provide the community with a sustainable wood fuel supply which could encourage people to move over to wood burning rather than picking up the phone to get another lorry full of oil in to fill up another tank for central heating. If this was demonstrably cheaper than fossil fuels then it becomes a no brainer. The plan would involve species selection and thinning over the next 30/50 years which keeps the woodland as a community amenity, rather than it be closed down with scrub, becoming impenetrable. Also a thinning program is proven to be beneficial to wild life. The only conflict may be how important deer are. Local employment and a sense of community pride in a well-managed woodland…what’s to lose? Over the years it has always better to fund an idea with the intention of using public money to make it sustainable and providing the public with an asset while helping the community survive and provide the services needed by that same public. Far better than knowing there is funding available and thinking what to spend it on. That to me is a misuse of public money. Pier discussion went quite well as the only contention is whether there is enough dosh to stone cad or concrete facade it. Always the conflict of keeping archeological features or the pragmatic approach of building a structure that can be used by the community after the original purpose has been completed.

Night was finished off by a saved new ice cream flavour to hit the boards….Blackcurrant which is up there with the Ripple. They just keep coming.

Comments on: "Well Managed Forests are an Asset." (4)

  1. Godfrey Dack said:

    I think you will find your mysterious but invasive plants are Crocosmia, sometimes called Montbretia. Plant books say they are not winter-hardy but don’t you believe it, I can’t get rid of mine! Regards

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Aye I got a hint through a friend on fb and worked it out. They are extremely resilient I’ve noticed. Leave one bulb in and they are away again. cheers.

  2. We get Crocosmia/Montbretia (is there a difference?) here in the Azores but ours are finished now for this summer which I suppose must have something to do with the different latitudes.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Never heard of Montbretia, or Crocosmia until I was told that what the flowers were. It is pretty abundant around here just now. It has been a good year for the flowers.

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