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

So much to Do

Yesterday was a will I won’t I day which gradually turned into a didn’t day. Plenty of fairly uninteresting things done but as the wind was a little too fresh from the North for me to go out fishing and decision was helped by my “cripple” guest who also decided not to go out.

Today, so far very different and not enough hours in the day to do everything that should be done. Off to DMK’s to get the MOT on the van sorted.

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Also the hand brake cable as it had come away in my hand on Sunday. Unfortunately the wrong one delivered means another trip over, possibly Monday when a trip to Inverness beckons. Lovely dog at the garage, really friendly and playful.

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Understands to get out of the way when the horn is beeped.

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Dull grey but atmospheric day on the Hill and again in Lochcarron.

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We are so used to the Hill that nipping over with out a hand brake does not even register. You often talk to tourists who have come over in misty conditions and they simply do not want to go back up there again. Missed out on doing a bit of creel and oil work at the pier, which means an early start tomorrow. But worth it as I was diverted to the Walled Garden to meet up with Alison and Ian basically discussing problems around the Community Company, work loads, admin and general running of it. Despite all the downs in running community projects I always find them uplifting, after getting over how much work we have to do and how we are going to spread the increasing load in making the whole venture viable. I know I do not do enough of the day-to-day running and tend to talk a good job but that has to change a bit and finding the time to do an extra half has to happen. By the afternoon I had asked some one if they wanted to become a director and some one else if they would take on some volunteer admin maybe with the intention of a paid day a week to follow. And both requests were met with a good response. More to come on that front. Involving more people and spreading the community company into the community so it feels like every one’s cannot be a bad thing. During the chat this afternoon the same problems are evidenced across the Highland small communities. Although I do not mind it the Filling Station does not run itself, admin/accounts, licence, electrical certs, wetstock and deliveries all keep having to be done and that is the day-to-day stuff on top of keeping a c**p product going. Working at this level gives you an insight into how much goes into keeping small communities going.

And so it was home after a coffee at the son’s new abode, shower and back to the Inn for a busy shift.

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Stopped off above Camusterrach to take a shot out towards Ardban with the FP church in the foreground. Spent a few hours in there when I was younger coming over from Kyle to stay with my grandparents and attending the communions. When a lot younger we came over on the Mary Anne, one of the Kyle ring net boats my Dad used to fish on. Although it meant many hours in church it still was a great wee adventure for a little chappie.

The Boss and I on the floor with lots of people about. Langoustine, scallops, venison, lamb…..just the usual run of the mill top class food. Top comments and good craic with every one talking to every one else.

So much to do.

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