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

Ora E Sempre Resistenza

Finished the last post tired and happy, still tired but now a little unsettled about a couple of ongoing situations in the community. There are two ways of dealing with problems and disputes. One is to walk away and the other is to deal with them. The Lombardy trip has shown that we are not alone in dealing with rural problems and many they are.  A stunning and beautiful place to live  you would think but only four houses that are lived in and no children, just heart breaking.


Some small and insignificant things that can be worked around on a daily basis, others that will take time and rather a lot of effort. With this in mind both in Italy and in a couple of instances here and over there I came across some wonderful sayings and advice in unusual places.

I have no idea why we as a species seem to fall out, argue, disagree and end up doing even worse to each other when being helpful,useful and kind to one’s fellows is so much more fulfilling. 

Anyway yesterday’s shift at the Inn went well, busy and time flew by. It being the first of the month, a smaller than usual group of Lochcarron musicians came over but they played away and entertained the visitors well. I had decided to head off to Ullapool to see and hear Mairi Campbell http://www.mairicampbell.co.uk/at the Ceilidh Place but after a bit of thought and a couple of chats that pleasure has been postponed till another visit. Got to know Mairi a little in another life and got in touch saying how sorry I was not to be able to see her this time and received a wonderful reply. Not only is she a wonderful communicator through her fiddle and voice her words are special too. Consider myself fortunate to know good guys like her.

The Italian trip threw up a fine strong saying which we found on a commemorative stone at the Co-op vine yard and was to do with the second World War and their travails with the neighbours. Ora E Sempre Resistenza.


You can take this with you where ever you go and if combined with other attributes/memories I have come across today it can be a powerful but peaceful weapon in one’s armoury. Remembered the goodbyes at Malpensa where we parted company with Elena our interpreter who said she will remember the advice I had given her. I had to ask as I was suddenly very nervous about what I had said but she reminded me she asked for advice when she and her boyfriend finally go fishing on Loch Awe. Without thinking I had replied “Patience”, she remembered and thanked me when saying goodbye. I liked that. Now combining the little saying on my Yogi liquorice tea I reckon I have the formula to see through all our local travails. “Deal in kindness with everything in life.” Just realised that strength is so much stronger if used with patience and so much more effective if laced with kindness. Better stop while I am ahead. Must have picked up something from some people over the last week.

Only other things to report are the bike and trailer are operational


and Dougal is enjoying autumn.


Well there are lots more but that will do for now.Oh and the hat, finding its natural place on top of the speaker.


Comments on: "Ora E Sempre Resistenza" (9)

  1. Judith Fish said:

    I have no idea why we as a species seem to fall out, argue, disagree and end up doing even worse to each other when being helpful,useful and kind to one’s fellows is so much more fulfilling.


    Applecross Inn

    Shore Street, Applecross, IV54 8LR

    Tel: 01520 744 262

    Email: applecrossinn@btconnect.com

    Website: http://www.applecross.uk.com/inn/

    Our Sister Inn – The Loch Ness Inn

    Lewiston Nr Drumnadrochit, Inverness-shire, IV63 6UW

    Tel: 01456 450 991

    Email: info@staylochness.co.uk

    Website: http://www.staylochness.co.uk

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      That is the easy bit, the harder bit is dealing with people and situations who/that are not kind, patient and considerate or helpful.

  2. basketbob said:

    Sadly, aggression is accepted as the norm, and kindness is treated as being a soft touch, but with patience, we will change the world.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yes, standing up for what you believe in without becoming angry and aggressive is an every day skill and one of the hardest to manage. I allow myself to get a little cross every now and again, you have to when you see the blatant manipulation and deviousness of the establishment.

  3. hmm, on the 4 angry people still left living in this village at the top of your blog, bit. If this village was in Scotland, it would not only have nobody left living in it, it would also likely have no houses left standing either, just sad ruins in a bare glen. No good access road, and not a single tree left standing almost anywhere. Not just deforestation that we’ve excelled at here, but total annihilation of virtually every tree, bush or their seeds often from the entire catchment. Does that make for simpler rural societies and infrastructure in modern Scotland? The complexity we saw in northern Italy is both wonderful and, some of it, very scary too! A very good base, perhaps, for future healthy living for all biodiversity, including us. Just got to sort out that living all together stuff…

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Lots of food for thought Steve. Just trying to compose my next blog as this trip has raised lots of topics that are very close to home and some guys are not appreciating the questions they are being asked. Always trying to impersonalise these ramblings but some insist on taking offence. Do not think obliteration is good planning myself but it would mean less people to have to get on with.

  4. Gino & Fiona Rondelli said:

    I was brought up in a village in Italy just like that, a bit like Applecross the locals fighting to keep it and the traditional way of life alive despite most houses being used as holiday homes. Our farm like most others back to nature now, still love the place though.
    Never mind not too long before we are back enjoying the banter and a dram in Applecross

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Look forward to catching up. Italia was very Scottish in its welcome, bonissimo.

  5. Sounds nice gino. yes, nice to be making links with similar rural communities in italy and scotland.

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