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

Storm and less People.

Powerful wind last night. Was woken up around 4am with some ferocious gusts from the north-west which is quite unusual as we are in a south-facing bedroom. Seems there was raucous thunder accompanied by lightning which was the wake up trigger. Mid winter inactivity has hit hard so little being done. Due to only a couple of twos booked in for the last two nights I have bailed from the Inn as well, and tonight a carry out of fish and chips meant even no cooking. Managed a an hour or two in the woods carrying some branches out with son No 1 and filled the van up twice so both fires will be burning for the rest of the winter. Lovely pre storm view down the glen late afternoon.

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This morning, a high tide with more than a breeze, it looks like the Ardhu folks will be cleaning salt of their windows.

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Cut a few blocks of wood with a cold but beautiful back drop

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and took them back up to Kenny and Jill’s and had a wander round with Dougal to have a look at some of the storm damage. Considering how stormy it was there was relatively little. But these old trees look so sad lying in unnatural positions.

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They have seen so much in their time and I suspect most of them are of a similar age so we will be seeing more coming down if these storms keep coming along as forecast. There were a couple of dingys in different places and the deer shore fence pushed over

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but it was mainly the trees that took the hits. There was one across the Beechwood path again

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and the Drive up to the Big House was and will be blocked off for a wee while.

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Plenty wood fuel supply on the go in the short-term at least.

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Got an interesting email from HC about the 2011 census which told us that we have lost another 25 folk since 2001 and the total is now below the 200 mark at 197. Wonder if this is the first time in many centuries this has occurred. And over 35% of the population is over 60 years of age and over 40% of the households are single occupancy. While not to decry an almost full employment community and a wonderful place to visit there are worrying underlying trends.

Comments on: "Storm and less People." (2)

  1. Hiya,
    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks. I love Applecross and it’s a nice way to keep in touch with the place. Yes, it’s sad to see old trees go, but to put things in perspective, there were huge storms in the 18th and early 19th that flattened most of the trees on Skye and the West Coast. The trees you’re looking at now were almost certainly planted after those storms that left no tree standing in that area. Those were the same storms that caused huge damage in the Cairngorms. So I’m not sure what you mean by ‘if these storms keep coming as predicted’. We’ve been really lucky lately up here in Scotland. We haven’t had a proper storm now for quite some time!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers for reading, the trees that are coming down now do appear to be of the same age, around 150/200 years old. We have had one or two storms lately. 2005 around 25% of the plantations here have ended up wind blown and earlier this year about a dozen of the beech trees came down in a south easterly storm. This winter so far has not been good with a couple of storms and quite a few gales. The predictions are for more climate chaos and there do seem to be changes happening whether connected to this time will tell. Maybe one of the changes regarding trees will be continuous planting so seeing a whole generation going in twenty years will not be so noticeable.

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