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

Christmas Eve Taxi.

Every one is talking about the weather and not surprising. Yesterday, it was just a bit breezy, with the Grace Anne out in the morning but the force 9 forecast stopped The Varuna going out. And having seen a wee video of one of the Ullapool boys coming in made me feel even better.  Writing this before the Christmas Eve rush, not likely due to weather. This is Applecross Inn reverse psychology when you hope there will be lots of people out when you do not expect it. Whenever Mr Hingley said it was quiet then that was a busy night guaranteed.

Not working as it is now 7.30pm and two meals served with no one waiting and the staff playing pool. Yesterday went by with a visit up to the Bay where I cut up the tree lying on the shore. Snow over night on the Cullin.


Too much effort to take it home and there is not much tide so not too much danger of it floating away. South-westerly storm is probably going to keep it there any way. Busy shoreline  with the birds scurrying about the seaweed before the wind gets up again.


Today it was Son number 4’s turn to get a lift from Strathcarron, turning into a four-hour epic. Windy, very windy on Milton loch.


The climate had turned by the time I made it up the Hill and maybe tried a wee bit too hard/quick to get over before the weather closed in and almost lost the van on the way up.


Slows you down after a close one. Did not matter any way as I met Peter above the hairpin, him on the way down. His advice was turn back and you listen to the roadmen. He had a car behind him that was stuck and was not appearing so I turned around and he reversed back up the Hill to find the lost car.


Round the coast and it was stormy and wet


but the taxi job was done and we got back home at two having left at ten. Highland travel. Ferocious wind and rain


on the way back with a couple of stops but the rain made things a little indistinct.


Then straight down the road to rescue the dingy, it being semi submerged in the motion. Sorted that out without having to dunk the engine in fresh water. And then it’s up the road for a quiet shift after an afternoon with Dougal, the best behaved dog in the west….despite what lots of people say. He is so misunderstood. So a quiz which as it was a Christmas one I contributed little, and now home with the wind rising again all that is left to say is to wish every one a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Comments on: "Christmas Eve Taxi." (4)

  1. All the best Ali – wishing you a good year to come!

  2. Robert Findlay said:

    Have been enjoying your blog for the last few months, thanks. I hope you have an enjoyable Christmas, despite the horrendous weather you’re getting, and a peaceful and rewarding New Year. All the best.
    Robert Findlay.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Thank you, the weather has been pretty grim and although there may be one or two breaks it looks as though it is continuing…never mind, a gentle christmas was had with three of our four home. A good new year to you and yours cheers Ali

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