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

Sitting at the end of the bar after a call out to help the evening shift through, The Coast Road Truckers playing on T8, when I say table 8 that means shifting T8 to T9 along with 6 guys on it and putting T9 on top of the pool table, small pub, and surrounded by a hum of conversation…a good place to be. Laughed at the post from The Applecross Inn fb page which described the music as Americano, they are good but we just do filtered at the Inn, latte at a push. They can now be known as the local coffee band, although the Shieldaig contingent look as they have come over just for the coffee.IMG_6896 Busy night with three big groups in and all went well with the usual compliments accompanying the great food.  Accommodation is now back under way and the “new year” is long gone. Atrocious weather again, bad enough to stop you working on the wood even. It is just day after day, relentless. Left around eleven, in miserable weather on the bike but with some chocolate chip and golden syrup to be consoled with.

Reports of a very high tide around half eight and some people had to go up through the Estate road to get around the Bay, went up this morning to see what it was like


but as the weather had settled and the pressure had risen a little there was only the seaweed evidence on the road.


Appears you could not get down to Toscaig pier last night for a couple of hours. Even with the weather a bit more settled the tide was high enough and it was just as well I got the wood off the shore as it would have been washed away. Enjoyed the shift last night as you get to know people towards the end of the week as they come in for several meals. After the trip up the road and a visit to the shop with Dougal and Co it was a day of wood blocking.


Fallen behind in keeping the wood dry for burning but that should be sorted over the next week or so once I get this lot under cover. Meanwhile Dougal goes out on his rodent search accompanied by his mother, it does not matter what he does he ends up filthy but you have to admire his zest for life.


Back to minutes, books an bills as I have promised myself a less stressful year and that means doing things on time. Unfortunately am going to have to suffer a few reminders before I catch up but going to use the Celtic Connections as an incentive. Tickets for six concerts are here which include Indian, African, Hindustani, Scottish Contemporary Traditional, The Transatlantics and even Psalm Singers. Holidays in January must be one of the best solutions to SAD.IMG_6906

Comments on: "Local Coffee Band (Americano)" (2)

  1. Best months of the year with Celtic Connections as far as I’m concerned Ali…….Jan and Feb has been something to look forward to for the past ten years. Due to work committments I’m only getting to see Capercaillie and The Peatbogs but cant complain and of course theres Burns Night.
    Best Wishes from the North sea

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Looking forward to the two weekends. As well as the Transatlantics going to see Stocktons Wing and Blazin Fiddles, Raghu Dixit and Iain Copelands new album A Northerly Land. May be more during the day as well. Great time to have a Festival. And a great New Year to you.

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