Broken but not too windy weather. Southerly blowing up the Sound. Few customers and prawns on the menu means more book work. Replied to one accountant and emailed another. registered online for Vat and now await my access code. Good to get it done before Friday but if not at least everything is underway again. Falling so far behind means you spend an inordinate amount of time looking for stuff that has slipped unnoticed into another box or is still in an envelope. Only trip out was down to the shop with the pooches and another break was making venison sausage stew for tea. Right weather and time of year for this kind of comfort food.
Little event in the evening entailed going out to attend the Community Hall AGM.
A lot of pre meeting chat in the community and the bus has come up in the Community Council so a mild apprehension felt leaving the house. Great to see so many young guys out showing interest in community assets. Thinking back on it and hearing about todays reaction it was very positive with four new members voted onto the committee. There was a little disquiet to the statement that committee members were voted on for life, making the Hall Committee one of only two committees in Applecross where that happens, the other being The Trust. But that apart and a degree of misunderstanding about the need for an S19 for the community bus there seemed to be an acceptance to move on and get the bus back on the road and the Hall seems to be getting a new burst of energy. It is the cycle of every event, asset or committee, a fresh look from enthusiastic people gives the institution an impetus that it was lacking through nobody in particular’s fault. The only thing I would say that although it is brilliant things are moving again some guys have done a lot of work in the background to try to legalize the bus over the last year and a half and it has been quite painful and so unnecessary and I suppose the motto of forgive but a wary not forgotten is the best policy. Events are planned already for fund-raising and bus hire will start straight after group constituted and usage will be encouraged to build up a good history of use to be able to qualify for any replacement. These assets are so important to the communities as toddlers to pensioners use them.
Today, although quiet on the weather front, more book work beckoned and that was held off while I went on a longish low-level wander up to the Bay. It is automatic but you always have a look at the Filling Station OPT
and yes it needed another reboot.
Feel bad about showing the down sign as it gives Gilbarco some coverage but this shows it is not working, IT expert that I am, I switched it off and then on and it is now working. Turned wet on the way back but at least it was falling as opposed to driven rain
and the Dougal family were rampant as usual him doing about fifteen miles to my five. Managed a couple of shots of the swans before they make their regal way across the loch away from Dougal, just in case. Lots of mallards about as well just now but they usually see Dougal first and paddle offshore.
Not only that but they get another walk back down to the shop to send off more paperwork. It was a big hole that I had dug and I have now made a late new year’s resolution that I have already started keeping “Do it straight away”. So nipping off to do some more, before posting this evening.
As it is only one more “job” to do tonight and that can take place in front of the telly, finishing this now. Since I stopped earlier on I have gained Facebook “friends” from Bolivia, Ghana, Nepal and Bangladesh, some of the masters students heading to Applecross next month. Hoping to take one or two out on the boat and we have the Kyle Ceilidh Band coming over on the first week, so a bit of Scottish country dancing coming up as well. Need Sandy to do a bit of calling to keep us all right. Also hoping to get some Americana over from Kyle to keep the entertainment going on the second week. Music is the theme at the moment as we are heading down to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections on Friday via the SCFF’s AGM in Inverness. Meeting up with the Scottish Fisheries minister and will be trying to tell him what needs to be done on the inshore fishing scene on the west coast. Can be sure I will never meet the UK one, and although I may disagree with Mr Lochhead on several matters at least I will have the chance to put my opinion to him. One of the reasons I will be voting yes later this year. Dougal, despite looking wet,
is contentedly snoozing/twitching on the couch. The tick, spotted when I saw the photo, has been ejected and accompanied by a wee growl. Ticks in January, there is no doubt there are changes under way.