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

Two Days of Mild Mayhem.

Well there is certainly plenty to do, in fact too much which can be a bit of a problem. Yesterday morning a fair bit of paper work, a good walk down to Craig Darroch with Dougal and Co. Down to the pier early afternoon to wash some creels for the weekend. Saturday for taking out hopefully. The weather over the last couple of days is that will I won’t I weather and going by reports from the guys who were out good decision not to go.

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Then the afternoon was taken up with some students calling in to do the survey.

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We ended up with four, Alejandra, Darge,  Derina and Emmanuel.

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Have to say that I took several photos of the guys and in every one they are smiling/laughing, certainly a happy bunch. Survey and hot chocolates sorted and then off to the Inn for a six to finish shift. Meanwhile in the garden Anna was working her way through the willow, waving the arch for another year and taking the excess south to Toscaig for a wind break alongside her polytunnel.

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Quiet evening and was able to compose  a few bits and bobs in between serving ” the family”. Very few other customers. Lesson of the evening that was missed on our social media course on Tuesday is that sometimes humour does not work posting on Facebook. Often seen it but never been the recipient of a misunderstood posting. But always remember that two people looking at the same thing are very capable of seeing it differently. That and a bit of stress does not make for a good mix. Although the Inn has had a stove for several years it is a fine sight at this time of year and often build it up when I come in at six, fine for the rest of the night. Burning the beech that came down earlier in the year which could do with a bit more seasoning but still putting out a good heat. Definitely has become a theme in Applecross.

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This morning till now has been one event after another. Although a little groggy today kept away from the couch, good plan as after the shop walk went round the coast for some herring and salt at Ardheslaig. Still plenty of rain and the Mill burn at Ardheslaig is running full.

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Across the loch is looking boney.

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Stopped of at the Inn on the way round and saw the students briefly. Some were out still surveying, managed to get a couple of times for them last night so they were in Camusteel this morning. They were already at 60 per cent with a couple of days to go so on schedule. Went straight down to the pier and the herring and as they are still building up a stock only took ten slabs. Not too long to salt it down and then off out to the boat to pick up langoustine that had been hanging in the boxes. would not know how fresh it was on the Sound.

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Next load of diesel arrived while landing the prawns.

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They are destined for the Loch Ness Inn which is having an Applecross meets Drumnadrochet on Friday evening. Lovely medium prawns on the menu, no squats, but this is not really the season for them. Stopping of at the Inn coincided with Wolf, Dorsi and the students leaving for a wee tour around some of the houses with David Newman.

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Different types of houses to see different builds, insulation etc. At the dinner table just now chatting about building, de minimus, hydro, energy efficiency. Just keeps going on. There is no respite. Lots of interest and photos taken with Christine and Maria holding the langoustine. Next job was the blowing up of buoys. Only got the one fleet with one buoy but lots of different numbers on the same fleet. Before it gets busy best to have that sorted as it cuts down on shoot overs. So seven new ones’s blown up and painted. A quick look at an episode of Nashville and then dogs again and up the road to the Inn for a really quiet shift, birthday boy and a couple of residents, were the sum total.

Probably get home in time for another Nashville, don’t what it is but I have hooked onto it. Good music and a few flawed characters, almost Swedish.

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