Three days of fairly miserable weather has meant a slip back into a bit of winter despond and not a lot of activity.
Some but not a lot. Even although it has been fairly mild we have gone through a lot of wood and had to catch up with some more cutting and stacking. The beech has done its four seasons so nice and seasoned. We had Bill Hall in to do a survey of the schoolhouse to see if we can go greener and cheaper. Now is the time to do it as it is in the mindset and unlike Paul over at Arnish I do not have the “do it yourself”skills.. In my case it is Bill who is doing the work, some one you trust and knows what he is talking about. We are intending putting a 300 litre tank in and linking it with a heat pump and a couple of thermal panels, maybe swivel frame in the garden. Applecross Energy Efficiency https://www.facebook.com/ApplecrossEnergyEfficiency along with the Flensburg students deserve a mention in all of this as with out their input and presence we may have put off the decisions for another year. Interesting that a few nights ago when speaking to Wulf and Bernd they were saying that there is a different mindset with them back home. They think green and it becomes part of their lives just as we pick up the phone to order more coal and oil. As well as the green element to our heating we are hoping to cut our annual electric bill down to below £500 per annum. We are still going to have to spend to get this result and Bill is away designing a system and a quote for us as the next step. Sign of the weather I went back to baking a couple of loaves for the Thursday lunch.
The fascinating shift on Sunday continued into Monday morning when going onto Facebook the first picture that comes up is the Zephyr alongside Oban pier.
I do not remember these boats as ring netters but do recall them when they were moored up in Kyle for the weekends after they were converted to the trawl and were after the fish and prawns. They would be tied up alongside the Heather Bloom and the Heather Sprig. Any comment on Facebook leads on to more and more. The next picture of interest was the Johan on the beach at Ullapool before she headed south to Brighton.
Then a photo of the Fortitude which neighboured the Misty Isle and came from Kyleakin. You can see Castle Moil in the background.
Owners were Evander and Alistair Macrae. These pictures are being put up by Angus Macsween on Facebook and are a great door into the past.
It now being Thursday afternoon and having no time to do everything on hand, just a quick tidy up and off out to more wood, a shift at the Inn and to the Hall to see and listen to the students’ presentation. Last night finished at 3.30am for me , very uncharacteristic, and also, shockingly, had some whisky coloured water to boot. A bit strange as the last two drams have been Irish and Japanese. The company after the inn was along the Street where there was a gathering of old friends and new ones were made as well. Lots of catching up, fifteen years, and the evening/morning was very political as well as friendly. Strong but friendly exchange of views with two Yeses, two Nos and two observers. Enjoyable with little point scoring before 2am, kept trying to leave but gave up for a while around 1am. So a little sleep deprived, the pier beckoned, for prawns to the Inn, a few for lunch, and some mussels for the other part of lunch. It was wet this morning.
But in typical fashion brilliant sunlight for the afternoon, and windy of course. Up the road to restart the Filling Station after last night’s power cut, although working the flashing red light on the tower does not inspire confidence, but then does anything about Gilbarco do that?
A chat about The Trust meeting tomorrow to be held in Inverness, I have decided not to go as I feel I have been put in a box with such a negative spin on it that it is best for input from outside to show how things can go ahead with some meaningful partnership. Sometime a genuine partnership will have to be tried out, not one that just ticks a box to attract a funding package. Top of the community list is still housing and a partnership around housing would be a win/win solution. Then a lovely lunch of the mussels and langoustine, a walk in the sunshine and now it is evening.