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

Gone Fishing.

And the anti-dote to the weekend at the Inn was to go fishing for a couple of days. Did not manage to go out till around ten, the advantages of being both self employed and single handed.

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Was only out to pick up a few fleets as there was a lot of tiredness in the legs and I am too old to be a hero. Managed 250 pots and back in by fourish. The fishing is pretty poor with no size being caught at all but they are back on the menu. Traffic on the Sound has not picked up much yet.

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Todays catch, brought in at three, put them back on the menu which means ten kilo of whole prawns sold in less than a day at the Inn. Seems todays lunchtime was packed out. Beautiful weather over the last couple of days, almost glass calm, views supreme, and enjoying the company of bonxies

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and gulls.

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With mid air collisions in the chase for food.

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Could not resist taking a snap of these guys in the early morning sun.

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Starting to notice some fairly big marks on the sounder which holds hope for  both a good year for mackerel and mage dolphins. There have been sightings but too vague in description to know what they are.

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I am sure that I can interact better with all the folk who come to Applecross by going to sea and being as much part of nature as it is possible to be. In the middle of a thunder and lightening plump just now so hope nothing gets hit on the power front. The late afternoon the garden was alive with the sound of bees, bumble bees as well as the honey bees all working away collecting and distributing, nice to be helping.

Sean and RNB have been investigating Applenet’s broadband issues. The net had slowed down over the weekend and after lots of investigating, and going through the system, trips up the Tor Mor site speeds are back up again, in fact as fast as they have been. Great having the skills locally based to fix the problems, this time it appears that a firewall may have been the problem. Although I can have patience in slow network it was interesting to see how slow it was and remember this was normal a couple of years ago. Speeds are still unpredictable but going in the right direction.

Had a call out fairly late on from the Inn. Noticed a yacht coming in late afternoon and unbeknown to me it was John Fleming on a “last trip” to see Pier Cottage where his daughter, Julliet, lived with her family. When they came ashore things did not go to plan as their out board packed in. Bit late when I got the call but when down at the Pier it was a relatively easy job to get them all back on board and John handed over some dosh as an appreciation. I always try not to take it but now just donate to the Community Company and when I told him he lit up and said “excellent”. Anyone I speak to about the Company I always find it is well received and thought of. Rumours BBC coming in next week to do a piece on the environmental side of ACCs work through AEE.The upside of being called out late was the stunning scenes at around eleven in the evening. My “blue period”.

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Little note on the lilac tree in the garden, not as old as thought but only planted in 1972 by Margaret seen here entertaining the Flensburg students earlier this year.

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