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

Eric and the Snails.

Bit low-key these last few days, certainly this week, possibly as I have not been out on the water yet. Sunday was a fairly busy one and with one or two staff having headed off it was a slightly longer shift, lasting till almost 8pm. Nice view across the Sound

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and a lovely cycle home after a fine afternoon’s music and visitors. Eric, the cockerpoo,

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is back in town and I finally took a couple of snaps. He is pretty cute and very well-behaved. Weather is pretty variable at the moment, we got the Commonwealth Games rain overnight on Saturday into Sunday

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but before that it was a lovely calm midgy day.

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Monday was a breezy day and with the lack of prawns around there no question of going out. Prawns still on the menu and although I could not make the effort to go out Tuesday, going to Inverness instead, they stayed on. On the way back from Inverness I stopped in to Ardelve to drop off a nice camera lost at The Applecross Games. First time I have ever been down that wee shore road, lovely place, good chat and good company. But always good to get back home to the Sanctuary.

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Today with the energy level back up a bit I started off by taking large prawns ashore for the Inn and then back out. It was really strange as I came on board I had a thought about batteries and weirdly enough getting to the wheelhouse I found four very flat ones having left a focsle light on over the weekend. So down to the engine room and out with the said items, into the dingy and ashore. Up the road with the prawns and back down with the second charger. Glass calm day

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does not make the mood any better but pressure washing a hundred creels did make the day less of a disaster. Lots of very large snails liking the long grass growing into the creels.

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Off up the road now to the Inn, to whatever is there. Monday evening was stowed out but last night was just normal busy. Still calm and love the scene of a boat heading across the Sound towards the Crowlins and Kishorn.

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Now Thursday afternoon and it is blowing a nice breeze from the South. Feeling quite smug as I was up early doors

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and had more than half the day done before the breeze arrived at the back of eleven. Just three fleets to haul in the up and down bits. Even with the hard work it almost always improves my state of mind getting back out on the water. A lot of people who are connected to the tourist trade start to find it a little tiring by this time of the summer. Still full on and a good three full months to go. The four previous months have already taken their toll, but should not complain as it sees one through the winter. The shift last night was not too bad for front of house although the kitchen did get panned with a ten and fourteen , a six and numerous twos and fours. managed to get off early as today was planned as an early start. Was asked about the Yes/No last night by a Dutch family who are asking every one they are meeting how they are voting. Good chat although they were a little nervous that we may be too small. They did understand my point when I said they would not want to give their taxes to Germany and wait for the Germans to decide how much they could get back. Came across an amusing tweet yesterday which explains it all. “Even if you found some one to scratch your bum better than you can you would still prefer to do it yourself.” One thing is certain the noise levels are going to increase over the next six weeks or so and we might as well get used to it. And finally on Tuesday the fuel arrived, only for the Filling Station not to allow it to be sold as the soft ware needed work by Gilbarco. All good now till the next time.

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