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

A couple of days of not very much in the production side of things although plenty happening around and about. Wednesday morning saw the first visit of our new travelling van, Kenny Morrison from Gairloch,

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and a fine supply of goods he carries. He is doing this in conjunction  with our local shop. He obviously knows what it is like to be small and rural. TESCO on the other hand are now coming in four days a week and it remains to be seen what effect this will have on our local supplier. I always go on about domino effect and in this case it may well be the PO. If it is deemed too hard to provide a grocer service in the face of the current competition then how will the PO survive. Unless it is tied in to another business it is not worth the hassle of providing this. Conversation today with a resident who said they were nervous at the ramifications for their employment and possibly continued residence as a good postal service was vital to their business. Easy for me to not put my TESCO order in as I have not been in a store for years now and can well do without them but presently secure enough to buy good food and base it on quality and not price. Growing skills this year have been awful and only produced some potatoes, garlic and a few odds and ends. As there was a fairly universal failure I am putting it down to manure being too hot and that has been backed up by talking to other gardeners down at my level. Hoping for better next year….always.

Weather has been wonderful over the last week or so, bright and at times very breezy, lovely skies in the evening

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enjoyed at the start of the evening shifts rather than the end of service. Often have to go out for customers to tell them their food is on the table, dragging them away from the light shows.

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While the seals are with us all the year

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round the autumn arrivals are flying in

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and yesterday it was the swans on Milton loch,

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straight into grazing. Seven in total this year so far with four young ones. Was out at the Varuna today checking her over as the fishing is so sporadic, could have gone out but the thought of the catch meant it was a day ashore. The swans were on the loch this morning as I was on the way up to the toilets which had blocked a couple of days ago. Met Anna and they had cleared themselves once they were shut. Relief but as that is now twice suspect a wee design fault. Should be okay now down to winter levels of use but we may have access to a drain camera which could identify any lips that collect and cause the blockages.Gone are the days when you just phoned up the Cooncil and waited for them to sort it. These bike conversations are like dipping back into the days when people walked and/or worked together and spent far more time discussing problems and solutions or just having a yap.

Work at the Inn keeps going, Wednesday a little quieter but Thursday we made the mistake of thinking around 7pm that it was going to be a winter’s night. By 8pm there were people waiting for tables and the dining room full. Many regulars and a few blog readers whose comments are much appreciated. Great that there is still lots of political chat. Things are still vibrant, and always will be if we continue to keep the Community Company work going. For those that say politics do not affect them, well you get out of bed in the morning and from then on you are affected by politics….no point in complaining. As usual good banter, great food although out of lobster, monkfish and mussels by the end of the night and scallops are rumoured to be in short supply Great comments about the food and also the atmosphere, so good the two guys from Glencoe were setting their tent up at the head of the Bay at midnight….after quite a few Botanists. Aware the weather is changing but the light keeps attracting more snaps and a couple more

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after going back down the road from the “sorted” toilets.

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Electric car coming to Applecross next week but more of that later.

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