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

Changing Landscape.

Have to start with a wee apology over getting a couple of families mixed up, but in my defence, this involved two Dollys from Camusteel. And having only met one of the Dollys in An Arcasaid in her 90s, well that is my excuse. Dolly Macbeth did indeed live in the ruin on the edge of Camusteel but Alasdair, who only survived the one trip at sea was not her brother but Dolly who lived just along from the other Dolly. It is the same today, the community still has many Donalds, Duncans and a scattering of Alasdairs, Sandys and Alexanders. Not being a genealogist crossovers may be inevitable but certainly not deliberate. Not sure where the slippage came in the tale, but I can still feel that drift back into another era and loved it.

Although the dingy is baled and back on the endless line the forecast put me off today and it was fresh but not really an excuse for not going out. Fine day spent with various people, Tokhiem computer chappie, Kirsteen from CES and Dougal and Eilidh with camera on the road. Did a dip which will now be computerised for the Filling Station and was not too involved with the teaching process concerning the local cards and various techy things to do with the system. One big improvement will be we can reboot remotely and do not have to go up and switch the system back on every time we have a power cut.

So picked up the dogs from the car again and went past the current site works at the Inn

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with the Site Manager keeping everyone in order.

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Judith thinks she is Clerk of Works but Patch has much more hands on experience having spent his life in the Yard. Laying the foundations for the new Sheds has just about finished by the time I passed. Round the corner it was good to see the Hydro river flowing well through the autumnal trees,

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nipping off to the side to let another timber lorry pass.

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One a local fuel source and the other off to Ireland. Made my way up to the Timber works stopping many times

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to look over the Glen at the autumn colours.

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If the weather is in it there is no better time of year, Spring greens does have her moments though. The landscape is changing fast and will certainly be an improvement over time, although to get there it looks like a bomb site in places.

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When coming back up the track, or should I say road, (could have mountain bike racing here)

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watched an impressive display of clear felling in action

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before back down to the Inn for lunch and a progress chat about the Hydro project. A few stops before reaching the Inn to enjoy the views and to give the dogs a break.

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Lots of work still to be done, including getting quotes and grants in place before the Community Share launch next year.

Slightly depressing Survey Monkey missive from Highland Council concerning the next funding gap of £64 million over the next four years has come in. Bit of a shame when you go to all the effort to set up an income generating scheme like the Hydro and all you are doing is replacing Council services, after paying out on rent etc. Just have to build another one. Lots of suggestions like cutting hours kids are at school, everyone taking over their public toilets and changing gritting practices. In the long-term these will actually add to cost but no one is looking that far ahead it seems.

Before going up the road to the Inn for an extra shift Dougal took us out for a wander and so caught a view of a spectacular pre sunset going down over the southern half of Raasay.

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Good shift with plenty to do.

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