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

Simple Applecross Life.

Thursday morning and sitting here taking a break from my wood pile building. On standby to go to Rona with Sean and possibly Cheffie to carry out the repair on the Rona mast to put the North coast back on stream. I bottled it due to the weather, although it is just fresh the forecast is poor, up to 9 south south easterly and gusting 45 on the XCWeather page. You have to work out the inherent risk in going to sea in such conditions against the hope that the people without the broadband can cope another day not having the service.

Sunday morning was stunning in the bright sunlight and I was allowed to turn up a little later for work which tied in well with taking Dougal and Eilidh down the road


and the half an hour it took cycling to work as stopping on the way was just about compulsory.


In particular the Milton Loch was looking resplendent.


The whooper swans regal in their paddle away across the other side of the loch. Once they spot you they do head off in the other direction. Reflections were crystal clear.

A coffee break and an interesting chat about the pros and cons on the TESCO van. Although I personally do not like TESCO enough to shop there so have taken myself out of their delivery it is not as clear-cut as one would have you think. Trying to shop local and grow local is the aim but into days world of tins, pasta, rice, and exotics, a trip to Inverness is on the cards for most people for a shop. Cost prevents a lot of people shopping local and they shop at Lidls on cost basis but a day lost plus fuel means not that good a project and adds to rural living costs. If a van comes in to those who are going through to Inverness anyway then one van coming here has a far better carbon footprint than six cars going the other way, like everything the re is no clear-cut answer. Working at the Inn and trips for the boat to Inverness means I shop there enough to not go through just for a food shop.

Back to Sunday and a fairly longish shift, a couple of hours off in the afternoon, and back in the evening. Gets you out of the house and meeting people along with popping a few VitDs keeping the seasonal stuff at bay. Last day of the Peer’s sister and partner and always good to chat to people who hold diametrically opposing views on a number of topics. We do however cross over on many things. The sunset in the evening or should say afternoon now….. struggle to find the right words to describe these events.



A lovely calm fishing day on Monday


and took advantage of it by hauling some gear, not necessarily catching any prawns but good to be on the water all the same, another fleet of creels stays on board. The light was fine most of the day but clouded over a little in the afternoon and this produces its own attractions.


Small lobster came on board for a short visit before being sent on her travels.



Although the bird life is fairly sparse, the kittiwakes seem to appear at the end of the day


and wheel around the boat,9Q7Q7238 they dart and dive in the afternoon sun.





Now at 1.30pm very glad that the Rona trip was postponed as there is white water racing up the Sound. Since Monday we have been ashore with fresh to strong east and south-east winds, the old folk used to call this a hungry wind as it broke up the shoals of fish making them sparse.

Busy night on Tuesday, called in as regular not available and it was a fair-sized birthday party to serve and keep the rest of the residents and diners happy made the time pass very quickly. The thirteen main courses at the party, only one was regular so I was a bit triumphant that all the plates came out as requested. Well rewarded with roast guinea fowl followed by baked Irish cream and chocolate cheese cake topped off with a scoop of Aron’s creme caramel ice-cream. Pay in itself. Last night quieter but a small and very appreciative group eating top quality food and like the way they seem to make friends on the night. That atmospheric feel to the Inn, solely due to the Boss’s influence, is probably the most enjoyable part of working there. Good chat about the quality of creel caught as opposed to dredge or trawled but that was last post.

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