First thing there was a pleasant morning light to the south over Ardhu.
Accompanied by Dougal of course it was a fine start to the day before making for the Inn to do the lunch shift.
We are having a fine spell of weather, little wind which unfortunately means the broadband for round the North coast is going to be off for a little longer while the turbine charges up the batteries. Showing 22 volts so will need a wee blow to start-up again. Considering how windy it was in stopping us getting over to Rona, sod’s law kicks in and the forecast is pretty good wind wise for the foreseeable future. There was a good breeze today which may have helped, not sure if it had reached the island though as it was an offshore wind and tends to die off as it gets out to the Sound.
Very quiet shift and Steve was far closer in the numbers game. I reckoned we would see 100+ visitors but just made the 50 of it. Sure a few pubs would not mind these numbers but most are closed for the winter, or have cut their hours down.
Monday and felt a bit lethargic and decided fairly early on not to go to sea but leave it till later in the week. Fine weather so the dogs had a fine walk up by the Heritage Centre and took in the mobile sawmill.
The larch that had to be taken down for the die back disease is being milled and used locally. Great to see its carbon footprint cut back and not shipped out.
Lots of uses popping up throughout the peninsula, sheds, cladding and wood stores. And talking of wood was doing a bit of splitting when I noticed this happening to the south-west.
I took a couple of early snaps
and went back to the logs but then had to stop as this unfolded,
seems the phones were ringing around Applecross alerting people to the amazing sunset.
I have seen many but this ranks as one of the best I have seen, a privilege.
The light inside the School brought out more observers and Dougal got into the act, although he was more interested in the rodents and was just taking a break.
The Company work is on going and Val was at the Carbon Clever Event in Inverness and made contact with several companies which may help local businesses save and even make money through renewable energy sources. There is a huge amount of unseen work going on here with stress levels a little too high at times but hoping it will be worth it in the long run. The Hydro/local power scheme has passed another hurdle and got past the first stage of funding. There are many groups looking to see how were are progressing and taking heart from our progress. From the inside it seems slow and when you know the micro management failures it feels like hard work. Feel for the folks on the North coast who have no broadband but again long-term it will be so much better than before. It has to be.
Continued spell of good weather with bright and breezy scenes for most of the day. On the way back from the shop in the morning, 30p off the price of a couple of litres of milk, the moorings empty apart from the Varuna.
Timing my wood chopping and dog walking with the sunsets now. Wonder why they are so different as it seemed like the conditions were similar to yesterday afternoon. A yellow/orange theme today compared to yesterday’s red. Not that there was anything to complain about.
So now its a bit of Wallander broken up with some paperwork.