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

The Greek Graffiti mystery continues with the list of local suspects growing, basically any one who has Greek friends, has a property there (he is high on the list) or has done o level Greek in the past thirty years. You have to find a bit of humour in this and I do like that idea of County and Caley supporters slagging each other off on that remote spot in rural Greece. A very rude and childish slogan but will soon be painted over and life will go back to the mundane. Maybe a reflection on the artist but could not get the spelling right, possibly the message does not need the grammar.  Judith received a police phone call and the toilet gable end has now a crime number, with statements and investigation proceeding. There has not been much else to keep the beat boys occupied, a very good reflection on life in this part of the Highlands. Last night was quiet on the eating front with quite a few more staff on than customers eating although lunch with 60/65 guests was brisk for a while. Majority of visitors eating were Aussies, getting away from the 30/40 C heat. No problems here with these temperatures.

We had a wee quiz set up for later and great to see a few coming out. These are so much easier to organise these days with so much on the net and it was a joint effort with me doing the general knowledge and Judith and Caroline doing the Christmassy stuff. Should have guessed that the answers for the Christmas carols/songs had to be “sung”. Any one having heard the Boss sing knows why I put inverted comas around sung. Good night and £50 to the ACC and £50 to Howard Doris is a nice way to bring in Christmas. Our LDO, Calendar printer, Stewart and wife Margaret came a close second to the Ice cream maker and Co. Just a thought, when you look round the bar it was full of people with exceptional skills, ROV operator, International charity employee, proof reader, ice cream maker, printer, police traffic and marksman, along with a scattering of engineers, fishermen, students and hospitality guys. Bailed out just before midnight and fell asleep with the prospect of fine weather for Christmas Day.

And that is how it turned out, stunning weather, a perfect day for a cycle on the bike with dogs. Slow in getting up as had to keep a headache at bay but did not develop too much. Still and peaceful were the themes of the day as I kept having to stop off to take photos of the scenes. From the still waters of the Sound,


the lazy smoking chimneys,


nature resplendent with its fine Scots pine


and rivers flowing gently,


there being not too much rain lately. Stopped off at the Inn negotiating dogs away from kids before heading up the Glen and taking the bridge across the river and going up to the Allt Mor. Back down, again slowly partly because the colours


and scenes


needed to be appreciated and also easy on Eilidh as she and Dougal had already been to Ardban with Son No3 in the morning. Called in to the Inn on the way back to pick up signed accounts and a wee tub of Applecross Ice cream to finish off the Christmas dinner of some fine slow cooked venison. Loch End


and The Street


looking fine, as was Milton on the way up.


Made it back mid afternoon with preparations going well in the kitchen. The sun dropping down over the Cuillin


meant another small jaunt with the bike and dogs…..such an enjoyable day to be alive here. The sunset over Ardhu


with the tide out was wonderful to watch in the cold air.


And now the dinner approaches and with this in mind I wish every one who reads and comments, follows a very special day. Thoughts also go to those are unable to have such a day as we have had here and can only hope that over time a healing will take place.

Comments on: "Stunning Christmas Day Weather" (14)

  1. Happy Christmas to you! Thank you for all your delightful postings and photographs throughout the year. I have really enjoyed reading about Applecrosslife and look forward to learning more in 2015.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Missed replying Jessica, really enjoy your comments and appreciation. Thank you and hope you had a good Christmas and wish you a peaceful New Year.

  2. Lorna Davidson said:

    Merry Christmas to you. Beautiful images from Applecross, as ever. Lxx

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Missed your comment and thanks. Hope you had a good Christmas and the New Year will be Great, same for John and Tarneybackle.

  3. Seasons Greetings to you All. Many Thanks for your blog, its a great read. We ll look forward to visiting in August and indulging in your wonderful hospitality and food…

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      And to you and thanks very much foryour kind comments. And maybe see you when you are here.

  4. Beautiful photography of a wonderful place..

  5. Lindy Sharpe said:

    Merry Christmas, and thanks you for all your wonderful photos and posts. The scenes take me away from my computer in central London every time I log on.

  6. Judy Coplan said:

    Just beautiful. Soul food. A very merry Christmas and looking forward to more posts in 2015 already. Very best wishes for you and yours. Judy Coplan and family.

  7. Christmas Day in Applecross was indeed a wonderful. After the poor weather of preceding days, the day dawned chilly but with blue skies which lingered all day and delivered a lovely sunset to round off a serene yuletide in spectacular surroundings.

    There was an Applecross Life Blog calendar for 2015 in the holiday cottage we rented for our Christmas stay on the peninsula but I’ve been unable to find out how to obtain a personal copy to remind me every day of my favourite place in Scotland. Is it possible to order one please?

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Hi John, you can either send a cheque for 12.80 to The Schoolhouse, Camusterrach,Applecross, Wester Ross IV54 8LU or do a BACS transfer to Applecross Community Company, code 83-24-09 and acc no 00195752. cheers Ali
      PS The postage is a special offer till around the 17th of Jan

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