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

Back on the Water

So good to get on the water yesterday and the morning was truly awesome.

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One of these mornings which will stay around in the memory bank.

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Have two very special moments at sea over the last thirty years when everything was in place. Even the dinghy was looking good.

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Yesterday morning ranked just below that,

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was genuinely excited going out.

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Partly being on the water again after three weeks of bad weather

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and partly because it was such a glorious day. Very few prawns, but a few squats to keep the Inn going. May even have enough for The Loch Ness on friday when we plan going south to Glasgow for part one of this Year’s Celtic Connections Adventure. Creels not too badly fouled up until the last one of four hauled. Took it into the Bay from Sand and that gave my time to put the last seven creels back on and untangle the rope. Few buoys in there marking fleets so hopefully not shot over anyone. Although it clouded over a bit and got bitterly cold it was a day to remember.

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The last fleet I hauled I do not think I have seen so much squid eggs.

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This by no means were all the eggs, no wonder there were sightings of whales in the Sound late in the year. From the cycle along the shore in the latish morning going to sea to coming up the road and landing the prawns no complaints. Suddenly lots to do as only had time to doze through a couple of episodes of House after a hot shower before back on the Ebike to attend some Director training carried out by Rory from DTAS. Went well with a potential new Director turning up. Well spent two and a bit hours and we are definitely improving our handle on projects cash flows etc. Wee game of scrabble and home by eleven.

Today up to work on accounts before going up the Hill again with another contractor who is interested in building our Hydro Scheme. Different conditions from the last time

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and completely different feel from the boys who were looking at the site.

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Their costings and timescale certainly suited so we will see. Like I have said there are important decisions to be made by the Board this year and these jaunts up the hill are giving me a lot of on the ground information that will go towards our decision-making process, as well as telling me how unfit I am.. Home before the rain and managed the email to the accountants as well as a chat about the Hall AGM. Not interested in going on this committee but interested in getting the bus back on the road and seeing if the new committee want to have the Hall as the Community Emergency Centre. This is from me going to Shieldaig CC and hearing what SSE have to say about setting one up in each locality. Sweet and sour pork belly (local) before that though.

Well post meeting and there is not much to say. Two people one Yes and one saying No, one year on and the same. Difficult to say anything positive, other than the sweet and sour turned into and apple and cider bake and was good. A community asset remains unused and nobody seems to know a way round the problem. Two people, three trustees, a model adopted constitution, a few rules to follow, couple of hours work, no fees and the bus is back on the road. It is going to take a better person than me to sort out the impasse. Other matters fell by the wayside. Such a contrast to the previous evening when eight people sat round a table eager to learn. Going to look at some photos and an episode of House to cheer me up.

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