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

Diesel, new boy in Town.

The excitement is building as it is off to Glasgow and Celtic connections, bit of stress as well as there is always south to do.. It is going to be a busy weekend and after getting the hotel sorted, something to eat, it will be music all the way. Royal Concert Hall for Mairi Campbell and Co, I say it that way as I am fortunate enough to know Mairi, but do not know the names she is playing with. They are coming across the water and the concert is a fascinating concept, a sugar maple tree cut down and they will be playing instruments made from the cut wood. Then a race down the road to a rocking Shooglenifty and Eastern drums. And that will just be the start.

Weather poor again and just memories of Monday to look back on.

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Wee Diesel, the new pup in town,

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has arrived for a pint.

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He was in last night and ended up scratched to bits but great fun,

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two hours of constant motion.

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Beautiful wee Jack Russell of eleven weeks who seems to have taken a wee shine to me. Easy when you do not have to train him. Finally he winds down after his charging about the Inn.

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Been very quiet and local the last couple of evenings although we still have visitors from Portmahomack to Arizona.

Will be good to get out for the weekend and let the bus activities take their course. Better to be an observer this time and it will be sorted, just a shame it is taking three plus years. I suppose we know what is required so lots of messaging and friendly advice and listening to the frustrations. It is a problem on how far you go to get something done and how you keep semi-reasonable relationships going within the community. Sometimes there are just long silences in those type of meetings, good in some circumstances as it gives you time to think. But the long silences I have witnessed are people maintaining social relations. The conversations before and after are enthusiastic and then the moratorium after. There is still some working to get it sorted and I hope it does but I find I am more interested in the social mores and how the community changes as a result. This may be the passing of the guard. After all it is still fresh in my mind the disruption caused in the creation of the Community Company, and that is still in some people’s minds. Change is difficult for a community but anything is better than the slow death of the hamlets around this peninsula. Overhearing a conversation at the end of the bar and sounding like another family looking elsewhere due to lack of access to land at a reasonable cost. Too sensitive to say much now as it is a current situation.

As the conversation goes on it goes across Europe and the acknowledgement that Applecross is by no means unique, rural depopulation is a universal problem. Land Reform at Birnam is going to be interesting on Saturday. Lot of reading to do before it kicks off. Not too much time for sleep, unfortunately Alison has to do a wee bit of work to keep the Hydro tender process and other stuff concerning the project going forward.

Comments on: "Diesel, new boy in Town." (2)

  1. that is one cute dog.

    sounds like a very frivolous comment in view of rural depopulation across europe, but you all in applecross really are slugging it out in the trenches. your gasoline, broadband, and hydro plans all are so wise in attracting the young.

    have you heard about the artist relocation program they did in paducah, kentucky, which was not rural but a small old town? i wonder if something like it could work for applecross?

    http://www.paducahalliance.org/artist-relocation-program

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Will have a look at Kentucky when I get back home, having a music weekend in Glasgow. We have problems and lack of access to land is a major one. As soon as you change land use you have pay a fortunate for it. Also at a gathering about land reform, something badly needed in Scotland and the statement that rang so true”Scotland belongs to everyone and to no one”.

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