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

This and That.

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When you think nothing really happening and what to write, look back on the last couple of days and full on. Although does not feel productive we are keeping the Filling Station going at the moment. Seems just rebooting it is getting it going again and maybe our router that is the problem. Down again and just going along now for a reboot. Twice yesterday and again today. Will be a technicality and be sorted by the technicals shortly. Still far better than the last system. Just got to accept that things do go wrong, after all my boat is ashore and having wear and tear repairs are underway.

One of the trips to the Filling Station meant I just made it to see Morag off. Nice little group of people turned out. She had spent her last days in Wales and had reached the fair old age of 98. Was born in 1916, three years before my own mum. Pleasantly surprised to get a photo of her sitting all dolled up in Broadford.

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Morag was married to my granny’s nephew and lived in  Culduie for most of their lives. Nice wee story about them as they were getting on in age and they were traditional crofters, bed and breakfast ears with a few jobs thrown in aswell, Duncan being on the roads. He gave her the choice of the cows or the B and B. The cows won hooves down. Her man did not see this century and used to work on the roads, was involved with the coast road construction. A road that was opened just short of forty years ago by Princess Margaret. Celebrations were mighty on the day and carried over. Unfortunately the Dingwall bobbies were in and said road man ended up in Dingwall after a humorous but unsuccessful plea. Ironic that he was not allowed on the road that he helped to build for a couple of years anyway. Had many a cup of tea in Morag’s and shortbread or fruitcake and enjoyed the craic. All good as long as you knew that you were always going to end up in an argument. Morag loved this and it did not matter the subject but she would take the opposite view. If you went back the next day and changed sides she would do the same and you would have the same argument but on completely different sides. I know one goes through little phases but every now and again you do feel the passing of a fine generation of simple, natural and intelligent people. Closer to nature with a better understanding of the land and sea that we have. We have to study changes and work out cause and effects while they through experience passed down through generations seems to know what thrived or was caught when and where.

Inn shifts went well on both Wednesday and Thursday, last night in particular it was just short of 30 meals and for no special reason. Mid week and mid winter, the bar half full and mostly people living here who appreciate what we have. It is fun matching up couples on tables, guessing that they will get on with each other. Easier in the summer and only fails now and again. Success last night and makes it easier as every one looks after each other and do not need entertained. Filling Station still acting up and rebooted today and see again Zuzu was on duty again tonight. Suspicious it is our equipment and not Tolkhiems. Alison has been down the road fighting our cause for funding for the private wire side of the Hydro scheme and sounds as though it went really well, or as well as could be expected. certainly got praise for her efforts from the Agencies that are helping us progress the scheme. So just the weather to moan about with only a glimpse here and there of spring. The Cuillin do look good in the mornings if there is a bit of sun about.

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A major local sea story is breaking here over the last couple of days, with more information over the weekend. Big boy against the wee boys story.

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