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

What is Happening?

Just in from letting the pups out for there last wander on a day which is quite hard to take in. Listening to a couple of owls chatting to each other, one towitting and his/her mate answering with a towhoo. Began yesterday, if that makes any sense, stopped off to vote on the way to work at the Inn.


Boss out being wined and dined so left to Heather, Euan and myself on an easy night with not too many guests to serve. Naturally split the tables and I ended up down the far end and after seeing off the Pennsylvanians and Texans the Parisians and the guys from Marseilles settled in When I got to know where they all came from I announced it to them when the wee biker chappie on table 8 stuck his hand up and claimed Dundee. Good banter which involved a photo of him wearing only his shoes taken at Sand. A tradition and interrupted by a group of six tourists wandering over the next dune and stopping in their tracks. The photo was taken from behind by the way. Nipped out for a sunset shot.9Q7Q9520

Later on a herd grazing out side the back door, going to be even more as the Alt Beag gets closed off less ground for them.


Home in plenty of time to settle down for a results night. I lasted until one before retiring to bed with the radio on. Did not believe the exit poll but was woken up about half hour later to Glasgow cheering and ended up down stairs watching STV in disbelief for the next three hours. Us Scots are a bit unfathomable at the moment but we are certainly activated and whether one agrees or not that has to be good. Managed a couple of hours before getting up to fuel the Auk and then make it out on the water for a fine day of fishing. The day was fine, unfortunately not so the fishing but to be expected and pressure on as we ran out last night. just goes to show these SNP chaps are pretty good, even the weather has changed for the better, no wind and blue skies.


Shore Street, seagulls


first fulmar of the year


and the resident seals


all enjoying the politics of the day. Not missing out are the bees piling in the pollen.


Change on our own patch with a stalwart Charlie heading off into the sunset. Must admit to mixed feelings although glad I met our new Rep, Ian Blackford, about the MoDs plans. The radio being on all day it was wall to wall analysis and resignations and confusion. Basically no one has a clue what is going to happen next. I suspect we are on a road similar to the Norwegian’s process of self-determination. Remember listening to Lesley Riddoch giving us a history of how it happened for them. So long as it remains positive and peaceful I am all for it.

Took my Referendum flag back out when I went up the road to land the days catch and had a mess about. Politics is a serious business but you must have some fun as well as long as no offence is caused. And then it was back up to the Alt Beag,


Dougal and Elidh’s favourite walk at the moment.


Only takes two minutes for him to get into a right old state


but he does enjoy running over through and under the brash.




Sweet chilli squats and an evening of Question Time and snoozing to finish of a day that will live in the mind for a long time. So good to see UKIP getting less than 2% of the vote up here, we are a little different, not better just different and we may be at a fork in the road. So far it is exciting and as long as you stay clear of the fringes of all sides it seems to be respectful. The UK result….well we will see but it involves people in power with a different mindset from me. The one big gap in this election campaign for me was the total lack of how do we live within our environment, where is climate change, how do we carry on in a sustainable way? Keep it simple, fishing tomorrow and the Inn over the weekend, summer work load has arrived.



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