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

The come back has stalled somewhat as we are still waiting for the bell housing to arrive in the Highlands. Apart from moments of frustration I just have to get on with it. The weather has been quiet and settled which does not help the mood and am getting a little fed up with cutting, chopping and stacking wood. One advantage of the situation is that it is pleasant to hear the young voices of the community across the road on the play ground. Take a wee break to take some of the younger ones across the road. They are very traffic aware.

Tuesday evening there were four cars which made their way over the Plockton to hear Rura play some fine, fine music.

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Good to see a whole table from Applecross but so easily could have gone on the bus if it was legal. Such a waste of a good asset, but so many people have tried to no avail to get it on the road. The music put on by Lochan and The School of Music was so worth the journey over the Hill. The sunset as we travelled along the Achmore road was spectacular and more so as we saw glimpses of it.

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We were early so had time to catch the sun dipping down behind the south end of Skye

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and a quick trip down to the back of Frithard was rewarding as the after light softened.

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Knew the music well as most of it was from the last album, bought at Cambridge.

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Made it up to the Pen stock and saw the concreting had all been poured

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with the outlet pipe in place

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and most of it buried.

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The Share launch is progressing and an evening at the Hall is planned provisionally for the 17th of October. Lots of work going on behind the scenes to get it all in place, comprehensive business plans and worst possible scenarios for the Community has to be worked out to reassure investors of the safety of their investment. Both the investor and the community benefit as well as it being a green renewable resource.

The MoD have issued their consultation on Thursday and I am not sure what exactly we are consulting on. We now see the new map which Qinetic want to protect the new hydrophones and it is what we were told at Kyle. Little change and although I will put something down as part of the consultation I am not expecting any positive reaction. Such is life, feels like we are being squeezed in every direction. Maybe being broken down does not help the current mood. The shifts at the Inn continue and many regulars are coming in. By the end of the week you get to know who is in what house and expect them in the evening for their meal. A wedding this weekend has meant a little boost as things have dropped off somewhat.

(just a wee note from a very noisy bar) Came in just before six and it was already jumping. The pre wedding drinks party was well under way with the first 30/40 tippling away. There were very few other customers apart from  two groups of regulars. They were seen to with plaice, turbot and monk fish and enjoyed the fairly raucous night. The wedding crew got themselves together around 7.30 and started ordering lots of food and drink. I suppose I approach it the same way as I fish, if you sort of know what you are doing and stay calm, it all takes shape. Several top comments sent to the kitchen and they could not believe how organised we all are. It’s becoming a really good team again after a scrappy sort of summer with too few staff and too many coming and going. Managed to book a band for the share launch in the midst of it all. So hoping most who are invited will be able to come. In amongst it all the Hydro boys came down, an after dark finish for them and will mean another trip with Dougal and Eilidh to take a few shots of the progress. The Lego bricks are taking shape seemingly as well as the paneling coming off the concrete at the intake. The wedding group are pretty “well to do” but it always makes me smile when I see workies in as well and no one gives a toss. Sign of a good bar. Home now and pickup last nights ice cream. Forgot it so strawberry ripple and amoretti biscuit tonight.

 

Comments on: "Comeback Stalled but Rura Eases the Fretting" (4)

  1. Hi Ali, good luck with the boat, hope to be over next week to check on progress, lads seem to be on top of the game.
    Up for the share launch evening.
    Builders for turbine house arrive 13th, equipment arrives on the 12th.

    Cheers Mick

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Going up before an earlier start this afternoon to take some shots of the lego blocks which they said last night they were working on. Great stuff and got band for the 17th ceilidh. Getting more and more interest so here’s hoping. Bell housing sent on wed, should have arrived yesterday so not far away. Wood chopping is almost finished!!

  2. basketbob said:

    Great pics as ever Ali. I’m following the Hydro installation with interest – no hope of any such thing here in the flatlands of Norfolk – what sort of output is to be expected?
    The bar must be a great place for people-watching 🙂

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      You would be surprised how little head you need. Archimedes Screw is one I visited on the river Don and it only had a fall of 3/4 metres. There was a big flow though. The big big problem as you know so well is that there will not be any more of this size being built as they need subsidy to generate a profit and all the subsidies have shifted to tracking, oil and nuclear. The Inn is great as every night it is different and even if you turn up in a “can’t be that bothered mood” people you meet change that fairly quickly. We are going to put 50kw on the grid and use another 40 kw locally. The river can produce another 90kw but we are restricted by our carp grid.

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