Relied on the forecast for a later start this morning but woken up by the delivery man asking where the two coils of cables were going. Not too awake suggested that they would be heading for the Turbine House. After putting the phone down (still landlines here) I thought maybe it was for the broadband and indeed that was where they were heading. So into the van with Dougal and Eilidh and up the road to meet the van and take him down to Toscaig. The WHAN mast is being set up to the south of Camus na Ba with a kilometre power cable to the last house in Toscaig. A house that has attracted a fair bit of stick over the years now will be powering a mast that will be providing a 30 meg connection for the community, a neat little turn around, for me at least. A story for another day maybe.
With the cable dropped off at the pier, a phone call to the Inn and a delivery of langoustine was next as was a check up on battery status on board. All good and then the fuel load came in, 12,000 litres with Sean sorting out the air pressure machine which has an annoying habit of clogging up the coin socket. It was just as well the cable came in this morning as the boys from Arnisdale were here by mid day trying to work out a way to get the cable into position over some pretty rough ground.
The Turbine site had not kicked in when I was up first thing this morning, just a bit of machine cleaning
and change over of workmen. Steve and the boys planning to leave tomorrow, the concrete boys already away and the builders now on site. Investors are trickling in by post and there are a fair number of enquiries. It is attracting investors who are interested in the 4% return, tax relief and getting their money back any time after the initial three years. The more income we raise from the share issue the more community benefit accrues. https://www.facebook.com/ApplecrossCommunityHydro?fref=nf Notice that 100% of messages are replied to and within an average of 7 minutes. Alison has not left her desk for nine days.
Time to do a bit of work for myself and it meant going down to wash some creels for tomorrow, may be the afternoon as I never got round to going alongside to load up. Weather is a day-to-day, but hoping it stays dry for the builders. Usually only wind I look out for and it is to be mainly from the East this week. Gear and boat in reasonable nick at the moment so hoping for a couple of days a week on the water to see us through the winter. Tomorrow looks like being one of them this week. It is a good time of year for the different light
a preparation for a long winter. And the stream keeps flowing.