Couple of quiet days with a sharp contrasts in the weather. Yesterday, with the forecast against going out but the day not too bad, I went with the forecast, meaning I did not bother going out. Pretty fresh by the end of the afternoon. Still have plenty kept over the side of the Varuna. Settled next week so there is little or no pressure. Decided to have a wee look at the new mast at Toscaig.
Ground a little wet and there was a young stag for Eilidh and Dougal to chase, but once that was done we made it up to the highest point looking over to Kyle and Glenelg which takes the signal from Mallaig exchange.
Must admit to being very attached to these two and often think of Jenny when I am sat on a rock, surrounded by all this beauty. Jenny was always restless and wanted to keep going. These two seem very content to routle about in the undergrowth
while I take a little time out.
Some lovely timber
and colours on the way back.
Monies still coming to the share offer and we have cracked the next hundred thousand, just another four to go. Must top up the yard this weekend. We also have a fair number of pledges, with hopefully a good percentage coming through. The more raised by the share offer the more the community benefits. Something that is missed by a few. At the Inn we are getting a very positive feedback and there are many comments in favour of the scheme. Just finished listening to the Lesley Riddoch podcast and both Lesley and Chris are talking very positively about community shares in general and specifically mention Applecross. http://www.lesleyriddoch.com/the-lesley-riddoch-podcast/ There is a wonderful video produced by Val, voice over by Gordon and music put together and played by Sean and Annie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLrwFEKrMIg. and as usual will add in the http://www.applecrosshydro.scot, webpage which gives you all the information and links to the business prospectus and contact details if any needed.
Another quietish day which involved a bit of creel washing
and swimming for Dougal.
A few green crabs end up in the creels as they lay on the pier, so as they go into the water Dougal decides that he has to investigate. They are still alive so no sign of them as Dougal arrives on the scene. Of course the crabs are long gone and after a few circles he heads back into the shore. The beauty of cycling to and from destinations in Applecross you see little gems by the roadside everywhere.
Tonight at the Inn it was quiet and peaceful. No one waiting any length of time for a table and the first time the Dinning Room has not been used on a Saturday evening. Halloween or Samhain tonight so there were one or two strange sights about. Seemed to be a Peter Pan theme
on the go with a little Still Game thrown in.
A blonde witch
and of course two All Blacks,
soon to be Ninjas, but very happy after their triumph in the afternoon. Samhain is one of the four seasonal Celtic festivals which heralds the start of winter. Celtic Pagan origins and it is reckoned that this time of year it is easiest to cross over to the other side. So spirits and faeries could come into this world. Although they were not faeries there were definitely other worldly happening at the Inn. Joe’s is where it’s at tonight and I will be cycling past, waking up with a clear head tomorrow morning.
(Sunday evening) A busy day where every table was full for most of the day. The sort of day where a couple would finish their meal, head off and another couple would wander in. Not the business of summer but it is the beginning of November. Made it through the ten hours unscathed and a little time off to see how the turbine house is getting on
and seems to be in good shape with the boys getting the scaffolding in place for the trusses to go up tomorrow and hence the gable ends.
Brickies scheduled to be away on Wednesday and the joiners in today for a start tomorrow. Think we are fortunate with the weather again this week. Up till Saturday anyway