The slow pace of the winter season continues, with a wander up to the Intake,
a chat with Mick, and a wee look inside the Turbine House. Every day you go up and see the site there is something new fitted.
Extra bit to the side of the turbine, possibly to do with greasing the bearings and hydraulics. The boards were going up that were to support the control units and the electrics for the generation. The screens
at the Intake are in place and all seems ahead of schedule. Meeting Mick as he was going down to get tools to fit a spacer between the two scenes. there is a 5mm tolerance and better bigger than smaller. That only means hours or days as it is so tight on time. Been very fortunate with the weather and the workers have grafted. Without embarrassing them too much,the people who are thinking of investing, have gone up to the site and have been impressed. There is one part of the site to be avoided and I did not avoid it, almost knee-deep in mud. The site is looking tidy and can imagine it all done and dusted with only the building there and very little evidence of anything else, field will be grown over and the money quietly coming in to the community. Dougal
as usual accompanied me up the Hill and Dougal checked out the small reservoir behind the dam.
With the gate closed the water will be flowing over the dam,
through the pipe alongside the cave system and down into the turbine house.
And so back down we went.
A cracking Thai massage on Friday afternoon sorted out the arm, back and shoulder for another week or so. Dropped off a mail shot for the Hydro on the way back round the coast. Great news in the post on Saturday when we received news of £48,000 investment. Eases the stress levels somewhat. It is brilliant that it is now over £313,000 in just four weeks, but we are so aware that our bar is set very high at £770,000 and we are hopeful of it happening. So I will keep mentioning it in the hope that more people will invest in the scheme. They will get the 30% tax relief and around 4% interest after the first year and we will get more income for projects in Applecross. http://www.applecrosshydro.scot is where it is at.
A shift at the Inn and although it is now winter numbers there were still tables of seven and five in along with residents and a few walkins so still kept going. News from the Inn is that we are in the Sunday Times top 100 restaurants in Britain. The interesting part of the list is the Scottish section of only eight establishments. http://www.sbnn.co.uk/foodanddrink/item/8197-eight-scottish-restaurants-make-sunday-times-top-100 The others on the list include Kitchin, Wishart and Fairlie and then the Applecross Inn appears in this very exalted company. I like these type of awards as they come from the customers. You can enter and win several of the more meaningless ones but not ones from the customers. I think the Boss and all the staff get a pat on the back.