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

A Half Million and Rising.

Went up earlier on Sunday morning to catch some residents before they left for Inverness to give out some prospectuses and leaflets. It was mentioned on Saturday evening in the passing and as the birthday party was in full flow and followed the old instinct and left it for the morning. As it turned out she was an accountant and had to be on my toes but seemed to answer all the questions okay. An intense half hour to start the day. All these conversations, tweets and Facebook postings are probably a bit much for some people but if one posting or tweet or conversation gets an investment it will be worth all the work. After a burst, mid-week, it settled down a bit but over £31,000 came in today and there is a recorded delivery heading off when the PO opens on Wednesday to get the cheques in on plenty time. And time seems to be of the essence as yet another hurdle has been cleared with the half million investment passed today. Think it is now £504,000 give or take a few hundred. Great to see the support from the likes of Sunart who keep tweeting and retweeting our message. Got some photos of the turbine coming over the Hill,

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a bit of a pull for Mick’s truck

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but at three tons well under the eighteen gross limit for the Bealach.

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The turbine was made in America

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and seems there was a Dougal overseeing this as well.

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The boys are coming back over and we are hoping that the local SSE boys will be here this week with cable laying, control board fitting, gasket fitting on the pipe works and pipe going onto the tail race. Weather pretty coarse today, although a little quieter in the morning,

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so did not make it up to see if there was any activity, so windy we had to come off the beach as the sand was being blown into our eyes and even Dougal was bothered.

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Yesterday was one of these shifts at the Inn that just flew by. The banter was good in the morning with the Aussies, teaching each other new words, same words but saying them in a different way, although dreich and craic have not entered the Aussie vocabulary yet. Tadoo took a while to work out but it is one of those things that stop you donating blood for a year seemingly. Think there was definitely a good reaction to winning the Friendly award and although I thought it was to be an extremely quiet day the ten that wanted to eat at two changed that. With the others that kept wandering in we did around forty lunches.

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Felt easy-going and chatted to just about everyone and not because one has to but because one wants to. Some staff have to do a bit of intensive training over the winter though.

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Today was very unproductive and just blew by, this one did not have a name but strong winds worked up to full on gale by the afternoon. Not too much langoustine on the horizon.

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