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

Dougal Tests Flow Data.

Slow day and that is appropriate as I was on the phone to Michele of Slow Fish https://www.facebook.com/groups/slowfish/ a group of people who are trying to enhance the idea of The Commons. An idea that the common good/ownership benefits all. An idea that if we go back to looking after our environment then everyone will benefit. This model is far more sustainable than the one that we are currently using which is the guys that catches the most is the best. To the extent that he will get a cup for an even bigger grossing. I think we were on the phone for about an hour and while it was a little depressing that the general picture is quite pessimistic there are small groups of fishermen around the world who are trying to tie the catching side of fishing directly to local markets and to what their environments can sustain. A possible trip to Ireland may be on the cards to learn more.

A couple of trips up the road, the first to give Sean a hand to recycle the glass as the Inn transport is out of action. On hearing a low flying chopper we thought it may have been a search and rescue on the go but it appeared to be SSE doing a line check.

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The dogs came up with me and a wander on up to the site was in order. Tail race dug out

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and hear that SSE are planned for tomorrow. Generator in later this week and a big push on next week with sparkies in. The colours

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and the sound of the running water

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make for a better feeling with the wind stopping us fishing and the light going fast, it being only mid afternoon. Dougal went in to check the flow of the river

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and okayed it.

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went down to see how Geoff was getting on with the pier renovation and fine it looks. The plan is to protect the refurbishment with some armouring to the south and stop it being washed away.

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Was down for working tonight at the Inn but so were half the community so decided very quickly, as I was only there on word of mouth and not on the rota, the three plus standby could work a quiet bar and headed home. Not before speaking to the lorry driver who was in to pick up scaffolding and stuff from the site. A couple of emails and phone calls and hopefully sorted. The share Issue is going from strength to strength although we are rapidly running out of time. The new total is a “gnat’s whisper” short of £540,000. Each new total is hard to comprehend when you take a step back and think about it. I can understand the level of skepticism about achieving that total but it is creeping closer and closer. Applecross may well have a future that will be in the hands of those who live here. Thanks to all investors for giving the community the opportunity to thrive in the future. Still time to invest. http://www.applecrosshydro.scot.

Alison is off to Broadband meeting on Skye and I am away to Edinburgh to learn more about Social Finance, Social Investment and Social Banks…..a theme emerging there. Meeting up in Inverness, Eden Court for a blast of Treacherous Orchestra on Friday. Possibly missing a good day of weather but there is a chance I may have another good day sometime soon…..

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