Leaving the Inn on Saturday/Sunday at around 12.45am Sailing By came on the radio going along the lochside. Glad I was not either on my bike or at sea. Horizontal sleet and hail meant I was happy to be in the van, “Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, west, south-west, 6 to 8 increasing severe gale force 9 perhaps storm force 10 later”. A very evocative time of night, hearing the tune and a bit of relief knowing I am not at sea and the direction is not too bad for the moorings. Come away from a very noisy evening. There was an early sitting due to the School of Excellence over from Plockton playing a fund-raising concert for the Syrian refugees. Sometimes you just have to miss out and by all accounts it was really good with one or two names to watch out for. Everyone who was there were really impressed with the organisation and standard of playing. Seems I have a cousin who is at the School. The second sitting was for drink and it was very noisy considering the number of people who turned up. Drove me to have a Crabbies at the end of the night.
Back to the music on Sunday afternoon as the Lochcarron musicians came over for their monthly session. Played the afternoon away to an appreciative audience. Although a few in earlier it would have been quiet if they had not been in. The Hill was causing problems and the showers were wintry. If Chris was not going up and down it would have been closed due to snow and wind.
Off reasonably early and managed an episode of The Bridge and finished the Community Council submission to the MoD with a whole day to spare, before an early kip. Keeping an eye on the forecast and sure enough I found a good way to see out November, by going to sea. Took a fair effort to get going as it was grey enough. Batteries fitted and she started well after another couple of little jobs to do in the engine room. To the Pier for a bucket of bait and out into a cold but increasingly bright day.
A hard work day and although the first fleet had a ten creel foul up the rest were okay. Prawns in the creels but a lot less than a month ago. Enough to see out the week maybe and seeing the forecast for the rest of the week there may not be much offshore activity. Company of a couple of cormorants
after chasing off the seagulls. this years chicks are annoying just now with their constant mewing. The weather did not improve and although there were some lovely light shows
in between the showers it ended up a pretty cold bleak afternoon.
Even with the inclement weather and lack of prawns there is no better place to be.
Freshened up as I was crossing the bay for home in the dinghy and there was a little change of direction steering home while I had to do a rapid bale of the boat with the sea coming over the gunwale, soaking me in the process.
And then there was the Applecross Inn staff party……..