Slow start to the week. Bit cheesed off on Monday morning, glass calm and out to the Varuna for a day’s fishing.
Not to be as the batteries would have been good for Shrove Tuesday. They were flat as pancakes. Back ashore and did a bit of wood cutting, along with a bit of the community stuff, up at the Hydro
and taking dips at the Filling Station. With the storms we have now there is always a bit of something to burn which has just been blown down. Trying to stay a season ahead and pretty hard work keeping wood for drying so it burns properly. Companions are always with us
on these trips and the light
were looking good. Think Angus is the stag in the middle. Later on the light changes again.
Tuesday evening it was back into community council stuff. Long meeting and pretty interesting in that it ranged across many subjects as diverse as setting up First Responders, purchasing defribulators, complaining about the condition of our roads and wondering what to do with the heavy advertising from the NorthCoast500 tourist group. Slightly relieved to hear that it is neighbouring councils that are worried as well. Chatted about the Highland wide development plan and the Trust consultation where housing came up. The school roll has dropped markedly and it was pointed out that Shieldaig has a healthy roll now and they have affordable housing. We are in trouble as far as that goes. I find it frustrating seeing the SLE campaigning as hard as they can about all the land reform legislation proposed but just wring their hands about the landlords that prevent communities trying against all the odds to keep their heads above the water, far less encouraging them to develop.
Batteries fully charged around 11 o’clock so decided to go out and at least fit them and give the Varuna a run. Conscience took over and went out to haul a couple of fleets so I could get the big N/A beside the langoustines off the menu board. Not many in the creels but the ones that were caught were good size and condition and went down well in the evening. Some Swedes booked in checking out some scenic views for a new Volvo advert. It just keeps happening. Seems the Inn has just been voted best pub by Countryside magazine and Sand the best beach. I would have thought Luskentyre in Harris would have won hands down, but there we have it. The world is coming to Applecross this summer.
Today was meant to be full on but due to a slower than planned start, and the last two fleets hauled were fouled up, a planned trip to Kyle BUTEC was called off. Short notice and good weather does not go well with fishing politics and as I am working this evening not good to charge over the Hill to attend a three-hour meeting for an hour and head back home. Low tide
are more interesting than these meetings anyway. Smart rainbow yesterday. Helicopter on the top and boat sailing up the Sound at the bottom.