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


(Monday evening) Four and a half hours of meetings on a beautiful Spring day.


Balanced out a bit by taking the dogs out just now. Looking up to the sky, seeing Orion’s Belt along with a fat finger nail moon and listening to an owl calling puts things into perspective. The ill-informed tweets I’ve been getting from the mobile sector, the long three hours with Marine Scotland trying to close off The Inner Sound to the mobile sector to mitigate the actions of the MoD need a balance. By keeping the trawlers out it may make a bit of room for the displaced creels. Not just about banning mobile sector but instigating our own conservation ideas. Some good intelligent debate and all positive apart from coming up against the slow machinations of government. Nowadays the negative “Whatabout my rights” when you try to instigate some measures that will help the long-term sustainability of the fishery against the short-term lose of livelihood using unsustainable methods. It seems to be a mantra both at sea and on land from those that have so much and have their environments at the bottom of their priorities. More the defence of their positions and the continuation of supremacy is more important. Ended with a quick trip down to the Ironworks to drop a couple of photos off and a Highland Wholefoods shop. Good craic there although had trouble writing the cheque….still recovering from the Marine Meeting. Beautiful drive back through Torridon as  I picked up some bait and salt at Aird. (Would have been back later if I had not forgotten the camera.) This along with dropping prawns at Loch Ness Inn meant more than just a meeting. Home in time for a plate of soup and back out to Community Council. Good meeting and MoD features along with an organised Independence Convoy of around 250 cars. We are taking the opinion that we cannot cope with this number of cars on top of a busy summers day in May.

(Tuesday evening) busy old day involving, fuelling up,


bit of fishing on a stunning quiet day,


salting a quarter tonne of herring, landing the langoustines, an hour at the wood after checking dips at the Filling Station, tea cooked (Thai squat lobsters), and then Fortnight invoice to the Inn followed by an on time Fishing Return and a last but one (late) VAT Return. Managed a few tweets in favour of MPAs and had a couple of discussions with the mobile sector about what is sustainable and what may not be. As pointed out in Inverness where is the inshore mobile fleet now? two draggers left in Kyle now, one gone to the twin rig and the other up for sale…..not a great sign of sustainability. Hopefully the creel sector will try to get their own house in order in reducing their fishing effort. We are having a good spell just now and I only needed to haul 200 creels for my own little market. Fishing and catching the langoustine is only part of a day at sea, looking around and taking in the beauty that surrounds us


is the best part of the deal, keeps the tiredness at bay. The solitary seagull


or the very happy female eider


and the basking seals.


Caught my first mackerel in the creels, a little unusual at this time of year.


Summer has arrived,


for a week anyway, and is to be enjoyed with lots to do. Have not even thought of the croft and garden.

Comments on: "Busy" (6)

  1. Margaret wright said:

    A life lived to the full indeed. Such richness and variety and as you say – the tiredness held at bay by the beauty of the surroundings. Love the thoughts and the great photos.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Thanks Margaret, easy weekend ahead, but will be full of different things which will come under “a change is as good as….

  2. Thanks for helping me feel back home with your blog!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers Greg….we are off down the road in the next hour to see if we are the “friendliest” in Scotland. That is the excuse anyway.

  3. Thanks for the photo, Alasdair. The wee house is definitely on a slant!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Yes it does look as though its built on the slope. I take the floors are level inside.

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