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

Good Weather Hydro

There is a feeling if not quite a saying in Micro Hydro building circles that as soon as you commission a turbine then it stops raining and the weather improves dramatically. And after all the wee snags have mostly been sorted out at the Intake, The turbine  and Poly Tunnel then it does indeed stop raining. Blue skies all round, cannot complain really and when the weather does break we can watch the graph going back up towards the 90kW. Fishing yesterday and a fine day at sea it was

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apart from a fleet that must have caused some one an awful lot of hassle, judging by all the cuts and reties and bundle of creels at the end.  Still good catches so not out for too long and did not need to go out today as they have plenty to see through the weekend.

Today it was off up to the Intake

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to see what was doing up there as there was a shut down yesterday due to Zeno installing some new software and the restart was on manual.

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Ewen was on the case and it was restarted albeit only to 20/30kWs due to our dry spell. Luckily we did all our flow data on one of the driest Springs in recent history so we will have to get used to the low heads meaning there will be not enough water in the river. Dougal loves all this learning about the workings of the Hydro and checking the Intake in particular.

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Rest of the day is taken up with a bit of tidying up and getting next winter’s wood sorted out in the continuing beautiful weather. Using this new-found energy and outlook is helping the woodpile. It always seems to work out. Always coming across wood and work and money, if you do not worry about it seems to work out. I think over time you get to a certain level when you realise  that there is so much more to life than money, over time and after thirty years of fishing ……….Fortunate enough to have not gone out fishing and now to feel less guilty about it and enjoy and enjoy a day going up to the Hydro Intake

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and just chop wood. At the end of the day I wandered over to the hive to see a lot of cleaning going on and the workers flying in with what may be gorse pollen.

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The Inn has been good fun the last couple of nights, tonight really quiet but last night kept on our toes. Wednesday Euan called me out to have a look at the western sky line and it was worth a look.

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The new staff from Canada and down south are settling in well and are looking here to stay. Seems some more Aussies on the way so suddenly we are up to full complement and like I said although it was quiet tonight it will not be this summer. Had a very pleasant surprise when I was having my tea and a resident came over to tell me how much he enjoyed the Blog. Makes one smile when praise comes ones way, smile inside which is even more important.

Now we are off to Edinburgh to see how friendly we are in Scotland as the Highlands have already decided we are. Met a lovely couple from Orkney who immediately wanted to vote for us, again that inner smile. Busy day planned for Saturday with land reform, calendars, walks and Green Party candidates to look forward to. So the plan is not to have a hangover which may be hard in the company I will be keeping.

Comments on: "Good Weather Hydro" (4)

  1. Such lovely photos Snoddie. Jan and I are back up on Friday for some TLC; I have not been well and know i’ll feel much better after Applecross/ Camusteel Your photos on the blog are a tonic, PS well done on being the friendliest Pub in Scotland… well I think UK personally x

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers and hope things improve for you. Have to remember to be friendly especially on the grumpy days.

  2. Congratulations on your Thistle! Was also pleased for Kykesku — been going there for 20 years and, my, what a welcome injection of imagination. Clearly on our way North, we’ll need to swing by Applecross, too, where it all began. (Oh, and did I say the photos are wonderful?)

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Haven’t been up to Kylesku for a few years, sounds really great what the girls are doing up there.. Cheers on the photos.

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