Bit of time off this evening to catch a breath. Saturday, as the people were arriving for Easter, had to make sure they had some local seafood to eat. The fishing is still rather good and although there were not quite so many squats about in the Bay. Lots of rain but it means something different now as the turbine is churning out 90kWs and has been doing for three days now.
As the catch remains decent only three fleets needed hauling to catch for the Inn. Was a little surprised yesterday though as during my break another 30 kilos had to come ashore. Thought that it was good management and they would be ready for today but they started on them last night. After the haul it was a wee break before going up to the Inn for the saturday evening shift. Bit of organising to work out who was to sit where. As usual it worked out fine and starting to see many regulars appearing for the first time this year. It was a busy day and just under 300 meals were produced.
At sea this week the signs of spring are under way.
The gannet, flew before getting the snap, and bonxie
have made their first trips out on to the Sound,
the eiders are preening and cooing, while there is a definite competitive edge for food to build up for breeding season. This morning, although pretty tired after yesterdays marathon, managed to haul close on 300 pots, again for a decent catch but hearing there is a dropping off elsewhere. A pity as the tourists have arrived in numbers, many brought in by the NC500. It is going to be a good problem to deal with but a problem it is going to be. You wonder how many layers of visitors the Inn can cope with, but as long as a smile and a chat is accompanied with the wait it seems to work.
This morning made one forget about all the hassles of other people’s angst and you just got on with living.
The weather stayed quiet
with showers coming down the Sound before a breeze picked up from the north. You can see the change in the weather from the morning, but it did stay quiet, the only motion was from passing traffic.
Was on the way in by that time and tailing squats all the way to the moorings. Not hauling the creels on such a regular basis you just have to accept that there will be some losses but some octopi are smart enough not to go into the creel and eat the langoustine from the outside.
Busy, busy day yesterday and from bottling up around 10am to finishing with a Crabbies around 11pm there was little respite. It was not till 5pm before I managed to get away for a “break” which involved taking the pooches out for a bike ride
and then out to the Varuna for the next batch of langoustines. And then back into it. There was a slight lull before the next wave came input it turned out to be a fine night. I reckoned the big booking of twelve under the name of Eilidh Barr may well be some one I knew as there are probably not too many of that name around. Sure enough the Barrs from Abriachan made up three of the twelve and although the monkfish ran out causing a bit of consternation they did seem to enjoy the night. May say in the passing they are my cousins, not often seen, mainly at funerals, but great company along with their mates from the Borders but practicing speaking with a Drum accent. As I was already serving an Applecross cousin, Sine, on table 11 it was a night of the cousins. The twelve were on the NC500 with their mates and met another table of friends who were also on the NC500. It is, as I have said, going to be busy. They were saying that the campsite at Clachtoll near Achmelvich is full for the summer already.
It is always difficult to write about local disputes and disruptions. I think living here is wonderful and accept what I write will bother more than a few people from time to time but I received enough response from my last post to know that a lot of people care about the future of Applecross. That’s life, and I appreciated the random act of kindness on Saturday afternoon, they tasted good.