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Cornering Failure

You never know what is round the next corner, or in my case on the corner. I made off to Inverness around 9 this morning after taking some langoustine ashore for the Loch Ness Inn. Called in at the Inn where I decided to go round the coast and up Glen Torridon. I had plenty of time so managed a couple of stops on the way to try to capture the beauty I was driving through. First had to try to get the locals to use the passing place

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before rounding the Cuaig corner.

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I have never managed to capture this scene, the road winding its way north against the backdrop of the magnificent Torridons and the bleak foreground of the Cuaig common grazing. A brief stop at Ardeshlaig

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before coming to the corner up Glen Torridon. Black ice and before I could react I was sitting in the van on rock and heather five feet below the road

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and slightly shock up.

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Would have been a fine bit of parking if there had been a car park there.

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Twinge in the back was all and after checking the langoustine in the back I was helped by some very kind visitors who let me use their phone to get in touch with recovery. A pleasant hour was then spent waiting for Peter to turn up, not before Colin wandered down having recovered another van further up the Glen. So home in a wee Peugeot instead of my van which is almost certainly written off. A cup of coffee and natter at DMK’s before coming back over the Bealach stopping again

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as it was breathtakingly beautiful.

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So a phone call or two before making arrangements to head off to Inverness, this time to buy a van, still instead of thinking if only I had….I think I was looked after today.

I knew my post last night would cause reaction and am pleased that it did. I am always careful not to personalise problems, but becoming less afraid of pointing out the negative effects of organisations, hoping that they will change. I can only say that being positive is the only way ahead. Sorting out a nonexistent Filling Station, then a duff one, helping to improve Broadband, helping with the Hydro, both publicize it and sorting out small problems. I believe we will have affordable housing built in Applecross and maybe in the future the community may be able to buy into the current housing stock and create a two tier market. Short term we need affordable housing now. I have enjoyed a Facebook conversation since coming home and I know there are residents ready to take this community forward. Access to land is definitely not a lost cause and it will happen either through talking, cajoling or in the last resort using powers given to communities by the Scottish Parliament.

I got so involved in posting last night that I forgot to post the photo of the German contingent in town with Graeme.

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I give tables little titles when I put the food orders through, usually after a wee chat and it causes puzzlement in Prep and kitchen as they are off the wall at times. Their title was “Graeme and the Germans” I suggested it could be a title of one of his future novels, we’ll see. The crumbles went down a treat as did the haggis and cheese melts.

The day has ended with me missing out on the funeral service, leaving the beer kegs in Inverness but salvaging the langoustine by selling them to the Applecross Inn. So instead of a planned trip to The Loch Ness Inn it will have to be another trip over the Bealach for the best seafood in the Highlands.

Comments on: "Cornering Failure" (12)

  1. Thank goodness you’re OK!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers, all good. Lots of people around to help and they continue to do so….my world.

  2. Tough luck with the van Ali, but as you say – it could have been far, far worse. Not an experience you want eveyday, but certainly one to wake you up.
    Stunning pics, as ever!

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Cheers Bob, you can go down the “if only…”road but it works both ways so I stick with good fortune.

  3. The second photograph of the Bealach is truly breathtaking indeed!

  4. Rod Coldwell said:

    Following on from my comments on your previous blog, I’m glad you’re okay and not too shaken. Sorry about the van, but pleased you’re here to make your stand for our community.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Again, thanks. Van probably (hopefully) written off. Another coming to town tomorrow.

  5. Bloody good Langustines! Good mood in the Applecross Inn. Thanks for the picture, Ali!
    Tobias (from the German contingent),

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Good to hear from you Tobias. Maybe see you some time again. Good meeting you.

  6. endrickwater said:

    Crikey! Pity about the van, but you are ok, which is most important. Suspect the dogs don’t know what they missed, luckily. How you could be so cool about it all, and continue to take astounding photos, well, it’s amazing. And a friend in need is a friend indeed, as is said.

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      You go through all the “if onlys” but that works both ways and it could have been so much worse. When one has a full day planned it probably helps organising and thinking what to do as the alternative kicks in. Good reception so listened to John Beattie to pass the time.

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