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Immense Day Off.

You would think that having a day off would be a recuperation but not if you travel for two hours, go on a walk with the dogs for four hours, then take in a bit of music before the two-hour drive home. Having said that it was an immense day, the aim was to hear a bit of music at Sabhal Mor Ostaig provided by a range of very fine musicians.

Decided that fishing did not fit into the day so set off with Dougal and Eilidh and after calling in at the Kyle Coop, hearing a wee story of NC500 road rage, checking the venue and off down to the Aird of Sleat. Although the sign says leads on dogs, knowing that Dougal and Eilidh are not sheep chasers but more interested in grubbing about looking for rodents they had free rein on the track to the edge of Skye. This part of Skye is by no means full and I met around twenty people in the four-hour walk, after a family left had a wonderful remote beach all to myself,

and the dogs of course.

On the way met a couple from Cape Cod and the inevitable Trump conversation ensued. Laughed when one of the ladies said she emailed Trump all her contact details in response to his latest demand. This was to collect all the details of people who had gone onto an anti Trump website. She and her mate were proud marchers, trying to stand up peacefully to a rather bizarre part of American history. Established a routine on the beach where I threw the stick into the water, Dougal goes out swimming for it and Eilidh waits on the water’s edge

to try to wrestle it off him.

The decision to stop was mine, would still be there if not. Caught sight of the lighthouse further along the shoreline,

below which was a gathering of cormorants, looking satisfied after a day’s fishing,

so we ended up there before making our way back in plenty of time for the musical evening, and a fine evening it was too. The walk back was beautiful,

and was very fortunate with the weather, it rained both before and after the outdoor part of the day.

Dogal quickly became very muddy on the way back and the dip in the Minch was a distant memory by the time we were back at the van.

The music and banter were top quality with Applecross getting a wee mention in the story about Gary of Avernish and why the tune was composed and named. Seemingly all about a party that Adam invited Gary to that did not take place due to Adam being 180 miles away and forgetting completely about the invite. So the tune was a way of apologising to Gary. The invite took place in Applecross by the way. Lots of stories about Teviots or Cheviots and songs from Anna and Hamish. Wonderful music all evening played to a packed Hall by Adam,

Anna, the always smiling Mairead

and Hamish, finished off with a rousing set of Sound of Sleat and Road to Errogie. Managed a couple of discrete shots, have to say I am quite conscious about spoiling other people’s appreciation of the evening by taking photos so try to keep that to a minimum. An explanation why there are none of Hamish or Anna.

So back home around half past midnight tired but replete.

Timeless Wander

Funny old day in which a fair bit was done but did not feel like it. More to do but there is time. Early start to send off more accounts first thing special delivery, then ended up at the toilets again where I finished painting and glad of it. Not the most professional job but then I am not a painter. From there it was on to a couple of discussions about what is happening next on the Company front. All that and it is only mid morning. on a bit of a spur of the moment thing I headed up the hill behind the house with the Dougal family. A wander up and over to some spectacular scenery,


watching a couple of showers of rain making their lazy way up the Sound and the light show to the south.


From here you get to see the winding road to Toscaig,


a little of Culduie, Ardhu,




Camusterrach, Camusteel


and Milton. As I was turning to head back down I stopped to watch DJ and Jon head in on the Grace Anne.


Saw her earlier bouncing across the Bay and was happy not to be out fishing. Of course great views of Skye and Raasay are filling the horizon to the west and north.


The weather is perfect for so many changes of light.


Only on the way down was I caught in a wee shower, but Blair Douglas and Adam Sutherland kept the mood of the hills going on the Ipod. Thought I had “A Northerly Land” and some Runrig to listen to as well but had to sort that out when I got back to the schoolhouse. Alt na Chriche on the way down showed its face almost in secret, little falls as it made its way down the hillside.


Time is something that should not exist in Applecross, that’s what the stone say.


Dougal was by this time filthy and if I had done four miles he must have done fifteen.

Sudden craving for some Toscaig ice cream meant another trip north and this was well-timed for a staff lunch of pulled pork accompanied by a bean and cumin cassoulet. Still wangled the ice cream, that’s for later. While I was up there I did a routine wet dip at the Filling Station


IMG_7376 and noticed what every small holder must wish for at the bottom of a rainbow, a little red Fergie.


So it was back down the road and dropping off Dot and wee visit to see Dolly at the back of her house.


All good stuff to keep me away from the paperwork but that happened early evening and will again in ten. Dougal looks as though he is ready for another jaunt though.


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