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Over £100,000 Today!!

It has turned into a quite extra ordinary day. Before Dai, the postie, turned up we knew today was okay as we had confirmation of £23,000, so the pressure was off. Opening the envelopes was an experience….to be brief we have received over £100,000 investment. This may actually mean that could be in a position of closing the share issue early as we reach the £770,000. We are approaching £640,000 total with around £130,000 to go!! I am stunned by the belief so many people have in the community. We are now in the position of letting any local people who are thinking of investing to do so now and not leave it any longer. There is a local preference for investing stated in the brochure, so do not be disappointed.


The rest of the day was mundane, took a fuel delivery


and rowed out for some fine langoustine.


Borrowed another outboard but could not get the cord to pull so it was a long and healthy row out to the Varuna. The need to get to Edinburgh has diminished somewhat but may go anyway as putting and keeping Applecross on the map in certain circles is important for our future. And it rained. Next month it can rain all it likes.

Things going Bump in the Dark.

Going to try to make this my last “nothing” day for a while. It is blowing hard out side with squalls of rain hitting the Schoolhouse every half hour or so. The wind is very hard to describe, whether it is blowing a hoolie like now or gently moving through the trees. Roaring, hissing or swishing do not seem adequate, whatever, we are hoping there is little or no structural damage to the grid that diverts SSE away from installing our connection. The HighlandEco boys have the backup plan in place in case things go pear-shaped. Was up at the site today and was there when Sandy told the boys that they were not coming in to Applecross as they had to prepare for the potential damage caused by the high winds forecast to come in this evening and overnight. It is from the right direction for the moorings and the boats are relatively safe. Not that I got a bit of a nervous feeling when DJ called…..turned out it was about the MoD meeting and not news on boats.

Back to the site and there is a lot of trench digging


and cable laying going on as well as a bit of roof work.


The boys were nearly finished on this side  and that was early doors. there were reports last night of things going bump in the night followed by a pretty severe smell.


Lots of speculation before it was cleared up by Mick. The two old tanks at the entrance of the Campsite were dislodged and coped over, one had a very mature mix of whisky mash that had been fed to cattle over a decade and a half ago and was pretty ripe when released in to the atmosphere.


So no great electrical mishaps and burnings, but it was impressive as one Craic Barn resident thought Mick was coming into her house, digger, tanks and all..

And another very good day on the share issue front where another good day meant over £30,000 coming in bringing the total to around £435,000. Alison had a 5.00am start to go through for a GMS interview about the share issue and the UK Government’s withdrawal of the tax relief and how it affects our community energy share issue and the collapse of others around the country. The interview is about 1hr.35 mins in http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nrl48  There are lots of different reasons for investing in the Apple Juice scheme and for the bigger investors the tax relief makes it an even more attractive option. Before Alison arrived back home I took a call from the Central Belt who had heard the interview on the Radio. I managed to hold my own, he called back after partner discussions and seems to be an interested investor. So maybe worth the early start on that one alone. The Herald through David Ross printed a very good article on the scheme so it is out there. http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14022263.Green_energy_scheme_ensnared_in_unexpected_red_tape/?ref=fbshr And finally Two Lochs Radio had an item on it as well. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Lochs_Radio Getting to the stage where it will be easier to list the publications that have not had Applecross on their programme.

Nipped out to do a bit of contract signing with Mick and it is a pretty wild night. Seen a lot worse and as I have said earlier hoping the damage is not too bad. One of the things I have liked about this project is the huge amount of trust that has worked both ways in the project between HighlandEco and the Community. We believe that it can be built on time and they have believed that we can raise the monies to buy them out and so far this trust is working out. Another £3,000 has come in this evening bringing it to around £440,000. And with news of another £20,500 just now. Topped up by Jack this evening and already out of date.


The Inn deserves a mention as last night we had every table full, workers, both Sand and Hydro, residents a few locals and a couple of holiday houses filled the bar. No wonder, good food a fire and a bottle of wine all safe from a dark stormy night.

Apple Juice goes on Twitter

It’s been a roller coaster few days, lots of highs and lows and some both at the same time. Working back the way from today which is one of the highs. Back from a day trip to Inverness which included a great intensive wee course at Tuminds. 9Q7Q0075 Had a bit of fun trying to find it, up behind the Inches. Once Annie gave up following the satnav and phoned Rene, we quickly found our destination. No help from me in the passenger seat. I’m no good at back seat driving which is good for the driver. Alison and Zuzu joined us a little later, not missing too much as Rene wanted to know about the Hydro scheme, so he could tailor the course. We wanted some guidance in marketing the share launch for the project, to reach as many people as possible, to invest in a community, green venture. Fascinating topics and lots of info involving LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite. Really well presented and we were all left enthused. Rene is a master of his social media world and his enthusiasm was well put across. 9Q7Q0074 A quick shop before so it was home west at five. Timeless journeys both there and back as we never stopped talking. And as Rene kept saying social media is all about helping each other and it was good to chat about the positive things in our community and wonder about the difficulties. In this context Apple Juice our Hydro offshoot has opened its twitter account and would appreciate any followers who are interested in green energy, community works and Applecross. Apple Juice ‏ Updates of progress will be tweeted through out the summer and of course here. Yesterday not so good, having my first shut down headache for a long time. These are so much less frequent now and are generally aches rather than show stoppers. Could not function and left Netflix on and dozed off and on all day. The result was a night on the couch and a good five hours sleep. I wake up with what is close to a mild hangover, but nice and early. With plenty of time to nip out and get some more prawns for the Inn before heading east. Timed well as there was only one portion left. The cycle home from the Inn in the late evening if it is not raining are a fine experience. This was at eleven. 9Q7Q0031 Sunday another day of surprise and graft and satisfaction, although involved a hard day of pain for the Boss. Arrived at around half ten to find that she had already retired to bed. Less staff on at the weekend anyway so the main show not being there means all available hands full on. Call to the Doc, that in itself tells how ill Judith felt, before going back down to set up the bar. Little hiccup pressurizing the coffee machine but the day went like a dream. Hard work, but to the last customer everyone was complimentary of the food and nicely of the service. Americans seem to be on the move and are very pleasant and open-minded, Bostonians, from the Black Hills, Philly and Colorado. Although a wee rumour from the North Coast saying they lucked on their Americans. Top visitor of the day for me was the arrival early on of George Gunn, poet from Caithness with a fine heritage. Think he was a little surprised to be recognised, but good banter. We have been well patronised by the Gunns of Caithness. Two new countries were in town. Monaco being one but the other was a fine effort, the French Polynesia. Nice comment from the next table, we are all by the water, Wickers and Polynesians, George again. Sort of sums up the day nicely, we are all connected and all working together. Had to be careful telling the Boss how much everyone was doing to keep it going as the tears were coming easily. Long day with a caramel shortbread break before sitting down to a fine venison loin after nine. Weather staying changeable and only managed a fishing day on Friday. 9Q7Q0033 Spent in the company of bonxies and seagulls, 9Q7Q0038 only one winner. 9Q7Q0041 Still not too bad catch and had a few prawns kept back for the poor weather. They are selling well. In between the constant cloud and intermittent rain we get occasional glimpses of the sun 9Q7Q0045 and moon. 9Q7Q0053 Walks still go ahead with the dogs and despite the weather we still get the lovely splashes of colour on the way to the shop. 9Q7Q0058   9Q7Q0056 Eilidh a little apprehensive at Dougal barking at the neighbour. 9Q7Q0050   And have just heard that another member of the herring ring netter, the Mary Anne, Hector has passed away. A generation saying goodbye. The older fishermen of the ring netters are no longer with us and a fountain of knowledge is going with them, always have thought they were a superior level of seamen than I would ever have achieved. They had so much more instinct and experience and found the fish through more natural means than our technology of sounders and gps units etc. The weather has had enough breaks for the bees to rush around and make honey in the brief sun. 9Q7Q0067

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