The last two days have been a whirl of activity. Started off leaving the house with Dougal and Eilidh planning a relaxing day inside.
Lovely day though and if ashore would have been out with them.
There was always the threat of rain to the south west but it never arrived.
Headed north again, this time with a fleet on board. I do like what I think is called time and motion, basically for me it means doing something all the time I am on board the Varuna. For some reason I find steaming to and from the fishing grounds a little long and I am not getting bigger engines for bigger fuels bills so I find things to do. This is when I put together creels, or do a deep clean, or a bit of mending. Shooting off the fleet I went to haul the last two long-term lying fleets by the Range and with not too much problem hauled and shot them back. Got into a bit of a curfuffle shooting one of them going over the rope and having to cut and rejoin as it gets caught on the sounder, then you drift out of position and you get cross for being stupid.
On the way south a creel hauled up from only 60 fathoms had a surprising catch of five klonkers in it.
Distant memories when that would still be good creel but the rest of the fleet would have two or three in each one as well. Fishing was bearable and after picking up a companion it was for home by mid afternoon.
Although I was moaning a little about the travelling there is still so much to see and look at when do the little jobs on the way.
I always like to be set up for coming straight off the boat as soon as the engine is switched off. So I have my boxes tied, deck swept and the Inn’s langoustine ready for the dingy. Bit of an extra rush on Wednesday as it was to the Inn for an evening shift. Bit of extra pressure as the Boss was away wine tasting for a couple of days so organising people’s accommodation who were arriving for the conference as well as making sure people were seated where they wanted to be and got what they wanted to eat when they wanted it. All went well and it is the same with anything, the wee bit of prep done the day before is invaluable. It is like the kitchen, often asked how on earth they manage to get the meals out like they do, but it the hours of preparation and planning that goes into it before the meal is ordered. All went well despite a minor hitch that turned out not to be one by the end of the evening. So night ended watching and participating in a very small way in a game of scrabble and with a nationalist as well, albeit a British one. It was interesting how our views differed and how it was a lot easier to put my view forward with care and was able to refute lots of conceptions, very recognisable ones.
On Tuesday evening the Community Company held its AGM and there was a good healthy turn out. Never very relaxing events as a Director but may be that would make you slightly complaisant if they were. A good turn out of around thirty people and that with nothing really controversial in the mix. That with out and land reform on the agenda, mind you it never goes away. Great to see three new directors come on board and with still spaces available the two directors stood down, me included, were accepted back on. Good range of people representing the Community, one or two questions about the finances, and also about enlarging the post code area round the North Coast, which will be discussed and may well go ahead at an EGM as the Articles will have to be changed. There are now four-part time and one full-time employees of the Company, which considering how young we are is pretty amazing. What can be done without assets of millions and properties and vast tracts of land but just passion and will to succeed, that’s the future. The Conference next and it was a credit to be part of. Snooze needed before that story is told.