Lovely, quiet, crisp winter weather for the last couple of days,one of which I went fishing but today decided to stay ashore and feel guilty about not going out. For a day of feeling as though I had not done that much still managed a dog run and work on the wood pile, a little bit of book work and then a Community council meeting in the evening. A couple of visits to the Inn where it was all happening today and a lot of banter/craic as well. There was a photo shoot for a book called Scottish Relish, hope I have that right, featuring the excellent food produced at the Inn. Along with the crab, lobster,langoustine and venison Aron was up with his kraken rum and raison ice cream and with an extra drizzle of rum over the top, just playing to the camera of course. There is a fair bit going on with a couple of big christmas groups at the Inn and Aron’s curry night on saturday. Be back working for that as apart from the Sunday lunch session , I have not been doing many shifts over the last couple of weeks. Tonight’s CC meeting went well, quite often feel that you want to make it short and get home early but that’s not really fair and once you are there you find there is a lot to discuss. I always think that keeping it friendly and humorous helps as long as that does not detract from serious business. On e of the correspondence items was from the HC to all CCs asking, due to cut backs, if they would identify paths etc that they could now clear themselves. HC would provide high viz jackets and snow shovels and the CC would organise the work on the ground. As it turned out we decided that we are well covered and our road men do a really good job on our roads and the few pavements we have. It was only when I got home I realised that we are almost going full circle in that it is being suggested that we clear our own patch as the HC cannot do this any longer. In the last post I was reminiscing about a squad of local men going up the Hill to clear it, are we heading back to those days where we look after ourselves more and more as a community? For some of us that may be a learning process as we have been used to being “looked after”. The older, more resilient folk, no longer do the physical work that may be expected of people now living in small rural communities. Seeing as how it took half a day for two JCBs to clear the snow drift I wonder how long it would have taken a squad of high viz guys with shovels? The AGM minutes are now out and there was some banter about them in the Inn tonight. Seeing as how they came out in time for the AGM this year but only just, they are now already out now, it was suggested that next year’s will be out before our next AGM!!!
On a more serious note we do have to try to solve our Bealach closure problem and contact will be made with our area office over the next couple of weeks to work something out. The road closed on Wednesday evening and was not opened until yesterday afternoon when, if we had a snowblower it would have been closed for a couple of days. Short term weather forecast says that it may not be too much of a problem over the weekend..back to rain and wind. Last of the quiet days tomorrow so may take a look out and haul a few creels see what is in them.