Good to get to sea on Monday although after hauling the first fleet for seven prawns I wondered if I was in the right place. Frame of mind okay and went to the next one in shallower water and it was poor but bearable and so the day went on. Not a lot on the environment front apart from a small pod of porpoises coming down the Sound just off the Applecross shore. Rocks to the north of St Island were covered with well fed birds.
Breeze from the south and strongish tide meant the boat was in gear most of the day. Finished off by the Range and back in the deep water. So few prawns that I only hauled half the fleet before turning around and shooting it back. We may be at the stage of just hauling the gear to stop too many tangles with the weather breaking as well. The winter fishing has arrived although the beauty of fishing is one never knows. It has been a very mixed week so far for the weather and while today and Monday were in bright sunshine
that could not have been said about yesterday. The rest of the week looks breezy so not too much fishing expected. Been invited down to Sunart for a Friday evening launch of their shares issue for their hydro scheme. We were there last year and Alison did a talk to a busy local audience about our various experiences here. I tag along. After landing the prawns on Monday evening noticed the completed log pile Freddie built on Saturday, a holzhausen it seems.
With the logs placed bark down until the top layer when the bark is on top letting the rain to run off. Back home to mess about with Dougal
and chop a few logs seeing as the weather was holding up. By sundown you could see Tuesday’s front coming in.
Catching up on what was happening on Rona yesterday and one of the photos reminded me of the tom Devine talk and subsequent chats about how every bit of land was brought into use. Raasay and Rona have a harsh Clearance history and “the marks on the land” are still there to see.
Today I have tried to use the first of the month to get back into a groove, unlike last winter, where I left everything to the last-minute. Ease into it rather than try to maintain drastic changes. Breaking Bad has reached its conclusion, that was some series and will be hard to replace. House of Cards will give it a go. New telly ordered and the TV licence is heading for a cancellation. That and joining Scottish CND, can hardly believe how politicised I have become. Trying to transfer into practical efforts rather than just keeping the bar conversations going. So after the first episode of HofCs it was off out with Dougal and Eilidh going north up the Tor Mor towards Torgarve.
Passed above Milton
and the new plantation set up by the Milton crofters in partnership with ALPS. Looking forward to see the trees establishing and improving the ground.
Although I headed off with a shower coming across the Sound it quickly cleared up and the sun was back out as I picked up the Archeological Trail and then on through Carnach Wood coming out just north of Milton.
No sooner was I back home when I was sent back up to the Filling Station as our annual inspection was under way with Bill in attendance. He had already done the physical check over and the paper work will be heading through to him in the next 2/3 weeks. He seemed impressed with how it looked and was operating. Again good to see more volunteers getting involved in the running of it. Bill has known how difficult it has been to keep it operating over the last four years. Now it is functioning better we are hoping sales will increase as it is more user-friendly thus enhancing its survival. It will only survive through volunteers and until we get the Hydro scheme up and running it will always be a struggle to keep the services that the Company has taken on in profit. I suppose I am more aware than most and that is why the calendars are for sale…..to raise money to keep these services going. Broadband, toilets and selling fuel do not make money otherwise somebody else would be doing it as a business. However if these services were to be withdrawn….. Dougal came with me this time as I went up on the bike. Lovely cycle home in the now very breezy but bright day. Stopped a couple of times for a snap of the shoreline south of Shore Street
and again just past the BT mast.
Sneaked another episode of HofCs before going out to chop some more wood, good for the dogs to catch a few rodents across the road.
Just to finish off after a wee shift at the Inn. American/Canadian wedding party, All Blacks on the big table, Foresters on table 8 after the Ryder Cup Americans with a scattering of regulars and others throughout the evening meant for a steady night. Loved Aron’s story about the Israeli family. For the next post.