A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

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Birds

Yesterday it just rained and the trip out with the dogs round the Camusteel circle was a wet one.The Alt na Chriche burn in full flow is always worth a stop.

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Watching it being split by the stone above the bridge takes a long time…..a lot of water is falling just now, all energy heading for the sea instead of being harnessed by run of river schemes. Cheap and renewable energy. Huge potential, a lot of work for communities, but a great source of income for these communities and fine source of energy for the country. There has to be a better coming together of central government, local communities and DNOs to make the process easier to the benefit of every one. Brief interlude in the weather in the afternoon when a few logs were split and barrowed into the wood store.

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Two sets of minutes and some bills paid so the deadlines are being worked on although by no means out of the woods.

Good enough weather for a fish but it just never happened, good and productive day though with a trip down to the pier to see if all’s well, one or two little movements but nothing serious,

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after the latest wind and rain. All was well and met Donald on the way and arranged to tow the Michelle round to the Kishorn Yard on Friday morning. Unfortunately he has to get his fly-wheel taken off as it had an argument with his starter motor. To get the flywheel off means the engine has to come out so that takes care of Friday. Can turn a fleet of creels around and do some more paper work in the afternoon before heading off with some to Inverness on Saturday. Stopped several times on the way back as the sun was out and it was still,

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mallards on the Caman

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and Dougal very interested in being a gun dog.

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He loves the water and ducks. Further up the road just to the north of the burn at Culduie stopped again with this burn in spate as well.

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Dropping down on the sea-side of the road there is a nice old culvert letting the water away.

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Stories all around, looking out to the boats you see a lazy seal lying on his rock, another in the water and it looks like the seagull is not for moving.

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All very peaceful and just my imagination, but it is so good the weather has settled and the forecast is for it to continue in this vein. Bit more chopping before up to the toilets

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although little was done there but managed to purloin a sample of the latest flavour from Toscaig, a caramel and biscuit layered one which amazingly enough is still sitting in the freezer. It is called “Stormin Norman” remembering our recently departed little Welshman, Norman. Taken away from the toilets by the weather and the full on bird life on the shore below the Coal Shed.

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Curlew, oyster catchers, not speaking,IMG_6983 and another flock of small birds that have been around for a couple of weeks,

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at least that I have seen. Small, red-legged and very busy working along the shore.

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This is the first time I have seen them without the help of Dougal, usually see them in the air heading off with a yelping Dougal behind them….well behind them. He comes back and one tries to save the birds energy but they seem to know him as they do not go far and as soon as he is away they appear back and settle down quickly. Today they are not too bothered as you walk slowly down the shore towards them and it is so quiet and peaceful with the late afternoon sun out. So back on the bike and past the wee light show off to the West

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to some more wood chopping and letting Dougal out to try to catch some more rodents.

Peaks and Troughs.

A day of peaks and troughs. The story hit the printed press and it did not put the Council or Company in any bad light. We, both councillors and directors have had a lot of welcome advice about the possible problems ahead both with the media and the running of the Company. This has really been appreciated especially as this has come from resident in Applecross residents. During the day there has been a coming together of quite a few folk, not in pro or anti camps, just people who know that what they believe is being done in their name is with the best possible intentions. Spoke at length to a guest staying at the Inn over the last couple of days and he could not have been more encouraging especially when I was told he is in a position to know what he is talking about. It is always encouraging to get that non-political support and to be told that you are on the right track. He was very impressed by how much was going on in such a short time. This has been part of our problem in that some of the boring bits have not been kept up to date and time for communicating has been short but there has been a new enthusiasm, if that is possible, about how we are going ahead. There was a slight correction to one newspaper report just to make sure a statement was personal and not representing an Applecross body. I was also told I should not have been on radio, but when I asked had she heard it I was told no, I just smiled because I had not either and the conversation sort of stopped. So lots of book work this afternoon in amongst press, phone calls, emails etc and then on to a shift at the Inn. A couple of rallying emails and some lovely customers followed by an episode of Scandal on More 4 and finishing the day off with yet another blog. I think there is a lot more to run and I may well have some shocks in the near future to have to deal with but there is a growing feeling of strong solidarity amongst us. Hope this is not miss placed. This morning while still in a bit of a trough, waiting to see what was in the papers it was off up the road with Dougal and family. Round by the stables were the two hill ponies, docile and friendly despite Dougal’s excitement
Back round in front of the Big House were the Graylag geese in probably for most of the winter.

Past what I’ve been told is one of the oldest pedigree herds of Highland cattle in the country just munching away with out a care in the world. Down on to the shore where the oyster catchers keep a wary eye on Dougal.

But Dougal being Dougal sees a hoodie crow take off from the shoreline and thinks I can do that so away he goes. On the way back to the van you cannot help but notice the fantastic colours on the rocks. Winkle pickers means something different here on the west coast in the winter and all of a sudden there are quite a few of them.

So how can you end a day, even a hectic national press day with lots of lurches up and down, like this on a downer when you feel the community spirit reasserting itself and you sort of wonder what is it all about? I think I have always known but you lose sight of it in stressful times. The Facebook stream of quotations kicked of by son No 3 certainly kept us smiling through the day.

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