Two parter. Have to stop and watch the rugby soon so this will not be finished until after the shift at the Inn this evening. Watching the pre match warm up to see if I can spot my youngest red-headed son playing the pipes on the pitch before the game starts and then watch the game through spread fingers. Have to say I really enjoyed last weeks game against the All Blacks. Expecting a big defeat but instead saw Scotland score three tries enjoyed a great game of class rugby. So the fire is on, the washing done and drying in front of it,lunch made and eaten Dougal and family walked and fed with only some book work to do before the end of the day which can be classed as work. Must get into this twitter lark. It does seem to be good craic. As I do not usually lose it but also have a sense of humour, warped maybe but it is there, it could be good for a bit of a wind up for those who tend to take themselves a tiny bit too seriously. So it will be a busy couple of days. Yesterday Alison and I went to Inverness to attend a two-day gathering at the Drumossie Hotel held by HIE for directors and local development officers. I suppose I was being a political activist but it felt good and we chatted all day about the problems in fragile communities and went to presentations from other communities and heard about their successes and failures, which is just as important. No one accepts what you say without you having to argue and justify your views and it is really good for the brain cells these gatherings. More directors should go to these meetings as they constantly broaden your mind. Although there is a natural tendency at these get togethers of the opinion that the communities themselves are the ones that should be having a say in the running of the community you still have to argue your case well as you are often presented with the what if point of view. The editorial in the WHFP this week pointed out the geographic control that Wester Ross suffers under but I honestly believe that the Community Company has done some amazing work in the last couple of years. The reason I say that is when I go out and see the reactions from other people about what we are doing I see that we are looked at with a positive envy. Seems there was a short article in the Times about the situation here and seemed fairly uncontroversial, by that I mean no one living in the schoolhouse was in it. Saturday at Drumossie involved the problem rural areas have with housing and there seemed to be many and is earmarked as a problem in many of the draft plans so far submitted. Many of the plans have increases in current populations as an objective.
But in the middle of all this I left to go across town to say goodbye to yet another friend. After seeing the beautiful photo of Jenny on the back of the order of service,reading
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you
This from Dominion of Dreams under a Dark Star, hearing the lovely description of Jenny as “a pattern of Light”, giving Mike a hug there is nothing more to say but reflect that it has not been a year of joy for many people I know. Kishorn shop was always a quiet and peaceful place to stop at on the way home.
Back to the hotel to learn more and talk more, not forgetting the meal in the evening where it turns out that I may have found a relative from Lewis sitting across from me. Her dad came from Arrina on the north coast and was a Macbeath as was my granny from Fearnmor alongside many connections to the situation back home. We will be moving on now and I think a few people are a little weary of all the attention and want to get back to living. Home late and left Alison to stay for the next day’s seminars. I’ll be asking who John and Christine Macbeath are the next time I see the man from Camusterrach.
Busy couple of shifts at the Inn both last night and all day today although it had quietened off by 3.30pm this afternoon there were customers waiting for tables. The staff levels were pretty sparse due to the concert in Edinburgh and it was left to the Boss and I to man the pumps. good craic as usual and too busy to watch the clock, a good problem in november. And lots of positive conversations with residents about the Company work and people planning to go to the AGM to support the work we are doing. Although we will never stop the rumour mill going we may be able to scorch one or two of them, but they do make life more interesting for some.
Birds every where just now. We have been inundated with waxwings and they are chomping their way through the rowan berries of which there are plenty. Took these photos at the Church at the top of Camusterrach this morning and as I was leaving the house there were about 100 flying back and fro to the trees in the garden and to the south. Including the tree below the wires there were another 150+ around this area. Seems a bad season further east and it has been an unusual year for such high numbers here.
And at the Inn as I was heading to the store for a lemon for the bar I was just too late for a great photo opp but managed a couple that were ok of four swans heading down the bay towards their favourite spot on Milton loch.