The Ardnamurchan Estate website is here.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Saturday, 14 January 2017
I feel that an apology is due as it had been my expressed opinion that the centre of the universe spent several months of its winter in utter darkness, unlike Ormsaigbeg which has the privilege of watching superb sunrises like this morning's on almost every day of the year.
Spotting the unusual is very exciting but there are times when it's good to remind oneself that there is also great beauty in the very ordinary.
Friday, 13 January 2017
here - is working with BT on the roll-out of next generation broadband which, we hope, means that we might get our superfast broadband by the new target date, March, the project having slipped from its original date of September of last year.
Many thanks to Dave for the photo.
In fact she seems to have been seeking shelter for the night from what has been a fairly strong northerly, and she remains anchored under the lee of Ben Hiant this morning. She's a British general cargo ship, 2,281grt, launched in 2012 and en route to Eikefet in Norway, where she's due today. She's in ballast, so it may be that her master is waiting to round the north of Scotland, where conditions are poor, but it's unusual for a modern ship to waste time like this.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
The local flocks of sheep are fed sugar beet pellets throughout the winter, and Hughie was down with his animals. They spend their lives enjoying the grass and seaweed around the bay. Two of his ewes were missing, a blackface which seems to spurn the extra feed, and a prized cheviot cross. We searched the back of the bay for them, the blackface being found quite happily by itself but, sadly, the cheviot was lying dead in some marsh grass with no sign of the reason for its early demise.
The Community Council has been working hard on our behalf and was able to announce two successes since its meeting on Monday evening. Firstly, CalMac Sunday sailings between Tobermory and Kilchoan will now continue for the full duration of the summer timetable, and secondly the speed limit is going to be reduced to 30mph throughout Kilchoan village. For the latter, an order needs to be changed officially, which is in process, so the new signs will not go up until the new financial year.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
As Kilchoan Early Bird's picture of Ardnamurchan Point lighthouse shows, a gale has been blowing out of the northwest for most of last night and today, a bitter wind which brings heavy hail showers. The power went off shortly after five this morning, came back on briefly around breakfast time, and then went off again until midday.
We noticed by-the-wind sailors on Sanna beach at the weekend but, as Kilchoan Early Bird found, this latest gale has brought more in, and some cuttlefish, but....
....the numbers of by-the-wind sailors runs into thousands. They may be no connection but on the news this morning people on Orkney were reporting hundreds of skate egg cases being washed up there.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Although the Calor Gas office was informed of the accident the fire brigade was not called out. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency was also informed but stated that, because the spill would not enter the local water supply, and it was rather late in the day, no-one would be despatched to carry out and inspection.
Fortunately, a local business has all the equipment to deal with an oil spill and the job was completed this morning. All that remains is for Calor to make an estimated £300-worth of repairs to the road and to mend Hughie's fence: well, we can't have his pigs running amok around Kilchoan.
Many thanks to Sue and Sharon for pictures.
From Gael Cameron:
Bridget and May would like to extend a big 'thank you' for their gifts.
Monday, 9 January 2017
This is the second 'misadventure' involving a heavy truck. A fish farm lorry left the road last Thursday after getting lost out at the lighthouse - post here.
here - says, "Her design integrates a bulbless bow design offering superior performance in various loading drafts and wave conditions."
In late November, the Campbeltown registered dredger Katie Claire CN4 seemed to attract the attention of....