Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Fire and water in Applecross
Returning southwards we stayed close inshore, watching for likely spots to collect firewood. As the coast here faces west it collects plenty of driftwood washed up by the prevailing weather. Much of the shore is also wooded with birch, elder and rowan so we were confident of finding enough for the night. We found more than we could have transported; there was certainly no need to cut wood on this stretch of shore.
The small stuff went inside the empty hatches whilst the bigger pieces were secured on deck. It's bothy etiquette to leave some wood for the next visitors if possible, so we amassed plenty.
There was a bit of a stability penalty to pay with heavy bits of timber on deck! Not long after this picture was taken the wind once again increased rapidly as the next weather system passed. We slogged across every small bay into a strong southeasterly wind and heavy rain. It certainly didn't feel much like an August day.
Once back at the bothy we spent an hour carrying our haul of timber and stacking it at the door and around the fireplace. We soon had a fine blaze in the grate and our wet kit hung to dry. As the fire got going it was drying the next timber to be added.
With a curry cooking on our stoves and a glass of wine in our hands life was good!