Fisher Kayak, Mellon Charles

19-7-16 Fisher (66)

19-7-16 Fisher (38)The beautiful sunshine continued into the afternoon, the beach got busier (at least a handful of other folk on the beach – busy in Wester Ross terms!), and the Fisher family arrived to see me again. I’ve paddled with them for quite a few years now, but for some reason they keep coming back.

This time Rob and Letty left Erin and Louise at home but brought Bram, Madelief, Roelien and Antony along. We had a great time paddling around in kayaks, exploring around the rocky coastline and ending up on their holiday accommodation’s beach. We bumped into Louise and Erin for a brew, then headed back onto the water for more paddling and games.

Rippin Martin Kayak, Mellon Charles

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Clare, Carol and John Angus joined me for a paddle at Mellon Charles. We chose to use the sit on top kayaks – they’re great for learning kayak skills with and handle well in the breeze that we had. It was tough going in the wind, but they all got the hang of the boats quickly. They all grew up in the area but hadn’t paddled along the coastline before so were able to see it from a different perspective.

 

 

 

Clare and Carol’s parents are just retiring from their butchers shop in Aultbea, if anyone wants a great business opportunity look here.

 

Rippin Martin 3-10-15 (20)

Tomkinson Kayak, Mellon Charles

 

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Tomkinson 18-8-15 (19)Linda and Peter met me at my house before we made the short journey down to Mellon Charles big beach. We set off in kayaks as the tide was approaching it’s lowest point. Having the tide so low relieved lots of wildlife along the shore line, we saw huge numbers of star fish above and below the waterline along with vast quantities of sea urchins stuck all over the rocks. Some seals made an appearance right at the end too, they made up for the dead one we saw earlier.

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Waddell Kayak, Mellon Charles

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Abigail, Angus, Archie and Rebecca joined me again for a session. They had paddled with me a couple of years ago in Poolewe, being regulars to the area. They stay in Inverasdale, the other side of the loch, so normally do things over their – being on this side of the loch gave them the views from a different angle for a change.

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MacMillan Kayak, Mellon Charles

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Alan, Cora and Aidan met me at Mellon Charles ‘Boom’ beach. We had a good time paddling by the beach and the old pier, we also headed around the coastline for a brew and biscuits on a little beach around the corner. I don’t see seals as often here as I do in other places, but we were lucky enough to encounter one.

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Wester Ross Folios – Adrian Hollister

Conor - Ewe CanoeLocal photographer Adrian Hollister has an exhibition in the Gairloch Heritage Museum till the end of October. This picture of me is in his book ‘Portrait of a Small Community’.

The Wester-Ross Folios are a series of fine-art monochrome images by local photographer Adrian Hollister.  Each portfolio presents a highly personal view of his love for life in Wester-Ross, and of its landscapes.  These are not conventional landscape photographs; in fact one of the folios is a series of portraits of members of the community.

Adrian Hollister has been photographing the landscapes of Wester-Ross and the north-west highlands for over twelve years.  Since 2010 he has lived in Mellon Charles,  running photography workshops from the Image Studio (part of the Perfume Studio).  The Open Studio Workshops, run in the winter months, attract some of the world’s top photographers as leaders, and to date over 150 experienced photographers have travelled from all corners of the globe to participate in these unique workshops.

Cameron Kayak, Mellon Charles

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Gill and Neil live down the road in Aultbea and have been thinking of getting a boat for a while, so they came out with me to try-out a few boats and see what they think of kayaking. We met at the Boom beach in Mellon Charles and started the session by chatting about different types of boats, along with their pros ad cons.

 

 

 

Cameron 11,9,14 (12)We started out paddling around on some of my sit on top kayaks, learning the suitable strokes so that we could control the boats and get where we wanted. After a coffee break we jumped into some sea kayaks to see the difference in boat types. Gill and Neil went away with a clearer picture of what different types of kayaks can offer them, a good idea of other safety precautions that should be taken and good basic skills to control a kayak.

Grainger Kayak, Mellon Charles

Grainger 10,9,14am (7)

 

Les and Louise joined me in the super September sunshine for a paddle around in Kayaks. We paddled from my local little beach in Mellon Charles, heading around the coastline to the boom beach – Les had been here as a kid a number of times on summer camps, so it brought back some good memories of paddling in Loch Ewe.Grainger 10,9,14am (18)

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