This job seems to take over your life at times. It's only a part time position but before you know it you're more than doubled your hours. This week saw an awful lot of meetings !
First was an informal meeting over coffee with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Then another with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and all the other neighbouring Local Development Officers to discuss the way forward after the current 'project' comes to an end.
Then there was also a visit from the Geopark revalidation team as the communities fight for the right to retain the Geopark status. What a wonderful day for them to visit Durness, blue skies and a warm breeze, it was just about perfect. An awful lot of work has gone into the Geopark from the Community Councils of Durness, Kinlochbervie, Scourie, Coigach and Assynt. Hopefully their work will retain our place in the European Geopark Network.
In amongst this there was an awful lot of paperwork to do with a report to write on the internship amongst a raft of other stuff (I wont bore you with the detail).
There was a few bike hires to deal with too. The Bike Hub desperately needs volunteers to help man the place through the peak season, if anyone is keen to help, please get in touch.
Now as the temperature sores I'm heading for Dingwall with a bus load from Durness to watch Ross County v Manchester United XI !!! As an avid United fan it's great to be able to go to Dingwall to see them play rather than the more substantial journey to Old Trafford. It wont be the first team as they are still in Australia on their preseason tour, in wont be the reserves, as they have a full preseason fixture list too, I think it'll mainly be the under 21 side managed by Nicky Butt. But it will be an entertaining afternoon of football and it's bound to be good craich on the bus too. prediction 1-2 to United's young guns !
Neil is a director, formally a Local Development Officer for the Durness Development Group.