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New lawn going brown

Posted: Yesterday at 12:42

Or been left too long and then scalped perhaps.....

New builds often have poor, compacted ground which builders just chuck turf down on top of,  so that can cause ongoing issues. What is the underlying soil like and what are the general conditions in the garden?

Any extra info you can give will help with further advice 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: Yesterday at 12:35

I was talking to a friend yesterday about the lightboxes for her husband. Hopefully they might try one.

And now Greg Lakes' gone as well. Only 69......

I loved ELP when I was younger.

doc - no point being on here if you need saving from idiots.....

Sun's come out here- how did that happen? 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: Yesterday at 08:05

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're keeping well and it's not too hot. I haven't caught up with the jigsaws yet since I did the pipit ones, but I'll have a go later if possible 

Dark here but still mild. Most peculiar. Hope the weather is half decent for the weekend so that I can get out and test my new walking poles. They came yesterday but I was so excited about the nuthatch I almost forgot about them. I'm easily pleased...

Lovely to hear that so many others have nuthatches visiting. 

I'll try and catch up with the PMs too, now that I'm getting a bit quicker at this no mouse malarkey.

Better go and get my coat on and get to work. Hope everyone has a good day  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 19:57

Hello too LG.   I was just lucky that he didn't b*gger off while I got the camera! 

According to the RSPB site they're not regularly seen up here, but perhaps they're gradually becoming more common. We have a small National Trust garden close by and there's lots of woodland between it and the houses here. It also says they don't often travel far from where they breed, so there might be a little colony there. Not a lot of oak trees here, but plenty of beech which is a good food source for them. Now that it's come in, I hope it'll keep coming. There's been a big increase in bird numbers and visitors since we moved in here, now that they have a garden with some good cover and habitat, instead of gravel and slabs. It's very satisfying to feel it's making a difference  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 18:42

How lovely Joyce. Perhaps just being a little further south than me it makes the difference? Hopefully he'll appear regularly.  I never saw one in the garden round the corner and we watched birds constantly there when oldest fairylet was little. We had a tree creeper which came regularly and I briefly thought that's what it was as I couldn't see his colours initially. They're quite a similar shape and size, but even as I was thinking it, I knew it wouldn't be sitting on the feeder. Isn't it daft to get so excited about it!  I'd have felt awful if he hadn't found his way into the feeder 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:47

Never seen one before Dove so it's great. We have a fair bit of woodland around and plenty of conifers and pines etc. There's one of each next to the feeder! I hope he'll visit regularly now that he's found the restaurant  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:43

Thank you BL. Glad you enjoy the pix. 

I love the frozen lochans on hills. I like to get a few of those whenever possible

I enjoyed this year's Landscape Artist although I didn't care for the eventual winner. Enjoyed his final commission though. I like that they get to do a commission which counts in the final too - it's an impossible task to expect someone to create their best work in a few hours.

My favourite was in the final, but I won't say in case you get to see it! I expect you'd get it online. It's a very enjoyable watch. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:30

Evening all. Hope the insomnia sufferers get a better night. I understand it well and I'm grateful for having a proper bed to sleep in now as it's made a big difference to my sleep.

Steamed kitten obelixx - is there a nice sauce to go with that or have I misunderstood....

Your post reminds me of something I read yesterday Liri - the  phytophthora which has affected Larches in the south has spread into Argyll and surrounding areas. I did think some of the areas of forestry were looking a bit ropier than usual when I've been out. 

However, I'm beyond excited because when I came home for lunch, I glanced out the window and spotted this little chap on the 'cage'...

I quickly got a few pix and watched him looking for a way in....

Then I felt bad in case he couldn't....but.....


Felt really lucky that I saw him. Two minutes either way and I wouldn't. They're rarely seen up here, so I don't know whether it was sheer luck, a lack of food around in the recent cold spell,or changes in habitats or climate and they might be getting more common,  but it was brilliant whatever the reason 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 22:02

They never fail to thrill me Joyce. It's hard to explain what it does for the soul. There's always something positive to take from a day's walk, even if the weather's been poor or you don't feel 100%   

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:50

I waved my wand for you Liri - so that you wouldn't have the usual manky stuff on the island  

Glad you had a good spell when you were there. Makes all the difference 

Unfortunately I missed getting out on the hills when we had a good load of snow recently. Very frustrating when there were clear blue skies to go with it. The milder spell last week has taken it all away again, but there'll be plenty to come! I had a nice outing on Sunday though, and a few frosty pix to go with it 

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