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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 20:14

It's a great little hill scroggin. I mainly do it in winter conditions or when the weather's poor for a bigger walk. It's always good fun  

I headed up to Glen Clova yesterday on a small mission. I did the little walk round Loch Brandy to visit a memorial at the head of the corrie that I'd missed when I did the hill there last December. It's dedicated to a young marine who died while out running in extreme weather conditions in November 2014. I won't post the photo of the memorial itself, as I feel it's private. His name is Luke Ireland and the info is readily available online. 

Lucky to get a parking spot as there was a half marathon in Glen Clova. There's a good path up to the lovely lochan, and the sun was trying hard to beat the snow showers and clouds which were rolling in around the Munros in Glen Doll - a little further along the road

the snow showers were soon making their way along the glen floor

you quickly gain height going up 'The Snub' on the west side, and the view from the head of the corrie is grand across the sparkling lochan

looking the other way to the hills at Lochnagar with their snowy tops

respects paid, and a little further on, looking back across to the corrie wall

...and back down the eastern side to the lochan. 

A short walk, but very enjoyable, even in the circumstances, and fitting for Remembrance Day

Winter plant advice

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 19:09

I've never protected Phormiums - in any kind of pot, of any size. They're much tougher than people think. It has to be prolonged periods of severe frost for them to suffer. We've already had five or six frosts (air and ground) but nothing below about minus three and they're perfectly fine with that, and a few degrees more.    

As Obelixx says though - keeping plants in pots on the drier side will help if you're in a wet, cold area. I tend to tuck mine against walls if possible, but they're also fine in among other evergreens in a border as that gives them protection. Exposure to wind and rain shreds them a bit, but I cut the rough foliage off in spring to allow the new growth to come through. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 19:00

The advantage of being single AuntyR  - no fighting over remote controls 

Just been listening to Johnnie Walker's interview with Elton/Bernie Taupin which I recorded this afternoon. Brilliant. 

Finally removed the last lot of sweet peas from under the bedroom windows. No chance of any flowers now, but the foliage was still good. Blocking light though. Washed the car earlier and went to collect various things including getting some bark for the borders. Got the cover on it as we have more frost tonight. It's already only 2 out there. Been lovely though, although no warmth in the sun, and I got a wash almost dry. 

Good that all was fine with OH Dove. You'd think there would be bigger fish to fry than a farm shop though - although maybe that's the point. Maybe they thought it was an easier target? Right royal pain in the b*tt though. 

Glad doc got a stroll. I was almost tempted to walk again today, as there was decent weather in most places, but didn't want to push my luck with the knees. 

Toast and a banana for tea. Girls were out for a late lunch with their Dad as it was his birthday yesterday, so I don't have to cook anything. Marvellous!  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:45

' Sake Dove 

Terse - that sounds too polite.....

Wildlife photos

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:44

I'm going to have to say it Sheps....'stoatily' brilliant....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 10:42

Didn't get round to doing photos of last week's little outing to Ben Donich, so here they are. Always nice to get out when there's a wee dicht of snow - last week was the first fall of this season in the west.

The ravens sat still for a minute or two on the crags

sparkly frosted snow

near the summit - you can just make out the trig and a few people (left of centre) on the plateau

view down Loch Goil/Loch Long

Ben Lomond

Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler on the left, Lomond on the right in the distance

...and a little solitary sheep oblivious to all the walkers a few feet away 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 09:24

BL - 

Safe journey back - take your time  

LP - I just read back and saw your post. How lucky your friend is to have you, and how sad that her life reached that point. I take it she's ok? Or as ok as you can be after that experience. 

doc was a demon hill walker in his youth - would have put me to shame 

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 09:15


I looked - it's still there - 'Did the gardening help you to lose weight' 

I love that - ' the gardening '....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 09:02

Wow fidget. Those structures are incredible. I like those much better than the plants 

The 'falling water' (as opposed to a waterfall) is pretty terrific too  

Love your sun/mist pic too scroggin  

Wildlife photos

Posted: 12/11/2017 at 08:42

Just gorgeous, doc  

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