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Camera Talk

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:42

Thank you doc. I know you've done a lot of them in the past, and I'd hate to think it bothers you showing the pix. I'm going to find it hard when I hang up the boots for good - hopefully not for a while though.

It was a great day - even if I couldn't do what I wanted. It wouldn't have made much difference carrying on, but I was aware of the time for getting home. Wasn't pleased about that - to say the least. There were quite a few groups doing the Ring. Bridge too far for me I think! A few people have done the ten Mamores recently. That's a helluva walk!  

Joyce - funny you should say that - there were lots of harebells! All tucked in nicely against the hill lower down 

Coming back down into the glen I disturbed a little frog. This is where lots of the harebells were 


Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:33

Just a bag from the supermarket - chuck it in. It's best done in spring when the water's warming up, but I've just done mine about a week ago. Water's nice and clear  

The watercress will provide a bit of surface cover - it will just float there in a clump. It will flower and seed, but it's easy to remove if it gets out of hand at all. Small ponds will tend to heat up quicker- the one I have here is the same  


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:30

doc - hope he doesn't make a move on your house. Do you have a security camera or anything? 

It means autumn's well and truly here  

I was commenting last week on the rowans - they've been even earlier than normal here, but the berries on them are post box red and they're laden with them. Don't think I've ever seen them so heavy with berries. Really beautiful 

Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:26

It's blanket weed and quite normal.   As the water starts warming up in spring, it encourages it. Having around a third of the surface covered with planting helps as it creates some shade. There are treatments available, including barley straw in various guises, but I chuck in a handful or two of watercress which also works well. It uses up the nutrients which the blanket weed feeds on. 

You'll get it every year but it's just a question of managing it. If you take some out, leave it overnight on the edge of the pond, as it allows any wildlife in it to get back into the water 


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:20

I rarely do ironing now  

There's a new drama starting on BBC 1 on Tuesday as well. Little fairylet's birthday that day - will make her a chocolate cake - her favourite  

Just as well there's no 'lympics after today - I might actually get something done outside...

Glad you're getting settled a bit now B'man. Can you send over some sun - I've got washing to put out and it's a bit rubbish out there 

I seem to have two toenails coming off - the ones next to my pinkies. Would superglue work do you think? 

Moving shrubs?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:14

Lavender doesn't always respond well to cutting back hard, so be careful with that one, or take cuttings just in case...

I'm assuming you mean a hardy fuchsia, so be wary of hacking that back too much too,  if it's a decent size.  As Ladybird says, wait a little while and then prepare the new sites well before digging your plants up. That will give them the best chance of recovering well  

Camera Talk

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:09

I agree Joyce - the lichen's beautiful 

Yesterday's slightly curtailed jaunt to Glen Nevis - doing only one of The Mamores - Stob Ban - instead of the intended two.. 

Weather wasn't too promising all the way - especially approaching Glencoe. The iconic 'Bookil' (Stob Dearg) is in there...honest!  

The famous waterfall in Glen Nevis - The Grey Mare's Tail . Boots off and a paddle across the bottom of that is necessary to get onto the hill path

Looking back down into Glen Nevis. The Ben shrouded in cloud, though it cleared briefly later on.

Pano of the second Munro I should have done-Mullach nan Coirean, showing the subsidiary tops and ridge leading to it's summit (centre of pic) with Ben Nevis on the right of pic

Part of the ridge from the top of the first bit of ascent - good scramble at the far end before dropping down to the bealach and making the final ascent to the summit

Pano from the same spot - the summit on the right of that ridge, and the continuing walk to the right of that. On the left - part of the Ring of Steall, a famous circular walk of several of the Mamores

Summit views: looking back to the scrambly ridge - I've got to go back over that b****r!  The two Aonachs in the background (left) and the Grey Corries on the right

The Grey Corries, with 'the other' Stob Ban

Pano of Stob Ban and the ridge to the second Munro - Mullach nan Coirean, the highest looking peak near the right, although it's the smaller of the two hills 

Heading back down - Ben Nevis clear, with the point of Carn Mor Dearg to it's right, and the famous arete joining them

The scoured rocks of the gorge - centuries of snow, ice and water creating the beautiful 'holes' 

Plenty of folk on these well walked hills - and I had the right guys parked next to me...


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 08:38

At the risk of sounding like Chandler from Friends - Could it have been any more exciting? 

Woke up just in time to see it - my subconscious must have been tuned in!  The girls were fabulous too. What a team the Brits have been   

I have a little 'thing' for the Marathon. One of our runners has the same name as my late Dad. It always makes me smile when I hear the commentators say it  


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 08:33

Morning all /afties Pat 

Cool here too Hosta. I refuse to put the heating on - I have a throw over me instead. Just living  up to the 'mean Scot' stereotype  

I woke up just in time to see Mo!  Fantastic wasn't it? Then the girls in the relay - how terrific they all are. What on earth am I going to do tomorrow when it's all over... 

I should have some breakfast...anyone got croissants or pains au choc going? 

Camera Talk

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 21:35

Oh Sheps - he is just gorgeous 

Haven't done my pix from today yet - too weary and it takes a while. Think there are some goodish ones though. 

You'll be pleased to know there weren't any birds for you to identify for me  

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