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Camera Corner

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:45

When the weather's glorious Pat - it more than makes up for all the other days when it isn't! 

The Stirlingshire/Perthshire area is really beautiful - not just in the hills. It's well known as one of the most gorgeous parts of Scotland. Big farming country too - rolling fields of grain 

Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:37

They struggle with wet conditions Irma - a combination of wet and cold isn't ideal for them. They're not fully hardy everywhere in Britain - ok in sheltered urban areas, and mainly in the south, although some coastal areas in the west and south have a micro climate which means they can grow happily enough - the soil is often more suitable in those areas too - sandier and free draining.

It would depend on what your temps normally get to in winter. Long periods of sub zero temps aren't good either, so they'd need some protection if you get those sorts of conditions.  


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:30

The rain Steve - the rain and mist...and the rain....and the clouds...and did I mention the rain?.....

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:28

Bit of a contrast to John's tropical pix - my jaunt today on Beinn Each in snowy Callendar. There's a few more on the Forkers thread.

Ben Ledi (where I was a month ago) which overlooks the beautiful town of Callendar

The view from Beinn Each across to the Crianlarich Munros

 Ben Ledi from the descent of Beinn Each - the sun glinting on Loch Lubnaig which both these hills overlook

Further down and looking the other way - through Glen Ample to Loch Earn and the Lawers hills beyond



Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:57

Ahh - of course - I forgot about the bushfire situation. Not something we have to think about up here!  As long as you have something to keep you going 


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:37

Pat = that's a real pain about the power. We take it for granted nowadays I suppose. Do you have a BBQ that you could use to heat water ?   

The hills often look like this at the summits Steve ...

Every season in one day is a regular occurrence - and that's in summer  

Like in that pic!  


North Facing Border

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:32

If you're worried about the borders being a bit bare once the perennials etc die back for winter, it might be worth considering some structure for your plot, especially nearest the house. You can repeat shrubs along the borders and those will give it a lift during autumn and winter. If you choose carefully, you'll get flowers and autumn colour from them as well. Some late winter/spring bulbs will lift things until the more cottagey stuff gets going and flowers. If you plant them with the perennials, the dying foliage will be hidden by the emerging perennials too  


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:02
Steve 309 wrote (see)

 At the risk of starting an acrimonious debate, I like it with custard.  Proper Bird's custard made with milk and the powder out of a cardboard drum; none of that continental eggs and cream nonsense....


I love 'powdered' custard Steve - not with my C'mas pud though. I have cream. I could eat it all day 

We have the best hills Steve - don't let anyone try and tell you otherwise...  unfortunately, the weather isn't always like that 

Pat - she's so talented it's frightening. Everyone loves her too - a rare thing to achieve. The jungle is the celebrity thingy which they have in Australia. They ship out some z list 'celebrities' and make them do stuff, then people vote them out. Or something like that! 


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:33

I sew for a living, so I don't do much at home,  but I do use it for curtains and cushions etc. 

I wonder if T'bird has a spare pudding...  


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:28

Sorry Steve - I didn't see your post. It's Beinn Each, a Corbett (hills between 2,500 and 3,000 feet) on the east side of Loch Lubnaig near Callendar. If you look on a map of Scotland, it's between Stirling and Crianlarich. Great views across To Ben Ledi on the other side of the loch, and also to the Crianlarich hills. Always a bonus to see other mountains from the summit, but you need that kind of weather. It makes up for all the cloudy days when you see nowt!  

It's warm when you're moving Yvie - you just can't stop for too long unless you get some nice boulders for shelter!  

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