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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 11:04

Hope it's a gentle crossing on the ferry for you to the cottage this month then,Liri.  

Yes - still just light when I got back to the car yesterday - 6 o clock. Last few hundred feet has a good path though, so it's not too big a problem.  I used to have a head torch, so I really should invest in one again  


Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:41

I always thought it was simply because of it's general location, western-ish edge , and it also trips off the tongue nicely, so it's a better place name to use than Largs, for instance. Although - 'away to the side like West Kilbride' would be quite good!  

It's a good expression though, isn't it? 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:34

I missed that comment - it's not three years is it Dove?  

Missed your post too Wonks - I posted at the same time but it didn't appear later for some reason. The weird and wonderful quirks of the site  

Glad you all like the pic. Not much chance of any sunsets or sunrises today and tomorrow unless I travel to Shetland apparently - according to the girl on the Scottish weather forecast  

Hope the shoulder improves BL.

Enjoy your peace and quiet Pat. Bet you're relieved  

You could send six cards for a ten year old, Hosta.... 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:09

You might need to explain the Gourock comment Hosta - for those not from Scotland 

My mum used to say 'away to the side like Gourock'. 

It's  a lovely pic  

Help! I can't create a design for my new garden!

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:05

I'd agree with B'cupdays. Get rid of the grass - more trouble than it's worth, and you won't need to worry about access as you can use gravel  or bark with easy to maintain planting in it, which you can walk across.

I'd go for shrubs, mainly  evergreen, and use some perennials in between or around them as space allows. I'd also keep those to the 'house side' of the shrubs, to avoid people trampling on them when they're dormant. You can add spring bulbs to extend the seasonal interest too, which are also easy. Some of those in planters and pots for the manhole covers would be good, and you can swap those for some annuals in summer and an easy evergreen (or nothing at all) over winter, to give some variation. Keep it simple as you'll be busy enough with your children.

Keep the back garden for plants which need more attention, as you'll be in that more with the youngsters   

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Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:58

Lovely B'cupdays. Never seen one of those 

Are the stock doves related to collared doves? They're certainly very similar but without the ring. I've only seen collared doves on a couple of occasions in this garden, but we used to get them quite often round the corner. Chaffinches are thin on the ground here too, yet they were by far the most common visitor round there. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:53

Lovely pic Hosta. You should put it on the camera thread too, now you've got the hang of it... 

I've used Moonpig in the past, but always forget about it these days 

Plenty of firewood where I was yesterday - lots of tree felling has happened since the last time I was there. It's weirdly disorientating  

Is it really a problem?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:47

Ah -  I see Kathie! 

Rats aren't cute though....you'll regret it if you don't deal with them as soon as possible. Like mice, there's never 'only one or two' either  

It's this stuff Verdun - you know...white and cold...

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:26

Yes - all joking aside BL - is it not cheaper and esier to take the tunnel? Or is it quite expensive?

I had one of those nights during the week Obelixx - albeit without the cramps. Never got back to sleep so I was pretty knackered after work that day  

Take plenty of breaks while steaming!

It's drying up a little here now so I might try and do some seed sowing, rather than h****work. I'll have to organise some decent protection for them to go outside later though   

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:20

scroggin - just PM me nearer the time and let me know. I'm usually only out at weekends as I work full time, but Friday afternoons are suitable especially at that time of year when there's longer days. The hill I was on yesterday is a great little one for photos too, and the one next to it (Beinn an Lochain) is just a great hill - one of my favourites, and handy as it's only just over an hour away for me. 

Plenty of damp today Pat - but yesterday it was confined to higher areas where it was snow filled clouds rather than rain. I've done this hill loads of times, but as the forecast is pants for the weekend, I went up to Ben Donich to get a few hours out. It had been a great day, but as I was only setting off at 3pm, it was already getting very chilly again in the strong winds. Not too much snow, but the ascent is on the northern side of the hill, so it was crisp and icy. Good for crossing the normally boggy areas - no dirty trousers 

Half way up and the sky was bright over at the Tyndrum hills to the north

but a different story looking slightly further west to Ben Lomond

The multiple lumps, bumps and tops of Donich. Summit is the one furthest to the right

The leaden sky to the south, beyond neighbouring Corbett, The Brack 

Too cold and windy to stay long at the summit , but the different skies from it - west over the Cowal peninsula

and east over the Arrochar hills, Ben Lomond, The Brack and some of the Luss/Glen Douglas hills

the sky was getting more leaden over The Arrochar hills and Ben Lomond on the way down. Plenty of snow in those....

but still quite light to the north west - the Cruachan hills were clear

and the time of day meant I could catch the  setting sun out to the west 

which improved with every step of the descent

Hands were a bit cold by the time I got down, but there was plenty of firewood if I'd wanted some to take home....

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