Latest posts by Fairygirl

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 17:44

The little brown one could be a dunnock or one of the sparrows. Dunnocks have pinkish legs and tiny black stripes ontheir sides and wing,so not as uniformly brown as robins. Female chaffinches are also brown, but they have bits of white too, on their wings. There are other small 'brown'  birds too, so if they have any other markings, that will help ID them. Great tits have a black head, and are bigger than blue tits,  with a black stripe down their front.

Female blackbirds are completely brown, including beaks. They're ground feeders, so not likely to be on a hanging feeder. Unless you have a new, potential Olympic champion in gymnastics.... 

You can use the RSPB  online to identify birds too Loana. You can put in all the things you can see on the birds you have - colour, size, type of beak etc, and it gves you lots of options to narrow it down  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 17:23

You're absolutely right Iamweedy. I feel ill sometimes when I see people who are ill prepared. They think because it's pleasant when they park the car that it'll be the same a couple of thousand feet higher up. 

I visited Schiehallion on the May Bank Holiday a couple of years ago as I had a week off. It was blizzard conditions. It's a straightforward enough hill - on a good day. That's the problem when they put serviced paths in lower down to encourage folk onto hills too. inexperienced people are also oblivious to  the amount of daylight available. Even in spring or autumn you see people heading out in early afternoon for a walk that takes several hours - like I did yesterday. The couple last week were unbelievably ill equipped  

Glad you enjoyed them Liri. Cycling's probably the nearest thing to getting the thighs in good order for a hill !

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 17:10

Been doing the necessary h****work, then outside in the damp murk for a couple of hours, washing the car and doing a bit of tidying in the garden, and planting a few tulips...

Quite mild out - about 2 degrees. No wind which is what makes the difference. Soemthing's not right with our weather!

Now watching the Orkney/Britain's Ancient Capital  programme. I missed the last episode because I set the thing to record the repeat, and there was r***y snooker on instead 

You might like that Hosta. I've got loads of stuff recorded which I haven't seen so plenty to catch up on. Does anyone watch No Offence? I may have asked before. I think it's brilliant  

Happy sewing Liri. Supposedly simple projects, of any kind, are always the ones that take longest, aren't they? 

Left over roast chicken sounds good. I haven't even looked to see what there is to rustle up for dinner  

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 13:54

Thanks F'edge  

That was actually from last winter, but I think I have the same pair again - if that's possible...not really sure!

Good when they sit nicely for a while on the fence though  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 13:45

I hadn't spotted that LG! Very good  

Pond in a pot

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 13:35

I think lots of people here have made ponds using a container Tigrah, but if you want to attract wildlife, make sure they have a safe route in and out by putting a ramp of some kind or an arrangement of stones/rocks etc at one side. A good level rock at the top will also provide a place for insects and small birds to perch and drink   

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 13:28

The right footwear is very important aym. I've seen people doing the West Highland Way and they're crippled, because your boots are the vital bit.  I did a large part of it with a big blister on one heel because my boots at the time weren't right. Worst bit was putting them on each morning....

It isn't flat - there's very little flat apart from the summit plateau, and a short stretch between the first and second summits.  That's a short walk, but steep, so it can be tougher than a higher hill for instance. Descending can be just as tricky when it's steep, especially when it's icy, although it's  less tiring! 

I met some young soldiers on a hill a while ago, and some of them were struggling because it's not like being on a flatter surface, even if you're generally fit.  Having your 'hill' legs is just a diffrent type of fitness, and the only way to get it is to go up hills  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 12:58

Absolutely Joyce - my jeep was silver and it certainly helped when on those little mucky roads! Current car is dark blue - just as well it's been a bit drier here...  

Hibernating sounds quite good Catnap, but not this winter. Been much too good - up here anyway! 

Controlling weeds with "membrane"

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 12:53

I'd agree with Liri and KT53 re the stuff you should use, and it's readily available, but I'd also agree with Hosta that it will be very ugly. If it's an area you're looking at every day, a layer of bark or gravel on top will vastly improve it. Liri's probably right about it breaking down in the light too, so it would help it's longevity.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 22/01/2017 at 12:49

Actual walking time was just over three hours BL, and the total walk is just over four miles - but it's virtually all up, so it's a bit different from walking at low level or on the flat. It's really a half day walk, so ideal for this time of year.

The thighs are the bits that hurt.  When anyone describes a steep hill they call it a 'thigh burner'. It's very apt!  

You're gaining over 2,800 feet in just over 2 miles so that gives you an idea of the steepness.

These are taken from the same point while descending from the summit. Looking back up the scrambly bit

Looking ahead

You can see why the knees are a problem for hillwalkers BL!

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