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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:15

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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:42

I had a quick read of that ppauper. I have to admit, I laughed too! 

Seriously though, this is the danger of people tackling any kind of reasonable sized hill without the proper equipment and experience. We see it up here all the time. They don't realise that it can be lovely where you start out, and snowing/raining/foggy at the tops and near or below zero - even in summer. The Munros are regularly sub zero in the early hours at this time of year, never mind in autumn/winter/spring.

Never been to Ireland - perhaps when I retire and have lots of time on my hands, I'll visit! I have to say that I'd also love to see the Giant's Causeway too. I find it fascinating.  

Perhaps that's why I love structure in gardens. Rock and stone - you can't beat it. The summit plateau and approach of that first Munro is quite hard to walk over - lots of  alpine scree, with all those knife edge jagged pieces of rock sticking up through the ground, perfect for little alpine plants.  You get a bit of an idea from the pic showing the Corries and Nevis, although it's more noticeable in other parts.  It reminded me of Berghill's  garden where he has created an alpine area.

None growing up there though!  

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:19

Good point Bob. I always forget about the ants. Since they like dry conditions, they're not such a big problem up here ....can't imagine why.....

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:16

T'bird - unfortunately, that's three hour plus drive away! That's why I was considering kipping in the car overnight and coming back this morning. 

It was a cracking day which is also why I decided to go for a long day. You have the light too, so the time isn't such an issue. Not as hot as it was in Glen Etive a couple of weeks ago, but no real breeze either. That's been the big factor this year - a lack of wind.  I'm at the stage where most of the Munros I haven't done are all further than a couple of hours drive away, so it's not doable in one day. Not for me anyway!  

Think the flutterby is a common blue. I've never seen any round here, although there should be some. The site says the females are usually brown further south, but in west of Ireland and Scotland they're blue as well.  

Ant nest in stipa

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:07

Give it a good soaking with a few buckets of water, gatehill.

They don't like wet conditions and that might be enough to send them on their way to somewhere less annoying for you!

Aphids on young apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:03

Repeat what you've done with the hose and by hand Mamalion. The more birds you can encourage into your garden the better, as they'll help hoover them up - blue tits especially. Try hanging a little feeder in the branches and see if you can get some to move in there  

Amelanchier in a pot

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 11:00

Yes - they grow extremely well up here too. Loads of moisture and clay soil.

Very hard to replicate the ideal conditions in a pot over a long period of time. 

Karen Carpenter goodbye to love

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:58

When you consider the more recent death of Michael Jackson, the availability of all sorts of dubious 'medicines' isn't confined to the sixties and seventies. The people supplying these pills and potions are the real problem, sadly.

Frightening when you consider that many of them are also qualified doctors. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:47

I'll bet ppauper! Is NW - Ireland or here? Pardon my ignorance 

The approach road alongside the loch was hoaching with them Joyce. Beautiful, and tiny. Must look up the butterfly site to get an ID  

Amelanchier in a pot

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:19

Needs to be in the ground Muffs. Not really suitable for a pot long term. 

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