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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 12:51

Hi steephill - lovely to see your pix.

I'd hoped there would be a bit of snow, but all the November stuff had gone. Loads forecast over the next few days though. I take it you walked up The Snub and over the top, judging by your second photo. I couldn't decide which way to go as there's so many options, and I was thinking of coming back along the top and going down it if I decided not to do the circuit. I slightly regret not doing it that way as I'd have seen the memorial. 

I think the main differences might be the path construction up to Loch Brandy. It's well maintained. There's wooden cabins etc at the Clova Hotel and they were very busy, and they obviously want to encourage people to walk up to the lochan, which they can do even if they're not hillwalkers. There's a fairly new landrover track at the other end (from the far end of Loch Wharral in your last pic)  right down to the glen road. There was a couple who were walking up it to Wharral as I was coming off the hill. Tourism's so important for these places and I suppose it gets more people in if they can go for a scenic walk without too much difficulty. The shooting industry will benefit from it too. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 08:09

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there.

Solstice today LP. Hope you have a great trip once it arrives  

Been windy here but I don't think there's any damage. Friday's the one that's to be bad, with a load of weather coming in later today and through Thursday too. 

Christmas is always a time of reflection for me and the info I found out about the yong marine just heightens it, as well as all the grief going on around the world. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am.

I hope everyone here has a good and happy time over the next week or so. 

Off to work now. Catch you all later

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 07:57

I don't know GD - falling is the most likely and it doesn't take long to get seriously cold, even in summer if you have no equipment, and runners travel light. My friend's dad was a marine and they're used to tough conditions and just getting on with it. They have to, don't they?

I felt terribly moved reading it - I suppose because my youngest will be twenty soon, and he was born the same year as my oldest. 

You can always call emergency services even if there's no signal - they must use a different frequency. Down in glens is where you rarely get a signal - up top is usually better as it's more open, but it's not consistent anywhere. 

I shall remember Luke Ireland though, when I'm on hills up there, and on Remembrance Day. 

A very Merry Christmas to you all

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 21:05

Merry Christmas to all the Gardener's World team. Here's to a peaceful New Year and a wonderful 2017



Hello Forkers December

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 20:52

They're really lovely chicky. You clearly had a great time. Did you remortgage the house to pay for dinner?   Gorgeous blue skies too.

I was just looking online to see if I could find out about the wreath at the big rock at the first lochan on my walk on Sunday - I posted a pic of it.  I found out there's a commemorative cairn at the top of the corrie, which I didn't pass as I went up the other side. A young lad disappeared two years ago while running in Glen Clova and his body was found nearby. He was only 20 - a marine from the 45 Command in Arbroath. The wreath had the numbers 4 and 5 with a dagger in between, which is their symbol.

How very sad. If you have to go - it's not a bad place. They chose the spot because of the location.   Makes you appreciate life a little more. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 20:33

It's lovely IAW. Sometimes it's the only way to catch a photo - I've done it myself! The view often doesn't last very long. 

Did you manage to resize or sort out your photo loading issue?

I had a look online to see if I could find out about the wreath at that rock at Loch Brandy in one of my photos.  Apparently there's a cairn with a plaque at the head of the corrie, but, as I went up the east side of it rather than the west,  I didn't go past it. A young lad's body was found nearby two years ago. His name was Luke Ireland. He'd died while running in Glen Clova and was only twenty. The symbols on the wreath were a 4 and a 5 with a dagger in between. He was a marine - with the Arbroath based 45 Commando.  How sad. So young.

He has a beautiful view forever more though - from the top of the corrie in the middle of this pic.

The wreath at the rock . The photo above was taken from here

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Flower tower

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 19:30

Sorry jason - but I really don't understand what it is you're asking...or describing.....

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Posted: 20/12/2016 at 19:28

Don't worry DD - you'll quickly learn to be anti social! 

Seriously - Christmas will be quite stressful under the circumstances, so be kind to yourself, and if that means a box of chocs and a blanket in front of the telly, you crack on and do exactly that. 

I'll possibly be joining you  

Hosta - you are naughty. Poor lad...although I think fidget might not be far from the truth  

At least he's/they're being responsible 

Daughter is making brioche buns. The dough 'proved' rather excitable (do you see what I did there?) and it overflowed slightly. It was like Quatermass on the wooden floor....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:54

I haven't BL - but I'm sure I'd remember if I did! 

Technically - hills over 3,000 feet are mountains, so all the Munros are mountains as they're Scottish hills of 3,000 feet and more. There are nine over 4,000.  The one I was on the other day is a Corbett - hills of 2,500 to 3,000 feet. It's just over 2, 900 feet. Most hillwalkers just call them all hills though.

The Lochnagar hills are five Munros, although Lochnagar is actually the corrie and lochan as in those hills I was on.   Driesh and Mayar further along the glen, are also Munros. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:44

Obelixx - I understand what you mean about the morning news, but in a way I prefer it  (rarely see the news later )because I can then count my lucky stars that I don't have that kind of grief in my life on a daily basis. My heart goes out to the family of the poor soul who was driving that lorry to start with. They must be beyond devastated. 

You're right Liri - people cause all the trouble in the world.

Pat - I think it was fondant icing - daughter made those a few years ago. There would have been some royal or glace icing for doing the little squiggles etc, and she had various pots of glitter and 'sand' (edible ) for some of the effects. 

Hosta - we were talking about that at work last week. The amount of food that will be chucked is dreadful. People simply buy too much, and then they either over indulge, or throw it away. 

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