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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:02

Ribs were fine thanks Lesley. It's quite strange, ruckie doesn't fasten anywhere near, and nothing I was doing up or down the hill interfered at all. Changing gear in the car is more painful! 

Re all this men's bodies  lark- just as well I didn't tell you all about the lads who parked up next to me yesterday....

Steady on though - there were no uniforms....

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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 13:44

Not sure about that BL - my thighs are feeling it a bit today 

The drive adds a fair bit too - 3 hours there and about the same coming home, but when you have the daylight it means it's doable. 

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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 13:13

Not rock climbing as such BL, but many hills have scrambling - which is when you need to use your hands to get up and down something, as opposed to being on your feet only. That one is very rocky so you do a fair bit of clambering over rocks on the ridge and up and down the tops. I enjoy that. The pic where I said 'I've got to back over'  is quite hands on all the way back up and along a good bit of the ridge till you start  heading back down. The summit's 3,270 feet above sea level  

All the Munros are 3,000 feet and over, and you often have several tops to get over before you get to the actual summit . That walk has quite a few of them so the total ascent involved (if you do both summits) is 4,000 to 5,000 feet in total. 

Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 12:12

Yup - that's the stuff 

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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:57

Happy to oblige doc  

I hope the weather's kind for you next month. It's often the best month for weather! I took the girls up north last September and it was fabulous. Having the same week off again, so I might get a bit of walking done as we won't be going away -  spent all the cash on the extension 

Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:50

Here's what mine looks like just now 30by7.


That's the little clump of watercress in the middle of the pic. My pond is only about a square metre of surface area

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Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:42

Thank you doc. I know you've done a lot of them in the past, and I'd hate to think it bothers you showing the pix. I'm going to find it hard when I hang up the boots for good - hopefully not for a while though.

It was a great day - even if I couldn't do what I wanted. It wouldn't have made much difference carrying on, but I was aware of the time for getting home. Wasn't pleased about that - to say the least. There were quite a few groups doing the Ring. Bridge too far for me I think! A few people have done the ten Mamores recently. That's a helluva walk!  

Joyce - funny you should say that - there were lots of harebells! All tucked in nicely against the hill lower down 

Coming back down into the glen I disturbed a little frog. This is where lots of the harebells were 


Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:33

Just a bag from the supermarket - chuck it in. It's best done in spring when the water's warming up, but I've just done mine about a week ago. Water's nice and clear  

The watercress will provide a bit of surface cover - it will just float there in a clump. It will flower and seed, but it's easy to remove if it gets out of hand at all. Small ponds will tend to heat up quicker- the one I have here is the same  


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:30

doc - hope he doesn't make a move on your house. Do you have a security camera or anything? 

It means autumn's well and truly here  

I was commenting last week on the rowans - they've been even earlier than normal here, but the berries on them are post box red and they're laden with them. Don't think I've ever seen them so heavy with berries. Really beautiful 

Pond slimy stuff

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 10:26

It's blanket weed and quite normal.   As the water starts warming up in spring, it encourages it. Having around a third of the surface covered with planting helps as it creates some shade. There are treatments available, including barley straw in various guises, but I chuck in a handful or two of watercress which also works well. It uses up the nutrients which the blanket weed feeds on. 

You'll get it every year but it's just a question of managing it. If you take some out, leave it overnight on the edge of the pond, as it allows any wildlife in it to get back into the water 

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