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HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 21:53

I often get teary at the top of hills Wonks. Daft old mare that I am...

Sometimes the enormity of what you see is simply overwhelming. Big sky, big hills, big views.  It's impossible to capture properly in photos, but I hope it comes across reasonably well. 


Camera Talk

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 21:34

Real hazy air today.  I love the little lochans - they're always a delight when you find them. 

Just over 9 miles and only around 1500 feet ascent you did today RB - not too strenuous. Ideal for a Saturday in March eh?  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 21:28

Lily - I'm not ashamed to say that I had a lump in my throat reading that simple line on that plaque. I could have sat by the loch for ages just 'in the moment' but it's a long drive there and back so I couldn't hang about too long really!  

There's been some intensive sapling planting along the edges of the river right down the glen too. Think it's the new flood defense theory of tree roots helping to bind the banks and slow the rivers down. Very impressive job. It's a few miles south of Braemar, not far from the area where the road was washed away during the winter floods. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 21:14

Oh David - I didn't see this when you posted it. That's absolutely stunning. You can see every little detail on the feathers  

Today's jaunt in Glen Callater - between Glenshee and Braemar. The Corbett, Creag nan Gabhar. A nice easy high level walk on a glorious, wind free  (and warm!) day. 

Summit view with the Glenshee hills in the background 


wee half  frozen lochan on the descent.  



mountain hare in his winter pyjamas


Across to the back end (western fringes) of the Lochnagar Hills 



frozen Loch Callater with Tolmount at the far end



Another smashing day - ye canny whack it!  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:40

I'll stick them on David's camera thread RB. 

Glad you can exercise vicariously, courtesy of my walks. Quite a few miles you've racked up recently...  

spring things

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:36

I have a nice reddish violet Pulsatilla. Also the purples and whites.

The voucher I gave chicky was one I couldn't use as it could only be redeemed at Wyvale Gardeb Centres - we don't have them up here. It was for free bulbs so she got the Chionodoxas 

Lovely pix everyone  

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:32

Wonks - the freedom it gives you is incalculable. Virtually impossible for me to hillwalk without a car. 'Me' time when I'm driving! 

Clear air and peace. Just perfect. 

I spent a bit of time sitting by the loch today, where Callater Lodge is. There's a plaque on the door dedicated to a Stan Tennant. Underneath it just says 'he loved this place'.  I couldn't disagree with that statement when this is the view 



Advice on pruning cotinus smoke tree for new garden

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:10

They can be pruned back quite hard usually. How big is it mo? You might want to do it in stages, just to be on the safe side if it's really big.

Pruning encourages the colourful foliage too 

Cut back crocosmia?

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 20:04

I think I would Craigh - it would normally die back, as you say,  and then produce it's new shoots from the debris. Just be careful not to catch the new growth  


spring things

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 19:38

I love them  - they grow very well here in moist, well drained soil. A bit of sun if possible, although they also take a little shade no problem. Mine are only just getting their fuzzy buds just now.

Snowdrops still in flower - they've only been out the last few weeks


Loads of crocus, some Hellebores, but too early for daffs yet here. 

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