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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 18:59

Liri- I met one couple as they were coming back, and another chap who'd passed me just before the first Munro - also returning the same way. You can do a different route back by descending south west off Easain, but it involves a bog trot back and it's generally advised to come back by the outward route. I think the recent very dry weather meant that quite a few people did that, as the car park was quite busy. Some walkers might have been doing the two hills on the other side of Loch Treig though.

I talked for ages to the chap doing the checkpoint  for the girl running the Ramsay Round - I mentioned it on the Forker thread. They do 24 Munros in 24 hours   She's actually in one of my other pix ( the approach to Mheadhoin) with her two man support , but they're so far ahead of me you can barely see them  

To be honest - I don't like the satnav. I mainly use it as a compass, and for the trip computer as it gives you the stats - how far, how long moving and how long stopped etc. Handy for checking you're at the right summit too as it gives you the height! 

Always have maps, route description and sometimes route reports by other people as well as a standard compass. 

How do you edge your grass?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:52

I'm not sure how those stand up to wear and tear Typhoo. That would be my main concern. 

I have timber round the back lawn, but I'm thinking of changing it for heftier stuff as I don't feel it's going to stand up to the weather well enough - think it'll warp over time. I'm considering using heavy duty fence posts. 

If you like timber, you could also use sleepers sunk into the ground, if it would fit with your style. Lots of places stock new ones. They're pricey, which is why I'm compromising with the posts instead   


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:45

I've just posted on your thread too ppauper. 

Been out doing all my very lush grass too before the rain started,  so I'm pleased as it was needing a good tidy after doing a weed and feed last week.  

I seem to have missed something, or got hold of the wrong end of the stick - who's got men in lycra setting off a smoke alarm? I can't say I'm surprised - I always expected Chris Hoy's legs to go on fire....

Going to the cemetery soon as it's Father's Day. It was another reason why I thought of kipping in the car last night - I pass it on the way as it's just near Loch Lomond. I find it hard to believe it's nearly seven years since he died.

Not heard of that either LP.  Is it the vertical edge of the turf you paint? 

Glad you're feeling a bit better Dove

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:39

I'd love to see an update of your new plot BM. It looked really promising with lots of lovely areas  

How do you edge your grass?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:25

That made me laugh ppauper  - I just saw your post on the other thread! 

I use shears - hate strimmers, but they're a necessary evil if you have a large plot with loads of rough bits and pieces, or you have fields next door etc.

I do use scissors on the back grass edges....sometimes... 

In my defence, it's because I no longer have those edging shears for doing the top....

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:19

They're too bold unfortunately Alan! 

Great pix again.

Pond sounds a good idea LF. Look forward to seeing it 

Camera Talk

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 14:15

Result LF  

Camera Talk

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.....

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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.  

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