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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 19:59

I've done it on a grassy hill too scroggin!  

Don't think there'll be a lot of snow left by June unfortunately - although there's more forecast for later this week. There was still quite a bit on many hills in June last year though, in eastern and northern corries 

How weedy are you?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 19:32


My mum would have found it hard to say, whatever one it was Hosta!

How weedy are you?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 19:23

My Mum was too polite to call it Willy. She called it Sticky Willow 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 19:14

I had a lovely half day though Joyce,and the bumslide certainly made up for the early rain and the 'view preventing'  louring sky! 

It was beautiful driving back out, but I couldn't really have got pix as the best view was looking behind into the setting sun. It's a pity as it was superb. I went the longer way instead of over the bridge of Balgie route, which was the way I went in. LochTay was looking splendid too 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 19:00

Gorgeous photo Sheps - as always  

I'm very fond of pheasants too - couldn't eat a whole one....

We had some quite tame ones at the last house. The neighbour across the road fed them regularly, and they nested in his garden. They visited us frequently - the females sometimes sat on the window ledges and pecked on the windows.

Plenty around yesterday in Glen Lyon, but I didn't take any photos. Cloud and fog right down to about 1500 feet almost everywhere, until later in the day, so it was a murky day for walking. It meant there were some good 'sky' pix, although ti was very much a 'monochrome' day   

Lots of frogs in the puddles on the approach track, and in the trenches and pools alongside 

Cam Chreag's corries and crags at the north end of the summit ridge were hanging onto clag, and Loch Rannoch was hard to see

The sleet and wind made it awkward to get photos at all, but the clag lifted for a few moments to allow a view of Stuchd an Lochain - one of my favourite hills, and the alternative walk for yesterday. 

A few minutes later it was shrouded in cloud and fog again as the sky closed in. A bit of distant light through in Glen Lochay to the south.  The snowy tops of the the two Munros there are just about visible

Little pools at lower levels are still partially frozen. The heather and wispy grasses on the edge were reflected in the surface

The sky started to clear on the way back down the glen, with a rainbow appearing too  


Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:44

What a shame. I'd make holes in them too, but if you have a metal skewer that you can heat up (candle flame will do) that's less likely to split the plastic, especially if it's a bit flimsy.

You'll need to get more trays to use underneath them, for the excess water to drain into   

How weedy are you?

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:39

Like Joyce - I don't have lots of bare earth for long periods. I plant quite densely and have lots of evergreens or successions of planting which helps prevent weeds getting in.

I do remove weeds when I see them, before they get too big to be a problem, but it's always easier in a smaller garden too. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 17:34

Evening all. You've all been busy and chatty - as usual 

No probs with the sliding thanks - no rocks or large holes (always check that first!)  I'd already earmarked a couple of suitable bits on the way up, but I came down where previous walkers had gone and it was right there. Had a giggle when I saw it.  I considered taking a video, but the camera lens was quite wet with the earlier sleet so I left it tucked up. Liri - that made me laugh re your gran. Hope I can still do it when I'm that age too. Life's too short to not slide in the snow when the opportunity arises! 

I dust that way too Obelixx - always a damp cloth. Much healthier. The dust eventually goes, although it's a painful process 

Did you buy ten cards for a six year old Hosta? I seem to remember having this conversation a while ago! Hope you've both had a good day anyway 

I do that with plants too doc. I doubt I've planted much that hasn't been moved - sometimes just days later.  

Raised beds

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:07

Can you give size of beds and aspect? Plus any other elements that  affect choices like buildings, trees etc. That will help with any advice  

The boggy corner is probably better made into a bog garden with appropriate planting. That's easy enough to do, but it's lawasy better top link the area in some way with your other planting - ie colours and heights. If that's not viable, another raised bed there, so that you can control the wet ground, or take that area of lawn away altogther, and make a solid surface (gravel or similar) and use pots and containers. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 08:01

Morning all/ afties Pat. Side effects  

Bumslide was great -no rocks - too much snow...and the other people had made a nice channel! Best fun you cna have with your clothes on.... 

Congrats to LP's dug and to Hosta's OH. Slightly different circumstances....I take it hubby's not wanting to acknowledge the number Hosta? 

Busy day chicky - but a nice evening to look ofrward to, Have a lovely time 

Quite pleasant here - some sun and about 7 degrees with no breeze. Pity I have to work 

Better go and organise myself. Have a good day all

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