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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 18:42

How lovely Joyce. Perhaps just being a little further south than me it makes the difference? Hopefully he'll appear regularly.  I never saw one in the garden round the corner and we watched birds constantly there when oldest fairylet was little. We had a tree creeper which came regularly and I briefly thought that's what it was as I couldn't see his colours initially. They're quite a similar shape and size, but even as I was thinking it, I knew it wouldn't be sitting on the feeder. Isn't it daft to get so excited about it!  I'd have felt awful if he hadn't found his way into the feeder 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:47

Never seen one before Dove so it's great. We have a fair bit of woodland around and plenty of conifers and pines etc. There's one of each next to the feeder! I hope he'll visit regularly now that he's found the restaurant  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:43

Thank you BL. Glad you enjoy the pix. 

I love the frozen lochans on hills. I like to get a few of those whenever possible

I enjoyed this year's Landscape Artist although I didn't care for the eventual winner. Enjoyed his final commission though. I like that they get to do a commission which counts in the final too - it's an impossible task to expect someone to create their best work in a few hours.

My favourite was in the final, but I won't say in case you get to see it! I expect you'd get it online. It's a very enjoyable watch. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:30

Evening all. Hope the insomnia sufferers get a better night. I understand it well and I'm grateful for having a proper bed to sleep in now as it's made a big difference to my sleep.

Steamed kitten obelixx - is there a nice sauce to go with that or have I misunderstood....

Your post reminds me of something I read yesterday Liri - the  phytophthora which has affected Larches in the south has spread into Argyll and surrounding areas. I did think some of the areas of forestry were looking a bit ropier than usual when I've been out. 

However, I'm beyond excited because when I came home for lunch, I glanced out the window and spotted this little chap on the 'cage'...

I quickly got a few pix and watched him looking for a way in....

Then I felt bad in case he couldn't....but.....


Felt really lucky that I saw him. Two minutes either way and I wouldn't. They're rarely seen up here, so I don't know whether it was sheer luck, a lack of food around in the recent cold spell,or changes in habitats or climate and they might be getting more common,  but it was brilliant whatever the reason 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 22:02

They never fail to thrill me Joyce. It's hard to explain what it does for the soul. There's always something positive to take from a day's walk, even if the weather's been poor or you don't feel 100%   

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:50

I waved my wand for you Liri - so that you wouldn't have the usual manky stuff on the island  

Glad you had a good spell when you were there. Makes all the difference 

Unfortunately I missed getting out on the hills when we had a good load of snow recently. Very frustrating when there were clear blue skies to go with it. The milder spell last week has taken it all away again, but there'll be plenty to come! I had a nice outing on Sunday though, and a few frosty pix to go with it 

Plant ID

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:43

I don't have a clue Erol, but my post will bump your query up and hopefully someone will be able to help 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:38

My pleasure GD and Joyce - I've missed taking them. I had a manky cold a couple of weeks ago and missed the opportunity to get out when there was lots of snow and clear skies, but I've had my vicarious thrills from looking at other people's lovely walk reports and stunning pix on the walkhighlands site  

I was watching the Landscape Artist final earlier and I suddenly realised how much I enjoy looking 'up' when I'm out. Getting 360 degree views from a summit is great, but the skies can be breathtaking and I find I spend a lot more time looking at them now than I ever did before.

I can understand why you would miss hills, GD, even with a big sky that accompanies the sea. I'm not sure I could be without them. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 21:15

The perils of my new way of posting - I'd almost finished and then I leant on something and it disappeared...

I'll try again....only managed a skim through a few pages, but glad you had a good holiday Hosta. Fantastic to hear your good news DD - here's to your new future, and I wish you every success with it. You deserve some good times now. Clari - tell your OH to get his finger out and get some heat in that r*ddy house! Good luck with the job hunting - you deserve better too. Commiserations fidget and hubby. That must have been a horrible experience. Hope he is on the mend. Your paperwork/red tape issues won't be helping. Why does everything have to be so difficult nowadays?

I've forgotten everything else now 'cos it's taken me so long to do this....

Not been away BL - I posted some pix on the camera thread as I saw you'd been asking after me. Hand/wrist has been making things a bit tricky for scrolling/posting etc. 

No 'tree topping' Joyce - I can do without any more damage....

Garden has had a lot of frost through November- ground was solid for well over a week recently, and took a while to thaw out. I thought I might have lost a couple of things, but all seems ok....I hope.  Can't remember it ever being so dry at this time of year though. Much better than our usual diet of cold rain/sleet  and wild stuff. There are even trees which still have some foliage attached - not often there's much foliage still around in early November, never mind December. 

I noticed it particularly along Loch Lomond on Sunday as the light came in, and there was a rosy glow to highlight it. Happy days 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 20:05

I'm here BL.

My hand has been giving me bother so I'm having to footle around with the keypad thingy instead of a mouse. Makes me a bit slow though...or slower than usual...

Gorgeous pic. I love architecture of all kinds, but especially the brickwork of belltowers and churches in Italy (in particular) France and Spain etc. The lamps as well. I think they're works of art

For various reasons I haven't been walking for over a month. I missed all the lovely snow and alpine weather to go with it at the end of November, but I was out on Sunday on Beinn an Lochain. A hill I've done many times, but it's very handy as it's only an hour or so away, and very, very enjoyable as a short outing

Nice bit of sunrise en route along Loch Lomond

A nice icy pool about half way up

The hills all looked like they'd had a tiny sprinkling of fresh snow, but it was just the heavily rimed grass 

The summit 'cone' 

the view back to the summit from the south top

looking south west to Ben Donich from the south top

Loch Fyne from the south top

and The Cobbler and a few of the Arrochar/Crianlarich hills from near the summit

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