Latest posts by Fairygirl

How cold is too cold for a Cupressus Goldcrest?

Posted: 14/12/2015 at 07:52

Hi Bella - as Dove says, they're perfectly fine outside, it's where they're meant to be. Snow is the biggest problem if it collects on the branches as it can break them, but it's usually only an issue for bigger specimens.


Posted: 14/12/2015 at 07:49

Morning all /afties Pat  if you're about 

Slightly milder here - wouldn't be hard after yesterday. It did get up to minus two eventually  

That just reminded me Verd - I had two emails from 'Paypal'.  Supposedly strange activity on my account. I went through the correct channels onto my account 'cos it seemed odd. Reported them and they were fake right enough. Very realistic though, as you say.  

I didn't get a PM from Mr Gardens Dove. Very disappointed. Do you think Scotland's too far for him to travel? He'd need an awful lot of glass to keep us dry here  

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 21:09

My Olympus was slightly bulkier than those new ones which aren't much bigger than phones, but it was light, and I could stick it in my pocket if necessary. I'm not patient enough to take good wildlife pix - I'd be on hills even longer than usual! Nice when you get one accidentally though. I just missed a little family of great tits when I stopped for a little break yesterday. They were on a tree on the other side of the river and darted across to a little tree twenty feet from me. I got the camera out, but by the time I had got them in focus they'd gone - as quickly as they'd arrived. Beautiful though 

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 20:47

flumpy - that one on the left looks like he's eaten one of the other sheep....


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 20:35

It's an ongoing thread where we just chat about all sorts of stuff Chris. We can dip in and out and talk about non gardening matters, tell jokes, ask questions about cake, tv, music cameras, decorating , Christmas and ...well, you get the picture 

and we frequently don't make sense!

Hosta - brilliant  

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 20:30

Thank you Lesley - very kind 

The first two pix are with  my new camera - it's a Fuji FinePix bridge camera - model S8650. It was around £85/90 reduced from about £130/140. I'd intended getting one of the lightweight, slim ones - easier for carrying - but this one seemed such good value. I love the panoramic facility on it and I'm getting used to the heavier weight of it!  Hosta's is a terrific buy - much better zoom than mine. If I'd waited a few months it would have been perfect, but I'd have to have gone back and done all those hills again

My previous one was an Olympus, and I'd had it for many years so it owed me nothing. It was heavier on power - the only drawback. The 3rd and 4th pix were taken with it. I loved it, but it's currently languishing half way down Cam Chreag in Glen Lochy just now   

Anyone else still mowing??

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 19:29

You need a small flock of sheep instead Hosta - especially as you're getting a bit long in the tooth 

I'll get me coat...


Posted: 13/12/2015 at 19:28

Glad things went well LP. Hope you've warmed up now! 

I love a good mystery Dove    lily - it wasn't me wot dunnit   

Could have been Barratt Holmes, Verd ....

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 19:21

A few more to tempt Verd  

The Tyndrum Hills ( Ben Lui etc) from the lochan on Beinn Odhar at about 2,500 feet


Glen Fyne on Saturday - you can just see Ben Lui and Ben Oss covered in snow in the distance against the pale sky


 From the summit of Goatfell on Arran - exactly 7 years ago


 Stob Dearg on Buchaille Etive Mor ( The  'Bookil' ) as you enter Glencoe



Camera Corner

Posted: 13/12/2015 at 15:55

She's a smasher nut - and so is your pic  

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