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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:09

Thanks Joyce, and everyone else too - I'm fine. The irony is that walking helps, but that's what I didn't do...hopeless old tart..  

Obelixx - I got a towel radiator for the new shower room and I'm not that impressed, and I'm sure it's the right size for the space etc.  Would rather have an ordinary radiator. 

Last edited: 30 January 2017 18:10:13

Big garden bird watch 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:02

I did mine on Saturday as I wasn't expecting to be around on Sunday. Fortunately it was snowing too, so the birds were hungry   

The blackbirds arrived a bit late, but there was plenty left after the nuthatches chucked more out 

I still think the count is misleading too, but that's how they do it. If it had been last week, I might not have seen the nutties which are new visitors here. I've lived in this area for a total of twenty years, in two different houses, and I've never seen them before. There's nowhere to add occasional sightings of other visitors (apart from foxes/badgers etc) which I think is a mistake. 

Nuthatches aren't common up here so you'd think it would be useful if they were getting info about them for researching the reasons for new or more regular sightings. Same in lots of areas where birds are becoming more visible, or indeed, more rare. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:45

Steady on Clari - at least in the HIghlands, you'd have the scenery along with the cold  
I'd agree with you too - there's no chance of Trump hearing about any petition, regardless of the numbers, and even if he does, he'd ignore it.  Not sure if I'm a realist or a pessimist...

I can just picture Liz after five minutes with Trumpy pants  - you have to use a generic impressionist's voice to say it though -  " Philip! Set the corgis on him..." 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 07:57

Morning all/afties Pat - I won't swap with you even though it's minus 4 here 

Been slightly awol as I've not been myself this weekend. Such is life. Today is a new day.

Did my bird watch on Saturday though. It probably helped that it was snowing at the time, but it meant the nuthatches were out in full force. I took a few photos so will put some on later. They aren't the sharpest because of the weather, but it was lovely to see so many of the regulars. Blackies left it a bit late though, with only five mins of the hour left!

Glad you had a lovely time Dove, apart from the hold up etc.

Slightly concerned about chicky's gargantuan loo rolls - or was it just the collection? 

Hope it's not too cold for you T'bird - it's fairly chilly up Cairngorms/Braemar way  

Haven't really read back but will try and catch up with you all later. Stay warm if you can, or cool if you're Pat  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 19:48

Glad you had a nice day Dove. Behave yourself in the Big Smoke 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 19:45

Bit of netting over the pond BM - that'll keep the fish safe.You can leave some openings for other creatures to get in and out.

You can also get interlocking plastic rings which you can put round the edges too. They're wading birds so they don't go in too far, and that stops them.  

Where has Monty gone?

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 18:46

Sport mainly.

Well - snooker, if that counts...football...Eurovision...etc, etc....ad infinitum....

How can I redesign my garden

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 18:29

Hi Sandra - you have a good plot to start with, but the important thing to do is decide what you want from the garden and also what you don't want. A list  will help focus all your ideas. You've already made a couple of decisions so build on that.   General likes and dislikes, styles of garden and plants, colours, storage etc etc. 

Take some photos and draw out the basic layout, then make yourself some copies which you can doodle on. Ideally, you'd make a proper plan, but if you're unable to do that, do a few rough sketches. Once you have a better idea of the final requirements, you can then do a plan that's more to scale. That's important, because that lovely patio and dining area you think you'll have room for might have to fit into a space the size of a doormat.  It's the most common mistake most people make    

Dividing a space is always a good design trick, as you've already realsied,  and can make small spaces seem bigger, and also help for disguising the 'work' areas of a garden. If you like that idea, then get it high on the list. Bit at a time is the way to go, and any hard landscaping first. If you're handy with a saw and a screwdriver, it saves a lot of money  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 18:16

Clari - do you have a few electric fires you can use - at least?  

I'd be staying in a B&B or a hotel till there was some heating. It's not as if you get to sit in a warm office at work either. 

Walking Sunday Joyce. It's all a bit iffy with fog, snow, cloud and whatnot, so I'll have to have a Plan B and a Plan C I think  

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 18:12

Great photos again,  Johnny - I can't make up my mind about the deer. He's either very determined or very stupid!  

Are anglers bonkers do you think? 

I like a minimalist, snowy landscape too  Iamweedy - they make great photos. This was last February on a litle Corbett in Glen Fruin, near Loch Lomond. It was a great day   

Were you holidaying in Iceland? 

We've had very little snow this winter on the hills. It arrives and then turns weirdly mild and disappears again  

I remember doing the Black Mount hills (just south of Glencoe) in April some years ago, and the final section of Stob Ghabhar has a line of old fence posts which only had the tops showing, so we were walking on those  

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