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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 13:00

Irn Bru's the Devil's work doc....

I'm tee total and I'd rather drink the vodka than that stuff!  

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 12:56

I have a relation that sends one of those B3. I really wish they wouldn't! It's another 'over the pond' fixation that seems to have found it's way over here, although I forgive my relatives as they're Canadian  

Sadly it hasn't stopped people airing their entire laundry baskets on that dreadful Faceache. What has society come to when a man was murdered up here at Christmas and the first thought the daughter had was to go on there and tell the world about how she felt....

You couldn't pay me enough to be on it. A vile invention in my opinion.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 12:29

Good in a way BL - it means long may your chimney smoke, so 'may you have longevity' . Unfortunately, all those smoking chimneys - not so good for the environment.... 

Not so good for your cough either!

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Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 12:11

Thank you doc. I fully intend to keep doing them for as long as I can. 

It's one of the finest days I've ever had, although I decided not to carry on to Binnein Beag which it's often teamed with.  I have to be careful with the dodgy knees so I'll need quite a few outings to complete all The Mamores. They're - quite rightly - among the finest hillwalks anywhere. 

Sealant for my acer?

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 12:04

Acers are pretty robust. I've never known anyone use a sealant on cut branches.

There are several where I work which are pruned every year, mainly to stop them outgrowing their spot. They've been there for over twenty  years and are very healthy. One was cut back quite a lot a few years ago with no ill effects.


Posted: 31/12/2016 at 11:49

Our hillsides wouldn't be covered in the stuff in summer if they didn't like water, Ynnead  

I think it's a common myth with quite a lot of other plants too. They like good drainage and sun, but that doesn't mean they don't need water.

Rosemary is another plant which likes serious drainage and sun, but actually thrives with plenty of water too   

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 11:30

Lots of love to you and Mrs doc too, doc. Lang may yer lum reek x

Make the right choice for you   

Yeh - world peace - what are the chances do you think? 


Posted: 31/12/2016 at 11:04

No matter what conditions a plant prefers, they need to be watered well until established. Pots aren't ideal long term for heathers, in my experience, although you'd think they would be.

They actually like quite a lot of water, which is why they thrive up here 

Who's going to the gym in the new year.

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:38

It's Sgurr Eilde Mor (the most easterly of the Mamores) doc - I was there in October. Beautiful day and views to die for. There are pix on the Camera thread.

That view is from the ledge on the approach to the summit, and looking west-ish to the Ballachulish horseshoe and the back end of the Glencoe hills. The summit of Na Gruagaichean is peeking over the ridge to Binnein Mor. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 31/12/2016 at 10:32

obelixx - we have a large table at work for assembling and glueing the rosettes so it's ideal for curtains. Hardest bit is having it clear for any length of time! I had loads of room in my old house and the one round the corner as the rooms were much bigger, but I managed  

Ppauper - do you have trouble with ash dieback over there? To the best of my knowledge, it's not widespread in Scotland, although there were reports of it a few years ago in a number of locations, so I was wondering if you have a bit of protection from it. 

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