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Posted: 26/01/2014 at 11:36

Our posts crossed there pd. You're right about whiteouts. Part of the challenge for humans of course, but my ex and me  freely admitted to being cowards. Slightest hint of anything dodgy ahead and we'd always have turned back, although a whiteout can come out of nowhere. It's why our hills are not to be taken lightly. Doesn't matter how experienced or how prepared you are either, nature has a way of making us very small and vulnerable. A climber lost his life last year in Skye - he was a member of the rescue team and had decades of experience walking and working there. 

That's trouble with rain here- someone forgets to turn the tap off. 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 11:23

Hi Tracey- lots of new people  here which is great.  

Perhaps you won't have to 'take' the greenhouse down if the wind keeps up...

Just as well you didn't join that wild lot the other night   - they're very messy and I always have to clear up cos I'm the only sober one - and I have a wand...

Should really go and put up the curtains that I  finished and do some ironing. Awaiting some first draft drawings from architect for the new extension. He had to phone for some reminders a few hours after he visited, and admitted he should have taken my drawing with him. I don't know... men eh?  Scanned it and sent it to him 

The birds won't have far to go for a drink or a bath - there's a nice 'pond' forming along the foot of the raised bed at the back the rain ever going to stop do you think?

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 11:12

Lovely David - amazing how such a small delicate flower can bring a smile in this lousy weather we're all having. 

Thanks Bob 

Took some pix of my Mum and Dad - they're not great as they're all still in one of these multi windowed thingies so the glass affects the pic, but here goes:

 They're not very clear but you get the idea!

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:47

I agree that it's not always a true representation of our gardens. I've only been in this house less than a year and it was quite sterile but over that time I've had a good amount of blue, great and coal tits which were largely absent yesterday. Perhaps the RSPB could organise a more in depth survey for those of us who love to birdwatch in our gardens, so that we could log birds over several weeks or something. I had quite a high robin count because there's a pair who were visiting together several times in the hour. I often wonder how they collate that. The dunnocks come in twos and threes but I can see where they go after they feed so I know it's the same ones. They could be the only dunnocks in the immediate area yet it could appear there are lots, so how do they use that info?

Did that make sense? I know what I meant! 

Big garden bird watch

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:37

We get lots of dunnocks charley and they're ground feeders so you may be able to identify them more easily that way - they won't be sitting on a feeder! In a previous garden, not far from here, we had a tree creeper who regularly visited which was lovely.

I also had trouble getting on the site to submit yesterday but it was working later on yesterday when I tried it. 

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:30

Think the Karchers are the main ones Dove and seem to be pretty reliable - even the cheaper ones. My ex partner  had a fairly standard one for cars and patios and we used it for the decking at last house as it was treacherous because of the aspect. He also cleaned the sandstone retaining wall of the terrace with it - in the rain () and we did the north east facing roof of that house too - me up the  ladders from the flat roof.

Versatile, if nothing else.... and that was just us! 


Posted: 26/01/2014 at 10:20

Morning all. 4 degrees overnight Verd - we've been lucky if it's  that during the day here just now. Manky - as we say up here!  Horrible sleet and hail through the night which kept waking me. The poor birds must be scunnered with the endless wet. I'm glad we have the big conifer at the end of the garden which gives them decent shelter when they come in. Nothing compared to what Dove's rellies and Bill are having though so I'm very grateful. KEF- a whiteout is when snow is so severe it stops you seeing your hand in front of your face. It's pretty frightening even if it's only for a moment or two at the top of a mountain, and  people walk off the edge because of it, but at ground level  it's just as dangerous - as Bill's scenario shows. Hope there's no damage Dove. I know people joke about Norfolk being flat and open but is that part of the problem - houses are the highest points in a lot of places?


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:13

Think you may be right archie! It's battering the windows now  

Will go and get their takeaway and then continue watching the Jacqueline du Pre programme I recorded. Another glorious talent taken too soon. Counting my blessings yet again.

Have a good evening all - whatever you're up to 

in the green

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:08

You're right Bob. I shoved snowdrops into a new, narrow border in the back garden in November when the shoots were poking through and they're looking great, despite my clumsiness in forcing them into a tiny space among the other new plants! 


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 17:58

Should do something about dinner too Kef. Girls wanting curry type thing so I may allow it. I'm all heart 

Weather a bit wild here too 


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