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Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:48

It's a bonny place BL 

The biggest problem when you drive across the bridge is all the tourists standing on it getting photos taken .....  

I'll get me coat...

Snow - I've posted quite a few pix from the Loch Lomond area on here, but I'll do a couple later if you like. I posted a nice one recently coming back from some of the hills past Arrochar. Ben Lomond bathed in early evening sun  Callendar is a lovely place. Ben Ledi overlooks it, but I often wonder if the residents don't notice it as it's on their doorstep - so often the case! 

John - just as well you didn't ask David how he 'touched up BL' ...

Haha - hoho!

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:39

It's a drop between the owner's garden and the parkland beyond. There's no physical barrier (like a hedge or fence) to obstruct the view, but animals can't get in, The impression is one of a continuous, unbroken piece of land, without the problem of stray coos trampling your prized cabbages!

It was a trick often employed in gardens of large country houses, but can be used by anyone. 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 08:03

I've still to watch these, but I read the article, so thanks Phaidra. 

 I agree with Monty about William Kent. He was the innovator, Brown just rode his coat tails. I can admire his achievements, I just didn't care for much of what he did, removing many formal gardens etc. Bridgeman helped restore a lot of the beautiful parterres later.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:57

I love those hay bales 

BL - Killin is where the Lawers range of hills are which are in that last pic. It has that beautiful set of falls on the river - Falls of Dochart. Very pretty.

Loch Tay is on the right hand side and the hills are on the left once you've cleared Killin. It's a popular hillwalking area. I was lucky enough to see a Capercaille when I was there many years ago. It's one of their breeding areas. 


Posted: 23/11/2015 at 07:51

Morning all - we've decided to share the cold weather with you all. Positively mild here compared to the last few days  

Glad you got your power on a bit earlier Pat. Hubby can get his coffee machine on then?  

Steve - we complain about it constantly, but the rain's what makes our lovely landscapes isn't it? Couldn't bear to live somewhere arid and dusty.

Hosta timed it just right Dove. Unfortunately, it'll probably be worse when he gets back!

T'mill for me, so I'll have a quick look round before  I go. Wrap up warm everyone  

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:45

When the weather's glorious Pat - it more than makes up for all the other days when it isn't! 

The Stirlingshire/Perthshire area is really beautiful - not just in the hills. It's well known as one of the most gorgeous parts of Scotland. Big farming country too - rolling fields of grain 

Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:37

They struggle with wet conditions Irma - a combination of wet and cold isn't ideal for them. They're not fully hardy everywhere in Britain - ok in sheltered urban areas, and mainly in the south, although some coastal areas in the west and south have a micro climate which means they can grow happily enough - the soil is often more suitable in those areas too - sandier and free draining.

It would depend on what your temps normally get to in winter. Long periods of sub zero temps aren't good either, so they'd need some protection if you get those sorts of conditions.  


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:30

The rain Steve - the rain and mist...and the rain....and the clouds...and did I mention the rain?.....

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 21:28

Bit of a contrast to John's tropical pix - my jaunt today on Beinn Each in snowy Callendar. There's a few more on the Forkers thread.

Ben Ledi (where I was a month ago) which overlooks the beautiful town of Callendar


The view from Beinn Each across to the Crianlarich Munros


 Ben Ledi from the descent of Beinn Each - the sun glinting on Loch Lubnaig which both these hills overlook


Further down and looking the other way - through Glen Ample to Loch Earn and the Lawers hills beyond




Posted: 22/11/2015 at 20:57

Ahh - of course - I forgot about the bushfire situation. Not something we have to think about up here!  As long as you have something to keep you going 

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