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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 07:58

Morning all/afties Pat if you're around 

He's a mere whippersnapper Dove.... 

Keep smiling Hosta 

Have a lovely time with Charlie, DD  

No thunder here Lesley but it's a bit manky. I did the last bit of food shopping last night and it wasn't too busy. Dread to think what it'll be like up there on Saturday when they park across people's driveways because the car park's full, so that they can squabble over the sprouts..... Ah yes - the season of goodwill......

Plenty biscuits left  - I'm taking some to work but we were given a giant bar of a well known chocolate brand the other day so I think the biscuits might be surplus to requirements....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:53

Safe trip Liri - I think we can let you off with the Storm name though....

The Christmas tree's red T'bird - think it's the lighting that's made it orange....

It'll taste just as good 

I'll reply to your message later...better go and get some food....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:15

T'bird -  is your OH suggesting you might have eaten the chocs? How very dare he...as if.....

Glad he had a nice birthday treat  

You wouldn't get past Glenshee now T'bird - they've just said the snow gates are shut. That's the first time this winter - later than normal. 

Have a biscuit - I'm sure daughter wouldn't miss one or two.....

I've got my eye on one of those fat snowmen....

I don't like mince pies, but Dove's could almost tempt me....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 17:06

Really nice pic steephill. Pix of water on the hills always look great don't they? It's the scoured rock that I love   

The path up the Snub looks quite good - probably because of the amount of foot traffic. I think they like to encourage people to walk round Loch Brandy. The plateau is still featureless, although the path's decent enough between Green Hill's cairn ( where I came out onto the plateau) and it's outlying one a bit further to the east. From there across to The Goet and Ben Tirran is still bog and moorland. I took a detour down to the head of Loch Wharral  and took a photo very similar to yours looking down the lochan, then headed up to the summit and back over Ben Tirran. I dropped down to the hut and the new track from there. 

I got some good photos when I was in Glen Doll last year doing Driesh and Mayar again. The Corrie Fee is really stunning. Good times 

Might not be so scenic right now - they've just said on the radio that the snow gates are shut at the Spittal of Glenshee. That's the first time this winter - much later than usual!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 16:46

I can be at your house in about an hour LP - unless the weather gets worse. I can do the roast potatoes if you like 

Horrible cold sleet, hail and snowy rain here and has been for most of the afternoon. It's about 2 degrees now. I love those big dark snow/hail filled clouds in the sky though 

I think you deserve a medal BL. Isn't that what this time of year should be about - helping those less fortunate?  I'd take my hat off to you, but it's a bit chilly....

Good to 'see' you doc. Keep going - we're almost there now...longer days soon...

I have to go to the shops soon. 

Daughter has iced her gingerbread biscuits....wonder if I can pinch one.....

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 12:51

Hi steephill - lovely to see your pix.

I'd hoped there would be a bit of snow, but all the November stuff had gone. Loads forecast over the next few days though. I take it you walked up The Snub and over the top, judging by your second photo. I couldn't decide which way to go as there's so many options, and I was thinking of coming back along the top and going down it if I decided not to do the circuit. I slightly regret not doing it that way as I'd have seen the memorial. 

I think the main differences might be the path construction up to Loch Brandy. It's well maintained. There's wooden cabins etc at the Clova Hotel and they were very busy, and they obviously want to encourage people to walk up to the lochan, which they can do even if they're not hillwalkers. There's a fairly new landrover track at the other end (from the far end of Loch Wharral in your last pic)  right down to the glen road. There was a couple who were walking up it to Wharral as I was coming off the hill. Tourism's so important for these places and I suppose it gets more people in if they can go for a scenic walk without too much difficulty. The shooting industry will benefit from it too. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 08:09

Morning all/afties Pat if you're there.

Solstice today LP. Hope you have a great trip once it arrives  

Been windy here but I don't think there's any damage. Friday's the one that's to be bad, with a load of weather coming in later today and through Thursday too. 

Christmas is always a time of reflection for me and the info I found out about the yong marine just heightens it, as well as all the grief going on around the world. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am.

I hope everyone here has a good and happy time over the next week or so. 

Off to work now. Catch you all later

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 07:57

I don't know GD - falling is the most likely and it doesn't take long to get seriously cold, even in summer if you have no equipment, and runners travel light. My friend's dad was a marine and they're used to tough conditions and just getting on with it. They have to, don't they?

I felt terribly moved reading it - I suppose because my youngest will be twenty soon, and he was born the same year as my oldest. 

You can always call emergency services even if there's no signal - they must use a different frequency. Down in glens is where you rarely get a signal - up top is usually better as it's more open, but it's not consistent anywhere. 

I shall remember Luke Ireland though, when I'm on hills up there, and on Remembrance Day. 

A very Merry Christmas to you all

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 21:05

Merry Christmas to all the Gardener's World team. Here's to a peaceful New Year and a wonderful 2017



Hello Forkers December

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 20:52

They're really lovely chicky. You clearly had a great time. Did you remortgage the house to pay for dinner?   Gorgeous blue skies too.

I was just looking online to see if I could find out about the wreath at the big rock at the first lochan on my walk on Sunday - I posted a pic of it.  I found out there's a commemorative cairn at the top of the corrie, which I didn't pass as I went up the other side. A young lad disappeared two years ago while running in Glen Clova and his body was found nearby. He was only 20 - a marine from the 45 Command in Arbroath. The wreath had the numbers 4 and 5 with a dagger in between, which is their symbol.

How very sad. If you have to go - it's not a bad place. They chose the spot because of the location.   Makes you appreciate life a little more. 

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