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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 14:03

Fairygirl, I saw the report on Skye too. Such a shame that the island is being exploited like this. It's about 10 years since I went, it's a great place even in the inevitable ' weather'. We noticed that Glencoe was busier this year, I know it's always been a ' tourist's hotspot, but the amount of coach parties was ridiculous. Off the beaten track and even in the village it was fine but the lay-bys on the A82 were overflowing by midday! 

Sorry to hear you had to abort your hill walk but totally the right thing to do. If it makes you feel better I took my better half along Glen Etive with the intention of doing Ben Starav. We got to about 900 metres when her fear of ' exposure' kicked in, we were still a way from the ridge but she psyches herself out of some walks because as you know some ridges look like knife edges from a distance. So we sat down had lunch and came back down on a glorious sunny day. It will be there for another try. I don't suffer from 'summit' fever and the views were fabulous, but OH was so disappointed that I felt bad for her 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:22

Gorgeous pics Liri.

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:23

Removing old leaves is done to aid ventilation, it has absolutely no effect on ripening. Put an unripe tomato in a warm, DARK, airing cupboard and see how quick it ripens. Glad you've had a good crop Purplerallim, I never remove healthy leaves and mine ripen just fine thanks.

Why don't they grow?

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 07:31

Some plants really don't like to be transplanted. They 'stall' and basically sit there and sulk rather than growing away.

It can be for any number of reasons, poor root development, temperature shock etc. Last year this happened with my chillies, after transplanting to their final pots they just sat there and sulked, they didn't die, they just didn't develop. I put this down to my overwatering which basically stunted the roots. 

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:16

Tomatoes don't need sunlight to ripen, you're achieving nothing by removing healthy leaves! 


Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:12

No, just leave them. Wait for the tassles to turn chocolate brown and then test the kernels by carefully pulling back the outer layers of the cob. If the liquid is clear leave it for a while, if it's creamy it's ready but if it's thick and doughy then it's gone past its best.

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 19:51


Tumbling Tom

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:41

Tomatoes don't need light to ripen, if the leaves are healthy leave them alone they're the engine of the plant. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:15

Heavy rain since lunchtime, looks like it's set in for the night.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 15:56

 Sorry Joyce, very rude of me. It's from the BBC Good food website. I can confirm it hits the spot👍.

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