steephill


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In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 21:38

I represented the UK on the programme management committee for one of the R&D programmes for a few years. The budget we managed was over €1Billion. That gave me a small insight into how the Brussels machine works. Watching our partner countries in action always made me wonder where the idea of loss if sovereignty comes from. Every country on that committee and every other similar one fiercely defended their own national interests as did I for the UK but we were all able to come together to deliver a programme suitable for all EU member states. The UK is a well respected voice within the EU and we fight well above our weight when it comes to influencing EU policy. We also do very well in winning funding from those programmes, UK researchers were partners of choice for many international collaborations.

Our biggest problem was with the UK gov side, Ministers often took a "fog in Channel, Europe isolated" view and Treasury only ever asked how we could cut budgets. Germany and France made sure their national R&D programmes complemented EU funding, UK ignored it. One of my bosses thought EU funding was irrelevant until I pointed out that UK researchers got back 3 times our national funding for the same types of R&D from those EU programmes.

So I want to stay in and to play our full part in making the EU a grwat place to live and work.

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 21:01

Looks like a beautiful day out and you have great photos there. I haven't been in Glen Douglas since I was a lad, we started up the Luss hills and came down into Glen Douglas "discovering" a secret military base. Came as a bit of a shock as we naively thought we were alone in the wilderness . Your second panorama shot shows our route beautifully. 

Gu pots and pringle lids.

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 10:26

Useful tip! I have been looking for just such lids without success so far. The lids sold for pet food tins are just a fraction too tight for Gu pots and split. The Gu pots are just right for present sized jars of jam, jelly, nut butter etc. Goldilock size 

Petrol Leaf Blowers

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 18:41

Looks like they missed a few leaves too! 

melons

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 11:26

Have tried Ogen melon in an unheated greenhouse with mixed results, last year was a disaster. Lots of useful growing info here http://www.seedaholic.com/melon-ogen.html

HELLO FORKERS! part two

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 17:44

Lovely views of Glen Fruin FG, it was one of our holiday resorts when I was a wean. We used to paddle in Fruin Water  then re-enact the Battle of Glen Fruin. Later on I used to cycle over it to go fishing in Loch Long, returning with fish hanging from the handlebars. Then there were the nights I had to walk over it after missing the last train home from Helensburgh having spent too long in the pub!

Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 14:53

For those looking for bulb planting help have a look for ground auger bits which fit on a battery operated drill - like this one http://www.amazon.com/Tanaka-745201-3-Inch-7-Inch-Planting/dp/B0015Z3OZ2/ref=pd_sim_86_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=31Yxrn8CM0L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0AAG7CBJA7HBXMEQXHVT

There are several sizes from various makers available in the USA but these are very hard to find in the UK for some strange reason.

Camera Corner

Posted: 20/01/2016 at 14:19

Our garden is on the north slope of a hill so doesn't get any sun in winter. A few cold days like these means frost can really build up but it can look wonderful. This is a blade of grass overhanging a wooden edging board.


Close up you can see the hexagonal structure of the frost whiskers.


 


Just like Superman's Arctic cave!


 


Camera Corner

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 18:56

The A3 round the Devil's Punchbowl was a serious bottleneck for traffic from Portsmouth to London, it was the only stretch of single carriageway on the whole route. A lorry breakdown climbing up the hill or one of the frequent accidents could have tailbacks stretching for miles in both directions. That big bend saw quite a few deaths unfortunately. Putting a bridge over was seriously considered but the land is owned by the National Trust so that didn't happen thankfully. They built tunnels instead after a bit of land swapping with the NT. In Switzerland it would have been a no-brainer but of course in the UK it took decades to get the go-ahead. Some locals still wanted the old road kept for their personal use!

Here is the entrance on the north side, the old road used to run up through the trees on the left.


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