Latest posts by steephill

Absolutely nowt to do with gardening

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:30

I scanned all of mine as they don't take up any room once they are in the computer. No need to buy a scanner nowadays of course,  just use a camera like the one in your phone and you can easily keep a permanent record.

Awaiting delivery of my first greenhouse...

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 13:25

First thing to think about is water. Have a source of water close to the greenhouse, either piped in with one if the plastic irrigation systems or at least have a water butt beside it which you can top up with a hose, you don't want to be traipsing up and down the garden with watering cans if you can avoid it.

What veg are you planning to grow?  Plenty of us started with tomatoes but stick with what you enjoy best. You can get early crops of strawberries in containers, salad leaves, chillies, herbs which like heat such as basil, lots of possibilities. 

Worst winter

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 12:20

'63 for me, I remember going for a family walk on Loch Lomond. Some brave/foolish lads (the Scott family who own the island?) drove a Mini over to Inchmurrin. '79 was another cold one, the diesel in buses fuel tanks would freeze while standing at the bus rank in East Kilbride so the mechanics were lighting fires under them to keep them running!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 12:15

I know what you mean about the beeches Punkdoc, one half of our garden has a line of 8 all covered by a TPO. When you walk under them in this weather what is needed is a PPO! They are wonderful trees but keep dropping bits onto the spring bulbs I am trying establish there.

Marley Common on the other side has some huge ones which move around alarmingly in the wind and close enough to take out my garage if they ever fall. Deciduous trees make a wonderful slow calendar noting the passing of the seasons.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 11:38

My back garden was on telly this week! Well not quite but we back onto Marley Common which was featured in a BBC4 programme "South Downs - England's Mountains Green". The piece on Marley was about everybody's favourite thing, poisonous snakes. It showed local wildlife rangers fitting trackers to adders. We have grass snakes and slow worms but have yet to find an adder in the garden.

The programme also showed Fernhurst Furnace, a local medieval iron works which I think Chicky visited a few weeks ago. Other interesting local (to me) topics included Blackdown, Ebernoe Common which has the most bat species in England and the ancient yew forest in Kingley Vale near Chichester. 

Well worth dipping into iPlayer to see it if you missed it.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 20:27

We get the occasional visit from roe deer, this pair of fawns were foraging directly under our front window.

The Sun burning through the fog behind our house the other day. After a few days of thick fog it was good to see a bit of sunlight again.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 13:42

For some strange reason this little devil reminds me of Donald J Trump. I was surprised to see a pair of muntjac wandering down my drive at noon yesterday but I only managed to photograph the male as he rummaged for rotting windfall apples. Looks like I will need more fencing protection for the few vulnerable plants we have left.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 15:15

I think the trail and cabins are all new since I was last there. I seem to remember a fairly basic path up the Snub then out on to the fairly featureless moors on top. We came back down between Brandy and Wharral then back down for a late lunch and a pint in the Clova Hotel!

Your photos got me looking through other old photos of the Angus Glens and I finally managed to identify a walk which I thought for years was in Glen Doll but is actually in Glen Mark, the lower waterfalls on the Burn of Doune. It is on route to Mount Keen, the most easterly Munroe.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 11:20

Lovely to see that Glen Clova is still popular although it doesn't look like it has changed much over the last few decades. Here's a few from around Loch Brandy taken about 1990.

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