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Posted: 28/01/2018 at 13:56

I think it’s another salmon having a bad hair day with a fag hanging out of it’s mouth. Don’t ask

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Posted: 28/01/2018 at 12:16

Soz - went for another walk!

Thanks for doing the pic MU - didnt go to the castle - on way to Montrose now.

Yes Rubee - salmon at the wheel holding a pint of beer

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Posted: 28/01/2018 at 11:12

Oops - taken in Australia - sorry.

Difficult to put right on ipad - if someone would be so kind

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Posted: 28/01/2018 at 11:09

Morning - just enjoying a coffee at the harbour in sunny Stonehaven - a very pretty little town and harbour.

Weather is glorious but the wind off the sea is cold - hence the need for a warm up cuppa

If I can make it work here is a photo of one of the sculptures along the seafront...

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Posted: 26/01/2018 at 19:14

Evening all - from the only corner of the motorhome where we can get 4G - and it’s my turn tonight

Having a lovely Scottish holiday. Weather a little iffy last couple of days, but today was glorious sunshine. Shame someone (me ) broke the motorhome by blowing the main engine fuse trying to start it this morning.

Spent all day waiting for a replacement fuse to be delivered from Inverness - took 5 mins to fit. Total bill < £13 - so annual breakdown policy more than paid for in one day. Lovely chap from local garage involved offering to collect it himself & fit it on his way home if all other plans failed.

Special advert for Ross’s garage in Kincraig 

Fortunately we were still on pitch - so connected to electrics with toilets, showers, water etc readily available & plenty of food - just a tad boring - but could have been much more inconvenient.

You’ve all had very active imaginations in the last couple of days... Seeing some of these things in the pictures but not all.

No haggis last night for Mr Burns - but maybe the odd tot of highland nectar

Nice to see you Pauline - you’re on the better side of this mountain now. Hopefully you’ll find more things to eat and enjoy as the healing process progresses

Having seen the photos on here I’m looking forward to seeing what’s out in my garden when we get home next week.

Driveway Material

Posted: 24/01/2018 at 09:04

Our driveway and patios are shingle. Laid by a professional landscaper - area dug out, levelled, compacted hard core, alayer of compacted hoggin and, finally, a layer of shingle - pressed into place with a garden roller.

It doesn’t move around and we have heavy vehicles and a caravan on the drive. A thin layer of shingle is easy to walk on.

I would recommend the compacted layer of hoggin between the hardcore and shingle rather than membrane. Even if the edges of mypex are dug into the ground there always seem to be odd threads that find their way through and they can look messy. If the mypex edges lift it looks dreadful. The mypex doesn’t look good if it starts to show through in high traffic areas. The shingle also sticks to the hoggin a bit.

The main disadvantages of shingle is a bit of weed growth (ok if you keep on top of it) & traipsing shingle into the house - but the problem is reduced  if hoggin is used and if you use a slightly larger size of shingle.

I like the idea of graduating larger size pebbles towards the edges with perhaps some feature piles of large river stones in the corners.

I’m not sure how sleepers would be used but, if we are talking about wooden ones, be aware they can become slick with algae after a couple of winters and could be dangerous if placed on the walking route.

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Posted: 23/01/2018 at 19:25

We’ve safely arrived in the outskirts of Glasgow - home made lamb passanda simmering gently

Just a quicknight stop & tomorrow we head for Aviemore / Glenmore. Forecast to be windy overnight but that’s ok.

I have a bit of a thing for Martin Johnson too - and Phill Vickery - the gentleman giant of S’leb Masterchef.

Brother used to play rugby & have met many of his rugby mates. All big lads who can get a bit rowdy after a pint or two - but all really polite helpful gentlemen in mixed company. Nice people.

Right - dinner’s beckonning - see you in the hills tomorrow.

Hope your TV & stuff gets sorted LB - what a pain

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Posted: 23/01/2018 at 12:53

Morning - half way up the A1 - all good so far.

Just checking in and - well - every day’s a school day😀 Merkins indeed - PANSY!!

Even more worrying - OH already knew what they are

Sun’s just come out & it’s 11C👍

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Posted: 22/01/2018 at 18:45

I have my mum's wooden darning mushroom and various other pieces of sewing kit including some strong thread - just as Rubee describes - which must be at least 50 years old.

I can see mum now, darning my dad's mega-thick woollen fishing socks. A darning mushroom is a funny thing to get sentimental about - but I could - and do.

We have single malt MU. I can't remember which one it is but I think it came from a distillery not far from you. Bought on our little trip this time last year and put away for a Christmas present.  We'll raise a toast on Thursday - but no haggis - gives OH wind

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Posted: 22/01/2018 at 17:47


Busy day today - in the office this morning then SM then final pack of the camper van this afternoon.

We seem to be taking an awful lot of food.

I have heard a rumour that they do actually sell food in Scotland - but it's a faff looking for nicer food shops and supermarkets when you're just trying to get the miles done - and really quite difficult in the more remote  areas. Looking forward to finding some nice goodies while we're exploring at a slower pace after Saturday.

Thought it was only me who had a drawer full of dried up pens and glue sticks. I know they're dried up - so why are they still there???? I also find it really hard to throw away decent boxes & tins - always useful for wrapping awkward shaped presents or for storage or for..... I have a cupboard full

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