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  1. Last Thursday saw us off on yet another coastal section of the John O'Groats trail. At the end of our walk we went to the little café in Berriedale, where we met a young girl from New Zealand who was walking from Land's End to John O'Groats using the road as little as possible. It turned out that she had been about half an hour in front of us on our walk and she was having a wash and brush-up in the café as we arrived. She was wild-camping and we were able to give her some tips on the best places to pitch the tent between Berriedale and John O'Groats. She will be on her way home by now I shou
  2. Beekay: The islanders were scraping a subsistence living off the near infertile island. As time moved on they, like other people, wanted a little more from life. Many moved just across the water to live near mainland relatives, some of whom still live in the district to this day.
  3. Anyone ever do owt daft? Back in 1970 I had a friend who lived on RAF Sculthorpe. He had an old Mars Bar Viva that was making a bit of a racket from the back end somewhere. I went into the boot and hung over the back listening for the noise whilst he drove up and down the runway! Took a few runs but eventually we located the fault.
  4. Found the culprit. I think it is a Sentinel D12 0-8-0 that I was thinking of. I was a trainee at Moorgreen during l;ate 1969 and these are the locos I remember.
  5. Thanks Notty, I thought they might have had a D9500 class 0-6-0 shunter. All I can remember is the centre cab.
  6. Does anyone recall the type of diesel locos used to ship coal from Moorgreen colliery to the main line during the late 1960s?
  7. Hi gang. Katyjay has asked me to post this image for her so here goes........... Sorry I don't have a location but I'm sure she will add it soon.
  8. Wot...has the climate changed again?!
  9. Until recently if we had a plume of high pressure move up from Africa, bringing a spell of hot weather, it made for a good summer. These days if we have the same it has to be reported as the disastrous effects of "Climate Change". Why are we not allowed to simply enjoy the weather whilst it lasts without having to submit to the misery of the doom-and-gloom merchants? I, for one, am taking full advantage of the good summer - we've had three really nice days up here in Caithnness so far this year and I intend to enjoy every single day of fine weather we have whilst I can.
  10. So here's me, smart phone, no fancy gadgets to go wrong in my basic car, second-hand computer the size of a small planet and books for reference. Grow my own veg and soft fruits, brew my own beer and cook from scratch every day and listen to Radio Caroline daily. What a boring old fart I must be!
  11. Mee too, LL. I can't hear anything over 2KHz. that's the main reason why I haven't bothered fixing the better speakers.
  12. My linton's are in the loft - just waiting for me to change one bass speaker..... maybe one day I will get one of those Round Tuit thingies.
  13. Currenlty re-readingn Boy Soldiers of the GReat War by Richard Van Emden. Great read, full of facts.
  14. The other Waharefddale Ditton is across the room, Col. I bought them to use as spares for my broken Lyntons but never got around to replacing the speakers in the latter - still have them though.
  15. Had one for 13yrs Beekay. Nearly lost it this year - they planned to close but relented after several months of uncertainty.
  16. Opposite platform, level crossing and front of house grass cut; spinach sown and peas transplanted. Time for a shower and a pint at Wetherspoons.........
  17. I have no idea why my photos are disappearing. I can't see them now either. I will post a link to my Isle of Stroma photos so that you can see them. I have put brief captions on the "Information" section to the upper right of the photos. To see the information click the first photo and you should go to the individual photo and information section. It is diffiuclt to obtain permission to visit this island these days but I was lucky ennough to get a place on a special trip organised by a local camera club. The island's owner (William Simpson) is also the skipper of our little boat.
  18. Worra day! Back online after a week of no internet and have to report thunder and lightning. Hope it doesn't bugg*r the line up again. Went walkabout last Sunday on the long-abandoned isle of Stroma. Spent most of today going through photos trying to find a couple of half-decentt ones to post. Watch the ""Out and about" topic over the weekend for some pictures.
  19. I was trawling through some photos this morning when I came across this enterprising lad from April 2016. It was taken whilst on a fishing trip with him out to the mouth of the Halahin River that separates Gambia from Senegal:
  20. A winter walk in central Caithness: The end of the road A bend in the river. See the ice in the water on the bend? It is "Pancake Ice" and forms when freezing water swirls around an ice particle. See the photo after this one for closer views of Pancake Ice. Pancake Ice: Another look at the Pancake Ice SWMBO in the wilderness A footbridge at Dirlot And finally - Me!
  21. Adding a stone (Stane) is still the custom, Oz, but the winter storms often cause the cairns to collapse if they get too tall. The "Loch" is Loch Torridon and is tidal. A person in teh frame is great for perspective but in many of thet hills in the north of Scotland, you don't see anyone all day!
  22. The pinnacle Beinn Dearg, Torridon, NW Scotland: Standing on top of the pinnacle looking south. That's a river in the glen below.: Beinn Dearg summite cairn looking at Beinn Eighe: Beinn Alligin from Beinn Dearg. A highland stream in the hills SWMBO on the way up Beinn Dearg
  23. House guests who buy themselves beer and then stand and watch you buy the wine for dinner. The same guests who drink their beer without offering one and then drink most of the dinner wine. The same guests who walk away from the table without offerring to put their dirty pots to the sink.... and the list goes on....