Compo

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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....
  8. I know I have posted this picture before but I thought it time for a bump. There are some newer members who will not have seen much of the early postings in this thread. This is my Dansette record player, complete with original 1960s plug. It still works too: Slightly more modern but still about 45yrs old and in working order:
  9. Get a ten year old to help, Beekay - I did!
  10. Beer brewing nicely and now it's time to get out and do a bit of weeding in the tunnel.....well, maybe a cup of tea first, eh?
  11. Does quoting the relevant bit of a previous post (not the immediate preceding one) count as wasting band space too? If I want to reply to a section of an older post I always quote a selection and not the full post. Ban me if you want but I think a small selection of quote from an old post is not only relelvant but also very helpful and leads to a more fluent conversation.
  12. Does anyone know anything about the King's cinema on Front Street? According to a website I saw, the cinema was closed in 1947 and demolished in 1956. However, I clearly recall going up the steps and into a Woollworth's store on the site up until the late 50s or early 60s. Am I worng and I am remembering a time before '56?
  13. IT'S OFFICIAL! According to the met office, last Sturday Wick (Caithness) had the hotteest day of the year so far. Temperatures reached a heady 20.7°C. Phew!
  14. I've seen them fruiting in Cyprus, Nonna, so you should be able to get them to fruit in Iatly. However, I'm not sure at what altitude you live - you could be too high up for it to be hot enough for long enough?
  15. Scaremongers were patrolling the beach one day some years ago when I was sitting in the sunshine near Sellafield. They approached me with their clipboards and asked if I realised what danger I might be in, sunbathing so close to a nuclear plant. I said that if it resulted in me growing two heads it would make me twice as smart. They left me in peace.
  16. We've had the Dounreay nuclear site up here since the 1950s and the only problems were caused by people not following the rules in the early days. Dounreay brought badly needed investment into a depopulating area and stabilised the county for the duration of the site. It is still the biggest employer in the area. Windfarms on the other hand, have brought destruction of peat lands, deforestation and landscape devaluation. They provide big profits for a few, big bills for the many and practically no jobs after construction. I'd rather take my chances with the nuclear site, as would many up her
  17. Not so nice when yet another wind farm plan is announced. It is now very difficult to get a photo of the countryside without one in view. There are 86 just offshore here - soon to be extended to 360!
  18. Opuntias have edible fruit, Nonna.
  19. Lovely rock garden, Nonna!
  20. Berrriedale to Dunbeath extra: You think you have found a lovely, shady litte stream to follow in a wooded gorge but just twenty paces from where I stood the stream tumbled over the cliff edge as a waterfall. The stream: Twenty paces further along it becomes this:
  21. Berriedale to Dunbeath part 3. Other stuff from the walk: Part of the seabird colony on An Dun: Dotted around the 147miles of John O'Groats trail from Inverness to John O'Groats are walkers visitors books. They are contained in boxes like this: The hole in the drystone wall is known as a "Sheep Creep". The entrance to Dunbeath castle: Dunbeath harbour. the end of the walk:
  22. Berriedale to Dunbeath part 2. The scenery: Berriedale from the north: An Dun: A sea arch: Close up of the arch: o Same arch from the north: Yet another Caithness sea stack: A lonely house on the hill: