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  1. PP: The Duke of Sutherland was English. He was the Marquis of Stafford and made millions from coal. He even opened two mines in sutherland bu tteh coal was poor quality and didn't steam well enough to power his factories and so the venture was a failure. I did watch the programme last night and gave it a score of 1/10 on the media review panel. It was poorly presented, badly edited and contained some questionable information.
  2. Col: I used to go caving in Yorks and Derbys 40yrs ago but the only caves I have been in up here are 'Smoo Cave' in the far north and 'The Bone Caves' in Assynt. With an entrance cavern around 150ft high, Smoo Cave is known locally as the Cathedral. Tourists can take a seasonal boat trip into the entrance caverns but the main system is blocked by an ancient fall, currently under investigation by archaeologists. Evidence of fires inside the cave has been found and it caught their atteniton. The cave system in Assynt is said to run for many miles and possibly connect with Smoo in the north. Excavations might prove the theory in a few years time. The bone caves yielded bones from Pleistocene epoch mammals and evidence of prehistoric occupation by humans.
  3. Out and about in central Sutherland at Forsinard, Garvault and Syre: Ben Klibreck Hills around Garvault Red Deer stag More of the blighters Dubh Lochans at Forsinard. Translates to small black pools RSPB viewing platform at Forsinard reserve. Island in a loch Travelled along this road from Kinbrace to Syre for over an hour and saw not a single other vehicle or person Syre church Syre is a corrugated iron church, well tended. Syre church interior. I was the first to sign the visitor bok for 2020, which was nice
  4. Went out into deepest, darkest Sutherland today. The bad news is that there will be photos tomorrow in "Out and About With Compo".
  5. Have I aged wel? Well............
  6. New day, new ain't arf windy out there this morning. I almost flew up the hills this morning on my bike but coming back was a different story. Stop pedalling and it was like an emergency brake application!
  7. Late night owl, Ben? According to theh posting gen you made the above post at around 2am this morning!
  8. I've gorra chain in't shed - no, a REAL surveyor's chain: 22yds long with 100 links. Whilst we are still on the subject of weights and measures, don't forget the CRAN. 1 Cran = 1,200 herrings or 28 stones in weight.
  9. Interesting day for me today: 1. Today I have outlived my father 2. Today is the 32nd birthday of my second son to my second wife 3. Today is the 51st anniversary of my fiirst marriage
  10. The River's have Salmon; the lochs have brown trout but only small ones. One does occasionally see anglers on the lochs but usually on those that are stocked rather than the natural ones. I have met many Munro baggers that carry a collapsible rod for the purpose of trying to catch dinner
  11. Boarding passes printed out for late Jan through Feb hols.
  12. See my post from 1/1/20 above, PP. I have also put some photos on the "Out and About With Compo" section of "Members hobbies and interests/photography".
  13. Beginning to panic about my concrete plinth for the phone box (which should arrive on Saturday). It is still looking quite damp and not as set as I had hoped it would be. I had asked for delivery to be mid-January but the machine could only be had this coming Saturday.
  14. Out and about on New Year's day in the hinterlands of Caithness. The day dawned well and the walk was fine but cold. Here's a few shots of the route. Pampas dawn in the garden. Braemore - the start of the walk Signpost at Braemore. There are no villages for around 40 miles in that direction - those are names of areas of the moor. Maiden Pap and Smean Lochan Nam Bo Riabhach (Translation: The little lake of the brindled cow) A long and lonely track across the moors Nora Batty on the long and lonely track to nowhere Cloud rising from the flanks of Morven - poretending to be a volcano Walking over the moors involves crossing hundreds of deep rivulets like this one. It is impossible to walk far of the track without getting wet!
  15. Incidentally, Ethiopia now has one of thte fastest growing economies in the world. Since the end of the war that caused all the trouble in the 1980s., the government has teamed up with China and the Chinese are putting in roads all over the place and extracting minerals like they are going out of fashion. The resultant wealth is filtering down through the population and there are probably fewer rough sleepers in their cities than we have here in UK.
  16. Waddo: A typical Ethiopian dinner consists of a spicy sauce, vegetables par boiled until just Al Jolson Dente and a large, flat, fermented pancake-like bread called Injera. Pudding is usually either Creme caramel or Bula (A kind of semolina made from the innards of the Ensette plant). One then finishes with wery strong coffee in a tiny cup and cake or biscuit. It takes a bit of getting used to but it is certainly different.
  17. Awoke to a frozen tent early this mornming so I went out fro a bike ride in the dark. Yes I know...I'm bonkers. Came back and had a quick breakfast before going out into the moors for a long walk. The day turned out fine and sunny but a bit on the cold side, with a chilly breeze. I have just finished cooking an Ethiopian style meal for tea and I am looking forward to it, so without further ado let me say that photos will be available of the moors, possibly tomorrow, if any turn out ok.
  18. I saw an interview once with Pater Noone from Herman's Hermits. He said that they were once more popular then the Rolling Stones! I don't know what he was on but I'd like some of it!
  19. Was his name John Anderson (Formerly Wisniewski)? I knew a bloke of this name who became addicted to these nasal sprays as a teenager and last time I heard from him he was still getting through them like they were going out of fashion!
  20. A note to everyone who received a book from me this Christmas: They are due back at the library on Wednesday .
  21. It's gerrin late so: tThe sun is setting; Trees felled, logged and stacked; Telephone box paid for and delivery arranged; Tent up and ready for tonight......Happy New Year to one and all!
  22. Oops! Forgot to finish decorating the tree - only one bauble
  23. Out and about on Boxing Day. I followed the river known locally as "Dunbeath Water" for about six miles before turning back in the gloom of late afternoon semi-darkness. I have posted photos of the lower strath before so this time I will just post images from beyond the lower strath. The river known as Dunbeath Water. Ruinous croft house on the moor. Victim of the unscrupulous "Highland Clearances" of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The "White Cemetery" at Tutnaguial. This small cemetery is stands all alone, roughly 3 miles into the moors from the village of Dunbeath. It is still in occasional use and acccessed by a moorland track. Frozen river surface. Moorland waterfall Artificial weir built to assist Salmon fishermen by creating a pool for the fish to rest on their way upstream to spawn.
  24. Let me know what dates, PP, and we shall see about a pint or three!