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  1. Was this the world's worst cheese ever?
  2. This was a posh one....Toilet roll, not newspaper!
  3. Can you see them using these links, Col? Obviously, without a spore id it would be impossible to be certain as tot heir species. gomphidious glutinosus Entoloma serrulatum1 Entoloma serrulatum2
  4. The other day I transferred all my images off photobucket. I've fallen out with them over their new policy. I now use only Google photos and Canon Irista. Trouble is that the images from my Canon site seem to disappear from here after a few hours and I have no idea why?!
  5. Caught red-handed, Brew - or at least green or sapphire handed in my case.
  6. Garth! Now there's a blast from the past!
  7. On the subject of writing; I still use the contents of this packet occasionally. 50+yrs old and still works!
  8. Here are two bottles of ink from my desk drawer. I use a fountain pen for birthday and Xmas cards. Bottled ink keeps for an amazing length of time.
  9. Looking for an ID for these two mushrooms. I think I know what they are but would like a second opinion. 1. Found in grassy clearing in a Spruce forest. [Entoloma serrulatum?] 2. Found on mossy peat beneath Spruce. [Gomphidious glutinosus?]
  10. Barrie, Jill and Fly2: Just noticed that the herd of deer were missing and that Dalnaha cotage apeared twice. Now corrected.....
  11. On the way home from Inverness on Thursday we made a detour and headed up the hill to the Fyrish Monument. It is a relelntless uphill walk of two miles each way, on a forest path but the end views are worth it. "A story of the compassion by a rich man towards the less fortunate, seasoned by an element of vanity, lies behind a structure that dates back to a dark time in the history of the Scottish Highlands. The Fyrish Monument was built in 1782 in Fyrish near Alness, Easter Ross, on the authorisation of Sir Hector Munro, 8th laird of Novar and a British soldier who served in India and became Commander in Chief of India from 1764-1765. Sir Hector was a native of Fyrish during a period in when local Highlanders were being driven off their land by landlords unable to make a good enough living from poor tenants. The process was known as ‘The Clearances.’ It was a time in Scottish history when the Highlands of Scotland were hostile and the land too barren to support the production of crops in sufficient quantity or quality. This left crofters and farmers unable to pay their rents and the landlords were not happy. Violence and hostility amongst the Highlanders was a common practise and some landowners burnt down crofts to force the tenants to move out so they could rent the land for grazing. The Clearances were a consequence of economic change that had a huge impact upon many lives and changed the Highland way of life forever. Sir Hector showed compassion to his workers by extending the time that it took to build the monument. It is said that he ‘ordered’ rocks and boulders to be rolled by hand down the hillside one by one to slow the process down. The design of the monument represents the gate of Negapatam, a port in Madras, which the General had taken for the British in 1781 after returning to India. This is an unusual monument as most are built for a specific reason but the Fyrish Monument appears to have been erected as a personal ‘trophy’ to Sir Hector by Sir Hector. It is also unusual in the way it was built. It is a natural assumption that anyone paying for labour would want it finished quickly to keep the cost down. However, Sir Hector prolonged the construction work thus having to pay his workers more. Could this have been a ‘protest’ against the harsh and barbaric treatment dished out to poor crofters by some of his fellow landowners? That could be a very romantic way of looking at this ‘perceived’ charitable act. Sir Hector might have had other reasons for wanting to ‘prolong’ the building work. At the time any relief afforded to the starving and destitute was only provided in return for labour. It was feared that to feed people without them working would promote laziness and the construction of the monument was tasked to the local destitute." [Source:] Looking down into the Cromarty Firth with Invergordon in the centre. Invergordon was an important base for the Home Fleet during WWI. A battelship was sunk there and sabotage was suspected but in the end it turned out to be faulty ammunition that caused the blast. Left: Ben Wyvis (3,432ft) Right: Little Wyvis (2,503ft); seen from the monument. The monument Reflctions in a hillside lochan
  12. It is about 13 miles to the nearest shop, Barrie!
  13. Part 3. There were lots of fungal fruiting bodies to be seen on the route. Here are two photos. Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric) Russula. A large group of mushrooms, some edible, some not.
  14. The Golden hour part 2: Dalnawhillan Lodge Loch a'Mhuilinn Morven and Small Mount On the Glutt track
  15. Attempting to add some more photos in the hope that they remain for long enough to be viewed! I'll put them up in a couple of groups to avoid overloading the site. Photos taken during "The Golden hour" just after dawn on Saturday morning. Sunrise over Loch More: Dalnaha cottage A herd of deer, spooked by our presence: A smiling toad The toad attaked me!
  16. I used Flickr for photos for a while but they put a limit on the number of photos one could hold on their site. Originally (When I signed up) it was unlimited. I lost a lot of photos to the change.
  17. I don't understant it Barrie. I can see the watermark and I didn't even put the mark there - photobucket did.
  18. I give up. I shall have to download and re-upload my photobucket photos to another hosting site.
  19. Right. It comes out on facebook with the watermark. It looks like you have to download the image first and then post it to your site. Problem is that this site wants an image url and not an ordinary file. It seems that I can post images from photobucket as a link but that also comes out with the watermark. I think it must be all about security (Gone mad).
  20. I'm seeing the cat with Photobucket wrtten across it. I wonder why some see it with photobucket and some without. I simply took the url from my photobucket picture and added it via "Insert other media" button. I have not come across photobucket doing this before. I shall try it on facebook and see if it comes out with or without photobucket watermark...... watch this space.
  21. As they say: "The clock was correct at time of going to press."
  22. It must be the Spanish name for the cactus. 'll' in Spanish is pronouinced 'y', hence Cholla = Choya.
  23. Whenever I post photos on this site they are visible to others for a day or so and then invariably, disappear. I know that others have also had problems so here's sme test pictures to see if any of the photo imaging sites that I use are better than others. First picture is saved in Google photos: Next is from Canon Irista: This one is from photobucket: And one from Flickr: Nope....can't get a flickr photo to appear at all on this page.
  24. Sadly Brew, bruises don't photograph very well. I tried to tke a shot of my leg the other week. It was yellow and black from knee to ankle after an altercation with a stepladder. Alas, it doesn't look very dramatic in pixel form.
  25. Been there, done it, got the tee shirt - it's not the most comfortable experience in the world, Ben.