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  1. Here's a poem about the recent Queen's speech, written by a singer/songwriter pal of mine. [Credit: Arthur Marshall]
  2. Our Mam allus useter buy this tea; except I think it were abaht a tanner then, not 1/9d:
  3. I was musing on the topic of Potted meat/beef this morning as I was out on my bike - as you do. I came home and lo! potted beef is mentioned in this topic. So, here in Scotland, potted beef is a a jar of gelatinised beef strips and not the paste that we loved as kids in Notty. I now have a burning question: Is potted meat/beef still available in the Midlands or has it gone the way of many other goodies over the years?
  4. Found this photo of Leen Valley signalbox on The site owner is Chris Ward, who was the loco fireman on this engine. It depicts the 0620 Daybrook pick-up goods at Leen Valley Junction Signalbox but the date on the photo is 23/12/64. Although the track was still in-situ until 1965 the line had actually closed to al traffic on 1st June 1964; apart from use for a short period of time as a carriage and waggon storage facility, so a bit of a puzzle there. [photo credit: Chris Ward]
  5. They were wearing boots and socks but nothing else. I could have taken a full frontal photo for proof but it seemed a bit seedy to me. when they arrived I offererd them a hot drink and they were very pleased to be made welcome. They were so cold that I offered a hot shower and a bed for the night, which they readily acccepted. Several others had given them accommodation during their walk, too.
  6. He seemed to be compusive, obsessive. He said that originally it was just a walk for a bit of fun but when he was arrested he was badly treated by the police. AS an ex-marine, he was already soewhat traumatised by his army career and bering pushed around made him determined to complete a full traverse of the UK mainland from bottom to top (Excuse the pun). After surviving several arrests and imprisonment, mainly in Scotland, he completed his solo walk. The next step was to take his girlfriend along and have one man/one woman doing it together. When arrested it was only him that was taken into custody because the complaints leading to the arrest were of a man committing indecent exposure - not the woman. He seemd to have become absolutely determined that upon his next arrest, he would not walk out of the prison with clothes on and so imprisoning him simply made the situation worse. It took five years for the Scottish justice system to realise this.
  7. They were arrested on their way home once again. She put her clothes on and was released but he insisted on staying naked. He was locked up in Edinburgh jail for almost five years until they finally gave up and let him go. They tried to release him several times but each time he undressed as soon as he left prison and was immediately arrested again. They had borrowed my ordnance survey map of the area for their final leg of the journey and promised to let me have it back the following day. I thought they had forgotten but five years later the map arrived by post with an apology for the unavoidable delay due to imprisonment! Which was nice.
  8. Perhaps Admin can merge the threads together, Red? I apologise for any inconvenience caused by my multi-threading....memory not what it used to be.
  9. Does anyone remembr the Naked Rambler doing the Land's End to John O'Groats walk with his girlfriend in 2005/6? They stayed at our house overnight on the last night of their walk. Here they are dressed for breakfast. After finishing breakfast they undressed and began their final leg of the journey. It was a very cold February morning in 2006 (Note the frost on the grass):
  10. Was this the world's worst cheese ever?
  11. This was a posh one....Toilet roll, not newspaper!
  12. 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
  13. 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?!
  14. Caught red-handed, Brew - or at least green or sapphire handed in my case.
  15. Garth! Now there's a blast from the past!
  16. On the subject of writing; I still use the contents of this packet occasionally. 50+yrs old and still works!
  17. 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.
  18. 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?]
  19. Barrie, Jill and Fly2: Just noticed that the herd of deer were missing and that Dalnaha cotage apeared twice. Now corrected.....
  20. 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
  21. It is about 13 miles to the nearest shop, Barrie!
  22. 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.
  23. The Golden hour part 2: Dalnawhillan Lodge Loch a'Mhuilinn Morven and Small Mount On the Glutt track
  24. 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!