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  1. The dam problems at Whaley Bridge prompted me to dig out this old photo of the same dam that I took back in the long, hot summer of 1976. No chance of flooding then! Curiously, there is a patch almost in the same place as the damage now threatening the structure but on the inside of the wall. a patch, perhaps? Whaley Bridge is off to the right of the picture.
  2. I think you must be correct, DJ. Can't see Scotrail being allowed to say the most westerly if it was not true.
  3. Pumpkins are doing well this year!
  4. Ladies please ensure you adjust your dress before venturing into the great outdoors! [Dunnet beach September 2014]
  5. It is indeed, Beekay. The line turns north from Arisaig for a few miles to Mallaig.
  6. Hillwalking in Scotland always carries teh risk of hill fog. It is essential that walkers learn compass reading skills before cventuring out alone. Here's a photo of a typical summer day in the mountains:
  7. On Ben unpronounceable in the north west of Scotland we met an odd tribe of hairy men. They approached us and said "We're the fuckarwe"
  8. Autumn on Loch Eil, west of Fort William:
  9. Arisaig is the most westerly station in Britain - although I would have thought some Northern Ireland stations could be further west?
  10. Black 5 at Arisaig on "The Jacobite" Wednesday 1st October 2014:
  11. Back in December 2014 the garden was visited by this Leucistic Chaffinch. One day I noticed a local bird spotter with others searching the local hedgrows with cameras at the ready. When I asked what the fuss was about, he told me that they were looking for a reported Leucistic Chaffinch. For the past couple of weeks it had been hiding in our garden! I had no idea they were searching for it. By the time I discovered what the fuss was about, the bird had flown.
  12. No fireflies Jonab. Oddly, we don't have ants either.
  13. I almost managed to grow some Portabella mushroms this year. The spawn grew and spread nicely but I misjudged the casing time and killed the spawn Trying again with a new batch of spawn.
  14. Yep, sounds like me alright! Went out without my dressing gown the other evening and was near bitten to death by the dreaded Scottish midges! They go straight for the naughty bits!
  15. Summer finally arrived in Caithness last Thursday, Fly. Looks like it's over now though.
  16. Hiking boots, Beekay. Too muddy for shoes in this part of the world
  17. Loch Gaineimh (Ganiv), central Caithness, November 2005:
  18. Thank you for all the nice things you have said about my snapshots, gang. Much appreciated.
  19. This one's for Beekay. The newly constructed footbridge over Ousdale Burn at the bottom of the gorge. Note "1 person at a time, please". It's quite flimsy but does the job. I crouched on this bridge when taking the photo of the burn.
  20. Wahey! I wonder if I have been putting too many photos in one post and the server didn't like it?
  21. If anyone wants to see a walk report from my coastal trip 'Ousdale-Berriedale' before the photos mysteriously disappear once again then go to: Members Hobbies and Interests/Photography/Out and about with Compo
  22. Beekay: The John O'groats trail volunteers have built a small footbridge over the burn, which is where I stood to take the picture. If I can persuade SWMBO to part with one of her photos I will post a picture of the footbridge alater.
  23. The next item of interest on the walk is Berriedale. Berriedale Braes are a pair of notorious hills either side of the village of Berriedale. At the bottom is a tiny harbour and to the north is a hairpin bend that frequently closes the road as articulated lorries get stuck on it. It is the only non-single track road into and out of Caithness so everything goes up it. Closure usually lasts for a couple of hours whilst the recovery vehicles remove the lorries. Work has begun on taking the road around the cemetery in order to remove the hairpin bend. The Berriedale roadworks:
  24. These photos show the area around Badbea village and the conditions in which the families lived. Bear in mind that this is high summer and winter is a little bleaker! Cliffs at Badbea: The wall built by the families. They lived on the seaward side to the left of the picture: