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  1. A fine sunrise this morning but hazing over now, breezy, temp 12C. I’m more concerned about the Sat/Sun storm as I am booked on a ferry from Oban on Sunday afternoon. Will that depression be as intense as originally projected? I knew adding “pack swimsuit” to the list was liable to tempt fate Anyway I’m resigned to the likelihood of disruption to plans.
  2. I usually get a present of sloe gin from my son (Dunbar) at Xmas. He just won't disclose where he harvests the berries.
  3. Can't be sure of precise dates, but I do remember looking at the hills and remarking that the heather appeared to be in flower, around here anyway, maybe early to mid August? The garden heather is in full bloom just now - ie what survived the garden fire. I gave the Nepeta and Buddleia a partial haircut a few weeks ago and the renewed, but subdued flowering, has attracted many honey bees and bumblers - even a few butterflies in the cooler breezier weather over the past few days.
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    Hurricane Florence

    Media has a role in bringing general attention to the impact of severe climatic events on human beings and highlighting the need for adaptation to/modification of these situations. What is sad, though, is how quickly the media forgets the trauma and turns its attention to the next impending disaster.
  5. Autumn migration is well underway. Not sure what these are, Dunlin or Knot? – note to self to swot up on wader identification. Two small skeins of Pink-foot geese overhead at Montrose this evening.
  6. Full-on sunshine today. Warm, maxing at 21C and no wind. Collected oldest grandson at Montrose today. View from the station platform.
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    Make us laugh

    Police Officer hands a speeding ticket to a driver. Driver: “ What am I meant to do with that?” Police Officer: “Save four and then you can buy a cycle”
  8. Yes, over here this morning there were a number of hefty convectional showers, but no T or L. Currently, - a meandering breeze from the W - bright with partial cloud cover. Temp 11C Pics from earlier today.
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    ciel's pics

    Early Morning, North Uist. Loch Portain
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    From the album: ciel's pics

  11. It's been a very changeable day here, starting with a clear morning, then cloud, an increasing wind, and variable temperatures - 16 - 22C. This evening, the wind has dropped and it feels pleasant. An "impressionist" pic of Fettercairn in the warm sunshine earlier tonight.
  12. I instinctively dislike autumn because of the depressing (for me) effect of decay, increasing darkness, imminent cold, ice and snow. However, it is just as gloomy and time wasteful to wish one’s life away by dreaming of the next spring, summer season or whatever, as it makes the years roll past too quickly. Best to try to tolerate, enjoy and adjust to whatever circumstances the weather/season provides. The most significant date in my calendar is the winter solstice.
  13. More or less a muggy overcast day here. Although temp was only around 16C at the most, it felt quite warm. The sky this evening after a temporary clearance of some sorts.
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    Did you know.

    I was held hostage this morning for 45mins by a large stray Labrador x type dog in the garden, that acted very aggressively when I attempted on several occasions to access the car in order to attend a dental appointment in Brechin. I had tried to call it in quietly as there was a collar and tag attached, but it simply barked, growled, looked as if is was about to lunge and bared its teeth – must have been very frightened (I was rather too). Eventually it trotted off to the back garden. Anyway, I had contacted the dental practice to let them know of a possible late arrival/cancellation, however, though late for the appt. and had to wait a while, I was fitted in. On returning home the dog had gone (I think). No sign of anyone searching for a lost dog and had it not run off, I really would have been at a loss regarding what sensible action to take.
  15. Same here, and the sun is still trying hard, but not quite managing to burn off the cloud. Nevertheless, I think quite a nice day portends. Temp 14C at present, with a slight breeze from the SW.
  16. We can usually but dream about such things up here in Scotland at this time of year. But maybe, just maybe, if global teleconnection info is reliable, we might get a weather boost in the coming days/weeks? As far as today is concerned, the CH is on and I gave serious consideration to lighting the stove. Just as annoying is that after conceding to the weather and deciding to curl up with a book, I needed the lights on to read comfortably mid-afternoon. @Quinach Yes, the combines were hard at work yesterday, before this dismal day, bringing in the spring sown barley.
  17. A real oldie - heard in the shop today
  18. Spent a while at SWT Balgavies this afternoon hoping to get a decent capture of the Osprey family before they leave. A pic from earlier today, at home, of a couple of Swallow stragglers. I have to comment that at Balgavies, I did not clock a single Swallow or Martin this afternoon.
  19. Yes, up here too there have been local promotions asking for volunteers to tackle this invasive species - but that field I snapped is beyond belief and responsibility.
  20. This came to my attention on R4 this morning and I intend to participate. http://www.bigwaspsurvey.org I posted a pic recently of a wasp’s nest in the garden and commented that I was unsure whether or not to destroy it. I decided against that course of action but it has since been abandoned for some unknown reason. Perhaps it was damaged by the early August storm. There appears to be quite a lot of wasp activity in a nearby beech tree, however.
  21. A fine sunny morning, an almost clear sky with excellent visibility, but chilly. When out with dog a short while ago temp was around 7C resulting in a touch of Raynaud’s, which I don’t really appreciate at this time of year. Need to look out the thermal gloves.
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    Things that tick you off?

    And when was it last you advised this thread, or any other, of your pearls of wisdom?
  23. I’ve been meaning to take a pic, of this field, about a 1/2 mile from me, for a couple of weeks now. It is, or was, a daffodil field but now invaded by Himalayan Balsam, and I have watched this spread of this weed over a few years. Interestingly, the neighbouring landowner has taken steps to prevent it spreading into neighbouring land.
  24. Same here. There are certainly a few dotting about still, but no massing on the wires at my location, as yet anyway. Usually they are heaving with mixed hirundines at this time of year. I think the cold spring has affected their migratory and breeding patterns adversley this year. Anyway, it's been dry here overnight, cloudy, and quite cool at 11C.
  25. Another dreich grey start to the day - very still, fine drizzle, low cloud shrouding the landscape, temp 13C.