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Ravelin last won the day on March 25 2016

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  1. Net Weather Gardening Thread

    Loads of gooseberries here too, mainly made into a surprisingly red looking jam. Mind oyu, they were mainly a red variety. I planted 2 bushes a couple of years ago, one red, one green, and the former is doing much better than the latter. As for Blackberries, we were at friends the other night who have a huge bush along their fence, which is absolutely plastered with green berries. Once they ripen we've been invited to take as many as we like as they can't imagine being able to use them all. Just started cropping courgettes from the two plants I grew, from the two seeds I had left over from previous years. Runner beans have been flowering for a little while but nothing from them yet. French beans have gone mad and are currently trying to grow tall enough to be useful in a Jack and the Beanstalk panto. Just starting to flower. Lettuce is reliable as usual but the later sowing of radish seem slow to grow. Oh, and I have beetroot in 'potato' bags that seem, from fumblings in the bags, to be all leaf and not much root so far.
  2. Weekend into Monday here was so, so. A bit of everything and although not what you'd call warm it wasn't cold and miserable either. Talking of birds, we had an almost tame Thrush in the garden the other day. It was quite happily hopping around whilst I was working out there, and even came within about 6ft of us at one point as we sat and watched it. A real treat as it's a bird we rarely seem to see in the garden any more. Used to be regular visitors to my garden when I was a kid. Some good news on the bee front too. After weeks of not seeing any evidence of queens laying new brood in our two bee hives, we checked again yesterday and found brood in both. One had quite a lot actually, and we think that hive might have a new queen (if we can find her we'll know as the old queen was marked). Seems to have been another 'strange' feature of this year as a few beekeepers have noted a distinct lack of laying activity from queens since mid to late May. Might be related to the warm spells in Spring, that led to a boom in bee numbers, then the subsequent lack of any real warm weather as summer has progressed?

    @carinthian, we've all stopped replying to you out of extreme jealousy, as we sit here in the dismal UK under frequent cloud and rain.
  4. Usually plenty of wild geese around Monymusk, just not the right time of year for it. Been pretty decent day in Dyce from what I've seen of it through the window at work. Phoned the wife earlier and she was sat out in the garden so it must be warm in Kemnay for her to do that.
  5. A rather nondescript few days. Some pointlessly dull and damp, some 'usable' at best. Today has started dull and drizzly again.
  6. BBC so called stars are paid

    The world of TV has changed fundamentally since the introduction of the TV Tax and the BBC should be required to live in the commercial world like every other entertainment provider. I don't buy the argument that it would automatically cause a reduction in quality, mainly because there's already been a huge reduction in quality over the last couple of decades anyway. There's only one reason I can see for governments continuing to support the License Fee and that is that it allows them to retain a degree of control, or influence, over the 'State Broadcaster'. It seems to be the majority opinion, on here at least, that sacrificing Chris Evans (that's one reality TV show I would watch) would actually increase quality. I have nothing against the likes of Lineker, but really, would paying someone else a quarter of his fee for hosting Match of the Day really reduce the audience by much, if anything? The same applies for most other 'stars'. I mean, Claudia 'the fringe' Winkleman, among many others, is another 'star' that it baffles me why anyone thinks she has even the merest spark of 'talent'.
  7. Drove through some torrential stuff on the A96 on my way to work this morning. I counted at least 4 flashes of lightning, didn't see any directly though as the cloud/rain was obscuring everything.
  8. Cloudy, breezy and a lot cooler, with temps in the mid teens. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
  9. Well at least in Scottish terms that's 'warm rain'. Not a great day in these parts on Saturday but Sunday, Mon and today have been fairly good with plenty of sunshine. In fact yesterday was a cracker, with temps nudging the mid 20s.
  10. Last Book You Read or Film You Watched?

    Watched "The Siege of Jadotville" on Netflix (or may have been Amazon) at the weekend. Based on a true story about a Irish Army unit sent as UN peacekeepers to the Congo in 1961. Good film, but as always with these you do wonder how true to the real story it was.
  11. Funny, but outside of salad stuff runner beans seem to be one of the few things I can usually get a consistently decent crop of. Maybe it's different over here in Aberdeenshire compared to Glenurquhart. Started off almost cloudless here but I'd say about 60-70% cover now of thick fluffy stuff. Bit of a breeze but a decent day. Anyway, who was talking about lack of insects recently? I took the bike out for a spin around 7:30pm last night, after it'd clouded over with some light rain by the end of my short 1hr ride. I think I had a second dinner as every time I risked opening my mouth for some extra oxygen I regretted it. Insects bouncing off me left right and centre.
  12. Temp up over 20C in Aboyne and just a tad lower in Dyce. As expected with that it's sunny with a few fluffy clouds but a bit of a breeze getting up.
  13. Not quite as pish as Sunday, at least here. Sunday was pretty much unrelentingly wet, although never overly heavy. Today is at least dry even if it is cool and cloudy.
  14. Saturday - Lovely. Sunny, warm(ish), bit of a cool breeze. Sunday - Pish.
  15. 14.7C in Dyce but with scattered fluffy clouds at least it's sunny. We've escaped the rain the last few days too so although it's not felt like summer it's not been awful either. Something 'funny' going on with that Green Day concert being cancelled.