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    Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

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  1. Saw this being retweeted.
  2. Very wet, but pleasantly autumnal.
  3. Pretty wet here to say the least. Huv tae get fully suited up fir the dug walk.
  4. You probably just had the 'After a few beers' filter engaged.
  5. First frost of the winter here (I believe). Still crispy on shaded bits of the lawn, although the T's up to 3.5 C now with the nice sunshine. Yee-ha, lawn mowing season is officially over! EDIT Impressive moon last night when I was oot wi the dugs for an evening stroll. Only had the phone fir photaes though.
  6. Two trees had fallen on the A68 just south of Pathhead; cleared some time before I passed on my way home. A few down locally along with assorted branches of varyingly impressive size. Nae damage at fort SS. Just a new load of apples to gather up from the back lawn.
  7. Old Forth Bridge is completely shut due to the wind but the new one is still open to cars and single decker buses. Closed only to high-sided vehicles. Graph of windspeeds:
  8. Rain came on quick and now fair pishin doon. Looks impressive on the radar.
  9. Still very calm here, with some morning sunshine breaking through. I can see the tips of the trees starting to sway a tad, but that's it so far.
  10. Did I sleep longer than I thought and miss something?
  11. Something to do with the soil maybe? Lauderdale is somewhat unusual for the hilly parts of the borders in that it is underlain by a tongue of old red sandstone. Our soil is pH neutral because of this I understand, so most things grow reasonably well (only strong acid or alkaline lovers are unhappy). A quick search suggests apples prefer mildly acid soils, and the bulk of the southern uplands are shales, siltstones, thin limestones... which should give more alkaline soils. Maybe this, with your elevation, is enough to tip the balance and make it too inhospitable for apples? EDIT, I should add our garden is completely forest sheltered from the wind and a frost hollow. Maybe apples like that too?
  12. Thanks. Having googled images of sloes, I believe that's exactly what they are. To acid to eat raw, but perfect for preserves and gin!
  13. 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...' My least favourite season really, at least in terms of weather. Mainly it involves just waiting around for a couple of months before snow watching seasons begins. Best thing is the fruit. Today was quite pleasant though, mild 15 C with occasional sun, although breezy. A dug walk by the Leader water revealed some flowers in late bloom. Not sure what they are; all over the riverbank. Some sort of wild orchid? Also these blue berries on a large shrub, which I've seen a few times, but don't know what they are. Anyone? @Hairy Celt? They look quite juicy! As for the apples in the gairden....Holy guacamole we've a lot this year. As I mentioned in a past post as they developed, we've a massive, bumper harvest and they're perfect. The trees have loved the cold winter and dry spring. Branches are touching the ground they're so heavily landen with quickly reddening fruit. Little to no blackspot blemishing either due to the hot weather. I'm going to put some outside the house for people passing to just take. That and if we have time, swap them at Thistly Cross brewery for some cider!
  14. Weather so generally nondescript recently I've not felt it worth commenting on. Yesterday I had to put on my winter jacket for skiing at Hillend. Was cool initially, meaning a fleece, then it started really pishin doon with gusto, requiring the full on goretex. Today's quite nice though, if a little fresh. Took a wee walk up in the hills behind Gala with the dugs (Islay pictured) earlier while Mini Miss SS did her tennis. Snaps:
  15. Well after a lovely couple of weeks holiday in les Alpes-Maritimes (again) for the end of July, back in Scotland it's been just a return to normal Scots summer weather.... as everyone is quite aware of, so not much to add really. My lawn has recovered; big brown patches when I got back from France are green again, particularly with clover (which I learned from @Northernlights is deep rooted). Some plants seem to be giving it a shot at a second round of flowering if they can squeeze one in; the first round being tempered by drought. Apples seems seriously well advanced; lots of them, big / juicy, and already turning red. The trees were starting to dump a lot of undeveloped fruit a few weeks back, presumably due to the drought, but then the recent rain seems to have given them a boost.
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