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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.
  16. scottish skier

    World Cup 2018

    What are you on about? I've bought an England top and have every limb / digit I can crossed for them! Everyone I know just can't take any more of 'it's coming home' and every single kick in the tournament being compared to '66 by the commentators. The talk is that if England win the final, that will swing it for Yes! Anyway, best of luck, but Mrs SS will have me sleeping on the couch if I don't sing the La Marseillaise with sufficient gusto.
  17. Barley starting to turn gold here. Some of it's barely knee high though; it's bizarre to see.
  18. Nae chance o' that any time soon. Big Eck has a lot of work tae dae before there's any hope.
  19. Heaven be praised. It's raining here! EDIT. Look, for real:
  20. Well herbaceous plants officially wilting in these parts now, and that's with us getting some downpours a few weeks back. Gairdin now getting sprinkler treatment. One plant species that's loving it all is the roses. I've never seen so many blooms. Some which rarely flower are producing a plethora. This red one we'd almost given up on as it produces just a few flowers, is totally bursting with them. Really big too and fully open. I'm guessing the dry weather has all but eliminated blackspot fungus etc that plague roses when it's cool and wet all the time. That and their deep roots + sunshine.... EDIT and cold winter / spring + long hot summer is so far looking to give a bumper apple crop. Just hope there's enough rain / it doesn't stay too dry for this.
  21. Describes the weather here perfectly.
  22. Well, total scorcher here too of course. Weather station was showing into the low 30's in the afternoon peak. Was off the day as the car was in the garage, so been enjoying the sun as much as possible. Nice long dug walk earlier, bit kept to the forest to ensure shade. Maybe getting a bit too hot. However, the cooler nights make it alright as it's heat at night that I can't take. Gairdin is holding up; just the lawn looking a bit dry. We've had some bouts of very heavy rain and the local springs are still flowing, so not parched as yet here. Made mental note to look for the sprinkler though, as it looks like it'll be needed.
  23. LOL. Must admit that while a NE/E'ie, I did in retrospect realise how that might have been read as the urban dictionary version rather than the standard oven related one. EDIT and oh, I suppose intentionally exploring boggy ground on a hot Scots summer evening is the behaviour of a prize idiot so...
  24. Absolute roaster here. Was cooler at work in Edinburgh due to the haar, which is always quite a site as you come over soutra and look down over east lothian. I'd take some photos of it but that's against the law now; at least while yer daein 60 mph. Anyway went out for an evening dug walk and it was idyllic. Fields of gold stuff. Went into the woods up the hill where there's a spring line and discovered a forest of foxgloves; really impressive growth and lovely in the late evening light streaming through the trees. However, it was at that point I was caught by a marauding pack of cleggs. Trapped by thick ferns, a boggy area and a barbed wire fence, it got really nasty really quickly. Was telling the dugs 'Just run, leave me, save yersels!' at one point while I thrashed my way wildly through the undergrowth, swatting madly. Home now getting treated by Mrs SS and her sting cream. Cold beer helping. Man it's hot.
  25. It's hot and sunny here. Few standard phone photaes of said hot and sunny weather... - Dug walk yesterday lunchtime with hot dugs included (burn visit of course part of itinerary). - Second dug walk (forest section) at dusk because the weather is crackin. I love the way the woods are full of ferns at this time; positively primeval. - Looking over Embra westwards down the midland valley from the top of Hillend (the day's ski session). Guid tae hae summer back again.