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Some more pics from this morning in the Lomond Hills. Just the most sublime colours at sunrise. We had 12cm this morning, sunny all day except for a slight freshening up in the afternoon, now -0.7C an

Standing an impressive 5ft 5in tall - the kids have done well with limited resources ?

The snow still hasn't come to anything beyond a slushy mess at the house so we went to the snow. At the small car park at the top of Glen Ogle it was proper snow with a few inches on the ground. By th

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14.5C max here today with just a few brief bright intervals. Pretty much dry though but with a fresh NE breeze.

If our hols had gone ahead this year we would be leaving Washington today after three nights and heading to Baltimore via Gettysburg. That might have been an experience with our hotel having been between the Whitehouse and Washington railway station. 

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Rather damp and cool here, I'd expect @Quinachwon't be needing to get the sprinkler out quite yet. Dried up a bit later in the afternoon for an hour or two. Long enough for me to do some digging that proved the despite the rain its only the top inch or so of the soil that's holding any real water, below that it's bone dry. 

The forecast for Friday into Saturday might fix that. 

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Strange how quickly the warm weather fades from memory.

Max of 10.2c today under grey skies (bar a few glimpses of sunshine in the late afternoon).

Occasional fleeting light showers of rain in the morning but dry thereafter.

Winds light to fresh from the North/Northwest.

Birds reacting to the weather with the feeders mobbed all day by a right old assortment including fledgling starlings and Siskins (not seen them for many months).

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On 30/05/2020 at 14:34, Northernlights said:

Just remembering back to the first week in March when were getting stuck in the mud the transformation has been phenominal with even the spring barley and clover showing signs of wilting in the hot fresh wind. Will not need to cut domestic grasses again until we get rain as it  is now yellow/brown and crisp .

Cattle here all lying on their sides in the sunshine with broad grins on their faces. Going to have  a salad tea outside in the early evening.with own garden radishes,lettuce and strawberries. .All ready a few weeks ahead of normal

@Northernlights Nice to see the cows turned out for the first after such a long and cold spring here in the Eastern Alps of Austria. A welcome appearance of the sun and warmth. Not sure its going to last long. Have you had much rain these last couple of days up in the Great North ?

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4 minutes ago, carinthian said:

@Northernlights Nice to see the cows turned out for the first after such a long and cold spring here in the Eastern Alps of Austria. A welcome appearance of the sun and warmth. Not sure its going to last long. Have you had much rain these last couple of days up in the Great North ?

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Yes  one of the best days in the spring when you can turn out the cattle to feed themselves and also means that you can do other things at the weekend.

The rain we had two days ago wetted the talcum powder surface of the  ground to about 1.5 inches so will get the last of the neeps  (30%) germinated              .Having said that the sun yesterday afternoon soon restored the dusty surface.               More rain forecast over  the next few days  with snow at 4000 feet on Cairngorm. today.

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55 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Yes  one of the best days in the spring when you can turn out the cattle to feed themselves and also means that you can do other things at the weekend.

The rain we had two days ago wetted the talcum powder surface of the  ground to about 1.5 inches so will get the last of the neeps  (30%) germinated              .Having said that the sun yesterday afternoon soon restored the dusty surface.               More rain forecast over  the next few days  with snow at 4000 feet on Cairngorm. today.

@Northernlights Aye, no greater sight. One of the hotel owners in a nearby villages has a farm some way to the Northeast on the Austrian/ Czech border (where farmland is half the prize compared to much of Austria ) He breeds Aberdeen Angus and uses his black Angus meat in the restaurant during the ski -ing season. I can say , its the best meat I have ever tasted and all his customers love it.  Rupert the breeder has recently just added a prize bull he bought from Rosemead Angus Breeders in Godalming Surrey. He tells me he has to work hard all year just to pay for it !His farm is 750m absl and spends his summers there.

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Yes @carinthian native breeds are making a bit of a comeback we returned to a Hereford bull  a year ago after 40 years with Continentals as they can convert grass better and are smaller which is what the trade wants now.Steady drizzly rain on now .Lovely Jubbly!!!

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1 hour ago, carinthian said:

@Northernlights Nice to see the cows turned out for the first after such a long and cold spring here in the Eastern Alps of Austria. A welcome appearance of the sun and warmth. Not sure its going to last long. Have you had much rain these last couple of days up in the Great North ?

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The Austrian farmers are much more technologically advanced than here. We'd make the cows walk up the hill when they are put out to pasture, but in Austria they have chairlifts for them. ?

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1 hour ago, Northernlights said:

Yes @carinthian native breeds are making a bit of a comeback we returned to a Hereford bull  a year ago after 40 years with Continentals as they can convert grass better and are smaller which is what the trade wants now.Steady drizzly rain on now .Lovely Jubbly!!!

You would be surprised, but there is a big love over here for all things related to British Farming. . Just caught up with The Mart shown made by BBC Scotland. Think its filmed in Aberdeenshire. One things for sure TV in the UK is far superior to anything offered on the continent.

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1 hour ago, carinthian said:

You would be surprised, but there is a big love over here for all things related to British Farming. . Just caught up with The Mart shown made by BBC Scotland. Think its filmed in Aberdeenshire. One things for sure TV in the UK is far superior to anything offered on the continent.

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Yes its made at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Mart in Inverurie Aberdeenshire. We sell our male stores there at about 16 months old,all the  auctioneers are real characters.Its also a Coop  owned by farmers themselves and has had some very forward thinking managers including at one stage my old agri  colleges head of economics  lecturer. Not only does it auction all kinds of livestock but cars commercial vehicles and redundant/surplus North Sea oil  equipment as well

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11 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Yes its made at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Mart in Inverurie Aberdeenshire. We sell our male stores there at about 16 months old,all the  auctioneers are real characters.Its also a Coop  owned by farmers themselves and has had some very forward thinking managers including at one stage my old agri  colleges head of economics  lecturer. Not only does it auction all kinds of livestock but cars commercial vehicles and redundant/surplus North Sea oil  equipment as well

The son of one of the 'stars', Colin, was in the same primary school class as my youngest son. I spent many a morning chatting with him and the other school drop-off dads before he became famous (he'd hate me calling him that).  Really nice guy.

I had a trip all arranged to see a livestock auction at Thainstone Mart for my schoolkids early May, but Covid-19 put paid to that.

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43 minutes ago, Northernlights said:

Yes its made at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Mart in Inverurie Aberdeenshire. We sell our male stores there at about 16 months old,all the  auctioneers are real characters.Its also a Coop  owned by farmers themselves and has had some very forward thinking managers including at one stage my old agri  colleges head of economics  lecturer. Not only does it auction all kinds of livestock but cars commercial vehicles and redundant/surplus North Sea oil  equipment as well

Comes over as a well run operation with a personal touch. Nice to see the youngsters in the bidding ring as well,.

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Got soaked in a shower walking home , been a long time since that has happend. Thought it would feel cooler, still a bit of warmth.

In other news noticed wasps going in under the window cill of bedroom window. House is timber frame, worried that the wasps will eat through the interior plasterboard , that could be fatal . I take it best course is to ring up council?

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10 hours ago, Northernlights said:

Yes  one of the best days in the spring when you can turn out the cattle to feed themselves and also means that you can do other things at the weekend.

The rain we had two days ago wetted the talcum powder surface of the  ground to about 1.5 inches so will get the last of the neeps  (30%) germinated              .Having said that the sun yesterday afternoon soon restored the dusty surface.               More rain forecast over  the next few days  with snow at 4000 feet on Cairngorm. today.

Well @Northernlights our brief spell of summer did not last long. Low clouds rolled in this afternoon with a drop of temperature. Looks like a bleak day in your neck of the woods tomorrow and have noted the prospects of snow on the tops. Funny enough my wife spotted some British labelled Aberdeen Angus steaks in the local Hofer Supermarket. I told her to buy the lot as its a products that flies off the shelve over here because of limited supply. Makes a change from Polish imported EEC beef products filling up the freezes and fresh meat counter. It just goes to show British Farm Produce is the best when made available. Not sure what happens when you lot leave next year regarding supply and demand but that's another story, right or wrong.  Enjoy your day of winter tomorrow !

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Never ceases to amaze me that in the spring and early summer we can go from mid summer weather to almost winter in 24hours in the north of Scotland. Very cool sky this evening with a moderate wind from the north.  An arctic sky on a June evening with scattered light showers on the horizon -1c on the top of Cairngorm just now and 8c here002.thumb.JPG.ff58b777406e683f5aef9104dbc94a99.JPG003.thumb.JPG.5e96c0f549ce788267b8ef74cbe21e7e.JPG004.thumb.JPG.9264433cd0923fa2f247422f89255ada.JPG

 

Really only Mid July to Mid August when the  high hills around here are totally snowfall free . My Norse ancestry always appreciates a wintry looking sky. A lot of snow still left in Glencoe for a mid summer ski from the very stormy February.  @carinthian I hope our day of winter is not too severe tomorrow and leaves us with a bit of water for the parched ground,crops and grass will really appreciate it.

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Better day today - there were at least some decent spells of sunshine in the late afternoon and evening.

A few showers though and downright chilly with a max of 10c in a fresh NW breeze.

If you have a android phone/tablet try out the BirdNET app - link

For a BETA product it does a good job of identifying birds by their song. 

Kids are not happy though as I'm using the phone now to hunt down new bird songs when out instead of them hogging the phone playing that infernal Pokemon GO and its PokéStops (which always seem to be in clumps of nettles and other landscape hazards).

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I was woken up at 2am by a torrential downpour with hail, one of those where you think there will be some thunder... but there wasn't ? it did dump 6mm of rain in a short time, so the plants and grass are now well watered! 

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