Thursday, 4 April 2013

Spot the Difference

This snow, it appears, is as reluctant to shift as a seaside donkey. And while snow at this time of year is nothing unusual, this much for this long is.

Our ability to move about is seriously hampered for all but two of us. That's how many the snowbike can take. And, as a couple of my colleagues have ground far more suited to it, they are the ones who go.

There should have been 4 going out but our venerable old second snowbike decided to give up the ghost. In the absence of other jobs- like traps (buried) and heather burning (hah!)- I got the job of stripping it down. This was done without the aid of a manual. I've had to find out the hard way that nothing can be removed from this machine without first disassembling every other bit within arms length. At least I dont have the aneurysm-inducing 'assembly-is-the reverse-of-removal' chestnut  found in all good manuals. How they must laugh......

While all this has been going on, Scottish Police and Fire Services have 'requested' that all land managers cease muirburning immediately. They back up this request with a long list of reminders of all the different ways you can be guilty of an offence if you have a fire that gets out of control.

I reckon the only way we'd get a fire going anywhere on the place is if we used a kilotonne of napalm. I suppose that'd be an offence too.

It hardly seems like it, but in a couple of weeks the fishing starts on the loch. So it's high time we got the boats pulled from the water and checked over. I'll post a couple of pictures- one from last year and one from today. See if you can spot the difference......



  1. Third photo down - what a cracker, excellent shot. I reckon this is at the very head of Glen Effock beyond the crags??

  2. Sorry Dave, you reckon wrong. I was covering the Sneck of Colin while a colleague tried to flush a fox out of the broken ground below. We'd been tracking but lost the tracks close to here. It was the most obvious spot but since when did any fox do the obvious?? (It wasnae there.)

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  4. Enjoying the pictures, especially the one with the skis, and your (much needed?) sense of humour. Ian

  5. Hi Andy, Have you been able to get much heather burning done? Presumably the window has now closed for it too?
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  7. Hi Andy,

    We are looking forward again to our weeks holiday in the glen in July - hope you are still there for fishing and shooting tips...


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