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Re: Walkie Talkies

PostPosted: 11:11 am
by Boreades
Mick Harper wrote:But doesn't that mean that, say, sheep would need to drink their own milk? Technically interesting. Some kind of tube possibly.

After months of secret development work at t'mill, (TME Mega-Industry Laboratories Ltd) in a secret Wiltshire location (just off the A4 between Overton Hill and Alton Priors), The Ovis Aries Perpetual Lactation Machine is soon to be released to an eager and unsuspecting world. Due to be marketed by the Acme Corporation (subject to negotiations with Wile E. Coyote).

Patent pending, © copyright 2017, M. Harper.

Re: Walkie Talkies

PostPosted: 12:14 pm
by Boreades
Here's a pic of ma wee cousin MacBoreades. Some say it looks like he's about to launch into a solo rendition of The Gay Gordons.


Either that, or he's propping up a signpost on the Drove Road to Kinloch Hourn. Ever-ready to audition for Strictly Come Droving, or to show off a few more "Pictish brochs" on the way.

Our route description is in the opposite direction to that which the drovers took with their cattle. Cross the bridge at Kinloch Hourn, go through the grounds of Kinloch Hourn House, passing on its right into the woods behind the house, and climb steeply up a path to a pass at about 270m. 400 metres beyond the pass fork left down to the Allt a’ Choire Reidh, which is crossed near Lochan Torr a’ Choit. From this lochan keep northwest along the path which climbs a little for 1km and then descends into Gleann Dubh Lochain. Crossing the river here can be difficult after heavy rain. Continue northwest up the Allt an Tomain Odhair, fording the Allt a' Choire Odhair and onwards to the Bealach Aoidhdailean. Descend north-northwest on the northeast side of the Allt Ghleann Aoidhdailean, which has also to be forded, to reach a track at the head of Gleann Beag after crossing a final ford. Go down the glen by this track past Balvraid and the well-preserved remains of Pictish brochs to reach the road beside the Sound of Sleat, 1.5km south of Glenelg.

No, I don't know why they are going in the opposite direction.

Re: Walkie Talkies

PostPosted: 12:52 pm
by Boreades
Mind The Gap

Breaking News from National Trails (they're fixing the broken gaps, gates and styles)

It may seem boring news to hear that the new British Standard for Gaps, Gates and Stiles has been recently published but it will have a real impact on how you experience the countryside. This is particularly true for those of us with stiff joints, pushchairs, wheelchairs, horses and dogs that struggle over stiles! You can now hope to come across fewer awkward latches, tight kissing gates and clumsy stiles…and especially so on The Ridgeway.

We may still experience the stiff joints, clumsy stiles and awkward latches, especially after visiting so many of the pubs they insist we visit. I may yet get in trouble with M'Lady Boreades by asking where I can experience the tight kissing.

Re: Walkie Talkies

PostPosted: 8:14 pm
by Boreades
Megalithic walkers might like to know you can now post a review of Avebury (and associated places) on Trip Advisor. ... gland.html

Please do not complain about the condition of the stones at Avebury. Whichever firm made them appears to have gone bust some time ago, and the warranty has expired.

Re: Walkie Talkies

PostPosted: 11:17 am
by hvered
A Scottish farmer interviewed on Britain At Low Tide (Sunday, 8 p.m. Channel 4) said long-distance drovers travelling 'hundreds of miles' would only cover about ten miles a day, otherwise the cattle would lose weight by the time they got to markets south of the Firth of Forth (where the programme was taking place).

The pattern ties in with the distribution of hillforts, or hospitality industry we might say, which as TME points out are typically 10-12 miles apart. The interviewee was talking about drovers a couple of centuries rather than a couple of millennia ago but the system appears to have worked well over time, leastways as he commented there were 'no roads in Scotland' before the late eighteenth/ early nineteenth century. It may seem an unlikely source as Britain At Low Tide is about intertidal archaeology but the series, presented by palaeobiologist Tori Herridge, is much superior to the usual fare from the Neil Oliver and Alice Roberts stable though I don't know if she or they know it.