Here’s a thing

You’ve got to get your priorities right, cover all your bases, get your backup plan in place and then decide to hell with it and run through the door screaming anyway.

The Forestry Commission now own almost all of the Kilpatrick Hills, they don’t own a lot of the fringe land but they own the whole of the central plateau and all the peaks without a gap other than the lochs which are part of a reservoir system.
Grazing rights are set to be revoked in a couple of years and the hazy plan seems to be something about planting a mix of cash crop trees and indigenous trees. Aye, a huge plot of high land with undisturbed catchment of westerlies? They’re sitting rubbing their hands thinking about how many wind turbines they could fit up there, they own the land, they’ve already got road access for  big vehicles and planning would face fewer objections. Few folk can see the area from their windows and the first they’d know about it would be when the white windmills of satan start popping up on their horizon by which time it’s too late.

There’s to be consultation, public meetings, plenty of time to work it all out apparently. Aye.
You know me, you know exactly where my head is at right now.

There’s something lovely about an old school bakers, not the chain ones, individual bakers where everything on the shelf looks different and tastes different to what you can get used to on a high street. They always seem to be run by wee older wummin who’ve been there since the sixties with a glam lassie on the counter to carry the flag onwards and charm the workies. The cuppas come from big tins of coffee and a carton of milk instead of a machine, the sausage rolls are the size of your arm wrapped in pastry, there’s always too much icing on the buns and too much filling in the rolls. Bless them every one and long may they thrive.

I love my new toilet roll.

52 thoughts on “Here’s a thing

  1. The SNP seem happy to have the entire country looking like a giant helicopter trying to take off, as long as they can sell electricity to the English.
    Until I see the parliament building , Arthur’s seat and all of the MSP’s houses kitted out with windmills they can fuck right off.

  2. Well said Michael. Let nobody tell you that swearing isn’t big or clever – it is clearly both.

    Ever noticed how every Greggs that pops up is slap bang next to an existing baker? It seems that being McCakes isn’t good enough for the greasy idiots and they want to put every other bakers out of business – you know, the ones staffed by human beings that smile and talk to you. Grrrr. Anyone fancy a “buy nothing from Greggs day” campaign?

    This forum’s at risk of turning into an angry middle aged mans self help group. I used to come here for solace and contemplation and now I end up going to bed furious!

    Windmills and pastries. Whaur’s the hills man?

  3. As I’ve said elsewhere, the public at large are either blissfully ignorant of, or apathetic towards, the SNP’s “renewables” strategy. Unchecked, there’ll come a point when you’ll be able to see turbines from every summit in Scotland. Our landscape is changing and not for the better.

    Folk need to get furious. Folk should be furious.

  4. The SNP have really let me down, how can they be Scotlands party if they want to ruin the country? Doesn’t make any sense.

    Hungry? Get yourself to the Villa Bakery in Dalmuir if you want that pastry in the photie (mug is models own).

    Greggs needs kept in check as much as I love it.
    Hills? I have 560 photies and stories to tell from one of my finest ever hill days, I just need to see what goes in the mag before I can put anything on here!
    But, new stuff coming soon.

    I am furious. I just need somewhere to put it.

  5. I think middle-aged is the new young. Sadly, the young have been so brain-washed about this wind turbines business that they happily go and tie themselves on a nuclear power station but they won’t lift a finger to stop the destruction of our hills. They only see that glossy brochures with the pictures of the white blades against the blue sky. I doubt they’d ever got near a hill track at a wind farm to see the destruction of the land, let alone that of the views.

    So, let’s get furiouser and furiouser. We’re stuffed anyway.

    Can’t wait for the 560 photies, Pete!

    And to close on a good note: I just bought the Vango Nitro Lite 200. You must get a sample sent to you. It’s a cracker of a tent. Paperthin, but looks very sturdy. Goes up all in one (poles are a bit tight to slip through the sleeves but it’s still very fast to pitch). Very well thought out. Spacious. Feels very stable. It puts a mad grin on your face when you’re done. It’s made in Scotland. And it weighs (tent + poles) all of 1.4kg. Space inside is as good as in a Nallo 2, so plenty of space for two. Lots of nice touches, the pockets inside run the entire length of the inner, the tensioning system seems to steady it nicely, it’s great.

    I’m convinced that it’ll make the Big Agnes tents and the new 3 season offerings from Hilleberg redundant. It’s an absolute winner.

    At least something to smile about this weekend.

    You see, the trouble with the Kilpatricks is that they are mostly used by locals only, so the Government won’t give a hoot. And the creeping in goes on. A new application on the edges of the Assynt hills was just announced. These days, you ain’t safe even up in Inverpolly, it seems.

    And I think us middle-aged guys are particularly angry because we’ve seen the hills as they were 30 years ago and we’ll die without knowing whether they’ll ever get back to that. We won’t know if the turbines will ever come down, or what. And there will be folks having no idea what it was like before these horrors came along.

  6. Been meaning to follow up on the Vango/F10 stuff for ages, glad it’s looking good. Hopefull it’ll mix things up a bit.

    The Kilpatricks? Even if it’s all on my own I’ll fight it.
    They’ve ruined the lochs with dams and now they want to ruin the hills and moorland too, it just makes Scotland into a power factory and it makes me mental.

  7. I take it you don’t like wind turbines. Anywhere. Perhaps you should speak to the people of Fintry.
    I too received the missive. I thought after reading your post that was some hint of a wind farm for the Kilpatricks. Each site has to be considered on its merits. I agree that the Kilpatricks shouldn’t be one of them.
    In any case, I see wind farms as being short term. I’ll hazard a guess that they’ll all be gone in 25 years, replaced with newer wave/tidal technology.

  8. Not against the turbines in principle, just a lot of what they do with them. The efficiency, the subsidies, the siting, it doesn’t ad up to a good idea at all. I’ve watched them remodel whole hills to build these things, it’s not just a concrete base, they creaet an ebvironment for the bloody things.
    If they can build them on the Kilpatricks, the Campsies are the next step, then what Rannoch Moor with new mega pylons down the A82?
    It’s madness.
    Like you say, better technology will come, lets not ruin our country waiting for it.

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