Posts by sloopjonbee

    Hi Sloop

    Added you to the list , as your tenting then you turn up and see the Campsite owner "Tim" and pay your fee directly to him .

    Myself and a few regulars will be there Thursday so if you have any Q's just ask .

    I will be in the furthest small cabin on the camping field

    LargeWayRound ... SWMBO just informed me this morning that our Omicron postponed Barrowlands, Del Amtri now on the, yes you guessed it, 10th June! So I'll have to cancel, sorry. If there's space left closer to the time, I may take a jaunt up for the BBQ Saturday night?

    Link worked fine. Several good candidates for sale. But I'm going to rent first and have a careful look before leaping. Plenty of differences in laws and procedures I need to familiarize myself with. In Dumfries and Galloway (I'm preferring west of Castle Douglas), most of the stuff for rent is up around Girvan/Ayrshire. As long as there's a Bank of Scotland nearby, one of those may work out.

    By the way, just noticed your profile pic...what model is that? 790 Adventure? Have you been pretty pleased with it?

    Yes, 790 Adv S...the wee brother. I have short legs and can still barely touch the ground, for me right balance of power vs weight...still a heavy wee bugger though to pick up at times.

    VAT's been 20% here for a on the fuel is circa 86% hence £1.45/litre.

    I'm not that far away....Girvan area (West Coast Ayrshire Riviera).

    D&G area is quite varied price wise...but there's plenty of it in the sticks or Boonie Townie.

    Average house price in the UK is circa £ Scotland it's around £169k...make of that what you will.

    Jings how did that happen.

    The timber lorry you passed 20miles ago will rumble past.

    Hence the think 30mph for time/ distance.

    The stark reality is that the distances are so "short" you don't gain huge time on the Sunday drivers and definitely not on the Highland white van tradesman.

    The timer lorries down here in the Galloways, don't rumble past, they're usually the fastest vehicles on the road...guess it the off road skills kicking in ;>


    The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current in the North Atlantic Ocean, flowing from the Gulf of Mexico, northeast along the US coast to Nantucket Island, and from there to the British Isles and the Norwegian Seas.

    First described by the Spanish navigator and explorer Juan Ponce de León early in the 16th century, the Gulf Stream's course was originally charted in 1770, a collaboration of Benjamin Franklin and Timothy Folger. In 1844, systematic surveying of the stream was undertaken by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. More recent efforts occurred in the early 1930's, by the ketch Atlantis of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

    The Gulf of Mexico, once thought to be the source of the Stream, actually contributes very little to its flow. The Gulf Stream results when two strong currents, the North and South Equatorial Currents, mingle in the passage between the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Off the southern coast of Florida, it is strengthened by other currents from the northern coast of Puerto Rico and from the Bahamas to the east.

    The true Gulf Stream flows between the Straits of Florida, and the Grand Banks. However, it is part of a much larger Gulf Stream System, that covers the entire northward and eastward flow from the Straits of Florida, including the branches crossing the North Atlantic from the region south of the Newfoundland Banks.

    About 1,500 miles (2,414 km) northeast of Cape Hatteras, in the area of the Grand Banks, the warm Gulf Stream waters come close to the cold, southward-flowing Labrador Current. The contact of cold, humid air moving over the Labrador Current with the warm surface waters of the Gulf Stream causes widespread condensation. This climatic condition causes the region to have one of the highest incidences of fog in the world.

    In the western Atlantic, the current's deep-blue water, with its higher temperature and salinity, is readily distinguishable from surrounding waters, particularly along its well-defined western margin.

    A major contribution of the Gulf Stream System is its warming effect upon the climates of adjacent land areas. In winter, the air over the ocean west of Norway is more than 40° F (22° C) warmer than the average for that latitude, one of the greatest temperature anomalies in the world. The prevailing westerly winds carry the warmth and moisture of the ocean to northwestern Europe, giving Bergen, Norway, at 60 degrees north latitude, an average high temperature for its coldest month of 34° F (1° C), while Reykjavík, Iceland, 4 degrees of latitude farther north, has a 31° F (-0.6° C) average for its coldest month.

    Interestingly, along the western North Atlantic, where the winds are predominantly from the shore, the Gulf Stream has little effect. Halifax, Nova Scotia, nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) south of Bergen, averages only 23° F (-5° C) during its coldest month.

    In southwestern England, the climatic modification produced by the current is reflected in the extraordinary mildness of the winters at this northern latitude. Here, winter vegetables and flowers are grown, and lemon trees are seen in southern Devonshire.

    And, let's not forget the palm trees in Scotland!!

    Logan Botanic Garden is in the parish of Kirkmaiden, in the Rhinns of Galloway, a narrow peninsula that juts out into the Irish Sea, at the extreme south-west of Scotland.

    Our friend, the Gulf Stream, gives these gardens a virtual sub- tropical climate. Thus, the Logan features plants usually identified with warmer areas of the world, including palm trees.

    What a different world this would have been, absent the Gulf Stream, with the British Isles and Norway occupying a frozen tundra!

    West is wet and warm....East is cold and dry.

    However you could be 20 degrees C + on the west coast with blue skies and cross over to the east it'll be 10 degrees C in Fog or the Haar which descends off the North Sea in Summer.

    Best riding is West Coast but busy, South West/East can be very Quiet and the rest is good too. Just avoid the middle bit i.e. Glasgow/Edinburgh and you'll be fine ;>

    For me the South West is you have easy access to Ireland also.

    Closed on Sunday...which is always seems to be the day I'm in Aberfeldy..however they do mail order ;> Coffee's great...but still need to get a cuppa from source.

    This just reminds me of the good old British regard to customer service I received in Arran one time....had gone lunchtime and we stopped to try and get a bag of chips before the was quite busy and the reply I got from the slightly less than happy lady over the counter was, "..the fryer's not been on all day and I'm no putting on just for you...". Needless to say we left.;)

    As for voting to cut your nose off to spite your face, they complain when it's quiet and no tourist money but the moment it gets a's shut the place down to day trippers or passers through. They say the West Coast is the friendliest place too...maybe they meant Ireland?8o

    I think once this blows over, the crowds will disappear back to's just one of the problems having neighbours with 61 million folk. :/