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by ambodach
6 Feb 2020, 8:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I found keys lying in the road today
Replies: 22
Views: 1165

Re: I found keys lying in the road today

I have a tag on my house keys and car keys with my mobile phone number. I don’t think they could be traced to my house but if any honest person found them they could give me a ring, assuming that is that I have not also lost my phone. I would not put a landline number on as that could probably be tr...
by ambodach
30 Jan 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Touring on Skye

Loch Lomond Seaplanes will I think go anywhere they can land on water. I did see the program where they landed on Skye at the airstrip but that I think is a rare occurrence. I have not heard of them landing in either Oban or Tobermory recently. There was in the past a scheduled flight to Glenforsa o...
by ambodach
29 Jan 2020, 9:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Touring on Skye

I think an air service to Skye was discontinued due the low traffic figures. There is a small but vocal pressure group who may use it for business purposes but not enough of them to be economically viable. I have seen the seaplane in use as it flew to Oban and Tobermory but failed to attract enough ...
by ambodach
29 Jan 2020, 12:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Touring on Skye

Not confined to Skye but many consider hire cars and motorhomes to be a curse and a pestilence. They are mostly driven by people unused to driving on the left and on single track roads particularly can be a danger. They also tend to drive slowly with no regard for anyone else.
by ambodach
29 Jan 2020, 11:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Touring on Skye

It is true that those who campaigned for the bridge did this with the intention of improving access to the mainland but did not really realise that this would be two way traffic to the extent it has now become. So far as the tourist business is concerned I do not have statistics but I wonder how man...
by ambodach
27 Jan 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?
Replies: 62
Views: 1966

Re: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?

Am Bodach should really be two words meaning The Old Man which I used as a pen name for writing articles for a local paper. This is also a good description. Somehow when I first registered the words got run together and I never got round to changing it.
by ambodach
25 Jan 2020, 1:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two favourite poems.
Replies: 49
Views: 1079

Re: Two favourite poems.

You never said goodbye Author unknown. You never said I'm leaving, You never said goodbye. You were gone before I knew it, And only God knew why. A million times I needed you, A million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. In life I loved you dearly, In death...
by ambodach
22 Jan 2020, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 35
Views: 1299

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

For roof rack mounted ones low bridges are not the only hazard. Last year I saw somebody with bikes on the roof turn into the Lochavuillin car park in Oban. Solid looking height barrier is 6ft clear passage. Not sure about the bikes but the roof bars come off. I was in moving traffic and could not s...
by ambodach
20 Jan 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Telling time on a watch with hands.
Replies: 94
Views: 2790

Re: Telling time on a watch with hands.

I had no watch for a few years but then inherited a Tommy Hilfiger which has hands and keeps accurate time. There was also a Swiss Railway watch which was weird and had a very strange dial. I discarded it but it is still probably lying around somewhere in the house. I now know what the time is anywh...
by ambodach
19 Jan 2020, 11:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Watch out for bushes
Replies: 25
Views: 1559

Re: Watch out for bushes

A few years ago my van was written off by an army cadet minibus being driven round a blind bend far too fast. I had stopped as it was a single track road. Vision was obscured by some bushes and the attending police officer said that the local council would do nothing unless there were 4 or more acci...
by ambodach
13 Jan 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Hello
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: Hello

UpWrong if you see any used recumbents trikes for sale in Scotland it would be good if you could repost them here. I am on the lookout for a folding trike for off-road so would need hub gears. There was a nice one for sale recently but the rear gearing would have been mashed immediately off-road. I ...
by ambodach
13 Jan 2020, 2:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can you hear something?
Replies: 34
Views: 932

Re: Can you hear something?

I find the references to black deposits or lichen a bit strange. I lived for a few years next to the Littlemill Distillery in a house built in 1772. The distillery buildings were whitewashed but I do not remember any black deposits except sometimes there was a boiler malfunction on starting up causi...
by ambodach
11 Jan 2020, 3:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can you hear something?
Replies: 34
Views: 932

Re: Can you hear something?

Cyril Haearn the smell did not penetrate as far as my bedroom. However yes the smell does vary according to what is going on. Silent distilleries have a very distinctive smell which cannot really be described to a layman. Generally the smell is a lingering odour of feints which contain more odds and...
by ambodach
10 Jan 2020, 6:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Can you hear something?
Replies: 34
Views: 932

Re: Can you hear something?

I lived about 300 yards from the distillery. Apart from the main boilers starting up there was a background hum. A working malt distillery is like a living thing with all sorts of background noises and gurgles. Sometimes during the night I would waken for no apparent reason and knew the phone would ...
by ambodach
10 Jan 2020, 3:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring on Skye
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: Touring on Skye

I certainly agree with the comments regarding the roads on Skye and as they campaign for more and better ferries from Mallaig the Armadale road can only get as bad. Skye was the only place I have been refused when asking to get my water bottles filled. The days of carefree cycling here are long gone...