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by Elizabeth_S
15 Jul 2016, 11:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New driving test: next to useless?
Replies: 25
Views: 1619

Re: New driving test: next to useless?

They teach them to drive and accelerate to fast, there is a big emphasis on keeping the traffic moving. My son failed recently because at a roundabout with a tricky filter lane, where traffic switches at the last minute when it realizes that it's in the wrong lane regularly, he waited to pull out as...
by Elizabeth_S
12 Jul 2016, 11:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping on Colonsay
Replies: 2
Views: 2049

Re: Camping on Colonsay

I've never been there, but I've read that they have limited campervans visiting, you can wild camp of course, but there is a hostel and this site mentions camping near the hostel, so perhaps you should speak to them, looks a nice hostel
https://cuilbay.com/2013/07/04/colonsay/
by Elizabeth_S
12 Jul 2016, 9:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duolingo language learning
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: Duolingo language learning

I think many of them are, look here: http://www.learningportuguese.co.uk/ which is a good resource (I'm just beginning to learn also)
by Elizabeth_S
11 Jul 2016, 1:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Delft - Netherlands
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Delft - Netherlands

I was there last summer with my son (he's 22), we stayed in the Hague (youth hostel) and visited Gouda, Delft, and Leiden, we like them all; I should add we were walking and using trams and trains, we like wander and take in the atmosphere, so we aren't the most dynamic of travelers. We loved both D...
by Elizabeth_S
9 Jul 2016, 3:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Duolingo language learning
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: Duolingo language learning

T The most effective approach for me, however has been 1) read a little each day-- I began with children's books and am now up to newspapers and comic books 2) get a decent grammar book and refer to it when needed, read it from time to time when ready to progress to a new grammar topic 3) speak it ...
by Elizabeth_S
24 Jun 2016, 11:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Continental touring and Japanese Knotweed
Replies: 28
Views: 1568

Re: Continental touring and Japanese Knotweed

Horsetail is a dinosaur amongst plants. It's ability to shield itself from chemicals and regenerate after any organic method is impressive. The clue is in the name (silica) I'm lucky I that I don't come across it in my gardens much. No wonder it's still about. Nothing will conquer it. I love horset...
by Elizabeth_S
8 Jun 2016, 12:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs
Replies: 45
Views: 2720

Re: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs

Mostly I don't use anything, I use Smidge if I have to but I generally wear a thin close weave shirt slightly on the big size and long trousers if I think I'm likely to encounter them (I do have a hat and midge net). I thought that this guy was spot on http://www.themidgieman.com/ particularly on th...
by Elizabeth_S
7 Jun 2016, 4:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs
Replies: 45
Views: 2720

Re: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs

Come on, I live locally and it isn't that bad. People live here, we get bitten also, and we cycle, walk, sail, play golf, garden, and get on with our lives. Midges are not nice, but if you are staying in a cottage, there's no problem. I hate cleggs more (it's a bit early for them).
by Elizabeth_S
7 Jun 2016, 3:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs
Replies: 45
Views: 2720

Re: Midge repellent for trip to the Trossachs

I use Smidge, you can buy it locally (I live just outside the Trossachs, we get them in our garden), and Savlon Bites and Stings Relief Gel, so you don't don't scratch.
by Elizabeth_S
8 Jan 2016, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sleeping in the Netherlands
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: Sleeping in the Netherlands

I stayed in the hostel in the Hague with my son using my SYHA card and there were plenty of younger people around, but the hostels don't have kitchens, you do get breakfast you can get a packed lunch, and they serve dinners but ours were not very good so we ate out, which was cheap and good. But it ...
by Elizabeth_S
28 Dec 2015, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lochs and Glens North
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: Lochs and Glens North

There's only one section of the A9 dualling active:
http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/pro ... g-dalraddy so I think that you would not be affected, but check the transport scotland website.
by Elizabeth_S
23 Dec 2015, 1:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lochs and Glens North
Replies: 7
Views: 867

Re: Lochs and Glens North

Midges, you are usually okay before June, but the weather has been mild this winter so far so this may not be true; good warm weather = midge. Any sheltered spot is bad for midges and the best defense is a stiff breeze. I use Smidge, but others have favourites.
by Elizabeth_S
11 Dec 2015, 3:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A9 Scotland
Replies: 23
Views: 1456

Re: A9 Scotland

My other half has, he drives it every day, so have others including my sons who are trying to get to university for exams (TOH wanted to get petrol at Balhaldie but he wouldn't go in because it was so busy, and moving, he'd never get out again, and as you know there is no petrol station between Balh...
by Elizabeth_S
6 Dec 2015, 11:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A9 Scotland
Replies: 23
Views: 1456

Re: A9 Scotland

I've heard since that the A90 Dundee to Perth was bad on Friday also and on to the M90, and that the Friarton bridge was at a standstill as were roads through Perth. So not just Perth southwards, and also the Broxden roundabout is a bottle neck in ordinary circumstances. We'll have to see how it set...
by Elizabeth_S
5 Dec 2015, 4:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A9 Scotland
Replies: 23
Views: 1456

A9 Scotland

Just a warning, since the Forth road bridge has closed, the amount of traffic on the A9 has double, possibly trebled, and it is absolutely hideously bad even in a car; lots of lorries. Perth was at a stand still yesterday (someone told me) and I can't get out of the town I live in (bypassed by the A...