Sunday, 15 May 2011
Meetings and a Scottish Record!
Photo 01 Area levelled for further works.
Meeting at Tibbie Shiels Inn
A meeting was held on Tuesday evening at the Tibbie and one of the main topics of conversation was that of the perennial Muppet. Many of the participants at the meeting had been subjected to firsthand experience of these Jackals carrying out their deplorable activities and were speaking from personal experience.
After much discussion the meeting came round to the view that little could be done without the aid of the law enforcement agencies becoming involved. The community Police Officer said that as many of the actions were civil matters there was not much that could be done to curtail these individuals.
The situation at Loch Lomond was noted to have improved markedly since the introduction of a local byelaw, consequently it was agreed that using the current infrastructure our wish to have such a byelaw implemented at the lochs similar to that in place at Loch Lomond the proposal be carried forward to the Ettrick & Yarrow Community Council. This will not be a speedy affair but at least it sees the process started.
The resultant legislation will see the outlawing of drinking in public spaces and the erection of tents in non designated areas. Unmodified this would impinge severely on some of our visiting anglers and this is something we would seek to have some control over as it is unfair in the extreme to have the sensible and lawful behaviour of our anglers impinged upon by legislation introduced purely for the control of Neds! As on so many other previous occasions the actions of the delinquent few have consequences for the law abiding many! It is such a shame that actions as above have to be taken but it seems that in a very small number of cases education is of no value and in such cases the law must be employed!
Photo 02 - One of two timid snakes spotted yesterday.
Scottish Record Holder
Elliot Fraser one of our members has recently become a Scottish Record Holder in the drug free Power lifting competition of Scotland. Here is a list of the weights he achieved (just writing them down makes my eyes water) 165kgs Squat, 107.5kgs Bench, 180kgs Dead lift, and 82.4kgs BW (not sure what that means!). Yes a man who conducts his power lifting in the same vein as his fishing on the loch! Relentless grit and determination, giving up never enters his mind unlike the lily livered Muppets who recently moaned that they could not catch any fish!
Well done Elliot we at the club are made up for you mate more power to your elbow! There you go life does not end at 52 it just gets better!
Photo 03 - Mess with this fellow at your peril!
Boat house parking
Some considerable work was carried out yesterday in levelling the area of the verge adjacent to the boathouse. This area becomes severely rutted in wet weather and our actions to remedy this have now commenced.
We will be laying down a product called Turf Protecta which is a metal lattice through which grass can grow and it works by spreading the weight of cars upon it. The really good news however is that this product does not require planning permission and this will save me a small fortune in Paracetamol tablets that I would have bought if the proposal had to go to the council where dialogue on the subject would lead to interminable headaches and would have no doubt continued until my demise with no solution being reached! The area will have to be designated a temporary No Parking zone for the next few months as we will have to re seed the area with grass seed.
Photo 04 - In attack mode!
A Perceived Enemy!
Have a look at the two photos above and you will see the antics of a cocky Cock Chaffinch! Yesterday this little avian terror spent two hours attacking his reflection on my rear view mirror and passenger side window. Peter told me that his jeep had been attacked in a similar fashion on numerous occasions! Obviously the area is his territory and he plainly won’t tolerate intruders even if they are only reflections, he finally desisted when the van actually moved. A real trooper of that there is no doubt! I wonder what the Spider who resides behind the glass made of all the commotion? The Great Tits at the boat house are in the process of homemaking in their desirable residence and a pair of Swallows looks to be securing an apartment under the eaves of the house. Two adders spotted yesterday and boy can they move quick! The smaller one on sighting me whooshed off like a bullet into a mouse hole!
Regarding our problem tree at the boathouse (see article 01/05/2011), we are getting some Las Vegas numbers for the removal of this tree. If any reader knows of anyone who could “limb” the overhanging branches please get in touch. It looks increasingly that to remove the whole tree would cost us an arm and a leg!
Cappercleuch Cyclists - check out the progress of the intrepid cyclists Ian & Barbara www.barbarian.me.uk