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Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)


Postby Jaywizz » Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:56 pm

Just wondering what others think about painted rocks in the hills?
On reaching the summit trig point on one of our local hills recently we were surprised to find a 'painted rock'.
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Just fun - or litter?

The reverse of the rock gave Facebook details with an invitation to post a response and photo..
At the time, I just took it as a piece of fun - but later, after some thought, decided I'm not so sure about finding these in our 'wild places'. I've seen them in public parks and by footpaths before - but not in the hills. What do you think?
With the rusted remains of an old 4x4 on an adjacent hill, I have to confess the painted rock was not the largest item of litter we saw that day ..........
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby rodderss » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:30 pm

I'm definitely thinking grumpy old woman :)

But I'm sure a very nice one at that
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby bootsandpaddles » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:48 pm

I'm a grumpy old woman, too. The last thing we need in the hills is this kind of thing. Litter indeed! Let's just hope this isn't a new craze starting up to supplement the building of those dreadful piles of stones everywhere. Leave no trace.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby mynthdd2 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:50 pm

Was there not a loch/lochan/burn to throw it into? Make Alba Great Again!
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Skyelines » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:56 pm

I'd take it away and use it for skimming in the sea.

I certainly wouldn't massage the creator's ego, although posting a picture of it bouncing across the water would be quite satisfying. :lol:
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:00 pm

It's not exactly a stunning piece of art, chuck in a a loch is the best option.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Moriarty » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:06 pm

Jaywizz wrote:The reverse of the rock gave Facebook details with an invitation to post a response and photo.


Respond by asking for solicitor details because you tripped over their stone and want to sue..... :wink:
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Jaywizz » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:13 pm

rodderss wrote:I'm definitely thinking grumpy old woman :)

But I'm sure a very nice one at that

Thank you, rodderss :wink: :wink:
Wasn't sure what to do at the time so left it. Next time I will definitely remove one! Many thanks for the comments
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby RocksRock » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:50 pm

Moriarty said:
Respond by asking for solicitor details because you tripped over their stone and want to sue..... :wink:

I say: THIS!!!!! :D :D
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Sgurr » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:27 pm

This grumpy old woman HATES the padlocks that have sprung up on bridges, fences etc. At first I thought they won't trouble the hills, but there is a wire fence on Benarty where they have appeared...at least they seem not to have multiplied over the last couple of years.. Removing them is more of a problem than stones, alas.

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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:48 pm

I agree painted stones are litter.
On a similar note I spotted this by the side of the path leading to the northern corries Cairngorm. I wonder what other people make of it. My guess it is where ashes have been sprinkled, I hope it is not a new trend starting.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Sgurr » Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:40 pm

Very old trend, though not so much the floral additions. We often find new ashes when we climb Norman's Law, once combined with a jam jar containing some flowers set in the cairn and once with flowers still in their plastic wrapping. Overtook a guy on Ben Wyvis in 2002 going up to scatter his wife's ashes. Luckily not at the summit, but at the bit he could see from his house. We asked if she was a keen hill walker, and he said she didn't like walking at all, so I don't know what was going on there. He had started early to miss the crowds, but hadn't realised that hill walkers also start out early. An old hill walking friend of husband wanted his ashes scattered in Corrie Phee, but his girls left no floral memento. There are some plastic angels and plants on the Fife coastal path where ashes have been scattered. Personally, though I think permanent floral additions to the ashes are out of place, I don't mind them nearly as much as road-side shrines complete with football scarves at crash sites.

However, given that most people are in a pretty low state when they someone close to them dies, I don't think it is a case for a heavy hand.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Tringa » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:58 am

Grumpy old man here.

I agree there is no place for this on the hills.

I don't understand why it is done. Do these folks need some sort of reminder of their trip? Are their memories that bad?

If people want to scatter ashes then OK but I'd assume it would be an important event for them and they would remember where they did it, so is there a need for the flowers etc?

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Really like the idea of contacting the person who painted the stone and asking for details of their solicitor. It would be great fun to see the response.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby WalkWithWallace » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:04 am

Painted rocks are not for me either, leave no trace. I'd launch these away, where they won't be seen again.
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Re: Painted rocks (posted by a grumpy old woman?)

Postby Avocetboy » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:22 am

I think the word "old" in the title tells a tale.

C'mon, it really is not a big deal!!!. Its the modern day equivalent of a message in a bottle. Its just a bit of fun.

( Maybe add it to the job description of the Hill Police. No stone piles, no painted rocks, no dogs, no constructed footpaths.)
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