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Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.


Postby railton22 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:58 pm

Route description: Around Craig Leek, near Braemar

Date walked: 23/09/2015

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 8.6 km

Ascent: 284m

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Walk no 1 on our jaunt around the Braemar area. Last time we were at Keiloch car park we had two bikes, no dog and Ben Avon waiting for us. This time, no bikes, one dog and a gentle 5.4 miler instead.

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Near Invercauld House at the beginning of the walk


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Craggan Rour on the first half of the walk.


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Craig Leek


The Hubs picked this walk and it was a total gem with fabulous views every which way. At the highest point of the walk we stopped for lunch in a small copse of pine with some great flat rocks (perfect for walker's bums) and fantastic views over towards Lochnagar.

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Craig Leek looking towards Lochnagar


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Lunch stop


Eating Scotch bonnet cheddar sarnies whilst watching the clouds come in over Lochnagar is definitely to be recommended.

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Spotted some scarlet waxcaps


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Craig Leek


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Craig Leek


On the final third of the walk we came across curious multi-coloured stacked boxes sat in the middle of nowhere. Nosy creatures that we are, we came up close to investigate and discovered that they were bright little bee homes. Two of the hives had fallen over. Wind?

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Brightly coloured beehives


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Pretty hives. Home to grumpy bees.


Exercising great care we attempted to put the lids that had blown off the two damaged hives back on. The combs were laid bare with the smell of heather honey wafting out but some rather soggy looking bees in there.

However a rather defensive bee gave me a sharp sting on my calf and that put paid to our plans to put the roofs on the damaged hives. Ungrateful blinders. Up yer bum, bees.

Rest of the walk was thankfully sting-free.

Walked by Sarah, David and Nudge
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Re: Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Postby tolkienabouthills » Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:54 am

Yeah those bees just running round pollinating the plants we need to survive, bloody gits :lol:

Jokes aside I enjoyed your report, and your dog
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Re: Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Postby railton22 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:43 pm

Hahahaha thanks Tolkeinabouthills. Lazy good for nothing bees..... whatever have they done for us, huh? :roll: :wink:
PS You have an awesome Username 8) 8)
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Re: Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:05 pm

always enjoy your reports :lol: :lol: ...." ....up yer bum bees! " ... :D
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Re: Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Postby railton22 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:53 am

Hahaha hanks SavageAlice. Just looking at your hill count. Mightily impressive 8) 8)
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Re: Don't help the bees. They are not grateful insects.

Postby dogplodder » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:24 pm

Ouch!

But apart from that a good day out. :wink:
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