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Walking to Mordor -- Isengard to Minas Tirith


Miles travelled since last update: 7½ (3½ walked today)
Miles travelled so far: 227 (1891 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 351

Percentage complete: 39%

Point reached on journey: Still riding with the Rohirrim, we followed the road as it curved easterly around the mountain spur behind Edoras.




Where I really went...

Partly for the exercise and partly because the car is in the garage having some work done to its suspension to get it through the MOT, I walked up to Brith's house while listening to the next episode of Zombies, run!. The distance stated by the app was way off. Perhaps pausing the app twice, once while I collected Brith and then once again after bringing him back so I could have a cup of tea with M & B and help them finish the crossword, confused it? Anyway, the distance as shown on the map the app produces looked right and agreed with my estimate which was based on previous occasions I've done that walk and measured the distance on an old fashioned paper map.

It's been a very busy week in college this week. I'm still having to put in extra effort to get all the courses rolling along smoothly, so there's been no time for going out taking photos. But while I was out with Brith today, I experimented with getting my phone to take a closeup of these fuchsias.

Experimenting with closeups with my phone

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kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: September 26th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the fuschias! I realy want to grow some here, this is a good reminder, thank you!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really ought to plant so more interesting things in our garden. I'd have to read up more about fuchsias, but they seem to do fine here if you can find a sheltered spot for them.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: September 29th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could grow fuchsias here, I think. The people who lived here before grew many hanging ones. But I think it would use up too much water.

I will try for more succulents I guess ;-)
ritaxis From: ritaxis Date: September 26th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am totally distracted by the fuchsias. I had been told that they don't thrive as perennials outdoors in the UK. Is Wales that much milder than the rest, or was my information incorrect?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 28th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect fuchsias are probably at the limit of their range in the UK, so it all depends on your microclimate. We have very wet weather here in Wales, but where I live we rarely have hard frosts and snow in the winter. In other words, if you're on the coast or not too far inland (which we're not) fuchsias seem to be fine. On higher ground or much further inland, they're going to be killed by the cold in winter. Or so I understand. My knowledge of plants is limited, but as you can see, fuchsias grow here happily.
ritaxis From: ritaxis Date: September 28th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your weather soun ds a lot likke ours, except I gather it's wet all year where you are instead of only being wet in the winter. There was a good chance there for a bit that Frank was getting a job at a Welsh hospital, and the climate there was one of the prospective things that cheered them up, after years of a landlocked, continental climate with a long, grey winter.

He didn't get that one, so right now they're trying to find a home (apparently to rent a house or apartment in the UK you must already have an established home in the UK? How does anybody ever immigrate?) but they don't know where in the UK they will end up.
pennski From: pennski Date: September 28th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think some fuchsias - like these - are hardier than others.
My aunt grows some with the really fat flowers and has to cosset them.

We really miss the fuchsia bush from our last house and are finally going to get one here (15 years later).
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