Pete Beer wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:18 am
On the West coast here, in an average year, you can count the number of days that the two main ski resorts open all runs on your fingers.
That should give some idea of the difference between our winter and that in the Alps. It feels cold, because you are wet through! East is colder and drier, but still not alpine.
Pete's right. I live in SW Scotland and I can't remember the last time we had a decent spell of snow. The ski resorts are having a hard time of it, and the highest mountains in Scotland don't compare with the Alps. We even have palm trees in parts of Galloway! There is plenty of Sitka, but very fast growing. A few years ago I wrote to an academic in Edinburgh about tonewood, and he suggested that it might be possible to select slow-growing trees and use them for 'breeding', if that's the right word. But that's as far as the conversation went. I suspect that the forestry people are quite happy to grow it fast and sell it to the construction industry. Our whisky is very good, though.