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MOB rants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:31
Palaisglide wrote (see)

My rant Gardening Grandma is being named as some one else.

Gardening Grandma wrote (s

Derek, I live just down the road from the REME. My mother worked there during the war (before your time, of course) though I'm not sure what she did.



Did you mean FRANK as Derek did not mention REME. We had women office workers as well as civvy fitters plus women cooks so we got a lot of Cawl and Barra Brith, hot cold with custard or butter on and cooked into bread pudding with left over Naafi cake, not the Cawl.
My wife dragged me to see Max Boyce and I ended up with records and video's, he reminded me of the cheeky Welsh Humour. And probably a dark haired Welsh girl, well I never forgot her did I.


No one forgets welsh girls.. for better or worse.. trust me I've had my share, I settled on someone completely different, couldn't be happier.

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:18

excellent, I'll be buying both sorts, there is the pink and the gold, be nice if we can keep up to date with these 'miracles' lol! More to the point, come autumn, can we get more plants! Look forward to seeing the results. regards

Fork Handles

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:13

Still here, but probably the last nn folks.. loads to do tomorrow, will take a before and after  pic I think..sweet dreams.

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:10
Jess is in the Garden wrote (see)

Never mind doing bad things when I was a kid - how about as an adult 

Now then, seems a new thread is in order :P

Fork Handles

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:56

anyways, only place legs went to jelly was atop cromwells keep in York, climb up then nothing for miles aside from a 3ft bit of fence.. yeah I was asking for a stiff shot afterwards..

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Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:43
sotongeoff wrote (see)

I do do that-I do do


Did you search for that geoff? Because seriously, in the background looks remarkably like birmingham city council civil hall at the top of new street.. Clever if it was thought out, jammy if it wasn't.. anyways, OH has been fed and watered now wants to watch 'The following' but it's too scarey to watch without me lol.. win win :P


Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:38

Those lovely 'perenial' foxgloves being touted

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 21:37

yes, yes,  we all know about the biennial, which is NOT what we are talking here, I'm talking about the NEW perennial which produces no seeds at all, however, as you can propagate biennials by root division at the 1st year stage, I'm wondering if it's possible to get extras without it costing £3 a plant!!

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:53

Don't get me started on 'scrumping' which was thieving apples lol, I was a naughty boy!

Things you did in the garden as a kid which were extremely bad!

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 20:32

Lived in a semi, nice garden with lawn, GH, veg beds, always grew annuals also a pond. From the smallest age I was fascinated with water, to the point my parents had me to swimming lessons at the age of 4, which back in '78, was relatively novel to say the least. They were terrified I'd drown.. Anyways, I became almost obsessed with river life and frogs/newts, toads dragon/damsel flies and so I got my dad to dig out a pond. Wasn't any great shakes, about 8 inches deep. and about 3 x5' BLUE tarp lol.. I went off up the local common and railway track ditches, collected spawn in spring and caught numerous newts and brought them back. Got some weed snails etc and all was well for a couple of years or so. Every year, would go bring some more spawn back to pond and enjoy watching the tadpoles develop.

Anyways one day, my mum goes out to get the washing in off the line, she comes storming back into the house shouting 'Ben? have you put something in the pond?' to which I answered 'why?'. She said come with me, so I followed to the garden to find the pond seemingly 'boiling' with activity. The tadpoles, boatmen, even the skaters were frantically trying to get out. So I said 'yeah I put an eel in there', she said 'what?' I said 'I put an eel in there', she goes back in and tells my dad, who comes out raging. 'You put an eel in there? Are you stupid?' No I said, I put 3!!!


Yeah, we had to drain the whole pond sieving everything for all the tadpoles/newts/snails all 3 eels went right down into the mud and roots of the weeds, yeah, I was NOT flavour of the month took like 4 hours lol. I had caught the eels in a river brought them back in a carrier bag and figured they'd be fine in the pond!! I bet they figured they were fine, all you can eat restaurant!

Anyways, aside from that my worst faux pas would be using the weedkiller watering can on my grandfathers dahlias when i was 7 yrs old, how I still have my head I don't know. So what naughties have you guys done?

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