Mike Allen

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A request or suggestion.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 17:00
Thank you.

Dare I say.

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:47
So here goes. Until recently. I had provided this forum with my personal profile. Forgive me if I am wrong, but from certain posts etc, I gathered that some forum members thought of me a being a bit of a big head. Sory, but in a similar lite. Charlie Brown started out as a shelf stack for Sainsbury's. Now he is branch manager. Like me. I began my horticultural career with my dad in 1945. OK over time many things changed etc. I eventually managed to gain psots of head gardener and Deputy Parks Supreintendant. I gaine several qualifications etc. Then due to ill health I was thrown on the scrap heap. Along came the internet. Forums such as this one. The chance to meet and make friends with many who shared the same interest. Yes. In the past years. I have read many books by those we refer to as experts. Go back to the 1800's there has been so much written. I have adopted to many of the basics , but at the same time. I have moved on. Yes, I have gardened in the general way, but at the same time. I have developed a more scientific interest. That probably explains why at the age of 75 yrs. I find myself studying plant pathology. Yes it must seem strange to some. That when asking a general question about gardening. I suddenly pop up and give a really basic answer. For instance. My roses are suddenly covered in lots of brown black leaf spots. Yes. Black spot. So what do you do. In all honesty and that is the crux of my replies. Get rid of the affected leaves. Here is where me and the system part company. The general idea is. Go out and spend a fortune on this that and the other chemicle. Why? Your plant is infected. In reallity, myou should have been more prepared. To start spraying etc now, is too late. So why waste money. Pest and diseases are more complicated than most beleive. Thereare the viral and the fugal. The fungal might be likened to some of our common day aflictions. During hot spells, we might develop some heat bumps. These are common and the treatment is simple. The viral infections usually go deeper. With plants, usualy the leaves are the first indicators. You need to identify the problem. Just removing the leaves might not be enough. Has the virus entered the branch the stem and the main body of the plant. So, so often my comments might be. Pick the affect leaves off and burn. Get in there with the secs and cut out the damage wood. Simple. So perhaps in the future. If any member disagrees with me. Fair dos, say so and lets talk it through. Believe me. I only want to live out my time peacefuly.

A request or suggestion.

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:10
I wonder if the mods or our host Daniel might consider, some way of splitting up long threads. Eg., Page ten, twelve etc. Great to have so many posts, but to have to troll though loads and loads. Could we perhaps have say ten pages and the a gap and number a bit different. For instance. Hello FORKERS. It goes on and on, why not, but I run out of time trying to get at the last post.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:02
Salino. Thanks for your response. I will PM you asap. All the best. Mike.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:57
Now you are tempting providence. As a former traffic cop. At times the local patrol area would, somehow expand. Thankfully most of the time when on bikes. I was just another biker, but with a warrant card. Today the Job term is. Q car/bike or unmarked. I well remeber one quite evening. I rode through and out of Finchley North London. Passed the Met traing school, Hendon and found myself on the M1. It was early days and construction was still going on. I rode forward, mile after mile. To be honest I did become a bit afraid. There were no turn offs. Eventually I managed to take the bike over the central reservation and head for home. How strange the boss checking my log, noticed a sudden increase in mileage. Thunderbirds Go. Many cops hated the triumphs. It wasn't until the last of the bathtubs faded out then in came the T6 Thunderbird Bikkinie class. Slick gear change gone. However the handlebars were now set in rubber shock absorbers. Believe me, even at my late age, and I know my lifelong buddy will agree. The chance to ride that bike again. The Bonnie of course was used in the film. The great escape. Happy days.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:38
So. From the number of replies etc. The good old days. So in many respects, often hard and stressful but now. How all of a sudden we have, as it were, come alive again. Such memories. This is very important, that due to our wonderful design etc, we have a vast store of memories. These play such an important part to each and everyone throughout their lives, but have you noticed. Within the depths of medical science. Yes the brain and all the other organs have been identified. The memory. NO.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 22:28
Well friends. A very BIG thank you. This thread certainly has taken off. Furthermore, in line with Claire Gouldins post. Sadly media forums etc, do sadly turn to abuse and slagging off. Upto now this thread is doing fine, save for a certain member who claims I am a W*****. Why do some have to lower themselves so much.
David. Clif Richard was born 14 Oct 1940 You claim to be 18 months old and perhaps a bit more than me. I came to be. 28.12.1939 So glad it wasn't pre September, or I would probably been blamed for WW2.
If I may? All this Mr Allen stuff. Is someone taking the mickey out of michael? I think, as someone raised the point of a previous thread being pulled. Probably this was due to posts much in line with Clair's post. It did become a mud slinging event. That is why it hurt me so much. Still. Water under the bridge. Radio Luxembourge. Why was that ever taken off air. I used to listen to it on a home made crystal set, then later on a real radio.
Whitening the door steps. This was another thing from the past. Folks would sweep the pavement outside their homes and, yes. Hearthstne the steps. Indoors the hearthstone powder woud be used to brighten up the hearth of the kitchen range.
Pansyface. That has to be a winner via commentaries. Now Joe Davis is going for the brown, that's it just behind the green. ERRRR! I only see in black and white.
I am really so pleased that I still have the ability to draw people out. Let's face it. I managed to get many to say where they reside etc. BEWARE BIG BROTHER MIKE IS WATCHING. I think my next thread might be about our other interests in life. Anyone up for that? In the meantime. Please enjoy this thread and let's hear more about those early years of our lives. Perhaps the secret lies in the fact that. Yes many of those former years were hard and sad. Yet here we are. I dare you. Ask members of the younger generation of today. Aske them what their interests are, where they are going etc. Probably their replies will be. Dont know. Once again folks. Thanks for joining in.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:15
Now here we are in the late 1940's and fifties. Here in Britain, ration books were still the norm. Many familiesndid terirbest at producing butter and cheeses. I remember wel. At home, We had a glutof eggs, So mum and dad decied to pickle them. This involved a process of keeping the eggs in a solution of Izenglase. peobably mis spelled. My parents did this. Then sad to say. All went wrong, We ended up with something like 400 eggs al picked and now totally contaminated. What a waste. Then to the plot. So the spuds this year proved good. These could be store in mounds and in sacks. Other root stocks. Yes perhaps the weather had been kid, so plent of root veg was available and cold be earthed up and stored in sacks etc. Then to the soft fruits, Now thesepresented new problem. Al the berires and currants. Thes beggars
would not keep well. The only solutions was, eat now or waste, or.....preserve. So became the preseve era. Throughout the evenings, mum would be out tere in th sculery. Pots and pand bubbling away with various curents boiling away. Believe me. Althogh it was hard times. It was so romantic. So friends, Please add your comments.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:57
Having read some posts. These events have awakened my memories. So recently a forum member posted in respect to having, up til now harvested a bumper crop of soft fruits. This really is great. Well done. Generally speaking. In todays world, there exists so much doom and gloom. So to suddenly hear a bit of good news, Come on you lot, wakey wakey pin your ears back. Forgive me please for wandering off, back to the past. In all honesty. I doubt very much that growing crops on the plot is no different now as it was back in the 1940's Sorry folks. Forgive me. I am an oldie, nevertheless please bare with me. In those times, everything was hard, difficult and soul destroying. Sory to those forum members who fel it wrong to quote most personal recollections. As in other forum posts. I have shared many aspects of gardening. So back to the plot. Believe it or not. The world scene from VE day to the 1950's Life was hard. So most fanilies had a bit of a back yard. Even simple minds can at time think big. Veg or chicks. Chicks usualy won hands down. Theyv gave you eggs, and atv the end of thye day you had a Xmas dinner when you wanted it. I wel remember my dad ordering a dozen one day old chicks from Mansard Poultry Farm in Essex., I wil gloss over the rest. Then there was the produce from the plots. Spuds were the first and foremost. Then the greenstuf, and not forgetting the domestic animals. Mangols were also grown. Today it really does surprise me so much, that plot holders go in for flowers so much. Please, please believe me. In the horticultural world. Flowers will not sustainyour life. Veg...will, and in all honesty. Growing veg is the easiest and most rewarding. So perhaps. With our editors approval, on to the next stage.

Pernission to speak SIR!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:33
Sorry about that. Recent posts etc caused me quite a bit of pain. However folks, so sorry vif in the past I have ranted on. As a reminder from many forum members. One doesn't have to read everything. So basically I take it as meaning. If you don't like it...pass on by. In my usual humble way. I apologise for being a bit, edumacated and scientificaly placed. Believe me. It has been B..hard going. And most if not all the time very poorly paid. So folks this is between you and me. I am a lonely old beggar. So I enjoy the chance to chat. So may I? Reading some of the posts. It appears that so many forum members are from the fairer sex. [Go on Mike. Flattery will get you everywhere] Now then Sweetones. All thyese posts and piccies of cakes. Truly you know the way to a mans heart ...via his belly. Creamy cakes etc.. Ladies, Mike is so sorry, but. My dear wife Val was a fantastic cook and pastry chef. To be honest. Mike is not a sweet tooth. So, internet wise, you will have to woo me by other means. OOh Salvia Hot Lips. Now that sounds good. Michael, behave yourself. SDlap on the wrist. So where I was? Yes, I try to make my post interesting and funny. So please folks no more of this critisism. I apologise for being an acadenic in my field, but I have tried to use my life to the full and to benefit others. So might I now split this post up.

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