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Boston ivy

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 23:56
Go with the flow.

You like Boston Ivy. Go with it

Memories of Yesteryear.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 22:26
Hi Folks.

So here I am again saying sorry. Sorry for the long un-paragraphed post.

If it is any excuse. I was at the time in a lot of pain. I suffer with Osteo-arthritis of the spine, with a greater concentration to the cervical spine. Certain head movements can cause problems, also change of temperature. On this occasion the cold was the main culprit.

The water tanks in the loft had been overflowing, and a lot of the water had found it's way into the flu of the combi boiler. Turning up the stat and everything had died. To be honest I didn't realise I had clicked send. I came around some time later frozen to the core, and very frightened.

Contacting the council, and within two hours the engineer was there. Problem found and new parts ordered there and then. The water had knocked out the fan unit and blown the PCB. Since then I have had to make do with a tiny fan heater. Another call to the council and within two hours a plumber arrived and fiitted new ball cocks to the tanks.

Hey, regarding the book.
Yes it has paragraphs and sub headings along with sketches and photos.

If and when it is complete and provided of course I get it published. The first copy will go to Orchid Lady as promised. Then for forum members Signed copies.

Once again friends. So sorry.

Boston ivy

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 00:45
Good idea. Go for it.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 00:39
Oh well. In for a penny in for a pound.. During the war years, Christmas took second, third or fourth place. Then the times I recall., up to the age of ten, and perhaps until I got married. Then I stood on my own two feet. I know I have mentioned this in other threads. Christmas for me was a washout. My mum always told me in advance what few pressies I was getting. Then to join in the festivities, dancing and jumping about. I'd get a clip 'round the ear and be told to stop messing around. Then aged ten I looked into the biblical account etc and discovered the pagan aspect. Then when I married and produced a family. The festive season wasn't practiced. I find it strange that so many wise people today, know all about the origins etc of the season, yet still practice it. Over and above that, all these poor hard up individuals spend what they haven't got and suffer for time to come.

Memories of Yesteryear.

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 00:26
Following on somewhat from the Wildlife thread. Might it be possible for us to recall some of our 'Yesteryears'. Thanks to Google maps etc, we can often locate where the story relates to. I have mentioned working in Ancient woodlands. Oxleas Wood etc. Then as an employee of the MOD in Woolwich. Woolwich was once a thriving Garrison town. In the town center was the Royal Arsenal. Just across the river were the Royal Docks. Then travelling toward Eltham was Woolwich Common, the RA Barracks and various MOD establishments. Playing fields, the Royal Acadamy where I believe Napoleon once attended. Yes as mentioned by Woodgreen Wonderboy, the academy is a grand set of buildings , now having been sold, have become a very posh residential site. The top end of Woolwich common was once a dumping ground for the ash a waste from the gas works. The ground area remained smouldering away for years. Then the military nurses home etc. Across Shooters hill road stood the famous Royal Herbert Hospital, whose wards were walked by and patients attended to by Florence Nightingale. The center of the hospital boasted a very grand staircase that led upto the chapel. My friend Albert Knight used to keep the chapel in spick and span condition. A t times he would drop into my office for a cuppa and a few hands of cards. Nice old chap, he was Jewish. He often spoke about the ghosts in the hospital. Often staff would see or believe they saw, Florence going about her duties, also the the chapel organ was often hear playing. Poor old Albert. In his own words he related his first experience. Mick, I was in my den and heard the organ. I'd had no part one orders of any service scheduled. I entered the chapel and it all went quiet. Mick it was so scary. Now the hospital is a complex of luxury flats. Over to the woods. Often a team of us would be out working and stop for a smoke and natter. Now the main road outside is Shootershill Rd. The old roman road, London to Kent. Often we would scare the pants off each other, imagining times of Dick Turpin and other highway robbers. Hey that's a strong bough on that beech. Wonder how many have dangled from there? I am no retired and live in Eltham. It's a wonderful thing. We each have memories. None can take those away from us. So folks, spill the beans.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 01:04
To hell with the text books etc. If you've got it. Flaunt it. In other words, whenever you have mulching material use it.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:54
I am keeping out of this.

Anyone dismantled and moved a greenhouse before??

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:44
Good comment Dove.
Skipping my forum friends comments. Todays mobile phone can be such an asset. Most have camera facilities. I suggest. Take some pics end view, side view etc. Then remove the glass or glazing material. Then in the case of a wood framed greenhouse the rest is simple. Usually two roof sections. Then a blank end. Two sides and the door end. For aluminium types it become a bit more complicated, unless you can transport large sections. Remove the glazing material. and mark. Then remove each glazing bar and side rails. Tape this bundle together. The do much the same with the ends and finally the sides. Then on the new site, reverse.

Catch up next year.

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:33
Zara. What can I say? Yes I wish you every happiness with your move. Thankfully this internet do da helps us to keep in touch wherever we might be. Zara if you can. Please post a picture of your garden. If not might you permit me to try and post it. In the meantime. Take it easy and we all wish you the very best with your move. As always the wishes usually expressed are. Hugs and kisses.

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:26
Very interesting comments. As I said. I have two pairs of FELCO now over thirty years old. I wouldn't settle for less....each to their own. However have you noticed. Most ads, vidios etc. It's always Felco. I wonder why. Answers on a postcard please.

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Once again. SORRY.

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To cut everything down, or leave.

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Something of an apology.

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