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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.

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 23:13
I know how you feel. I have lived here in my council flat for some fifty years. At one time disputes over all and evrything might arise. OK a bit of an argument then all was well again.................well until the next time. Nowadays, the world has changed so much and people along withit. So many now, feel that the world owes them a living. Some benefit claimers have never done a days work in their life. The world in general has become so agressive. Never make eye contact, for fear of being verbally abused. For instance in my case. So I am 75. Recently been diagnosed with a form of cancer. Many other day to days things. To be honest. All I want, is to live my days out. I love my family and my tiny home and garden. I strive to help others and yet get abused, even here on the internet. I am finding life very hard. At one time I would have gone in, guns blazing etc. Now like so many. I/We sit and suffer in silence. Possibly respecting our health. My friend, I we here on this forum share your problems. At least here, you can open up. We are a great bunch always looking out for each other. There are lots of shoulders to cry upon. Lots of hugs and kisses. OK now and then, even in the best of circles, we might regret what we said, but we gardeners soon heal and come back fighting.

Blackcurrant Harvest

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:56
Good results. Well done. I think that this year will prove to be good one for many fruits, especially soft fruits. The moisture has been good and folowed by warm days and ....nights. Ideal. Good luck to you.

Pesky pigeons

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:51
Despite pigeons being classed as vermin. On forums like this. It's amazing just how soft many of become. So the war is on. Despite as other members have said. Other birds, mammals and creepy crawlies are also to blame. So given the chance, and believe me. The law is on your side here. Catch the pigeons. Do what is needed and rather than bin them. Add them to the menue. Believe me, Sainsbury's chickens can go. A good plump woody will delight your tummy. Sad to say. This is another area where good old man has messed it all up. Many natural predators have been persecuted to near extinction, so we have ourselves to blame. My dad and I used to use strong black thread, stretched across wide areas, especially to protect cabbage plants etc. You could try this method. Most times you wont see it and neither does woody. Getting caught up a few times, they soon learn.

Neighbour garden issues

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 22:36
Hello my friend. You are not alone on this one. Probably several other members have or are in similar circumstnces. I take it you and your neighbours are private owners. So I understand your quote of not being council adopted. However every council throughout the land has a degree of responsibility to all residents. Enviromental health dept can help, especially regarding the mice infestation. They in fact have the power to force the council to act. Your info regarding the neighbour's lifestyle. Feeling for their disability. I am disabled and my grown up daught is also disabled. It is very painful when you witness some types, really playing the field. This is one area where I am all for benefit reviews etc, but on a genuine fair basis. The unkept garden problem. My tiny garden is sandwiched between two unkept gardens. The worst being that of a couple along with their two kiddies, and three Staffies. All inj a two bedroom upstairs flat. The dogs are never taken out. They are let into the wilderness morning and evening to do whatever. No picking up of doggy poo etc. The usual procumation when they moved in. Wow a garde for the kids to play in. They are all very friendly and respectful. I offered my help to sort the garden. I loaned them some basic tools. I eventually got them back. Broken. Progress with the garden. Alkanet is everywhere, brambles and all types of weeds. Like with you. My garden is about 30 inches higher than theirs. A boarded fence about five feet and then a trellis I added. The climbing weeds are choking my climbing roses etc. At the end of the day. What can you say or do? Basically zilch. Nevertheless you are entitled to the services of your local councillors and local MP. Don't let onto the MP that you vote for the other lot. They have quite a bit of push and shove. In the meantime. Please try and keep your cool. I sincerely wish you all the best.

Where's Mike?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 23:34
David K. PM sent.

OK. To be honest. Recently there have been some very snide remarks. Thanks friends, who have posted in my favour. Thank you. The gut burning part is, that the complainers, will scroll down to Talkback and the Potting shed. Fully aware that members, not just me, like to have a good old chin-wag and open up about ourselves. In all honesty. I do not like confrontations. I had enough of that in the courtrooms. Sorry, here I go again. So basically, for those who simply wish to read questions such as. How do I sow a packet of seeds? Not just relating to me, but there are other members who are equally experienced and qualified. Why is it that certain moaning minnies have to complain. In all honesty and affection for the membership. I have done my best to not only post a one liner. Sick it in a pot and water it. I have followed up with a bit more indepth know how. NO, I will not be drawn into an argument on here. Think what you may. I consider myself to be a peaceful guy, so I am going to take a back seat. I will continue to look in, and at times I will respond via PM's. Incidentally. You will see, I have removed all traces of my profile, just in case it offends anyone. To be honest. What's wrong with some people?

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