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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 00:28
Shrinking Violet wrote (s


Bilberries on Exmoor are known as Whortleberries, Frank - but they make pies and jams just as lovely - no matter what they are called!  I visited Goathland the other year when I stayed with my cousin in York and we had some wonderful days out.  The moors there are bleaker and more stark than we are used to - but beautiful, nonetheless.


Don't know about it being bleak SV when I read Lorna Doon in English as a lad Exmoor seemed very bleak to me. I suppose knowing the moors around Goathland as a lad made them a little like home to me, I do have happy memories of those times. We also visited relatives at Egton Bridge on the moors and of all places on leave in Port Said met a Lady I knew from Grosmont, she was WVS running the camp and I have pictures of us dancing, it is a small world.
The rain did not arrive so plenty of work got finished, the garden looks more like its old self before the deluge, I think I will need to tackle the Crocosmia with a flame thrower it is rampant.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:55

Bookertoo, too many micro climates in this country, the weather forecast is general not personal, I look out of the windows each morning, with allround views you can see it all.
Just back from t'other side o'nt Tees a bit of an adventure as half the roads around Stockton are closed for the Stockton International Riverside Festival, yup we know how to let our hair down up here (if you have any that is). A lovely sunny morning, still is with rolling white cloud and blue sky between. The lawns are cut blades up then blades down with bags of grass for the green-waste, my compost bins are full.
North Yorkshire to me was Uncles sheep farm just out of Goathland, all the family went to pick the Billberries and the women would be in the kitchen bottling, making jam and pies, oh thos billberry pies, I loved them and a nice filler after walking the moors checking the sheep with my Uncle. I am drooling on the keyboard.


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Posted: 01/08/2012 at 14:50
jean riley wrote (see)

Frank - you have a wonderful way with words . I can almost smell that bread.

Thank you Jean and if you were around this way some time you could still smell it, if the family are coming for tea on Saturday's I knock up a batch of buns by hand, flour yeast water and salt is all it takes and not the fourteen or so additives in bought bread, it is all in the kneading and knocking down. The problem is they come through the door grab a bun and wuff it so by tea I am halving them.
Home churned butter has a taste all it own and Aunt Mabel made butter for all of us she had to add salt to preserve it but it did not last that long.
We never got the rain after all, I sat in my Daughters Garden in the village soaking up the sun whilst she made cheese and onion pie also fresh fruit muffins which we tucked into, a nice way to spend part of the afternoon, now back to work.


Carrots have feelings too

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 10:54

I would cool their ardour with a peeler and eat them, food is food.


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Posted: 01/08/2012 at 10:49

August 1st once the Halcyon days of summer to a lad who's activity's were all outside. Breakfast always cut yourself a slice of porridge whilst I cook your bacon egg (in summer) and fried bread, good job we did not have health and diet dictators back then.
Feed the pigs let the hens out check the ducks and geese had plenty of water and the day was mine, always sunny, ride the bike to the farm and have a busy exciting day. Home again tired but never hungry Aunt Mabel fed me her fresh baked bread home churned butter and wonderful hedgerow or orchard pies. And so passed the summer as we knew it, what happened I ask?
Teesside today has a covering of cloud from the West with bursts of sunshine, we are warned of heavy rain later, "you know I could get very mad at that lot t'other side o't Pennines" still it is warm.


`empty Plot

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:57

Sarah, any of the cut and come again salad crops, carrots, radishes and lettuce will set and grow in this warm damp weather. You will not get show stoppers but the shorter carrots will be sweet and crisp, home grown salad is always tasty.
Some garden centres or if you are lucky enough to have a local nursery will have trays of Leeks Cabbage and winter greens ready to pop in the ground now is a good time to put leeks in.
How about sowing seed for next year using part of your plot as a nursery bed, browse the seed packets in the garden centre to see what will do, I had success with Wallflowers this way and other plants are started this way.
Not everything works for everyone depends on where you are in the country, we are often three to four weeks behind the South although we still manage to grow many of the same things, just later.
Experiment with your plot and sometimes we old gardeners go against the book of rules, rules are made to be broken, you learn by your mistakes. Hope this helps.


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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:34

Indeed they are Dmball the difference being they are wild Flower meadows and not Hay meadows as we had along our ring roads up to this week. The Council followed Sarah Ravens programme and put in acres of wild meadow along the roads and parks then along came the grass cutters and treat it like lawn?
A hay meadow was cut with a scissor blade which left enough rough for insects and small animals to hide in plus seed to eat, you could play bowls on those area's now and as you can guess my missive to the council is flying towards them right now, they get it right then get it all wrong.
The cloud has arrived from the West although no rain this side of the Tees as yet, where is the North Sea breeze when we need it.


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Posted: 31/07/2012 at 11:07

Cherry ripe cherry ripe,ripe I cry
full and fair ones come and buy.
They should write a song about it, I have a load of cherry tomato's smiling at me in the GH this morning, late I admit but who cares when they taste so different.
Teesside weather today is sunny for now, blue sky North and East, we are told we will get rain from the West, they can keep it.
When I have the best of three falls with this board it is always a Sunday and it refuses to accept the correct password which I have written down to check and keeps asking me to re-enter!!!! I thought we lost the Gremlins with the war? "Yikes" who mentioned that???


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 16:45

For some unknown reason I was locked out of the forum and not for the first time, usually on a Sunday, have just managed to get it to sign me in after quite a few tries,
not happy.

Yesterday was a bit of everything on Teesside, sitting down to lunch with the sun shining a massive crash of thunder then a deluge and back to sunshine, my Daughter was over "Rain's" side of the Tees and said all the traffic was coming to a halt as the rain was so heavy wipers would not clear it.
Today sunshine with the odd shower although very warm, we seem to be getting it from the west, well we do not want it so keep it over your side Joe4 and Zoomer.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 13:52

Teesside cannot make its mind up. Blue sky and sun at seven this morning then cloudy and dull later, now the sun popping in and out with clouds flitting about like the dancers on the Olympic opening last night. What a show.

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