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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 10:50

Stockton on Tees, although bright and sunny all day yesterday the snow hardly shifted and the road was like a skating rink.
Today I woke to see the garden, no snow at all it had vanished overnight. A clear sunny day again, the hills in full view with just the odd patch of snow left on them, much warmer.
The oven warming up for the Lamb, New Zealand today as there is no local lamb as yet, I will give it a blast for fifteen minutes then turn it down sticking the meat thermometer into it later to check it is cooked as it should be. Mint to go with it Cauliflower with home made cheese sauce and roasties should please them although I am sure I could get away with just Yorkshires and onion gravy.

Enjoy your day, Frank.

srong stone cleanrer

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 09:43

I just use the power washer with the vortex nozzle on they look one hundred and fifty million years young in other words brand new.
It gets used for everything a long drive, patio, greenhouse, conservatory, pots and the concrete gnome my grand children bought me, how do you tell them you hate gnomes?
"Oh" and it gets the moss off the pavements edging my front lawn before the council come round spraying kill it all everywhere.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 09:33

Stockton on Tees has another six inches of snow.
Azure blue sky in all directions brilliant sunshine blinding me, contrails in the sky above as the planes fly their mysterious ways across Continents.
One tiny blot on my horizon, "I missed Carol last night" I was watching John Wilson and his Prom's Orchestra playing music from the movies for the third time but loved it and forgot about Carol, "oh dear" I will wait for the repeat, usually not long these days?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 13:45

Stockton as of now snowing.
We had a run to Northallerton to post Daughters banns and it was clear although minus one on the car read out, the snow was deep on the Cleveland hills and the fields then it started as we turned off for Bromton.
The mist and cloud rolled down from the hills and the snow came, it followed us all the way back home and is still snowing, it was a white out at Arncliffe.
It is not as foggy here although the snow is laying.


last years compost

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:59

I have an old box around two boards high next to the compost bins (also wood) this years spent compost from the pots and tubs goes in there after bagging up the stuff that was in the box to use again.
Mixing in some of my fresh compost from the heaps and a little granular fertiliser I leave it to weather until next year even put a few strawberries on it, yearlings to grow on, never had any trouble that way.
We use the garden soil every year so why not rest and then reuse the potting compost?


Root trainers

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:49

If and when I sow sweet peas early a deep pot with some cardboard sorts the root training. Cut Two piece of cardboard the width and depth of the pot then slit each half way slide them together and fit in the pot you have four mini pots but deep,
Fill with compost and sow the seed two to a section and let them germinate take out the weakest seedling and grow the strongest on. I put the weak ones into a pot they often come out well.
I often think we get too complicated and expect a modern aid for every purpose, my Father would say go get a wheelbarrow of common sense and use your ingenuity.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 19:38

Stockton had a dull drear day, the snow is melting although still some on the lawns.
Took off up the Durham road and a mile from stockton as the road rises the fields still well covered and not giving  but much brighter.
Ended up in the supermarket and was confronted with shelves of "Easter Eggs" is it me or the world that's gone crazy.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 23:17

Zoomer we always had our own micro climate in Stockton and the Tees bay, we would have an inch of snow and people were phoning me from Darlington and Sedgefield saying they were snowed in and when I checked they were. Eight miles up the road they would have a foot of the stuff though everything climbs away from Teesside.
I always loved the cross country train ride very picturesque.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 11:15

Stockton Zoomer will find the snow melting and she will be under leaden sky, no frost last night so roads are OK, give me a wave as you Zoom past.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 17:21

Zoomer, went out this morning in lovely sunshine and a thaw, came back in a snowstorm. The main roads are free of snow although the A19 and A66 were closed one by snow one an accident, from Norton to the Hartlepool turn off blocked solid.
At the moment the A66 is still closed at Brough, the cross country trains on reduced service so best to check it all out before you start.
Stockton at the moment is bitter cold and the sky has cleared so a heavy frost forecast, the snow has stopped with only an inch or so down and the gritters are doing a good job even our lanes getting done.

Give me a wave when you pass, Frank.

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