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Posted: 30/07/2014 at 23:07

Right Orchid Lady get dolled up and we will glide across the dance floor as of old, a stately genteel pastime in my youth, all vanished when Bill Haley invented dancing for six legs uncontrolled arms and no need for a partner. My name explains itself. I have a photo of me doing it in Port Said Leave camp but do not know how to post it, probably a good job.


Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 16:49

No Verdun they do not fight they send the poor bl###y Infantry to do their fighting by proxy, if they had to fight peace would be signed in hours. Under manned, short of everything is the story of all the none wars, small military actions they called them we did as we were told.

As with most on here I post as a way of passing on my experience hoping people do not make the mistakes I made but they do. A bit of chat on the side does no harm.


Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 11:11

It is David's fault all those gas guzzling motor bikes. We marched out or sneaked out of that area on the Mandate ending, the land grab and the war starting and still going on. Will the same happen with the Scottish vote I ask?

David I have many pictures of me on many bikes from the solid frame BSA dispatch riding bike, Norton, then an AJS the first in the Middle East with telescopic forks but only a 350 engine I could not catch the BSA's on the long Canal Road. Through the years I always had an army bike as personal transport and would shove it in the back of my Rover on long runs. A BSA Gold Star, Norton Featherbed, Another BSA twin then a short lived Triumph with Spring Heel very unstable and the only time I came off, it was icy at the time, the last bike another AJS, six hundred miles round trip every weekend from Aldershot to Stockton and back through Autumn and Winter, that was biking not Café Racing.


Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 10:12

Funny old world. My art Master told me I would earn a living white washing toilets, all the rage back then. I learnt my gardening watching Dad as he provided winter and summer for an extended family out of his large garden, "if you cannot eat it do not grow it" yet he did have in my eye's a wonderful colourful garden. I became an Engineer, is my garden a mathematical equation, no, do I carry out the engineers creed, "Cause, Effect, Cure" no. Colour coding to me is a myth as plants will do their own thing, at the moment I have a patch of bush Buddleia in full bloom attracting the insects and butterflies which I did not plant, my Japanese Anemone like the Buddleia came from next door, is it instantly wiped out because it is not in the great plan, no.

My Garden is a bit of all my experiences it has evolved over the 31 years I have lived here, do I grow things to please the neighbours, no, it reflects my moods and needs, is that not the whole idea of a garden?  


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 11:21

Bekkie, when I joined the army the front was men only, over the years the women got closer to the front and now will be allowed to fight as they do in many other armies.

Some women will some will not as some men choose not to fight that is our own choice. I saw men go through the process refusing to fight it was hard and painful for them. Front lines are anything but glamorous or heroic and most who see it become pacifists, jaw not war is the only way.


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:11

To those who grew up during the war it all seems irrelevant, we saw the women doing everything men had done, engineering machinist's welders drivers they manned the factories and the essential services. The local Balloon squad were mostly women and that was a heavy job, my own mother was an electrician on the local Canadian Air Base and women filled many of the jobs on the base. Many years later when I worked at ICI women manned the process lines filling two hundredweight sacks which often fell off the line, some of my men feeling gallant would rush to lift them back on and fail, only to see a girl with a jerk throw the bag back on the line, the men walked away blushing. Nothing soft about women when they are pushed, they may choose to be blushing virgins at times, all part of natures way of propagating the species, fight your corner Ladies some men know you are capable.


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:35

Many years go I was in charge of a heavy construction team, the Works Manager told me he was putting a Graduate Engineer with me to see how it was done. This girl turned up in my office, skirt blouse jacket, I asked what she was expecting to do? Everything you do says she. "Right" you need gear, got it she said I will change, a few minutes later she was there in boots overalls hard hat the lot. The first job was 300 feet up a tower, have you a head for heights I asked, I rock climb she said, she followed me to the top. She made notes asked questions and we discussed solutions to problems. Some years later coming from the main offices a car pulled up I heard my name called and this Lady shot across wrapped her arms round me and I got a big kiss, somewhat shocked as were the other people getting out of the car she said this man saw an engineer not a woman, it turned out she had gone up in the world, saying thank you she went on her way and I saw later was on the main Board at ICI.

My Granddaughter is a Graduate engineer has just gone back to Canada where she is a plant manager, women can make it in a mans world and I see no reason why not.


Soil Type

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:10

Michael, Loam will not feel wet and sticky in the hands nor too dry, it will be humus rich with a soft feel to it. Most Gardeners grow their vegetables in that type of soil with success, no need for raised beds unless posture problems dictate them. Sandy soils add plenty of compost and manure if you can get it, in time it will become loamy. Clay much the same but add newspaper wool some woody compost plus drainage grit, it takes time and will grow veg, Potato's are a good crop to break it up.

If your soil is good then why waste money buying bags of compost and why raise the beds, nothing like doing what nature intended, natural growth.



Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:34

Depends on the seed and what you do with it. If you stored the seed in paper packets semi sealed then put them in an air tight or near enough container they should be fine, keep the container in a cool dark place.

You do need know what you are sowing as all seeds need different conditions, not all seeds germinate as I found when buying expensive seed to find only half germinated. Some need heat and lots of it others cool conditions even now I will get my books out and turn to the well thumbed pages on setting seed. Many people will give them all the same conditions then wonder why some came others did not, with others it is the seed bed that is wrong, the soil too rich not free draining enough or too damp, some need cover others not, as I said you need to know what you are sowing. We at times are too impatient. some seed will be up in hours but others take weeks or even months, gardening? who needs it?


Rambler roses

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:12

Lilydotwin, yes go up one size pot with fresh compost each time and you can pot on for a year or so. The roots will be contained and the plant not grow quickly in a pot as they do like to put down a tap root, cut back when you repot about a third and keep watered for a while. Once you put them in the ground they will fly away.

Some Roses you buy will have been in pots several years unless you buy dry root.


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