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MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:47

Sexist Tina, moi, not on your nelly, it is when I go into those places there seems to be three times as many women as men and they ask me I do not approach them. If asked I give a comprehensive answer and on more than one occasion have then had an escort round the place discussing plants, once even had coffee bought for me.

The local large GC had a very nice Polish lady who knew her plants, she also watered everything on the outside racks, the plants were always clean and looked after, in a buy out the good ones went and youngsters came on the scene. No watering properly, a quick flash with a hose pipe, no knowledge of the plants they read the labels and that is it. People ask questions do not get answers so leave and go elsewhere do you blame them. "Oh" and the coffee and cake went up to £7 so I do not bother.


MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 00:08

Derek, I have no idea why, probably the grey head but in Garden Centres I usually end up advising, often women on how to look after a plant or what to look for.
Last time I was in the big centre a woman picked up a plant and asked me to check, dropping it out of the pot vine weevil fell from the root ball. I informed the attendant who was not very happy about it, I am afraid I have an acid tongue at times so he lost that one and the sale.
I normally use a Nursery just a couple of miles up the lane from me and even there you need to check the plants although they will replace them no questions asked.
I will start to sow seed in around two weeks time as light is just as important as heat, by then the sun will be higher and more light. We all make mistakes hopefully only once, sowing seed early I found from experience did not give you much of a start, well in this area, they are all different.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:24

OK Derek, how is this.
Why oh why do garden centres fill up with bedding plants way too early and no explanation about not putting them out before the last frosts are gone. The number of times I have advised people they need to take great care and may need to keep them sheltered for some time especially up here on the North East Coast.
Then they go out in beds and baskets and are gone over because new gardeners do not realise some are quite short lived.
Sowing your own seed every couple of weeks and you have a long showing as you remove the older plants and put in the new ones. Much cheaper too.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:15
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

Parents and electronic gadgets have something to do with it, too, Frank!

You could be right G/Grandma although I saw my children the victims of various educational schemes that failed, one being they did not need to spell?? As long as the word looked something like the sound it was OK. Joan and I spent hours teaching my daughter the correct spelling which did pay off for her in a good job at a large firm, quite a few of the other kids were not so lucky.
ICI sent me back to college for 26 weeks of Quantum Mechanics, three of us older men and a group of very much younger students, to say I was astounded at their lack of English puts it mildly. We had to explain the reasoning and findings using blackboards and drop sheets, most of the young ones could not do that.
When we relaxed in the union building with them it came across they did not really care and at the end of the course it showed, there was a huge gap in results, the three oldest getting highest and diploma's the rest a re-sit. Where are they now I wonder.
"Hm" I write G/Grandma, just thought that could be Galloping, Glamorous, Glorious, Gregarious or Gnome, I better watch it and write it out in full Gardenia /Grandma.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:37

G/Grandma, we used to shoot them up north, hang about was the Peasants or Pheasants, not to worry they both taste the same a bit gamy. We just hung them longer.
The local paper published some of the job applications sent in,  I fell about Laughing until it struck me these were young people desperate for work, the education system has a lot to answer for.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:07
clogherhead wrote (see)

Hi, Fellow Ranters, I was not getting at any individual person ,I believe that one should try one's best to use our language to the best that they can, it's so irritating to try and decipher what they are trying to say in there enquiry to the forum .

Derek sorry to be picky, do you think that should be "their" instead of "there" we all do it at times.
No hard feelings Derek, I had to correct three pages of writing today when my brain ran well ahead of my fingers getting them all tangled up, I never print those pages without checking.
I do crossword puzzles and today came across a word I had never heard before  the clue was "loudly Lamenting" and the word which I did not get was "Plangent" had to wait until tonight's paper came to find out, we never stop learning do we.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:38

Stockton on Tees, snow and ice gone, Blue sky sunshine and cold.
Cloudy over the coast and over the Hills, I can see snow still on the tops, not warm enough to melt it yet.


MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:30

Henglish as she is spake learned as t'e Queens
By most posters on this board it seems
At times amazes us olde doddery things
We learned it as Henglish be tauld Kings

Schooling shapes us and our speech
Again influenced by those who teach
Parents and area play their share
Check my spelling don't you dare.

I did put one or two of the above names in to spell check and will not print the outcome.
Many post at night after a days work, often tired the brain gets ahead of fingers I know as the History pages I write for the local library I leave until next day then spell check them, it is a win when they say "no spelling mistakes found" that is not always so.
With the wealth of accents used by people on the board mistakes will happen, it does not detract from my enjoyment reading them. A sudden thought! when did text reading teenagers ever read this board?

That sent the ABC into a tizzwaz. If you do see a mistake put the cursor over the bottom right hand corner and press edit I assure you it works instantly.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 23:20

I live on a hill Zoomer on the way to Durham and yesterday we had snow all day on our roads though the main roads were clear, a big pile up held the traffic on the A19 A66 and most roads into Stockton.
Today it cleared but is back with a heavy frost and worse to come.


MOB rants

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 19:43
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

That's great! And you didn't accept the proposal! Don't blame you, really, I wouldn't marry again. Too many comparisons, as my husband always says, but also too little privacy! 

Accept the proposal? only if I wanted my liver served up on a platter very rare. It was a long while back before Joan became ill.

I earned £10 today because I allowed a follow up check after the Census, apparently people lie on the census forms so they spot check, I do not see the point of fibbing on a form, what is to gain?
After a long chat and some questions the chap asked how do you want your ten pounds? somewhat bamboozled I said a voucher which will be sent through the post. How does any of that save the Government money???


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