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Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 13:29

Tetley with the Trump it would be the old style me, rifle butt round the head and fourteen inch bayonet polished on Trumps rump, the only way to treat a fanatic. Mrs Clinton would get the charm attack, it never failed yet, Mr I would take to the Vet he needs seeing to.



Posted: 10/10/2016 at 11:34

There have been a couple of questions lately on Rotation, my Father did that all his life, we had a large garden so he did it in five rotations, one lay fallow for a year resting. I does not matter if you have a small raised bed or large garden rotation helps to reduce reinfection of any disease and in some cases one crop will fertilise the next. I watched as Dad planted up talking about why he did certain things and I was good with questions probably why he would give me two pence for sweets and say go play. Plot one was always all kinds of beans peas and broad beans. Plot two would be all the onion family leeks and garlic, yes our house was no stranger to garlic Mother having been cook in a large house. Plot three  all the roots including potato's. Plot four was always the brassicas and salad stuff. Plot five resting the free range hens ducks and geese would sun themselves on it at the same time adding fertiliser but taking care not too much as it can burn new plants. The usual rotation the following year would be to move plot one going to two, plot two going to the rested plot, after it had been dug in the Autumn and a good dollop of manure added for winter frosts to do their work. The brassicas would go to plot one after the Legumes  and after being treated with lime, he would start all the plants off in pots rows of them then dig out a hole and plant up the Cabbages and other greens, we never got club root. My Uncle Arthur never planted the same crop in the same fields year after year he rotated on a large scale leaving a field as a meadow, the old ways worked and will today no matter what size plot you have.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 09:57

Tetley, My old Dad gave me a talking too as a callow youth that has stood me in good stead all my days. "Listen Son" as we sat on the garden seat under the Victoria Plum Fan tree on a sunny wall. I thought here we go the true course of events to all those tall tales that were told behind the bike shed at school. "Pin back your ears, there are no floozies, bits of stuff, birds, flappers or ladies of the night, each and every one are LADIES and nothing less. Honour them, treat them with the utmost respect and never ever tell secrets to others, what passes between you and a Lady is your business and hers no one else" "follow that dictum and you will never go wrong".  "Err" yes Dad still waiting for the rest but that was it. It became my mantra, the code of honour and it worked, always listen to your old Dad. So ladies when you form the queue be in disguise, a long black cloak pointy hat and a bowl full of frogs would do nicely I will see the lady under the muck. "Oh" and the sun warmed Victoria plums we ate were wonderful.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 22:58

Hi SV, yes I liked Tameka and as I found in my dancing years some of the larger ladies were very light on their feet, she was full of fun. I saw Lesley nearly having a heart attack a couple of the others were near the end of their tether too and that is only 90 seconds they would be done for in a full on dance routine and ours would be two tunes a slight pause then a third one. Dancing needs stamina as well as knowing the correct steps foot movements and body positions, at the moment 90 seconds is the limit for some. I always look forward to Blackpool, I loved Dancing there, something about the whole ambience makes you want to dance, usually the best dancers are coming to the fore by then. This year I have to admit there is no dross no, not even Ed, I have admired his get up and go. Loving it all.


Crop Rotation. 3, 4 or 5 Year?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:54

Depends on the size of the garden, as a lad we had a very large garden Dad used a five year rotation so one section could lay fallow for a year. A small garden will work with three rotations. The rotation or not growing the same crop in the same place year on year is to make sure crop infections do not re-infect the same crops. Some crops Beans peas and onions will put goodness into the ground for the next rotation, others need to be fed, you need to know which is which.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:42

Tetley, some women just cannot resist that air of power we strong men exude, it is like the best after shave you could ever buy if you needed after shave that is. I shrug it off as a normal reaction, my Daughters have noted the effect I have on the Ladies and I have no secrets from them. They saw the Lady Consultant come in the ward straight over and hug me, they saw the nurses all giving me a cuddle as the girls came to take me home. If you have it flaunt it. I had of course to mute it before I lost Joan, she had the keys to the garden shed with all the poisons we gardeners used and she prepared my food, two and two make four in those circumstances so tone it down. Still if it something you cannot help then go with it, saying that I know where they live???


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 21:20

Tameka, yes a shock though did any one else notice she could hardly make the stairs last night after the dance, she was obviously in pain. Tonight she lifted her dress and showed a massive bandage on her knee. I must ask is this some kind of fix. Ideas anyone?


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 15:33

Joyce as like me you are a hysterical Historian you will know John Knox was railing against women rulers, Queens etc. He traveled Europe and married although did you know he spent much time in Newcastle, probably meeting some of our local ladies turned him into a misogynist.  Had he met we're Cushie he would have met his match. "She's a big lass an a bonny lass,  An she likes her beer,   An they call her Cushy Butterfield,   An aw wish she were here". See we are trained to deal with strong women who diven knares thee place. Verdun and I have taken the course at Uni, keep em well kissed and poorly shod.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:58

Joyce, DAUGHTERS, there is an Amazon Legion of them, they do not do things by half, one had an operation for Gallstones yesterday (private own room the lot) just phoned to say she will be out for lunchtime, was that a hint I wonder? I always thought "The monstrous regiment of women" was that lot over the border wearing skirts and playing strange twisted tunes on a bladder, could be wrong.


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What to do now....

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:49

Sarah, Looking at your balcony as it overlooks the road there is a grill, tie a sheet of plastic to the grill just to stop a direct sea breeze or freezing wind from harming the bare stems of the plants. Not pretty I know so take it down once the weather starts to warm up. The bubble wrap idea around the pots I use for outdoor pots to stop any water in the pot freezing and cracking the pot, the plants are quite hardy the pots are not. I have seen Balcony's that were veritable gardens so you can grow most things on them, experiment and see what will grow, all us gardeners do that as we all have different conditions soil and weather. I am in the NE near the sea, our weather comes off the North Sea with the coastal front quite often above us, that can be good in morning sea mists bring water where as inland it gets dry, on the other hand we get a cooler clime so plant accordingly. A long learning process Sarah but keep at it you can work wonders with your tiny micro climate.


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