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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 10:14

Stockton a lovely clear sunshiny day, a good week weather wise a funny old week otherwise, hope next week is not likewise!!
Last Saturday the oven broke, Sunday lunch in Carvery, Monday shopping for new oven, Daughter started at £1800 end I started at £4/19/6 end and we met near the middle, well a bit lower.
Out early Tuesday car taken for service. Oven arrived just as car arrived to take me to pick my car up, oven fixed and working but fish and chips for tea.
Wednesday black tie day as I crossed the Styx, last man standing out of a very large company of friends, had to comfort the family.
Thursday out early flu jab Daughter arrived with a mass of cooking and stuff she is now on a cruise.
Friday up early for some shopping could not even find a car parking place at the usual so ended up at the local thingee market (have to watch what I call it) but managed to at last use new oven, well pleased. Saturday visitors, today feet up then standing to attention for the Cenotaph Ceremony, old habits die hard.
Next week a rest, I hope.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 15:05

Had to cross the nine loops of Titan's Daughter Styx today "Rain", then pay Charon to proceed over Acheron, another good friend left us.
It was a glorious Autumn day, clear sky a slight breeze although not cold, a get together and then try to catch up with what has been a hectic week.
The box for Stockton says cloudy? will they never learn to look out of the window?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:43

Bev, A wire base would be ideal although it is only to keep the rodents out of the compost. If you have some old tiles or packing to put under the edges anything from a quarter of an inch to around an inch will let the air in from the bottom.
If you do pack it up a bit then put some brush or thin sticks in the base, a covering again to let the air circulate.
Compost needs "Air Warmth and Damp" it will generate its own heat in time and never soak just damp each layer as you load it up, air is one of the important things..


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:01

Solid frost, blue sky, some cloud, the box tells me Stockton is cloudy, quick look out of window----------"nope".


What's for tea?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 09:57

Dovefromabove, at the moment I could skate downhill we have a heavy frost so a bike would need stabilisers, I suppose I could borrow the two year old's bike!!
Shopping on line is not me and as soon as my Daughter knew she said go on line, why? I can motor into the shopping centre 5 miles and pick from a selection in a combined shop the size of Sussex. They bring the new, take the old and I have two electrician SIL's. Another mile and we have a branch of the Lewis companies so there is choice.
I will go to the Carvery so popular it will be packed to the rafters, the meal though will be well up to standard, after years of school meals army meals and canteen lunches most carveries are up to standard, depends on how low your standards are. Saying that I will not be going to the local supermarket cafe, even the staff will not eat there.
As for pudding I rarely eat them now only making them if I have the grand children although they prefer fruit.


What's for tea?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 23:03

Well I hope you all enjoyed your food, mine was nearly warm home made mince pie and uncooked chips that got binned without tasting.
I put the fan oven on, it takes around five minutes to get up to speed, ten minutes later still cold. Put the top oven on takes 20 minutes to heat up, put pie and chips in, 35 minutes later hardly warm pie chips a soggy mess.
No Sunday lunch it will be the carvery and Monday?? well I cannot go to Comet and not too many places to try but try I will, lost without my cooker.
The next one will be a Bosch same as my fridges, never any trouble with them touch wood.


What's for tea?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:23

Maud, I hauled out my files on cakes and puddings, there is no alternative for that kind of pudding.
Christmas to me is apples orange and mixed spices from my childhood that was the season for those fruits, we were never short of dried fruits but it was supplemented with bottled fruits picked in season.
Why not make a nice steamed pudding with apple orange juice and zest with a touch of mixed spice (if that is allowed, or nut meg to give a Christmas smell), it would go well with a white sauce.
An eve's type pudding would be quick easy and tasty with orange added to the cake mix that goes on top.
Having the Christmas meal with one of my Daughters a year or so back I was horrified when she brought out a chocolate pudding, she was having me on as the proper Christmas pudding came out of the slow cooker and guess what with ten sitting down the Christmas pudding vanished and most of the chocolate was left.
Just a thought.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 14:02

Stockton weather? I do not really know. It started sunny and clear although bitterly cold with a North westerly breeze which brought cloud so the lights went on and now it is sunny again?
The box says partly cloud, which part is that then, it looks a bit blue up there to me with some dark cloud well South. I think they should throw the bones up again and chant their incantations, they must get it right some day.



Posted: 01/11/2012 at 12:42

Right again Geoff we move on although the Army used DDT as a delousing agent, luckily I was always well back overlooking events in an armoured vehicle, what happened to those people and the lads using the pumps I wonder??
The subject was books of which I have many some falling apart and some, "well" pristine, full of pretentious rubbish, only my opinion of course.
I find the RHS books get most use.
House plants, that is well used and in your greenhouse Percy Thrower a well written book although as mentioned he does advocate the use of Nicotine smoke generators, and other chemicals. He does say read all of the label, open all doors and windows but that giving plants the correct treatment will stop pests and disease. ( I have dug it out of the pile to reread and find that apart from the smoking bit it is full of information people can use today).
Some of the Readers Digest books I was given are fairly well used, some good information on plant needs and welfare, a couple of modern books on garden make overs, looked at and put aside, they were presents, would not buy them myself.
I always look at the gardening section of the Town library (yes we still have one) to see if there are any new books, nothing I would take out lately although some good old ones for a read when the TV is rubbish.
You take you pick, the choice is ours.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 10:51

Stockton high cloud, bright and as I put all the bins out warm.
Will be down in the village today so a bacon sandwich from my butcher and sit on the green eating it. That green holds many memories.


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