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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 13:27

Got up feeling good, a lovely shower all with the lights on it was early, a cup of tea tastes like nectar first thing then I opened the curtains. "Oh dear" dark dull drear dour mist sea fret, what a come down and I had to go out.
Stockton dark cloud it says they should say very dark cloud mixed with mist and down to pavement level, I am sure a Passenger plane just flew down the road?
Went to the local butcher for some decent meat, they are up for a nation wide award as the best local butcher. Then to Tospots for the rest and some Dollars for Granddaughter in California.
Have to go out to post some cards then it will be in and closed down before I suffer shrinkage in all this wet.


blown away

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 23:35

Alan sheds are very flimsy, I have built my own much more solid and when daughter got a new shed I bought assorted brackets from B&Q then reinforced all the roof fixings, it is usually the roof that goes first in a wind.
The ground anchors went in the floor which is usually on a frame, I took a board off drilled the frame and drove ground anchors through into the ground, they can be bought from camping suppliers and are a very heavy tent peg. We used them on plates in the army, fasten winch pulleys to them and hauled tanks out of ditches so they would hold a shed..
No one said gardening is easy and you should be looking at some kind of shrub wind breaker from the prevailing wind otherwise your crops will suffer.


What's for tea?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:53

Corn beef hash, vedge tray nearly empty so it all went in the pan together, mashed them mixed with a tin of corn beef a mix of breadcrumbs cheese butter and herbs on top  in a buttered dish, twenty minutes in the oven.
Ice cream and fruit out of a tin.
I have lazy days now and then.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 13:14

Hello Rain, I took advantage and spread the winter weed and feed on both lawns, that is it now until March for the lawns one less job.
I saw many spider webs in the woods, the ones in the long grass always seemed to shine in the suns rays. It does remind us that everything in nature needs something to live on from single cell molds to the Vixen who lived in the wood and would be seen lying on a grassy bank and not phased by us walkers, she kept the wood pigeons in check.
It is brightening here but looking across at you Rain there is nothing but a dark smudge, no view of the hills today then.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 11:04

Maud, was the word you were looking for "testimonials"?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 10:31

Stockton, fifty shades of grey, the box says fog with an "X" which probably means too dark for a picture, "how do you take a picture of fog I ask"?
Rain the weather will be coming by express from Siberia at the weekend, all us folk with one foot in the North Sea will get it in the neck and other places, enough to freeze the toe nails off a brass monkey. Don't tell the people in Hartlepool.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:16

The series was made spring and summer this year as they were wet each programme and they did mention lost harvest during the war which made me think.
I know memory of weather is often fickle but do not remember a bad summer during that time, we always got the harvest in although some would be harvested by hand after wind had blown the crops down, it came in for animal feed.
!939-40 winter we had a lot of snow but a glorious summer. !940-41 a cold winter, I have pictures of me sledging on the banks behind our house, then mild times until the winter of 1944-45 the coldest winter for a long time and the Battle of the Bulge. The Summer of 44 we had a bad June July then a hot long period.
The worst winter was 1946-47 when people could climb out of the bedroom window onto the snow, places were cut off for months and they were still digging trains out of cuttings in March, that again was followed by a long hot summer with heath fires in Hampshire, the dry period set back the crops at a time we really needed them.
Near the village were water meadows which would flood to three or four inches deep then freeze, the best skating rink possible and the village would turn out to skate. We had iron skates that clipped onto our boots like the roller skates, fun would be had by all, usually there would be a brazier roasting chestnuts we never seemed to be short of them in the war.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 10:09

Stockton light showers!!! I hope it is right as the clouds are almost touching the ground, if that lot opens up we will need an Ark. We would of course load it as is our custom, men and whippets first women and children last.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 23:51

Flowering Rose, methinks you may have the wrong idea, the food in the container had to be brought to the boil then put in the hay box, it then slow cooks because the straw holds the residual heat. Once in the hay box it will take 2-3 hours to cook through.
The Army used and still use hay boxes only they are a double skin container well insulated on the outside and then the second skin filled with boiling water. The food containers are brought to the boil sealed and put in the cavity of the box which is sealed and left until needed cooking as it sits there.
My wife in the 70's would put her one pot dishes in the oven and switch it on for a slow cook overnight. It could then be warmed up on a camping stove when needed.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 10:23

Stockton is sunny and warm, clear sky on all sides.
The pork is in the oven and the lovely aroma tickling my nose as I have a quick cuppa so back to work, bedding can go from washer to line, apple sauce to make and veg to prepare, an easy day then.


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