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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 09:49

Stockton on Tees today is a white out, the frost has settled on the snow which did not get away yesterday and is reflecting the bright sunlight back as I look out of the window.
The sky is blue a little cloud and the Cleveland Hills looking lovely bathed in sunlight though it is bitter cold out there.
The greenhouse south facing with a wall at the back is still warm, it does pay dividends having a lean to, it gives a head start with plants.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 22:57

"Err" why would anyone go from Bournemouth to Morcambe in winter???
I am a northener and I do not even go to Morcambe in the summer, Blackpool yes.


What's for tea?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 15:48

In this neck of the woods NE England we often cook turnip with the potato then mash them together it is called Neaps. Carrot and turnip cooked together and mashed is also a winter dish for cold days with roast meat.
A mix of potato turnip carrot and parsnip parboiled sprayed with oil and roasted in the oven also goes with meat or chicken. Turnip was a winter staple along with other root veg, sprouts, kale and cabbage provided the greens.
I use turnip in all stews or in mince for the base of pasta dishes and when peeling and dicing it will often eat it as I go along with raw carrot, that is the fresh turnip not the soft stored too long stuff.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 08:39

Awoke this morning thinking I had slept in it was very light, opened the blinds to find a covering of snow.
Stockton snow low mist and cold cannot see the woods a field away, cars struggling to get out as we are the very last to get any grit.
"Oh well" we will call it winter then.
On the up side winter leads to SPRING so I can sit planning what I start to do Straight after the new year which comes after Alpha Omega and Sigma, all presents bought will be wrapped today when Daughter arrives first though granddaughters birthday, who says the 13th is unlucky, I certainly do not.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 11:30

Jo, the greenhouse will keep, I washed mine down in October but will wash it again in spring.
A white one again today in Stockton and not letting up at all, nothing to go out for as some are coming here.
Large Ham cooking and now for the rest.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 17:07

"Vino" Jo, you try the Grappa we ran tanks on it.
Stockton was looking quite bright until seeing a car trying to get up the bank out front, we had no white frost although a snap frost had caused black ice, it was still there when I ventured onto the lane for a paper. Now that is a big adventure what do they train drivers to do these days, it must all be in summer on dry roads.
The antics on the lane would have won the Strictly Waltz comp. they cannot drive with water down or ice, snow, black ice, fair weather drivers with phones permanently glued to their ears in charge of a tonne of lethal metal that can kill.
Rant over.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 14:03

Stockton sunny and clear, a heavy overnight frost still on the front and never moved.
Zoomer I went for a run on the A177 Durham road and had to turn back, water lay in every dip in the road, the sun was shining but nothing will shift that water until the fields dry a bit. Today the fields are ice rinks.
Shopping was a nightmare, I was in early but so was everyone else, the check out girl said she would take her time with me because I was smiling, most had the grumps.


vine eyes

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:57

Vine eye's are normally three inches long plus one and a half inches of thread and come in packs, the wire comes in rolls together can be expensive.
A pack of six inch nails or screws can come much cheaper, nails or screws into fence poles and screws into plugs in brick walls. Twine stretched over the nails/screws will support sweet-peas, the green wire from garden shops will support Clematis and Pyracantha as Crissie says will not need support.
I have used all the above and find they do the job, twine will last a year the green wire lasts two or three and the vine eye's supporting my Paul's scarlet rose on the wall have lasted 23 years. It is easy to cut the strings on sweetpeas roll it all up and bin it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/11/2012 at 09:39

Stockton on the mad raging Tees is mild this morning as I put the bins out, partly cloudy so the box tells me and it is right. The Coastal weather front is clear out over the North Sea, slightly cloudy inland and no frost.
Jo, my way with self seeders is a walk around the garden every morning with my dads old long handled Dutch hoe, it reaches to the back of the border and loosens up the top soil.
Engineers do not feel the cold, we are used to working out in the open in all weathers, we think it normal, put your fur coat on Jo. "oops" I mean false fur not the real thing. (do not wish to upset anyone, "err" well not too many of them).


Cutting wet lawns?

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:46

Just read this thread and comments.
Firstly you need it to be dry to cut grass with anything and that includes a ride on mower as I found out, Imagine the thing from the bog??
Secondly the explanation of why it cannot be exchanged at the moment sounds plausible to me.
If you write or have written to B&Q telling them all the circumstances they should let you take it in when you can or even better pick it up and exchange it.
All goods sold must do the job they were designed for.
Cutting long grass needs a bit of craft, blades right up then slowly lower them over the next few dry days, I walk the lawns to make sure there is nothing to damage the blades, kids throw stones sticks balls etc.
The poster asked for advice, let us give that.


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