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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 09:04

Teesside has sunshine blue sky with some white cloud, so no lights needed this morning.
The windows are open and it is warm, I think some of the light must be from the huge golden glow of the Crocosmia Jackanapes which this year has gone wild, most of it will need to come out after it has flowered.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 23:05

"Err I pass" Posh, Scones Jam and Clotted cream with Lapsang Souchong on top no thanks. Sounds a bit like those Camel pies we once had to eat although they always tasted of Bully Beef..
We Northern woad warriors eat some wonderful concoctions often wrapped in pastry but I like my Scones with cream and jam nothing else. My daughter was here for lunch and she mentioned the scones we got at Windermere, they were indeed good but although they served a jug of clotted cream they spoilt it with one of those little pots of Hotel Jam, I was telling her the Devon-Somerset Jam always strawberry came warm and runny you spooned it on.
The weather here in Stocken did brighten to a grey sky and rain then when that passed over we got blue sky and sun, it all looks more promising for tomorrow we will see.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:38

Honeysuckle2, I for one am not judging you or calling you anything, what I am saying is that in all my years gardening and much of that with peat before the greens got at it I have never known compost self ignite.
I have known Hay and Straw stacks self ignite because the hay-straw was not dried properly and it heated up from the centre. As none of these apply to your GH I am intrigued as to what would cause it.
The sun was low it being nine in the morning is there some glass or reflecting ornament in the garden that would concentrate a beam onto the plastic which would then burn, some plastics do burn fast and furious once started, As a lad I worked at ICI plastics, we built a burner that burned plastic to recover the monomer and believe me it took no firing up, I thought it dangerous stuff back then.
There must be some explanation and I would like to know the answer. Nothing like a mystery to get these pages moving.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 16:35

Strange indeed, if it had peat in it you would have got possibly smouldering, in the days we could burn garden rubbish I would damp it down with old compost, that killed any miscreants and we used it again but I never knew it to blaze.
We can take it there were no electrics in the GH, was the plastic the double glaze type, plastic does gas off under heat although it was nine on a Sunday morning the sun would be low in the sky and not up to full heat.
I would be asking how near to a road or field where vandals could strike, was there a smell of petrol or other oils, also ask the neighbours if they saw any one watching, arsonists like to watch what they started.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 09:05

Woke up still dark started to turn over but looked at clock, put the light on had a double check and yes it was seven o clock? with the light on what is happening out there?? Got up put living room light on checked clock, it was seven so on went the bathroom light and shower, first time in months I have had to do that.
Dark and dour looking cloud above although the Coastal front directly along the coast and bending back over the Cleveland Hills appears to be slowly coming more inland, hope for us yet. Not a drop of breeze and warm, the windows are open,
When in that area once with my wife the waitress more in jest I think asked Devon style or Somerset, Joan asked what is the difference, I said right, cut the scone in half, pile jam and cream on that put the top half on and pile jam and cream on that where upon Joan gave me a left hook, I still ate it.
Memories Posh though bitter cold nights on Exmoor need not be among them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 23:12

Posh, we would find something to discuss, we appear to have similar backgrounds when it comes to farming experience and animals, then there could be zinc buckets compost and manure, over a nice Devon or in your Case a Somerset scone piled high with cream and jam.
I smiled at Dmball, what a strange country we live in?, it is not a strange country just a strange situation. A Large open Ocean to the west subject to winds and currents, a large frozen Ocean to the North, the North sea higher at one end than the other and open to the Siberian icy winds, plus a large heated area to the South, it is a wonder we are still here.
I think Posh we have enough to keep the discussion going until our tongues wear out. Or should that be fingers?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:47

Posh, you are not alone we finally got those light showers around four tonight.
It went dark next minute I thought someone was throwing gravel at the window, you could not see out for the deluge which turned to heavy rain and it still is, so much for light showers then.
It has become much colder tonight as well. Weather forecasters aside we have tomorrows mysteries to look forward to.


Using rusty tools

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 15:49

Bjay anything made of metal will in time rot although you fill it with water the outside will rot it could take a years or so.
An old watering can will not matter but a loved water feature would. I assume it will be standing on its base so a coat of paint on the outside and say a thin liner from a Garden Centre put inside and clipped to the edge will give you years of use.
No matter what you use be it a large plastic or earthen pot after plugging the base adding a thin liner will give you a belt and braces effect.
The liner would also stop the slight Electrolytic effect you get with water and zinc.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 11:48

Pam, that could have been either Great Ayton or Stokesley shows, the latter being the big one. Hound coursing has always been a local sport and as a a lad we would be rounded up given long ropes with lures on them and told to start running. We would get a start on the Whippets although they would be on the lure before we reached the end of the field, a clip on the ear and being told to run faster was the reward, well maybe a Woodbine shoved in your hand, I never smoked and smoking Woodbine's would never make you run faster.
Climbing Roseberry Topping and then lunch in Newton under Roseberry was also a local pastime, I had a Beagle and she got so excited running up and down between us as we climbed she collapsed, I wrapped her round my neck like a muffler and carried her all the way back down, at the bottom she stood then ran around as normal, I am sure she was having me on for a carry.
A truly lovely area to live in with all the assets, long coasts, Moors and Dales with wooded areas. At ICI we would have to drag Southern Engineers up here kicking and screaming, no bright lights they said, wrong on all points and they had to be dragged back South not wanting to leave, many came back.
Still sunny and warm, wonder if the forecaster has looked out of his window yet.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 10:36

Teesside weather light rain and cooler??? that is the official forecast, the forecaster has obviously Not looked out of the window where they would see "Bright sunshine, a blue sky with some light white cloud".
It does look a bit bleak over "Rains" side of the valley ten miles away, elsewhere is a golden glow and very warm. Picked some more tomato's whilst out back messing about, have a lunch to cook now, the Grandchildren are back from Fort William !


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