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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:52

Maud, I suppose it depends on which is you best side?? If they had given you some bare faced cheek you could have sacked them!!

Stockton partly cloud we are told, so where did the sunshine come from we have had right up until now 15:00 hours? One wash dry but the other wash I did not risk so is in the drying cupboard.
Out to lunch and now it is feet up until tea time, why? because I deserve it, the garden will be there tomorrow and does not need me as much as it did, things are going back and the last green-waste collection on Thursday so a couple of busy days coming up.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 14:43

Yes HFC they did indeed harrow the field, with horses, a couple of Percheron's, apparently there were lots of them around, well we had Cleveland's and Clydesdale's.
The cooler also had filters which were put in fresh each milking and we had to empty the machine churn into the filter so we could milk the next cow there was not one for each cow as they have today.
I watched them milking now with those raised stalls to make it easy for slipping the suckers on and think, well we got cow muck on our trousers they will get it head to foot from a great height.
They are getting a lot of marginal things into the programme and not concentrating on the gut busting hard work that went into every day farming, as we walked up to bring the cows down in summer we knew they all had to be milked and back in the fields before we had breakfast, plus of course hosing everything down and cleaning churns cooler and the milking harness, that was just the start to the day.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 11:14

Muvs they do say everyone has a book in them, write your thoughts down and file them when enough memories are in the file start to join it all up. I have several thick files hidden away and if something suddenly comes back to me, like the vivid memory brought on by the evacuee part of the Wartime farm I write it down.
Last nights Farm was not something I knew, the Lister pump and the milking machines yes but I am sure we stroked the teat with petroleum jelly so the sucker would slip on, the suction held it. The milk was filtered cooled and put in Churns which went to the farm gate and onto a platform so the collector could slide them onto his truck, They were big things I could handle an empty one but full was beyond me. A word of caution watching last night an angry cow can kick forward with her hind leg and it hurts as much as a kick from a horse, hence we stroked them and talked calmly when working at the back end.
Never knew they grew Flax in this country, we are surrounded by Docks and at that time they were in the middle of Stockton so Flax came on boats and went to the rope makers around.
We did hear stories although knew of no one put off their land, they say 2000 were put off so it must be right.
My MIL had one of those washers for years, when we got our washer a Goblin which heated the water stirred the clothes but you had to wring with a hand wringer on the machine, MIL said hers was better, we went up through twin tubs and on to Modern machines before she finally relented.
They were correct about the horses, more horses than tractors that was true for our area, we still had carters into the 1950's some would not give them up for those stink machines called trucks.
Did not fancy Ruth's cheese, I have a feeling Renate was involved somewhere in the making of cheese?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 22:49

Zoomer, I always go out one way come back another so virtually circle the town, the roads are all OK but the build up of traffic as people found ways round the A1m floods was causing a bit of chaos and we are due some more heavy rain from Sunday.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 15:03

Chris, with so many men away it was mainly the women who had to manage.
Even in our village there were little yards with some cramped one up one down no yard of their own or garden, I knew a couple of families brought up in those houses, now they bring eye watering sums as people want to retire in the village.
I saw some of those children at the junior school suffer the indignity of having to be given the Lord Mayors boots, they were issued to the very poor children of the parish, massive leather boots full of segs and punched into the leather a code so the parents could not pawn them.
There were only my sister and I so we often saw our old clothes on the backs of some of those poor kids as my mother sorted them and politely asked if Mrs so and so could make any use of these as Son-Daughter had grown out of them, they will come in for dusters?? Mother had to be very diplomatic as you could not be seen to offer charity they were still proud people.
Dad would fill a small bag with coal, we had plenty as he hauled it on the truck to Steam boilers around the area, take that to Mrs H, who was bringing up two boys and a girl her husband in jail for poaching, tell her it is the sweepings off the truck and will just be thrown away. The kids passed the eleven plus as I did but my parents could afford the uniforms and kit needed so they missed out.
The one that pulled every one together was a wedding, usually a soldier going away wanted to marry his sweetheart and every one put in for the meal, I saw my mother alter the same dress more than once, dad would send some bacon or ham, people would donate butter sugar tea, fruit for the cake and one of the local women would make the cake, always a fruit one, every one would bake something or make sandwiches with home made bread. The village would turn out for the wedding with small gifts and the men would be gone. A lady next door to us never saw her husband for five years and yet they grew old together as did so many after what must have been trauma to them.
There would be dire poverty and want, the war pulled the people together and they helped each other, or most did, those that had the means helped where needed although great tact had to be shown whilst doing so, they had nothing but their windows gleamed pavement was washed and step holly stoned.
I ask what would they do today?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 14:33
Maud is in the garden wrote (see)

I happened to be on the loo when they cleaned the window. Very difficult trying to hide. Last time they caught my daughter in the all together in the bathroom. I do hope they are not making a habit of it.

Good grief, have they recovered yet? if they caught me that way I would probably never see them again.
Rain, sunshine my side of the Styx although looking across the valley you appear to be under a cloud, it looks very murky to the north and blackish over the coast, I must have done something right???


Wartime Farm

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:35

David, sounds a bit like one of those TV soaps.
I have vague memory of lots of rules and regulations, we killed two pigs a year for our own use and butchered them at home, that would not be allowed now, we had to give two pigs to the government and some of the pig club also handed over pigs.
As to being told about new machinery we still relied on the steam engine coming when needed for the big jobs, they had to prise me off the thing when it was time to go. There were a couple of single cylinder engines on big iron wheels used for chopping turnips or grinding down grain for cattle food, they took some starting though once away would rattle along all day.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:26

Pam all OK I live on a hill it is all down from here and the houses at the bottom are a sloping field away from the raging water that was a gentle stream. The high tide also held the water back hence the floods on the A66 and A19.
I went to Teasdale Park in brilliant sunshine this morning and came back through heavy cloud, it looked very black over Rain's side of the Tees a bit lighter this side.
Like you Maud the window cleaner arrived and Alfy went mad, they do a good job using a new water system the windows and frames gleam,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:34

Rain it is raining here after a day of sunshine, the whole place has a bedraggled look about it and coming back round the ring road this afternoon passed through a dip where the water would have been up to the car roof yesterday.
It took a while to get the A19 and A66 fully open after the floods and some of the minor roads still closed, at least we can see the bridges over the two becks in our area now.
Alfy is not having to negotiate a pond to wander the garden although he loves being towelled dry after, I will miss him when he goes home but not having to hoover up his hair, the carpet looks like a snowfall.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 10:19
lovetogarden wrote (see)


I'm going to try your recipe Frank, sounds just the job for an Autumn day.

Have a nice day folks.


For the genuine wartime recipe Chris slice the onions, (i chopped them as I was also adding leeks using up what was there) The potato has to be wafer thin and the stock would have been a couple of OXO cubes and not from my stock pot.
I heated the stock first as it was solid jelly and you would need to heat water to make an oxo cube stock any way.
My oven is fan assisted hence the 170c ordinary ovens probably 180c but you will know your oven. The top layer of potato wants to be brown and crispy.

The sun is out the wind has dropped and it looks as if the floods in Stockton are going down, yesterday is best forgotten but for the several hundred peoples whose houses were flooded memorable for the wrong reasons. There was three feet of water on the Bowling green I fought many a battle on, with bowls of course.


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