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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 10:48

Stockton cloudy my little boxer tells me and I say look out of the window and see the blue sky, lovely sunshine and a mere wisp of white fluff wandering about.
It is slightly warmer although I will not risk a light coat when I go out shortly, the view down the back lane will be clear out over the Vale of York and the Cleveland Hills, I will probably be singing as I drive, you may not want to know that and definitely will not want to hear it, with the window open all the cattle look up in horror, i wonder if we could start a Bovine choir.



Posted: 30/10/2012 at 10:38

Berghill, in my misspent youth I too raided an orchard even though we had our own fruit, a little gang of us scrambling through a hedge and on climbing back out saw the dreaded legs of the local bobby. He lined us up and with his glove full of beans gave us all a smart wrap round the ear, boys and girls.
He then marched us up the drive to apologise to the old Lady who lived in the house which we duly did with lowered heads. She thanked the Bobby then told us to walk up the drive and take what we wanted as she did not use most of the fruit.
Two points, not one of us even thought about disobeying the Bobby and second we never did go back to pick the fruit although my Father would pick it for her and put it in baskets at the end of the drive saying take what you want free.
I did learn stolen fruits have a sting, that glove full of beans round the ear hurt, luckily my Father never found out or there would have been another thick ear.



Posted: 30/10/2012 at 10:05

Books are for reference as they are written for a particular type of gardening, vegetable, floral, decorative, jungle and can only give a general over view.
Each of our gardens will be unique with its own micro climate, soil conditions and how it was used before falling into our gentle hands, a building site or well tended.
Having seen them all Percy Thrower like my father gardening in jacket and tie, double digging and removing every weed, Geoff Hamilton, a man after my own heart never throwing anything away in case there was a use for it later, and the modern boy wonders, cover it all in decking instant plants and rainbow paints.
They all write books of which I have one or two bought as Christmas presents and they all appear to use passages from older books putting a more modern twist to it, although the falling to bits books are the very old ones I have had years.
People are coming back to real gardening for economic reasons or to taste fresh food as it should be, they need to be guided, any book will have some good tips or information for new comers though they will get much better information from the older generations who have made all the mistakes and learned from them on boards such as this.
My advice is search through the charity shops and find a selection of books, you will often find they have never been opened and the best ones Royal Horticultural Society books giving lots of information go for cherry bobs. Just remember even the best books will only give you guidelines for your own particular patch.


What's for tea?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 17:51

Not often I get a fry up, my lot can end up eating the fridge door.
You had me in stitches Chris I read Batty Woman as battery Woman and fell about wondering where you put the batteries. Must start wearing my manacle more often.
The meat off a hock is lovely pulled apart and put back in the soup for the last five minutes. I am not into chili but add peppers and garlic, drop the garlic cloves in whole then make sure you blitz them before serving with a blob of cream cheese mixed with fresh chopped mint, yogurt and chopped herbs is as nice.


What's for tea?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 13:56

Artjak Pakora is Indian finger food, I know because wondering myself I looked it up and found lots of recipes for it. We live and learn.
Yesterday I cooked a ham for today, it would have been ham Chips and peas but Daughter arrived with a large corn-beef and potato pie so change of menu.
We had ham and tomato sandwiches for lunch and the rest will go into the pea and ham soup tomorrow with the lovely stock I got from cooking the ham.
She also brought a soft chocolate cake saying warm it and have it with custard, that is tonight taken care off then.
Chris, if you can get ham shank where you live (they almost give them away here) use that as a base for soup stock, soak them overnight to get the salt out, leek and potato, pea and ham, or even mulligatawny that is the one spiced with curry, very warming in the winter with crusty bread.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 13:27

Stockton has a covering of cloud although it is high, much warmer than yesterday, a good job as all the windows were open whilst Daughter steam cleaned anything standing still.
Dark nights or light mornings not sure which I prefer, closing the blinds early does close you down a bit, roll on Spring.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 10:25

Dull dark and cold although not too cold in Stockton, it is beginning to slowly brighten up so hope for us yet.



Posted: 28/10/2012 at 10:23

All the clocks apart from the wall clock in the kitchen put themselves right (Radio) so I woke up looked at the clock beside the bed and rolled over. Got up at eight with a head ache?


What's for tea?

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 10:17

Tea yesterday was Friday's tea which had been cooled and put in the fridge after a menu change.
I was getting visitors so back in the oven went the braised steak with onions and veg added plenty of them to fill them up, with mash and some braised leeks it went down a treat followed by bread pudding using bread and eggs that would have been binned, I use marmalade and dried fruit, that vanished too so a cheap meal fed six and I got a big thumbs up from the grand children.
Today is spoil myself day so a nice cut of beef for lunch with all the Sunday trimmings plus Yorkshires cooked in the meat tin, so apart from the meat the rest is cheap plus what comes out of the store cupboard and herb garden.
Tea will be late and probably a cheese and tomato sandwich, after lunch I do not need much these days.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 12:35

We have Light rain in Stockton so says the box, wrong again.
Heavy frost overnight then it came in black and hammered down now we have blue sky and sunshine with a bitter wind. The garden can keep today, the work is mostly done, a bit more cutting back now the frost has struck and maybe sow some beans in pots as Monty did last night, I do that most years but have to net the top of the pots against mice. I hang the bird seed from the garage rafters and they still get at it.


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