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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 11:27

Stockton on the Tees cloudy, actually it is quite bright with the sun trying to get through and just this minute managed.
Washer going but it will not be going out so into the drying room.
Most jobs in the garden done for now, some old plants have gone and I will start filling gaps once the weather has vented its spite, with a bit of luck we may get a nice spring and summer next year.
"Oh" look I can see the Cleveland Hills, cannot see any snow on them yet so "Rains" ugg boots will not be getting tested.



Posted: 24/10/2012 at 23:30

As an old gardener I only crock pots where the plants will be in the pot a while, if I know I will be potting on I do not bother.
I never soak any seed but damp the compost before sowing and let it drain, sow the seed and water in again then leave. I never sow sweet pea seed before February finding it is not worth the bother of looking after them for the extra two or three months then getting the same result in the end.
Never used hormone powder for years, the correct mix of compost washed sand and grit plus planting cuttings round the edge of the pot will give you as good if not better result.
Gardening like cooking or maintaining the car are what works for you, I check oil and fluids once a month because I was an engineer, the chap over the road never looks under the bonnet and gets a once a year service, both our cars work and do not let us down (touch wood) so you find a way and stick to it. Ten gardeners will give the same advice only with ten variations on the theme.


What's for tea?

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 23:14

Highland Jeannie, if you are talking about Neaps then yes you add butter cream and seasoning, we had haggis and neaps every new year and I am talking about 100 people or so, very few refused, probably the Dram o single malt helped or by the time we ate it several with some wild dancing to get up an appetite.
Posh try dicing an onion into the meat dish and I use lard not oil then pop in the sausage to brown a little and turn up the oven to 210 fan for a couple of minutes then in goes the Yorkshire pudding mix with chopped herbs in it close the door leave it shut timer on ten minutes when it rings turn down the oven to 180 fan and time another ten minutes meanwhile the onion gravy should be well on its way. Potato and carrot boiled together then mashed adds more flavour and as you are not eating it every week add some butter and cream or milk to the mash, a nice Savoy cabbage lightly cooked makes it a nice rounded meal.
Have you tried signing out and back in to the board, when I was having trouble that is how I did it, be prepared for it to refuse your pass word a couple of times although it is correct then stay signed in.
Got your carrier pigeon mail will reply.


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.


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