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Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 23:45

Orchid Lady refers to the "Last Night of the Proms" when it follows the Brits in full war paint belting out "Land of hope and Glory" followed by  "And did those feet in ancient times" plus I must say the best National Anthem arrangement yet. Been in the Albert Hall many times and it never fails to amaze me as to how many they can pack in the place and they all let their hair down and go for it, now that is what music does for the psyche.


Replacing old lawn with flower border

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:37

Rodge, How much lawn and would you hire a rotivator? If it is a lot of lawn you can hire a lawn lifter which will slice the top off the lawn which you stack in a corner somewhere grass side down is the way I always did it, it gave me wonderful loam for seed trays a year later. It can be dug in by digging a trench and laying the turf in the base then covering with top soil this is hard work depending on how much grass you are taking up. You could just double dig it in making sure the grass is facing down after all farmers plough it in, problem would be dormant weeds, you would need to keep on top of those for a couple of years.

Good luck with your border, any new feature will initially be hard work but then you sit back and enjoy your labours.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:03

Dave Arch and his singers are fantastic, it takes some doing getting the music down to one minute thirty seconds yet still keep the gist of it. Any Organ music from church to popular makes my day I had a Yamaha for many years. Elgar any time and most of the Classics not all and this modern stuff leaves me cold more like cacophony to my ears. We had a classical pianist came to play a concert for the troops many years ago and I got, "you are a pianist go with him and see he gets what is needed" he tuned the Officers mess piano at least four times and practiced with me turning the pages six hours, we stopped to eat. For the concert I sat to one side with the music and he played from memory, I was mesmerised, he never missed a note and gave me a pound note a lot of money to a young soldier, quite an experience.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:23

What about me David? some of the stuff you lot listen to brings tears to my eye's for all the wrong reasons, apart from the pain in the ears I wonder what happened to music, something I heard Saturday (by mistake wrong button on TV) was not only the lyric repeated over and over but the same six notes hammered out to a screaming audience. Another question why must the audience scream and applaud when the singers are on Strictly, it sends me so far up the wall I turn the sound off.

Yours, totally flummoxed Frank.

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:46

Dove sorry to hear about your misfortunate acrobatics, a net comes in handy and saves a lot of pain. The North Sea mist came back yesterday so it was not a good day in the garden, instead it was chat and laughter in the house with three grandchildren and two Daughters all making those rubber band bangle thingees. They ate my cake and biscuits though a small price to pay for the joy of seeing them all.

Today has not started any better, it was dull and dark when I got up, at least I now feel up to cooking Sunday lunch, the last two were NHS though must say very good considering the press they get, now where is all that veg I was not allowed to eat before the op.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 09:35

Mrs T, you are not boring it is showing your individuality we are all different in our likes and dislikes, my pet hates are lawn mowers strimmers and noisy BBQ's on Sunday afternoons, easy to say for us retired and able to do those things week days though still very annoying. The music is from a radio in the conservatory and once you move away it cannot be heard, I get the bird song and buzz of insects instead and agree it is soothing. My day was made yesterday by the Last Night of the Proms three hours of wonderful music, it starts in July and I get to listen to most concerts this year I missed a few not being in a place I could listen. Music takes all forms most of which give your spirits a lift "err" apart from boy bands that is.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 10:21

Alan yes know what you mean, had that experience way back in BMH Fayid, another stroke of luck, they had flown a top London Surgeon out to operate on a General, they wheeled me in as he finished, he took over, strange watching them put you back together through the mirror of the huge lamp and chatting to the nurse holding my head. I was told every day of the three weeks I was in hospital how lucky I was he happened to be there. This time it was out cold for eight hours, my last memory was asking if they could cut my hair whilst I was out.

Sun is trying here on Teesside, it has to fight with the North sea mists, "Aha" the first beams coming through the window so out to the Garden for my vitamin "C" the natural way. Keep well Alan.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 09:31

Sitting in the garden yesterday a sea fret crept up on me it suddenly got very cold on the Easterly wind bringing the North Sea inshore. Sudden thought, weeks since I sat at the piano an hours practice. So it was music in the house not the garden. For some reason on opening the piano lid it was "How great thou art" and a couple more hymns then Glen Millar and the music I danced to in those wonderful Palais de dance ending up with a ragtime version of "Alexander's Rag Time Band", why? it is years since I played that tune yet it just came into my head. The Strictly come let your hair down bug must have struck. The sun came back out and we sat in the garden, my hands ached, lack of practice and thought the garden and music, best pick me ups ever.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 09:16

So true SV, I feel the strength pour back into me as I either sit in my sun trap at the end of the garden or in the conservatory with the doors and windows open. There appears to be a glut of insects on the flowers buzzing away, it reminds you the sun is the power house of life we all need it. On GW last night (which gets later by the week) Margaret was pottering around her lovely garden at 100 years of age looking years younger, we cannot put it all down to her garden though I would wager spending her life gardening has helped. I was with my Daughter Margaret to recover, she has been in her new house 15 months and got the garden looking lovely, considering she once brought very seriously ill plants to me to give the kiss of life she has suddenly taken off as a gardener, gardening it seems is in us all, better than all those vitamin pills they try to sell us.


A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 13:48

David, tell me about it Northallerton  is on the way to my Son's Leeming Village they have a Betty's so I never got past Northallerton with my wife without a wander along the High Street and a call in Betty's for in my case a "Fat Rascal" their take on the scone + the Cake I got already has a large bit missing and very nice too.

Looked up the Strictly thread do not agree with some comments, Judy is a very determined lady and may shock us all, big girls can dance as I found out at a young age going to the big lads Dance, I got my tea and bun free (too young for the pub) dancing with the girl who served behind the counter, it was never a chore.

The sun vanished so it is the conservatory whilst Daughter goes mad in the bathroom, I said it is clean, "Dad you are getting a lot of visitors tomorrow I am not having a bathroom that is not spotless" Oo eck as like, hide the biscuits and cake.


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